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NOTES: Wildcats improve bowl record to 3-1 under Rodriguez

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Here are a few statistical notes from Arizona's 45-37 win Saturday over New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

•     Cayleb Jones’ 78-yard reception in the first quarter equaled Arizona’s longest bowl scoring reception in school history, while it also marked Anu Solomon’s longest completion of the season.
•     Arizona recorded its two longest passing plays of the season in each of its last two games to end year (Trey Griffey 95-yard catch at Arizona State, Cayleb Jones 78-yard catch vs. New Mexico).
•     Cayleb Jones hauled in four receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown on Saturday. He now has 1,923 receiving yards in his career, moving up to 10th on Arizona’s all-time career receiving list. He now has 128 receptions in his career, which is now tied for 10th on UA’s all-time career receiving list.
•     Cayleb Jones’ 182 yards receiving comes up just four yards shy of a new career, while it also goes down as his eighth 100-plus yard receiving game of his career and the fourth of the season. It’s also the second such performance over the last three contests.
•     Arizona improves to 6-2 when boasting at least one 100-plus yard receiver this season. UA is 3-1 this season when Jones records 100 receiving yards or more in a game.
•     Cayleb Jones’ 182 yards receiving marks the most receiving yards any Wildcat has record in a contest since Austin Hill recorded 259 receiving yards on 10 receptions on Oct. 27, 2012 vs. USC. It’s also Arizona’s first 200-plus yard receiving performance since then.
•     Cayleb Jones’ 182 yards receiving is the most a Wildcat has had since he recorded 186 yards receiving on Sept. 20, 2014 vs. California.
•     Jamar Allah’s third quarter interception gave Arizona its second interception and turnover of game. The Wildcats have record multiple turnovers in three straight games going back to the Utah game on Nov. 14 (Seven total during span). Allah has two interceptions during that time frame.
•     Jarvis McCall’s interception in the back of the end zone in the first quarter marked his first career interception. 
•     With Jared Baker’s 107 yards rushing on Saturday (798 for season), Arizona now boasts three 700-plus yard rushers for the first time in school history, as Nick Wilson (725) and Jerrard Randall (702) have also eclipsed the mark. He also ends 2015 as UA’s leading rusher. 
•     Jared Baker’s three rushing touchdowns on Saturday matches his career high. (Last, three rushing scores on Oct. 24, 2015 vs. Washington State.
•     Jared Baker’s 107 rushing yards goes down has his third 100-plus yard rushing performance of the season. The Wildcats recorded nine 100-plus yard rushers in 13 games in 2015 and 46 times overall under head coach Rich Rodriguez. 
•     Arizona ends 2015 netting over 100 rushing yards in 12 of 13 ballgames and 49 of 53 games overall under head coach Rich Rodriguez. 
•     Paul Magloire recorded a career-high 13 tackles.
•     Anu Solomon has recorded a rushing touchdown in each of his last two games played.
•     All six of Arizona’s touchdown drives were under two minutes on Saturday. 34 of the Wildcats’ total 59 touchdown drives on the season have lasted two minutes or less (58 percent). 
•     With the win, Arizona improves to 3-1 and in its last four bowl games under Rich Rodriguez. Today marked the first time the Wildcats have ever played in four straight bowl games, while it’s also the second most bowl appearances by any UA head coach.
•     UA finishes the 2015 campaign at 7-6, marking the Wildcats’ fourth straight winning season. Its Arizona’s longest such streak since recording four straight winning seasons from 1992-95.That’s tied for the second longest streak in program history 
•     The Wildcats improve to 9-10-1 all-time in bowl games (20 appearances). UA is now just one of three Pac-12 teams to play in at least seven bowl games since 2008 (Oregon and Stanford). Arizona has played in a bowl game in seven of the last eight seasons.
•     UA has now won six of the last seven games against then-affiliated Mountain West competition, while the Cats improve to 3-1 against then-affiliated MW schools in bowl games. 
•     Arizona has now won six of its last nine bowl games dating back to the 1997 Insight Bowl, where UA defeated New Mexico 20-14. UA is now 2-0 against UNM all-time in bowl games. 
•     Arizona improves to 44-20-3 all-time against New Mexico and 23-9-2 against the Lobos in Albuquerque. The Wildcats had dropped back-to-back games to UNM prior to Saturday’s win.
•     Arizona improves to 2-0 all-time in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, winning the two contests by just a combined nine points. 
•     UA improves to 15-1 all-time against non-conference opponents under head coach Rich Rodriguez. The lone defeat came to Boise State in last year’s Fiesta Bowl (38-30).
•     Arizona improves to 22-4 when forcing multiple turnovers in a game under head coach Rich Rodriguez. 
•     The Wildcats improve to 27-2 when leading at the half under head coach Rich Rodriguez.

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