Wildcats To Berkeley To Meet California
Oct. 20, 2003
The Game - The University of Arizona Wildcats (1-6, 0-3 in the Pacific-10) play a Pacific-10 Conference road game Saturday, Oct. 25, in Berkeley, Calif., against the California Golden Bears. California (3-5, 1-2). The Cats are refreshed after an open date Oct. 18. The game can be heard in Tucson on KNST 790 AM, flagship for the Wildcat Sports Network. It will not be televised.
Some Game Themes - An Arizona team that has shown spunk in the last three games took a break last week, and turned to a week of fundamentals in practice... The Wildcats head on the road three weeks out of the last five after a wicked stretch of games in September and early October featuring ranked or streaking opponents ... UA mentor Mike Hankwitz got some breathing room last week after a whirlwind ascension to the head job on Sept. 28 - while still continuing his role as defensive coordinator... UA looks to snap a four-game Pac-10 losing streak (six overall) at the venue, Cal's Memorial Stadium, where it won its only league game in 2002... The Bears come off a tough loss in overtime to UCLA in Los Angeles, and work to snap a two-game losing streak... UA works to position itself for a tough November stretch to end the season...
The Series - Arizona leads, 11-9-2, and has won the last four meetings, its best recent success in league action and best streak against the Bears... The Cats travel to Berkeley for the fourth consecutive game (1998, 2001, 2002), where UA holds a 6-4-2 edge... UA won 51-42 last season, in a rousing contest that eventually proved to be its only Pac-10 victory... Less than seven points have decided thirteen of the 22 games with two games decided in overtime and two ties... Average series score: UA 25, Cal 23...
The Coaches - Arizona: Mike Hankwitz (Michigan '70), enters his third game as UA's interim head coach (0-2), his first head coaching job. Hankwitz was appointed Sept. 28 after John Mackovic was relieved of duties. He is in his second stint at Arizona and has a noted background with more than 30 years of collegiate work at Michigan, Arizona, Purdue, Western Michigan, Colorado, Kansas and Texas A&M. He has been a defensive coordinator for the past 16 seasons and 19 overall. California: Jeff Tedford (Fresno State '83), second year at California (10-10) and second year overall. Tedford is 0-1 against UA.
Arizona Last Time Out - The Wildcats let victory elude them, squandering a 21-10 halftime lead and allowing mistakes to result in a 24-21 loss to UCLA on Oct. 11. UA ran the ball down UCLA's throat, netting 276 yards, and hit some big passing plays to account for another 243 markers and a season-best 519 yards in total offense. Arizona's defense had three takeaways and held the Bruins to 17 points in six red-zone penetrations. The Cats avoided being sacked, had more time of possession, more first downs and more plays from scrimmage - all good signs of improvement. But, the mistakes: UA quarterbacks were intercepted four times, a couple of the nine penalties flagged against the Cats came at crucial times, the UA's own red-zone proficiency took a hit, and kickers missed two chip-shot opportunities at field goals, one that could have tied the game with five minutes remaining. UA coach Mike Hankwitz called it one of the most frustrating defeats in his three-decade coaching career. UA had its best shot at victory in a streak of six losses, and came up short. The effort, though, was encouraging, as was UA's offensive improvement against the Pac-10 leader in total defense. UA jumped to a 7-0 lead on the first possession of the game, driving 80 yards in six plays, keyed by a Clarence Farmer run of 29 yards and a pass from Kris Heavner to Lance Relford for 28 yards. Goal-line QB Nic Costa came in and lobbed a 7-yard TD throw to tight end Matt Padron. UCLA regained the lead, 10-7, in the second quarter with a swift drive, but UA answered with an eight-play 83-yard drive to make it 14-10 Cats. Successive runs of 41 and 29 yards by Mike Bell and five consecutive runs by Farmer for 12 tough red-zone yards set up the scoring play - another Costa toss of one yard to Farmer. UA posted the halftime lead with a turnover score, following a Clay Hardt interception with a 39-yard bomb from Heavner to Biren Ealy for a two-minute offense sparkler. The second half was different, though. While UCLA gained only 143 yards after the break, it caught all the other breaks and made one for itself, notably a 55-yard interception return for a score by tackle Rodney Leisle off Heavner. UA drove to the UCLA 5 yard-line for a 1st-and-goal, but came up empty on Nick Folk's 28-yard field goal try. Costa set UA up with a last chance after a 33-yard throw to Ealy put UA at its own 34 yard-line with time running down, but his next toss was intercepted by Justin London. Game over.
