Coleman Scores Three TDs as Arizona Dominates No. 19 Washington State, Winning 44-6

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Coleman Scores Three TDs as Arizona Dominates No. 19 Washington State, Winning 44-6

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In a stunning upset, Arizona thrashed No. 19 Washington State 44-6 on Saturday in Pullman, Washington. Quarterback Noah Fifita shone with 342 passing yards, while Jonah Coleman racked up 168 total yards and scored three rushing touchdowns. The Arizona defense was impressive, forcing three turnovers. This victory marked the largest margin of victory on the road against a ranked opponent in Arizona’s program history. The Wildcats, now 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-12, scored 44 consecutive points, marking a decisive breakthrough after nearly upsetting two top-10 teams in the previous two weeks.

Fifita, who was starting his third straight game in place of the injured Jayden de Laura, delivered a masterful performance against the Cougars, who had dropped their second consecutive game after starting 4-0 and reaching No. 13 in the AP Top 25. While Fifita completed 34 of 43 passes, all of Arizona’s touchdowns came on the ground. Coleman had runs of 1, 1, and 23 yards, while Rayshon Luke rushed for 70 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown, and DJ Williams scored from 15 yards. Coleman also contributed with four catches for 98 yards.

Washington State managed to score on Nakia Watson’s 1-yard run during their first drive but struggled on offense for the rest of the game. They were stopped on fourth down deep in their territory, threw an interception on a double-pass, and punted on their next three possessions before halftime. The Cougars’ offense continued to struggle for the second consecutive week, with Cameron Ward going 22 of 30 for 192 yards and two turnovers, while Watson led the team with 88 receiving yards.

Even their trick plays backfired as backup quarterback John Mateer was intercepted on a double-pass in the second quarter, with the Wildcats responding with Luke’s 40-yard touchdown run. Arizona led 20-6 at halftime and remained in control throughout the second half.

The Cougars faced rushing woes once again, managing only 35 rushing yards after gaining just 12 yards the previous week against UCLA. Their rushing offense ranked 117th in the FBS, averaging 103.6 yards per game.

For Arizona, this win marked a turning point in the early Jedd Fisch era, following two overtime losses and a near-upset of USC the previous week. They now have the full attention of the rest of the Pac-12.

On the other hand, Washington State’s promising season took a sharp turn in the wrong direction with consecutive losses, including their first loss of the season the previous week against UCLA.

Next, Arizona will host No. 15 Oregon State on October 28, while Washington State will play against No. 8 Oregon on the upcoming Saturday.

Reference

https://arizonawildcats.com/news/2023/10/14/football-colemans-three-tds-lead-arizona-to-44-6-victory-at-no-19-washington-state.aspx

https://www.ksl.com/article/50752975/arizona-rebounds-from-narrow-losses-with-44-6-victory-over-no-19-washington-state

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