Coach Mackovic Wins Home Debut

Sept 8, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Jason Johnson threw for 304 yards, including arecord-setting 99-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, as Arizona beatIdaho 36-29 Saturday night.

After settling for short passing routes for most of the first half, theWildcats surprised Idaho (0-2) with Marshall going deep to build a 15-0halftime lead.

The touchdown with 2:05 remaining in the first half was the longestoffensive play in Arizona's history and its fourth longest scoring play.

The Wildcats (2-0) kept the big plays coming as Johnson's 19-yard touchdownpass to Andrae Thurman in the opening minutes of the third quarter appeared toput the game away.

Arizona started to take its starters out by early in the fourth quarter witha 36-7 lead, but Idaho closed it to 36-29 with 52 seconds left when RossiMartin scored off a tipped pass from John Welsh from 6 yards out.

The Wildcats ran out the clock to give coach John Mackovic a victory in hishome debut.

Marshall's TD, which made it 15-0, came on an over-the-shoulder catch nearmidfield against defender Ighe Evero.

The Wildcats' previous long pass play was a 94-yarder from Bobby Waters toAlonzo Washington against New Mexico in 1987.

Two of the three longer scoring plays in school history belong to ChrisMcAlister, who had 100-yard kickoff returns in 1996 and 1998 against UCLA andHawaii. Chuck Cecil had a 100-yard interception return in 1986 against ArizonaState.

The school's record running play is a 96-yarder by Trung Canidate in 1997against San Diego State.

Johnson finished 20-of-30. He also connected on a 50-yard pass play to BobbyWade midway through the second quarter.

Clarence Farmer, who rushed for 118 yards on 18 carries, had scoring runs of7 and 1 yards for Arizona, while Leo Mills added a 22-yard TD run in the fourthquarter for a 35-7 lead.

Welsh, who finished 28-of-46 for 349 yards, threw fourth-quarter scoringpasses of 8 yards to Martin, 20 yards to Chris Lacy and 25 yards to EthanJones.

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