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Top twitter reactions of Arizona Wildcats’ rout of UTEP

Fresh off its exhilarating win over out-manned UTEP, Arizona returns to Tucson next week for another Friday night game, against Utah in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

The Wildcats (2-1) have the right kind of confidence — thanks to their dominance of the Miners — going into the key game against the Utes. The disheartening loss against Houston the week before is now only a scab that itches.

What gives Arizona most of its upbeat attitude returning from El Paso?

Brandon Dawkins and J.J. Taylor celebrate during Aizona’s rout of UTEP on Friday night (Chris Coduto/University of Arizona photo)

Brandon Dawkins running and passing with a good mix? Arizona’s deep running game with Nick Wilson, J.J. Taylor, Zach Green, Nathan Tilford and even Branden Leon looking as strong and capable as ever? Shun Brown’s big-play ability? The rejuvenated tight end position with freshman Bryce Wolma leading the Wildcats in receiving the last games (11 receptions overall for 79 yards)?

That’s all good, but what really has Arizona thinking upset over a potential top 25 team in Utah — its defense.

Tony Fields II, Colin Schooler, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles — they are all making big plays on defense.

Some other defensive notes from Friday’s 63-16 win over UTEP:

— Arizona finished with a season-high eight pass breakups, including three by junior Jace Whittaker.

— True freshman linebacker Anthony Pandy had a sack in his collegiate debut.

— True freshman defensive end Kylan Wilborn had a tackle for loss for the third straight game this season.

The following are some of the top tweets that captured the action:

How many more times will Arizona sing “Bear Down” in the locker room after a win this season?

Bring on the “Shun-isms” after Shun Brown’s second punt return for a touchdown this season last night …

Does this merit Rich Rodriguez to have more years beyond this one if Arizona wins only, say, five games? Start of something promising here …

How about “Big Play” Brown?

Look at the table after this tweet. Dawkins came five yards away last year from matching B.J. Denker’s 949 yards rushing in 2013. Dawkins has 251 yards rushing on 34 carries this season.

TOP ARIZONA QB RUSHING SEASONS (PAC-10/12 YEARS)

Yards Player Att. Avg. Year
949 B.J. Denker 181 5.4 2013
944 Brandon Dawkins 131 7.2 2016
702 Jerrard Randall 78 9.0 2015
566 Ron Veal 161 3.5 1987
546 Keith Smith 136 4.0 1996
506 Matt Scott 113 4.5 2012
338 Jim Krohn 141 2.4 1978

Ronald Veal leads Arizona quarterbacks with 1,419 career rushing yards from 1987 to 1990 …

Dawkins setting himself apart from other quarterbacks with this stat.

When Arizona runs well within Rodriguez’s scheme, good things usually happen, especially if the defense holds up its side of the bargain.

The defense holding up its end of the bargain here …

Colin Schooler returned an interception 53 yards and also forced a fumble. …


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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