Wildcats Travel To Face Huskies
Oct. 8, 2002
A Pair of 3-2 Clubs in Northwest Tilt
The Game - Arizona (3-2, 0-1 Pac-10) plays its first Pac-10 road game of the year Saturday, Oct. 12, in a 12:40 p.m. contest against the No. 22 Washington Huskies (3-2, 0-1) in 72,500-seat Husky Stadium on the UW's Seattle campus. The game will be produced by Fox Sports Net Northwest for tape-delay showing at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, on Fox Sports Net Arizona, with David Locke and Sonny Sixkiller mikeside. Washington is No. 18 in the coaches' poll.
Some Game Themes - Arizona challenges a team which just saw its 17-game home winning streak end... Recently, games in the series have been donnybrooks, with the last four decided by a combined 17 points... Can UA quarterback Jason Johnson of Puyallup put on a good show near his hometown? ... Can Arizona break Washington coach Rick Neuheisel's apparent grip (3-0) on the Cats? ... Can UW's Cody Pickett approximate the 455 yards he threw for against Arizona a year ago? ... On paper, Washington shouldn't need to invoke the fourth-quarter magic that netted it four Pac-10 wins in the closing seconds a year ago... UA meets Washington in Seattle for the third consecutive season, owing to the league's scheduling policies...The Cats' second consecutive game against a ranked opponent... Neither team wants a 0-2 hole in league play...
The Series - Washington leads, 13-4-1 and has a three-game winning streak... UA is 2-8 in games played in Seattle...UA's last victory in Husky Stadium came in 1998, 31-28, the exact score of last year's loss to UW. The Cats were in position to win last year, but gave up 10 points in the last five minutes... Washington has won eight of the last 10 games in the series...
The Coaches - Arizona: John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65), second year at Arizona (8-8) and 15th season as a collegiate head coach (93-72-3). Mackovic has a 0-1 mark against UW. Washington: Rick Neuheisel (UCLA '84), fourth year in Seattle (29-12) and eighth overall as a head coach (62-26). Neuheisel is 3-0 against Arizona. Mackovic and Neuheisel met twice when they coached at Texas and Colorado, respectively, with the latter winning both games, 28-24 in 1996 and 47-30 in 1997.
Arizona Last Week - Wildcat receiver Bobby Wade might have matched Oregon's Onterrio Smith as the biggest threat on the field, but the Ducks added a 70-percent passing attack to the star tailback's 145 yards (and two touchdowns) and stymied Arizona's running attack to post a 31-14 victory in the teams' Pac-10 opener. UA stopped the Ducks on their initial possession (UO's first unsuccessful opening gambit of the year) and took a 7-0 lead with a quick four-play drive capped by Jason Johnson's scoring toss to halfback Mike Bell. Oregon answered with an 80-yard drive for a score (Smith run of 3 yards), but Johnson found Wade for a 16-yard TD a few minutes later. UO quarterback Jason Fife completed passes of 26 and 19 yards sandwiched around a Smith six-yard run and Smith capped the four-play, 61-yard drive with a 10-yard TD run to tie the score. Oregon added a field goal with a quick drive to end the half, leading 17-14. In the third quarter, the Ducks finished the scoring with two good drives for scores, the first following an interception off Johnson for the only turnover points in the contest. Wade had a career-high 12 receptions and totaled 151 yards, but UA suffered three possessions of three-and-out in the second half despite reasonable field position throughout. Smith hurt the Cats with 145 rushing yards, while Fife completed 18-of-26 passes for 244 yards. Johnson had 302 yards passing on 23-for-41 (56%), but Arizona managed only 30 net yards rushing. Arizona played without a number of injured starters including its twin 2001 All-Pac-10 selections in linebacker Lance Briggs and halfback Clarence Farmer. The Cats also were without its two starting cornerbacks, Michael Jolivette and Darrell Brooks. Arizona punted eight times, its most to date, and couldn't take advantage of the Ducks' 110 yards on 13 penalties. UA lost its 12th league game in 14 tries.
Dawgs Data and Match-up Notes...
University of Washington, Seattle. Enrollment: 34,000. Colors: Purple & Gold; Conference: Pac-10. 2001 Record: 8-4.
...Washington lost to Cal last week, 34-27, snapping a 19-game winning streak dating to 1977 against the Bears. The loss also snapped a 17-game home victory streak... The Huskies fourth-quarter heroics of recent years gave them nine points in the final stanza, but not enough to overcome a 34-18 deficit... John Anderson booted five field goal attempts, connecting on four. He's hit 10-of-13 for UW this season and has 49 made FGs in his four-year career...Soph wide receiver Reggie Williams is a career 1,000-yard receiver in only one-plus season. He hit the UW top-10 career yardage chart last week vs. California (8-116), with 1,444. He has 85 catches and five touchdowns in his short career... The receiver on the other side, Patrick Reddick, tallied a team season-best 10 catches for 105 yards against the Bears, who held the Huskies out of the end zone in the passing game... Tailback Rich Alexis leads the club with 76.8 yards rushing per game, but was held to three yards on one carry against Cal. He was slowed by injury and didn't practice last week, nor play extensively against the Bears...The Huskies have a minus-4 turnover ratio (13 for UW, 9 for opponents). Cal scored two TDs off Husky turnovers... QB Cody Pickett had a big game against UA last year - scoring throws of 21, 78 and 75 yards, a career-high 455 passing yards on 49 attempts (29 completions), plus a rushing touchdown - to overcome four interceptions. He now has seven 300-yard games and a career completion percentage of 60 percent. This year he's attempted about 45 passes per game and had a whopping 59 attempts last week, completing 35... UW has 11 sacks through five games, led by DE Manase Hopoi with four. The Dawgs had a total of 20 sacks in 2001... (Arizona has 10 sacks this year)... Washington has several assistants with UA ties - former UA running backs coach Bobby Kennedy (WR) was on Mackovic's first Arizona staff a year ago and former offensive coordinator Steve Axman (QB) was on Larry Smith's UA staffs in the early 1980s. Brent Myers (OL) was hired by UA's Dick Tomey in spring 2000, but left to take a UW job during spring practice...
