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UNLV vs. Arizona: Wildcats offense sets all kinds of records

We've heard about all the weapons. Now we know it's real.

Christian Petersen

The Arizona Wildcats had a record-breaking night against the UNLV Rebels.

Arizona set a new school record for total yards (787). They almost had the previous record beat (693) at the end of the third quarter.

"That's all Anu," Austin Hill said happily.

"If I didn't make so many mistakes, I felt like we could have made more yards," Anu Solomon added.

The redshirt freshman also set the new school record for passing yards by a freshman (425).

"I'm very proud of the offensive corps as a whole," Solomon said after the game. "We executed every play. I have a great wide receiving corps that's got my back."

And it's just the beginning.

"I definitely think the fans too," Hill said. "They brought a lot of energy tonight to the first game. It always feels good when the Zonazoo, the student body is out there supporting you and being as loud as they can possibly be. It's fun to be able to go out there and play for them, and I think it kind of loosened us up as an offense, and I really think it showed."

Yeah, UNLV is really, really slow on defense compared to Pac-12 teams.

Yeah, UNLV can't tackle anyone.

But they weren't the only ones who felt slow.

"I felt slow today," Solomon said through a smile. "It's just picking up the tempo of the offense."

Arizona ran 94 plays with just 31:36 of possession time. If that's slow, then what is fast?

This is game one with a freshman quarterback.

The bar has been set so high.

Arizona had two 100-yard receivers on the night. All of last year, Arizona had one such player reach that benchmark. That was Nate Phillips in the bowl game. That was Game 13.

Tonight, Austin Hill and Samajie Grant did the deed.

This is Game 1.

The future is here. And it is going to be something that Arizona fans have never seen before.