— The Arizona Wildcats are off to a hot start, rolling to a 38-17 victory over Hawaii in Honolulu on Saturday night.
It was a rematch of last year’s Hawaii victory, and it also was the first time the Wildcats have won back-to-back games in Hawaii since 2008.
It is the third consecutive game the Wildcats won in Honolulu, the first since 2000.
The Wildcats have lost three straight home games.
They have won their last four at the Hawaii Dome.
The Wildcats’ win came after an early-season collapse for the Wildcats.
They were outscored 42-14 in the first quarter before going on a 13-0 run to start the second quarter to pull away.
The run included three touchdown passes to wide receiver D.J. Wilson.
That’s not a bad day to be a Wildcats fan, especially when the team plays two of the top teams in the nation, Hawaii and Oregon State.
After losing at Hawaii on Sept. 25, the Wildcats had lost to Oregon State, Arizona State and Utah in their last two games.
Hawaii took advantage of that to get into position to take advantage.
The Cardinals outscoured the Wildcats 30-13 in the second half.
Arizona’s running game, which is so efficient and talented, was a huge factor.
The Cards had a career-high 677 yards on the ground and had a touchdown run by running back Samaje Perine.
Hawaii had six sacks.
It also had five quarterback hurries.
Hawaii also sacked quarterback Jeff Blake four times, which was the most on the island this season.
It’s hard to quantify how much of a difference a win like this can make in a game, but it certainly gives a huge boost to a team that is playing for a bowl spot.
Arizona has been a hot team all season.
Last year, it was the No. 1 team in the country in scoring defense.
Last week, it defeated Utah at home on a last-second field goal.
The Arizona defense is now ranked No. 5 in the AP poll.
Arizona (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12) plays host to Utah (4-4, 2-5) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in Honolulu.