Injury Report for Washington Game
HB Clarence Farmer (knee vs. UNT, surgery Oct. 5) is out for the year. CB Michael Jolivette (knee, practice before Wisconsin) is out. LB Lance Briggs (ankle vs. UNT, missed Oregon) is questionable. SS Clay Hardt (ankle vs. UO) is questionable. (He missed a Wisconsin start but played.) QB Nic Costa (groin pre-UO) is questionable. CB Darrell Brooks (back vs. UNT, missed UO) is questionable. FB Gainus Scott (ankle, practice before UNT) is out. OG Kili Lefotu (elbow vs. Oregon) is questionable. DE Marcus Smith (ankle vs. UNT, missed Oregon) is questionable. OT Darren Safranek (knee) has not played and is out. DE Andre Torrey (hip) has not played and is out. OG John Parada (knee vs. Utah) missed three games and is questionable. OG John Vorsheck (concussion) has not played and is out. DT Brad Brittain (knee vs. UNT, missed Oregon) is questionable. CB Luis Nunez (groin, missed last two games) is questionable. FB Joey Willrodt (shoulder at Wisconsin, missed UNT/UO) is questionable. Makoa Freitas (wrist surgery Aug. 24) missed the NAU start but returned vs. Utah, as did center Keoki Fraser (ankle, missed NAU) and Nunez (missed NAU/Oregon).
Missed Starts Due to Injury: 25 (Briggs-1, Brooks-1, Farmer-1, Jolivette-3, Willrodt-2, Freitas-1, Hardt-1, Fraser-1, Safranek-5, Torrey-5, Parada-3.)
Game Captains- The team will elect permanent team captains near the close of the season. Each week prior to that honor, game captains are selected by head coach John Mackovic. The game captains for Northern Arizona -- QB Jason Johnson, LB Lance Briggs, FS Jarvie Worcester and TE James Hugo. Utah - LB Ray Wells, OT Makoa Freitas, WR Bobby Wade. Wisconsin - Hugo, Wells, Freitas, DT Young Thompson. North Texas - Thompson, J. Johnson, Wade, Worcester. Oregon: Freitas, Wade, Wells, CB David Hinton
Pac-10 Nominees - Wide receiver Bobby Wade (offense), linebacker Spencer Larsen (defense) and Wade (special teams) were UA's nominations for Pac-10 players of the week. Wade had a career-high 12 catches for 151 yards and a score, and added 77 yards on kick returns for 228 all-purpose yards. Larsen notched his first career sack and totaled eight hits in the first start of this career.
Miscellany of Late......Bobby Wade's career-high 12 receptions against Oregon moved him into No. 10 on the all-time Pac-10 receptions chart with 177. He trails list newcomer Kareem Kelly of USC and former Cal wideout Bobby Shaw , tied with 180 at No. 8... Wade's 12 catches are the second-highest total in an Arizona game, behind the 14 by Jeremy McDaniel in a triple-overtime contest at Cal in 1996. Jim Greth (1966 vs. Iowa State) and Dave Hibbert (1958 at Texas Tech) also had 12 catches in a single game...With 40 grabs, Wade needs 14 more to post a second single-season on the UA's top 10 chart (62 for the No. 4 spot last year)......Arizona scored touchdowns on its first two red-zone penetrations against Oregon, reversing an earlier trend. The Cats missed out on a third opportunity later in the game, handing the ball back on downs......True freshman Jason Martin came out of a potential redshirt season to play cornerback against the Ducks. He broke up a pass on a play canceled by penalty elsewhere on the field......True freshman linebacker Spencer Larsen earned his first start last week in the absence of injured Lance Briggs (who did not play). Larsen started at whip linebacker and notched eight tackles including two for losses and his first career sack... Pat Howard started at Briggs' spot and recorded seven hits in his first career starting nod... On the other side of the ball, redshirt freshmen running backs Mike Bell at the halfback spot and Sean Jones at the fullback spot earned their first formation starts though Jones was the top fullback a week ago when Joey Willrodt was out with an injury... Bell scored his first receiving touchdown in the first series......Sophomore Bobby Gill earned his first start as the place kicker against Oregon and knocked home two PATs but did not attempt a field goal...... UA's two losses have a common statistic - first downs. The Cats had 16 against Oregon and 13 at Wisconsin, their two lowest totals of the year and the only time in the last nine games they've totaled less than 20...
Arizona Head Coach John Mackovic
John Mackovic looks to turn the corner and push his 6-2 record at Arizona in August/September beyond the wall the Cats hit in league play a year ago. It will be tough, with three of the next four league games on the road.
UA's 26th head coach is in his 18th year as a collegiate head coach, athletics director or professional head coach, plus adds another dozen years in the game as a coordinator or assistant to give the Wildcats a mentor with more than three decades of established leadership and organization.
Mackovic's first year in Tucson opened with the team snapping a program five-game losing streak, and opened the year 3-0 to complete only the third perfect non-conference campaign in the past 11 seasons. Pacific-10 Conference play ushered in some difficult going as the club extended its league losing streak to 10 games before a breakthrough. This year he's emphasized the mental readiness the team must have at the same juncture.
Mackovic, a proven strategist, had his 2001 team unveil a sophisticated attack that produced a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a near 1,000-yard receiver. Mackovic served notice that under his tutelage Arizona can be a productive offensive team that can score points. He's the first UA coach to win his first two season openers since Jim Young in 1973 and 1974, when Mackovic was the offensive coordinator in Tucson. He is among the Top 25 among active Division I-A coaches in career victories and just seven shy of the 100-victory level.
Mackovic's second-year legacy at several previous coaching stops gives Arizona partisans optimism. At Wake Forest his second club improved by seven games. His second Kansas City Chiefs team went from 6-10 to 8-8. His Fighting Illini improved from 6-5-1 to 10-2 in his second season.
As the District 9 representative on the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association, Mackovic, 59, has a voice heard nationally. His focus on the total student-athlete has been underscored by nine national academic/citizenship honor winners during his collegiate career including two members, Jason Johnson a week ago and Eli Wnek last year, selected to the American Football Coaches Association 'Good Works Team.' Arizona recorded a program-high four first-team Academic All-Pac-10 selections in 2001. Graduate quarterback Johnson is among top contenders for a Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.
