5 stats that mattered from Arizona football's first conference road win
Arizona football defeated the Colorado Buffaloes by a final score of 35-30. Here are five stats that decided Arizona's first conference road win of the season.
Arizona is 1-0 on the road in conference play for the first time since beating Oregon State last year by a final score of 35-14 on Sept. 22, 2018. The Wildcats are now 2-0 in conference play, putting them in first place in the Pac-12 South heading into next week’s matchup against the Washington Huskies.
In today’s game against Colorado, safety Tristan Cooper tallied 9 tackles, a career high for Cooper. This is great to see as we haven’t seen Cooper in the past few games — likely because of the switch to a 3-4 defense — but play like this is very exciting to see for Wildcat fans.
Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate threw for 404 yards on the afternoon, going 31-for-41, with three touchdowns and one interception as well. We didn’t see as much running as the last time Tate was in Boulder Colo., but the ability to throw the ball as well as he did definitely kept the Wildcats in competition during today’s game.
Arizona had a total of 5 penalty yards, on 1 penalty, that came late in the fourth quarter. This is the lowest number of penalties for the Wildcats, who have struggled this season with racking them up. This is key for the Wildcats, as the Washington Huskies are one of the least penalized teams in the Pac-12, so they will need to keep this focus up for next week's Family Weekend matchup.
The Wildcats had 4 drives over 75 yards in today’s game against Colorado, all of which led to touchdowns. The Wildcats drove 90 yards on eight plays in the first quarter, as well as a six play, 85-yard drive on their opening drive after halftime. The Wildcats have had several of these long drives this season, which is good to see because of Arizona's high-tempo offensive game.
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