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Anu Solomon (12) stood tall from the start. Photo by Wildcat Universe

You never get a second chance to make a first impression and a couple Arizona freshmen made sure their first impression won’t be soon forgotten.

Quarterback Anu Solomon and running back Nick Wilson both put their names in the UA record book in their college football debut.


Solomon was the headliner, becoming the eighth QB in Arizona history to throw for 400 yards in a game. The redshirt freshman’s 425 passing yards tied Nick Foles for the ninth-best single-game total in school history.

Solomon also connected with Austin Hill on a 92-yard reception, tying three other Wildcat tandems for the third-longest pass play in the history of the program.

Wilson only received seven carries in his initial appearance but he made them count. It was rushing attempt number five that will be remembered, as the true freshman sprinted 85 yards for a touchdown. It was the fifth-longest run by a Wildcat and the longest ever by a UA freshman.

Anu and Nick worked their magic wearing blue helmets, blue jerseys and white pants. The Cats’ 58-13 victory over UNLV extended the blue-blue-white uniform combination’s lead as the best-performing look among combos used more than once since the debut of the blue helmets in 2005.

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