The Cats' 37-3 victory against Northern Arizona Aug. 31 was one point shy of the Wildcats' highest point total a year ago, a 38-21 win over Nevada-Las Vegas. The team's 510 yards in total offense was the No. 2 figure in his tenure, behind the 578 yards UA posted against Stanford a year ago. The Cats' 416 passing yards against a quality Utah secondary is the third-highest total in Arizona history and just passed Mackovic's Arizona best, 415 yards against Stanford a year ago.
Mackovic at a Glance: 15th year as a collegiate head coachï¿½ Overall collegiate record: 93-72 -3 (.563)ï¿½ Career bowl teams: Eightï¿½ Arizona record: 8-8ï¿½ Pac-10 Record: 2-7ï¿½ Arizona Road Record: 3-3ï¿½ Arizona Home Record: 5-5ï¿½ Walter Camp Foundation National Coach of the Year, 1979ï¿½ Conference Coach of the Year: ACC ('79), Big Ten ('88, '89), SWC ('95)
Last Time Against Washington - Oct. 20, 2001, Seattle, Wash. - Arizona almost did what it needed most -- win -- but in the effort at least proved it had a collective spirit in a 31-28 loss at No. 12 Washington. The sting of a fourth consecutive defeat was somewhat ameliorated by the squad putting some wild back into the Cats. UA, trailing since the first quarter, took a 28-21 lead with five minutes left after cornerback Jermaine Chatman's second interception gave it stellar field position. But the Huskies popped a 74-yard kickoff return to help answer with a field goal within 70 seconds, then held UA on a three-and-out. A short punt gave UW possession near midfield and it drove 55 yards for the winning TD with 13 ticks left on the clock. As it had in three previous games, UA's defense gave up at least 14 first-quarter points, but this time the Cats responded, with quarterback Jason Johnson leading UA on answering drives culminating in scoring throws of 4 and 12 yards to Bobby Wade and Andrae Thurman. A hard hit knocked Johnson out of the game with a concussion at the end of the opening period and UA's offensive fortunes were left in the hands of redshirt freshman John Rattay. A succession of big plays (78- and 75-yard scoring throws from Cody Pickett) helped UW build its edge. Rattay responded with overall modest figures but tied the score with his 15-yard run on the first play after Johnny Jackson picked up a fumbled punt and returned it 10 yards in the third period. Shortly afterward, Jackson left the game with a neck injury and was transported to a local hospital for precautionary purposes. Without yet another injured defensive end, the Cats mustered the verve to hold UW on its next five possessions and take the lead. It disappeared, but not Arizona's feeling that it should have won. The UA did give up 455 passing yards, the fourth-most in school history, though it held UW's running game largely in check. UA tailback Clarence Farmer notched his third 100-yard game of the year (21-147) with a 7.0 average. UA intercepted four Pickett passes and recovered a fumble to finish with a 5-2 edge in turnovers. Rattay suffered a slight concussion on the last play of the game.
Air-a-Zona Needs a Surface Subsidiary - The aerial attack featured so prominently in UA's first five games could use some help from the rushing game. UA is averaging 90 yards per game on the ground. True, All-Pac-10 halfback Clarence Farmer is sidelined, and that hurts. But the Cats have had difficulty developing unpredictability by way of the run. Against Oregon, UA had to rely on 332 net yards - 302 through the air. In 68 plays, 41 were passes. Redshirt freshman Mike Bell carried the ball 21 times for 54 yards, but that was it. Jason Johnson was sacked five times for minus-27 yards, and scrambled once for plus three. Both Arizona scores were Johnson throws, snapping a two-game drought in that department, wherein Jason Johnson and Nic Costa combined for 138 passing yards at Wisconsin and Johnson threw for 189 vs. North Texas. Arizona had averaged 80.5 plays in its first two games, with 85 runs and 76 passes for an average of 484 yards. Since, the Cats have run 62, 62 and 69 plays. Passing has netted UA 1,452 yards compared to 451 rushing this season. The play calling is split almost exactly - 177 rushes, 176 passes. Arizona never has averaged more than 255 yards passing per game in a season and is ahead of that mark at 290.4, to rate 14th nationally. UA is averaging a decent 8.2 yards per attempt and 14.5 yards per completion and will not stop throwing - but does need to run the ball effectively to avoid pointed defenses by the opponents.
Rushing, Part II - Wisconsin (260), North Texas (282) and Oregon combined for 730 yards rushing, eliminating Arizona's early No. 13 rushing defense ranking. That figure charts in at No. 89 for the Washington game. Arizona has allowed successive 100-yard rushers in Wisconsin's Anthony Davis (16-110, 2 TD), North Texas' Kevin Galbreath (22-104) and Oregon's Onterrio Smith (28-145, 2 TD). The team had seven runners eclipse the century barrier a year ago. Meantime, against Wisconsin, the running of Clarence Farmer helped UA record its best rushing day of the year and eclipse the passing attack for the only time this year (154 yards).
Jason's Quest - Senior quarterback Jason Johnson rates No. 19 nationally in total offense, directing a passing attack which rates the Cats No. 14 in the country. He's completed an average of 19.2 throws per game to rank No. 21. He posted his sixth career 300-yard game against the Ducks last week, completing 23 of 41 for 302 yards and two scores. His 23 completions are the second-highest total in his career (previously he completed 24 against Utah this year and 23 last year against Southern California). He threw for successive career yardage totals -- 381 yards in the opener and 416 vs. Utah, both among the top 5 in UA single-game individual performances. He's suffered three interceptions in 166 throws this year (.018 percent or one every 55 attempts). It took four years -- one as a redshirt, two as a holder and one solid year last season - to demonstrate that he's capable of leading a sophisticated passing attack. Aside from any numbers, his work ethic is a strong point. Last year he completed 169 passes for 57 percent, 2,347 yards and 19 touchdowns, all in Arizona's top 10 for single-season marks, but did suffer 13 interceptions. Now he has six 300-yard career passing games and appears capable of that each time out. Johnson found nine different receivers in his 2002 debut, then turned to some key guys in hitting Bobby Wade and Andrae Thurman nine times each against Utah. Against Wisconsin, Wade again was a big target with seven catches for 85 yards, but UA couldn't really get its passing game going. Against North Texas he didn't get the Cats in the end zone through the air, but found 10 different receivers, a personal high. Last week he helped Wade achieve a career high with 12 receptions. A graduate student in Judaic studies, Johnson's the reigning first-team Academic All-Pac-10 quarterback, a member of the 2002 AFCA 'Good Works Team' which cites scholastic and civic responsibility, and UA's nominee for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete post-graduate studies program. Behind Johnson, redshirt freshman Nic Costa saw action in the opener and at Wisconsin and had average success, but is blessed with a strong arm.
