In just four career games, Arizona redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon has established himself as a future star of college football.
Rich Rodriguez has always gotten dynamic and productive quarterback play ever since breaking into big time college football West Virginia. Pat White, Denard Robinson and Matt Scott are the legacy Solomon is now trying to surpass.
And in just four career games, it appears like he might succeed.
Solomon's final pass in a game in which he threw the ball 73 times will be one of the most memorable in Arizona football history and is arguably the greatest play of the young 2014 season.
The improbable game-winning, 47-yard Hail Mary as time expired completed one of the most remarkable comebacks the Pac-12 has ever seen. Solomon led the Cats offense to a school-record 36 fourth-quarter points to beat an obviously improved Cal Golden Bears team at home. (Which, unfortunately for Sonny Dykes, will get lost amid the wild finish.)
He finished the game with 520 yards and five touchdowns on 47-of-73 passing while also leading the team in rushing as well with 46 yards on 16 carries. Of the Pac-12 record 106 plays from scrimmage, Solomon either threw it or carried it 89 times.
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The young star quarterback for Arizona is second in the nation in total offense with 1,621 yards (1,454 pass, 167 rush) of total offense, trailing only Washington State's Connor Halliday (1,845) . Solomon is also third in the nation in passing touchdowns with 13, behind only Halliday (16) and Missouri's Maty Mauk (13).
Most importantly, Arizona got a win in the conference opener in what is shaping out to be a much deeper and more unpredictable Pac-12 South race.