UA was without their star quarterback Khalil Tate as well as star running back J.J. Taylor, but that didn’t stop the ‘Cats from getting a full team win.
There were some bumps and whatnot, especially with a true freshman QB making is first start, but there was way more good than bad from Saturday’s game.
And with that, let’s look at who the players of the game were from the 20-17 victory over the Bruins.
Offense: QB Grant Gunnell
Game Stats: 29-for-44, 352 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 6 car, 0 yds, 0 TD
Gunnell did a great job on Saturday night. He completed 66 percent of his passes, threw for over 350 yards, threw for a touchdown and had no turnovers. He managed the game extremely well and did everything that was asked and required of him.
That is not bad for a true freshman QB starting his first game against conference opponent. You really can’t ask for anything better.
Defense: LBs Colin Schooler/Tony Fields/Anthony Pandy
Game Stats: 30 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, 2 PBU
The trio of Schooler, Fields and Pandy was borderline unstoppable Saturday night. All three fed off each other and each had their strongest game of the season. I don’t believe there were very many instances in which any combination of the linebackers weren’t around the ball. They were fast, strong tacklers, and disruptive.
Again, you can’t ask for a better performance from the group.
Speical Teams: P Matt Aragon
Game Stats: 5 punts, 237 yards, Long of 70, 47.4 avg
Aragon had the best game of his career. He had shades of Dylan Klumph the way he was able to flip the field. He even had a 70-yard punt....that’s crazy!
This, however, is a fantastic development for Arizona’s punting. Aragon showed he can be the guy when needed and showed that he has grown throughout the season.
I’m not sure what he changed, but keep doing it.
Bam Smith, RB: 6 car, 35 yards, 0 TD; 5 rec, 99 yards, 1 TD
Lucas Havrisik, K: 2-for-3 on field goals, long of 41 yards (way to bounce back)
Cedric Peterson, WR: 3 rec, 44 yards