Catching the Ball - Arizona wide receiver Bobby Wade has proven indispensable to UA's offensive efforts, and this year leads the Pacific-10 Conference in receptions per game (8.0), receiving yardage per game (116.2) and all-purpose yardage (155.6), plus is second in total receiving yards (581). His work last week was a bright spot, as has been the case each week. He's been named to the Shrine East-West Game roster (joining teammate Lance Briggs)... In his last eight games Wade has gathered in 64 receptions for 987 yards and eight touchdowns, recording six of his career nine 100-yard receiving games in the span. Wade had nine catches for a career-high 175 yards against Utah, but saw his streak of five 100-yard games end at Wisconsin, catching seven balls for 85 yards. He led the way with four catches for a modest 37 yards against North Texas. The efforts have pushed him past Theopolis 'T' Bell into No. 2 on the school career chart with 177 catches. He's third in the UA record book with 19 scoring receptions, and No. 2 with 2,543 receiving yards, passing former Cats Jon Horton (2,415) and Theo Bell (2,509) last week. His 62 receptions a year ago were the No. 4 single-season figure. He has a streak of 36 consecutive games with a reception - No. 11 nationally and six shy of UA's record of 42 by Dennis Northcutt (1996-99). He and his mates in the receiving corps -- junior Andrae Thurman, sophomores Lance Relford and Ricky Williams, freshman Biren Ealy and junior college transfer Juan Valentine - give Arizona a deep group. Including tight ends and backs, 13 different receivers have receptions. Thurman broke out with his best day against Utah, matching Wade's nine catches and totaling 165 yards, both career bests. The two-pronged 100-yard receiving duo was the first for UA since then freshman Wade and Northcutt did it in 1999 at Washington State. Nine players average more than 12 yards per catch with tight ends James Hugo (22.5) and Justin Levasseur (18.0) and WR Ricky Williams (18.5) leading a the way. Ealy had his first career grab against the Ducks, for 28 yards. But Wade's the go-to guy.
Briggs a Bulwark in LB Corps - Despite missing the Oregon game with an ankle injury, senior inside linebacker Lance Briggs leads Arizona with 35 tackles and five hits for losses. He had eight tackles against North Texas and was all over the field at Wisconsin, recording 15 tackles, second only to his initial game as a linebacker when he had 16 to open his true sophomore year at Utah in 2000. His total of 206 tackles in those two seasons came on the move. With 245 career hits (4 as a true freshman fullback on special teams in 1999, 35 in 2002), he'll move close to former UA All-American and NFL draftee Sean Harris (1991-94), a swift and rugged linebacker like Briggs who recorded 320 tackles. Briggs is a preseason All-American and clearly the top physical presence behind the line for the Wildcats. Beside him, senior Ray Wells brings a full year's experience. Sophomores Pat Howard and Kirk Johnson add the youth factor. Wells posted 10 tackles against North Texas, his career high. Howard missed the first two games after preseason knee arthroscopy, played at Wisconsin, then stepped up with six tackles against UNT, including one for a loss and a recovered fumble. He added seven tackles against the Ducks. In the meantime, true freshman Spencer Larsen has played in all five games on the kickoff teams and made tackles on the first two scrimmage plays of his career against NAU. He earned a start last week at whip linebacker and posted eight tackles and his first sack among two TFL. He has 16 tackles in the last two games. On the outside, junior Joe Siofele is the returning starter at whip linebacker, but has yet to start at the spot while filling in at defensive end in the absence of projected starter Andre Torrey. Siofele notched a career-high 11 tackles against Oregon. Junior Matt Molina has started two games at whip and knocked down two passes and contributed 11 tackles. Briggs, though, is clearly UA's primary sideline-to-sideline guy with some pop in his pads and the Cats need him on the field.
Flex-able - Despite some difficulty in 2001 - surrendering a school-record 34.3 points per game, for one -- Arizona kept its double-eagle flex defensive scheme. But in the off season coordinator Larry Mac Duff and head coach John Mackovic looked at ways to improve and did add some wrinkles to continue the gap-control, pressure style that pushed Arizona to the top of the national statistics in total defense and rushing defense in the 1990s. Injuries have basically sidelined the personnel involved in some of those tweaks at this juncture, however. Arizona is 16th nationally in pass defense (163.4 yards per game), No. 23 in scoring defense (18.2) and No. 41 in total defense.
Building Blocks? - The Wildcats have blocked two punts (both by since-injured Michael Jolivette and blocked a field goal (Carlos Williams) this year. But opponents have blocked three field goals (two by North Texas, one by Utah) and blocked a punt (Wisconsin). That and some difficulty in net punting (10th in league), kickoff coverage (8th), kickoff returns (109th nationally, 9th in league) and field-goal kicking (54%) have made special-teams play an adventure, to say the least. Still, the Cats are 30th nationally in punt returns (13.1 yards per play), place kicker Sean Keel is No. 18 nationally with 1.5 field goals per game, and returners Bobby Wade and Andrae Thurman pose a threat in the open field. True freshman Danny Baugher took over the starting punter role against North Texas but has not shown the big leg he's been seen to have in practice. (Walk-on punter Ramey Peru, who had started last year and early this year, left the team before the Oregon game.) Baugher carries a 37.9 yards per punt individual mark, but the Cats check in at 30.3 in the net punting department.
Secondary Infirmary - Junior cornerback Michael Jolivette's knee injury in practice before the Wisconsin game took one of the Cats' best defenders out of the lineup. Then last week the other starter, Darrell Brooks, also was out of the lineup with a sore back, as was backup Luis Nunez (groin). UA had to play true freshman Jason Martin in his first action of the yea to back up starters David Hinton and Gary Love. Jolivette, also a stalwart on special teams, blocked two punts against Northern Arizona to earn Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors earlier this year. He is a leadership key the Cats miss. Arizona's off-season work in the secondary centered on stopping the litany of big plays that plagued the defense in 2001. Jolivette intercepted five passes and set an Arizona single-season record in breaking up 20 passes a year ago. Michael's been a fixture of UA's secondary since his first game in 2000. Since, he's intercepted five passes in each of his first two years (after redshirting the '99 season). Across from Jolivette, redshirt freshman Darrell Brooks wrested the top role, then was hurt against North Texas and missed the Oregon game. Senior David Hinton started at Wisconsin in Jolivette's place, while junior Gary Love earned his first base-defense starts at corner (started at nickel vs. Utah) against North Texas and Oregon. Hinton caused a fumble and intercepted a pass vs. the Mean Green, then added six tackles against the Ducks. Love had three hits and broke up a pass against UO. Junior Luis Nunez also has played on the edge, but is nursing a groin pull. At free safety, senior Jarvie Worcester is the dean of the secondary and a fifth-year player with three years' experience. He's the fourth-leading tackler on the club with 28 hits and has one of UA's two interceptions... Junior Clay Hardt is the starter at strong safety but missed his start at Wisconsin with an ankle sprain, then aggravated it against Oregon and is questionable for the Washington game. Sophomore Tony Wingate had his first career start at the Kat safety spot for Hardt against UNT, and added four tackles, a pass deflection and a tackle for loss in extended playing time against the Ducks. True freshman Lamon Means has seen some snaps at free safety... Note: DBs have broken up 18 opponent passes in 130 attempts (14%)...
Getting to the QB - Entering the season Arizona was No. 7 nationally among I-A teams with 74 quarterback sacks from 2000-2001. The team has 10 this year with nine players in on the action. The Cats had two against Oregon last week - a career first for Spencer Larsen and a shared sack by Young Thompson and Copeland Bryan. Bryan's half-sack was his first, too. Arizona had one disputed sack at Wisconsin (statisticians didn't count it) and one against North Texas, both by team leader Joe Siofele, who has three playing a different position (DE) than his career at OLB. Meantime, opponents have collected 14 sacks on about 181 passing plays the Cats have used, decent protection considering the varying lineups used along the front. On defense, more pressure up front would help; no one covers Pac-10 receivers forever.
Three-and-Out - Arizona held an accomplished Oregon offense at times and the Ducks had three possessions of three-and-out among 13 total possessions. The Wildcats had forced opponents into 20 three-and-out possessions among 41 total possessions entering the North Texas game - plus three other four-play drives. UA held the Mean Green to only two three-and-out possessions among 10 total. Still, 25-of-64 is not a bad rate - 39 percent -- for forcing the other team into the minimum number of plays. Opposing defenses have forced Arizona into possessions of three plays or less only 13 times (discounting end-of-half or eat-the-clock final possessions.
Thrown to the Lions - Coaches had to move whip linebacker Joe Siofele to defensive end in the first three games due to Andre Torrey's injured hip. He joined sophomore end Fata Avegalio (his first career start), sophomore tackle Carlos Williams (his first career start) and senior tackle Young Thompson. Then in the Utah game, sophomore Vince Feula had his first career start ahead of Williams. In the Wisconsin game, redshirt freshman Brad Brittain had his first start ahead of Feula. True freshman end Marcus Smith, junior college end Javier Martinez and junior college tackle Carl Tuitavuki also have seen action. It's not exactly an old vets brigade on the defensive front. Brittain was hurt (knee) vs. North Texas and that reduces the depth. Notes: ...If junior college transfer defensive end Andre Torrey is able to return from a hip injury, it will further change the complexion of UA's front. He was arguably the best pass rusher in the group during spring ball, but has yet to play... Linemen had big plays against UNT. Thompson caused a fumble, with a nice punch-out tackle, that Arizona recovered to lead to its first touchdown. On special teams, Williams blocked the field goal that Gary Love returned to give UA the eventual winning points. Siofele recorded UA's lone sack in the red-zone stop that led to the blocked field goal return, plus had a stop on a goal-line stand that turned away the Mean Green without points.
Failed Goals -UA did not attempt a field goal against Oregon. The previous week the team tried four field goals last week and came up empty. Two were blocked. Ouch. Senior Sean Keel had hit six field goals in the first three games to rate No. 5 nationally and third in the Pac-10 at 2.0 per game. He missed from 26 and 32 yards after the blocked try against UNT, then gave way to Bobby Gill - who had his 44-yard attempt blocked. Keel also had a 52-yard try blocked against Utah. He's missed from 29 and had a 52-yard attempt blocked (Utah). He's hit from 19, 21, 24, 27, 39 and 48 yards. Sophomore Gill came on for the team's final try in the opener and hit a 26-yarder in his first career attempt. Seven-for-13 overall is less than last year's 64% success rate (9-for-14, all by Keel). Note: ...Six of the made FGs this year came on red-zone penetrations, giving UA 18 points against a potential of 42... Gill earned the start against Oregon and knocked home his only kicks, two PAT attempts...
Conversions - Arizona has a decent edge in third-down conversion rate with 44 percent against opponents' 31 percent. A reasonable 6-for-15 mark against Oregon followed two weeks of 11-for-31 converting. Yet, last season the team finished with a 39 percent rate and has used some good plays to improve. In the opener UA converted 13-of-21 3rd down plays and 1-for-1 on 4th down to hang on to the ball at a 64 percent conversion rate. Against Utah it was a more modest 7-for-18. Opponents have managed only 22 third-down conversions in 72 tries. Oregon was not effective against an inspired UA defense with a 2-for-12 effort. North Texas was most effective at 7-for-16.
Time... Is On My Side - Arizona has a cumulative 10-minute edge in possession, thanks to the Utah contest. In the last three games the Cats have had deficits, although the Ducks only enjoyed a mere +80 seconds. Wisconsin used an eight-minute, 31-second scoring drive to help accrue an eight-minute edge in time of possession against the Cats. The Mean Green had a more modest 150-second edge. The running games unleashed by all three opponents pointed the way. Against Utah the Wildcats showed their best ball control with a deep-ball passing attack to build a whopping 13-minute edge, 36:32 to 23:28; against Northern Arizona UA built an 8:14 edge.
The Almost-Red Zone - Arizona did a credible job against Oregon by scoring two touchdowns in three penetrations of the UO 20 yard-line, but missed a solid chance by not punching in a fourth-quarter opportunity with 1st-and-goal at the Ducks' 7 yard-line. The Wildcats have scored 11 times in 17 trips inside the red zone, but only five touchdowns. Oregon, as it did the previous year, was perfect with three touchdowns in three penetrations. Against the Mean Green, three missed field goals gave Arizona one score in four trips. UNT scored two field goals in its four trips, UA blocked another FG try and held on downs. Against Wisconsin the Cats had to settle for a field goal after Andrae Thurman's 35-yard punt return set UA up with the ball at the Wisconsin 21 yard-line. UA reached the 10 but the Badgers stiffened. Earlier, UA ended a 76-yard drive at the Utah 4 and settled for a field goal, ended a 50-yard drive at the Utah 2 yard-line and settled for a field goal, and recovered a fumble at the Utah 19 and settled for a field goal. Not exactly punching it in. Defensively, Arizona opponents have scored five touchdowns in 12 eight incursions. NAU managed to penetrate Arizona's red zone once, and kicked a field goal, while Arizona had two of its three scoring-zone touchdowns (and two field goals) in five trips. Note: ...One of the TDs against Northern Arizona came on a fourth-down play from the 20 itself, a toss from Jason Johnson to James Hugo.
Arizona: 17 Scoring Zone Possessions - 11 scores; 65% scoring, 29% TD (5)
Opponents: 15 Scoring Zone Possessions - 12 scores; 80% scoring, 53% TD (8)
Turnabout is Fair Play - The Cats have held turnovers to a relative minimum, and helped the season margin by getting three takeaways against North Texas and keeping things even against Oregon. Arizona is No. 11 nationally with only six turnovers, but is No. 97 nationaly with only seven turnovers gained, rating the team No. 57 in margin at +.20 per game. The Ducks scored after UA's lone turnover, an interception. In the UNT game, both teams used some kicking mishaps to score miscue points - the Mean Green blocked a field goal and drove for a three-pointer of its own; Arizona blocked a field goal and recovered it for a 70-yard scoring play. Arizona also recovered a fumble deep in UNT's territory and punched it in for seven points. UA was somewhat sloppy against Utah, coughing up three turnovers that led to 14 points plus ruined a 52-yard drive. The takeaways last week improved UA to +1 in the turnover department with a game margin of +.25. UA's lone takeaway vs. the Utes was a recovered fumble at the Utah 19 yard-line, which resulted in Sean Keel's third field goal of the game. In the opener, Jarvie Worcester intercepted a pass and Gary Love recovered a fumble on punt coverage, but UA did not capitalize with points. Also versus NAU, two blocked punts by Michael Jolivette created short fields for touchdown and field-goal scoring drives. The Cats did not turn the ball over in that contest.
Turnovers: Arizona 6, Opponents 7
Turnover Points: Arizona 10, Opponents 28
Miscue Points: Arizona 27, Opponents 31 (includes turnover, blocked/botched kick possessions
Eddie Lynch Athletics Pavilion Grand Opening
The UA athletics department celebrated the grand opening of the new $14 million Eddie Lynch Athletics Pavilion Sept. 14, prior to the Utah game. Parts of the facility have been in use since July - the 19,000 square foot Estes Family strength and conditioning center and the 5,300 square foot Kasser Family Medical Treatment Center. The 10,000 square foot Jim Click Hall of Champions was unveiled with its new exhibits highlighting Arizona athletics heritage. The Lynch Pavilion represents the most dynamic event in Arizona athletics facility history since Arizona Stadium skybox construction in the late 1970s. The pavilion was paid for with private funds raised by the athletics department.
...The loss of halfback Clarence Farmer for the season will take one big-play aspect away from Arizona. On his 17 career touchdown runs, the junior All-Pac-10 back has averaged 25.7 yards. He added a 70-yard score to the mix this year at Wisconsin, UA's longest play of the year... Farmer did not redshirt his freshman year but cannot get a season of eligibility restored because he played in four games this season...
...Three starters along the offensive front missed the season opener because of injury, but two have returned to action. Left guard Makoa Freitas injured his hand a week before the opener and had surgery. Center Keoki Fraser suffered an ankle injury in camp that kept him out of the first game. Right tackle Darren Safranek had off-season surgery (shoulder/knee) and hasn't been able to practice yet. Backup guard and placements snapper John Vorsheck suffered a concussion that kept him out of the first three games. The losses gave UA a different look vs. NAU, with sophomore Chris Johnson at left tackle, senior Aaron Higginbotham at left guard, junior Reggie Sampay at center, freshman John Parada at right guard, and junior Brandon Phillips at right tackle. Parada was hurt against Utah and missed the next three games, so backup center Kili Lefotu started in his place at guard. Offensive line coach Charlie Dickey also has played mid-year transfer Matt Lamatsch at tackle. Coaches moved Freitas to guard a week into. He's been a tackle for most of his UA career...
...The Cats have yet to field projected (post-spring) lineups because of injuries on both sides of the ball...
...The two blocked punts by Michael Jolivette against Northern Arizona are a school record...
...Net punting is hurting UA's field position. The Cats are No. 102 nationally with a 30.5 net punting figure...
...First-time starting halfback Mike Bell scored his first career receiving touchdown (19 yards) against Oregon after notching his first rushing touchdown a week earlier against North Texas on a 14-yard jaunt immediately after UA recovered a fumble...
...The Cats' five-wide formation to open the North Texas game saw two players earn their initial starting roles - wide receivers Juan Valentine and Ricky Williams... Several more had their first starts the next week against Oregon - halfback Mike Bell, fullback Sean Jones, place kicker Bobby Gill, linebacker Spencer Larsen and linebacker Patrick Howard...
...Senior linebacker Lance Briggs and senior wide receiver Bobby Wade have accepted invitations to join the West roster for the Shrine East-West Game early in 2003 in Palo Alto, Calif. They're currently among 19 Pacific-10 Conference players on the team to be coached by Washington State's Mike Price...
...In-game coaching duties spot head coach John Mackovic, defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff, offensive line coach Charlie Dickey, special teams coordinator Scott Pelluer, wide receivers coach Rob Ianello and defensive line coach Marty on the sideline this year. The high view in the coaches booth is used by offensive coordinator Rick Dykes, defensive ends coach Charlie Camp, secondary coach Steve Bernstein, running backs coach Jay Boulware and graduate assistants Jeff Rodgers and Terry Samuel.
The McKale Center Ticket Office is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (520-621-2287). Single-game public tickets range from $6 to $28. Arizonaathletics.com offers online purchases. Call 1-800-452-2287 toll-free.
Arizona Football On TV
The Washington game will be shown on regional cable by Fox Sports Net, with the Northwest affiliate producing the game for tape delay at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. All other games have or will be selected for national or regional cablecasts or local production by Fox Sports Net.
Arizona Football on Radio
KNST 790-AM Radio (Clear Channel) is the flagship station for live UA football broadcasts on the Wildcat Sports Network. Brian Jeffries and Les Josephson call the play. Affiliates: KKNT Phoenix, KDAP Douglas, KVNA Flagstaff, KIKO Globe, KZUA Holbrook, KLAV Las Vegas, KWRQ Safford, KTAN Sierra Vista, KNOT Prescott, KBLU Yuma. KTOX-Needles, KVSL Show Low. KNST administers UA's Spanish language broadcasts carried by KXEW Tucson and XENY Nogales with Joel Bojorquez and Francisco Romero. KNST's broadcast is available on the Internet for $6.95 monthly, through RealNetworks at arizonaathletics.com. It's also available by phone/Internet using TEAMLINE, by calling 1-800-846-4700, team code 5909.
John Mackovic Coach's Shows
Head coach John Mackovic's weekly radio and television shows are produced by KNST Radio, with host Brian Jeffries and the coach taping during 'Tuesdays in the Huddle With John Mackovic,' a public gathering at McMahon's Steakhouse at noon Tuesdays. The radio show airs at 6 p.m. Tuesdays on KNST-790 AM and the TV segment is broadcast at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on KWBA-58.
2002 Arizona Football Depth Chart -Washington Week, Oct. 12
WR 4 Andrae Thurman, 6-0, 185, *Jr., 2L, Avondale, Ariz. (Westview)18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 200, *Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington)84 Ricky Williams, 6-3, 210, *So., SQ, Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei) 81 Juan Valentine, 6-1, 200, Jr., JC, Houston, Texas (Clear Lake/Tyler JC)LT 59 Chris Johnson, 6-3, 295, *So., SQ, Houston, Texas (North Shore)76 Matt Lamatsch, 6-7, 315, Jr., JC, Clafkin, Kan. (Clafkin HS/Butler County CC)LG 77 Makoa Freitas, 6-4, 295, Sr., 3L, Manoa, Hawaii (Kamehameha) 73 Aaron Higginbotham, 6-5, 295, *Sr., 2L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa)C 67 Keoki Fraser, 6-3, 300, *So., 1L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 66 Kili Lefotu, 6-5, 298, Fr., HS, Riverside, Calif. (Arlington)RG 66 Kili Lefotu, 6-5, 298, Fr., HS, Riverside, Calif. (Arlington) 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 285, Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (North Shore)RT 68 Brandon Phillips, 6-8, 330, *Jr., 1L, Chandler, Ariz. (Corona del Sol)76 Matt Lamatsch, 6-7, 315, Jr., JC, Clafkin, Kan. (Clafkin HS/Butler County CC)TE 89 James Hugo, 6-6, 266, *Sr., 3L, The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge) 88 Justin Levasseur, 6-4, 245, *Jr., 1L, Antioch, Calif. (Antioch)87 Steve Fleming, 6-6, 250, *So., 1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)WR 1 Bobby Wade, 5-11, 185, Sr., 3L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista)18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 200, *Jr., 2L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 82 Biren Ealy, 6-2, 175, Fr., HS, Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls)QB 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 215, *Sr., 3L, Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers)7 Nic Costa, 5-11, 200, *Fr., RS, Aloha, Ore. (Aloha)15 Ryan O'Hara, 6-6, 195, Fr., Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)HB 26 Mike Bell, 6-0, 210, *Fr., RS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson) 34 Chris Harris, 5-11, 190, *So., SQ, Elysian Fields, Texas (Elysian Fields)FB 35 Sean Jones, 5-11, 230, *Fr., RS, Houston, Texas (North Shore)37 Joey Willrodt, 6-1, 240, *Sr., SQ, Salinas, Calif. (Palma/Moorpark JC)
DE 98 Fata Avegalio, 6-3, 255, *So., 1L, Pago Pago, American Samoa (Leone)85 Javier Martinez, 6-4, 260, *Jr., JC, Pico Rivera, Calif. (St. Paul/Cerritos CC)DT 92 Carlos Williams, 6-4, 291, So., 1L, Denver, Colo. (Montbello) 90 Carl Tuitavuki, 6-3, 350, Jr., JC, Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro/Ricks CC)DT 93 Young Thompson, 6-2, 305, Sr., 3L, Aloa, American Samoa (Samoana)99 Vince Feula, 6-0, 300, *So., SQ, La Mirada, Calif. ((La Mirada)DE 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 255, *Jr., 2L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis)55 Marcus Smith, 6-5, 220, Fr., HS, San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay)ROV 7 Ray Wells, 6-0, 220, *Sr., 1L, San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Miguel/Mesa JC) 25 Kirk Johnson, 6-1, 215, So., 1L, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline)MLB 27 Lance Briggs, 6-2, 245, Sr., 3L, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove) 44 Pat Howard, 5-11, 220, *So., 1L, La Marque, Texas (La Marque) 51 Spencer Larsen, 6-1, 225, Fr., HS, Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland)WLB 49 Matt Molina, 6-2, 240, *Jr., 1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) or 51 Spencer Larsen, 6-1, 225, Fr., HS, Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland)KAT 33 Clay Hardt, 6-2, 200, *Jr., 2L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) 30 Tony Wingate, 6-1, 200, *So., SQ, Tucson, Ariz. (Sahuaro)CB 9 Gary Love, 5-10, 180, Jr., 2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Jefferson) 3 Jason Martin, 5-10, 175, Fr., HS, Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)FS 47 Jarvie Worcester, 6-0, 204, *Sr., 3L, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla).33 Clay Hardt, 6-2, 200, *Jr., 2L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) 19 Lamon Means, 6-3, 190, Fr., HS, Galena Park, Texas, (Galena Park)CB 2 David Hinton, 6-1, 175, *Sr., 2L, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln Prep) 13 Luis Nunez, 5-11, 190, Jr., JC, Chula Vista, Calif. (Hilltop/Southwestern CC)
PK 3 Sean Keel, 6-0, 187, Jr., 2L, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) or 28 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 190, *So., SQ, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen)(KO) 34 Ryan Slack, 6-1, 195, So., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Salpointe Catholic)P 43 Danny Baugher, 5-10, 185, Fr., HS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe) 20 James Molina, 5-11, 195, Jr., SQ, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC)Hold 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 215, *Sr., 3L, Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers)Snaps LS 50 Ben DalMolin, , 6-0, 210, So., 1L, Globe, Ariz. (Globe) PK 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 255, *Jr., 2L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis) 65 John Vorsheck, 6-4, 305, *Sr., 1L, Laguna Hills, Calif. (Laguna Hills/Saddleback CC)Returns 1 Bobby Wade (P/KO), 4 Andrae Thurman (KO/P), 9 Gary Love (KO)
The Last Time Arizona...Returned a punt for a TD: Bobby Wade (60 yards) at Washington, 2000Returned a blocked punt for a TD: Andrae Thurman vs. SDSU, 2000 (34 yards, B. Nash block)Returned a blocked FG for a TD: Gary Love vs. North Texas, 2002 (60 yards, C. Williams block)Returned a kickoff for TD: Chris McAlister (100 yards) at Hawaii 1998Returned an interception for a TD Brandon Nash (13 yards) at Arizona State, 2001Returned a fumble for a TD: DE Austin Uku (2 yards) vs. WSU, 2001Blocked a punt for a safety: Andrae Thurman at San Diego State, 2001Scored a safety: Blocked punt (Andrae Thurman), at San Diego State, 2001Did not score: at Washington, 1991 (UW 54?0)Did not score a touchdown: vs. Oregon State, 2001 (OSU 38-3)A back ran for 200 yards: Trung Canidate (33?221) at OSU, 1999A back ran for 100 yards: Clarence Farmer (20-131 - 1 TD) at Wisconsin, 2002A quarterback ran for 100 yards Ortege Jenkins (11?104) vs. UCLA, 2000A quarterback passed for 300 yards Jason Johnson (23-41-1-302-2) vs. Oregon, (20-36-0-381-3) vs. NAU, both 2002A quarterback passed for 400 yards Jason Johnson (24-35-1-416-2) vs. Utah, 2002Team 400 yards passing vs. Utah, 2002 (24-35-1-416-2)A receiver had 100 yards Bobby Wade (12-151, 1 TD) vs. Oregon, 2002Two receivers had 100 yards Bobby Wade (9-175) and Andrae Thurman (9-165) vs. Utah, 2002Two players rushed for 100 yards: C. Farmer (33?107) and O. Jenkins (11?104) vs. UCLA, 2000A player intercepted two passes Michael Jolivette (CB) vs. Southern California, 2001Blocked a punt: Michael Jolivette (2) vs. Northern Arizona, 2002Blocked a field goal: Carlos Williams vs. North Texas, 2002Blocked a PAT kick: Peter Hansen at USC, 2000; Antonio Pierce at USC, 2000Scored a 2?pt. conversion: Jason Johnson to Andrae Thurman pass at San Diego State, 2001Missed a PAT kick: Sean Keel at Arizona State, 2001Made a field goal: Sean Keel (27 yards) at Wisconsin, 2002 (1-for-1)Missed a field goal: Bobby Gill (44 yards, blocked); Sean Keel (26 blocked, 26, 32 missed) all vs. North Texas, 2002 (0-for-4)Beat a ranked team: 31?15 at USC (No.18), 2000Lost to a ranked team: 14-31 vs. Oregon (No. 8), 2002; 10-31 at Wisconsin (No. 22), 2002Beat an unranked team: 14-9 vs. North Texas, 2002Lost to an unranked team: 34-41 vs. USC, 2001Won as a ranked team: 53?47 vs. Washington State (Arizona No. 22), 2000Won as an unranked team: 14-9 vs. North Texas, 2002Lost as a ranked team: 24?27 vs. UCLA, 2000 (Arizona No. 23)Lost as an unranked team: 14-31 vs. Oregon, 2002Played in tie?breaker game: 53?47 vs. Washington State, 2000 (3 OT)
The last time an Opponent... Returned a punt for a TD: Eric Guliford (68 yards), at Arizona State, 1991Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Kenny Farley (24 yards), at Oregon State, 2001Returned a kickoff for TD: JaWarren Hooker (89), Washington, 1997Returned an interception for a TD: Kris Richard (58 yards) vs. USC, 2001; Kevin Arbet (70) yards vs. USC, 2001Returned a fumble for a TD: Coy Wire (89 yards), Stanford, 2001Scored a safety: Oregon (UA=s Ortege Jenkins lateral into endzone), 1999Did not score: Illinois, 1996 (UA 41?0)Did not score a touchdown: North Texas, 2002 (14-9); Northern Arizona, 2002 (37-3)Made a field goal: Scott Campbell, 32 yards, at Wisconsin (1-for-1)Missed a field goal: Mark Jensen at California (48 yards), 2001Rushed for 250 yards at Wisconsin (47-260), 2002Rushed for 275 yards North Texas (60-282), 2002A back ran for 100 yards: Onterrio Smith (28-145, 2 TD) vs. Oregon, 2002Two backs ran for 100 yards: Brian Allen (23-143) and Kenneth Tolon (12-100) vs. Stanford, 2001A back ran for 200 yards: Reuben Droughns (45?202) vs. Oregon, 1999A quarterback passed for 300 yards Cody Pickett (29-49-455-4-3) at Washington, 2001Blocked a punt: Alex Lewis, at Wisconsin, 2002Blocked a field goal: Koryee Wyatt (Sean Keel 26-yd attempt); Dan McGee (Bobby Gill- 44-yd attempt), vs. North Texas, 2002Blocked a PAT kick: Idaho, 2001 (Sean Keel attempt)Scored a 2?pt. conversion: QB John Welsh to Kevin O=Connell vs. Idaho, 2001
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