Noting the Golden Bears...
University of California, Berkeley ** Enrollment: 32,000 ** Colors: Blue & Gold ** Conference: Pacific-10 ** 2002 Record: 7-5
...The Bears had the nation's best one-year turnaround with the 7-5 mark under Jeff Tedford a year ago, on the heels of the 1-10 mark UC-Berkeley posted in 2001. That helped Tedford earn the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award... Cal was tabbed the 'Biggest Surprise' of the midseason by collegesports.com last Wednesday... Tedford, in his second year, is tied with fellow Bay Area coach Buddy Teevens of Stanford at fifth in the Pac-10 in coaching seniority... California plays 13 games this year, thanks to its August appearance in the Black Coaches Association Classic in Kansas City, falling to Kansas State, 42-28. The Bears gained 440 yards in total offense against the normally staunch KSU defense... Five of California's games were decided in the final two minutes (or overtime) of play - the victory at Illinois and over USC, and losses to Colorado State, Utah and UCLA... Cal's schedule includes games against nine bowl teams... As did Arizona, Cal opened the year with seven games in seven weeks... Cal used three overtimes to beat then No. 3 Southern California, 34-31, on Sept. 27, to snap the once second-longest winning streak in the nation (11 games)... Junior wide receiver Geoff McArthur is among national leaders in receiving yards (9th), averaging 102 yards per game. He had nine catches for 128 yards Saturday, and moved into the California Top 15 receptions chart, tied for No. 13 with 110... Junior linebacker Wendell Hunter had 15 tackles at Illinois on Sept. 20, including a sack at the end of the game that saved the Bears' 31-24 victory with the Illini threatening at the Cal 8 yard-line... Cal is among the least-penalized teams in the Pac-10 this year, with only 44 penalties in its eight games. (UA has 49 in 7 games)... Adimchinobe Echemandu, Cal's senior tailback, had 147 yards rushing against USC and 146 against Oregon State, and then was held to 42 by the Bruins last week. His 85.0 ypg ranks second in the league and 38th nationally... One-hundred-fifty pound punt returner Vinny Strang is among the national top 25 with a 12.7 average... Sophomore rover back Donnie McCleskey leads the team with 61 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. The sacks are tops nationally among defensive backs. He had 10 hits at UCLA... Senior offensive tackle Mark Wilson will enter the UA game with 43 starts to his credit... A group of eight junior college transfers have earned starting jobs or significant roles for the Bears this year... Cal switched back to artificial turf over the summer, replacing natural grass that had been in Memorial Stadium since 1995...
Arizona in 2003 Statistical Rankings
Category/Figure NCAA Pac-10Rushing/111.7 95 9Passing/175.1 98 10Pass Eff./92,65 108 9Total Offense/286.9 110 10Scoring/15.7 110 10Rush Def./175.0 85 10Pass Def./271.7 104 8Pass Eff. Def./146.29 103 10Total Def./446.7 103 10Scoring Def./34.3 106 10Net Punting/35.4 72 8Punt Ret./4.9 112 10KOR/16.7 110 9Turnover Margin/-.43 86 7Fumbles Lost/5 28 3Fumbles Rec./11 7 1Passes Had Int./15 115 10Passes Intercepted/6 68 8Turnovers Gained/17 31 4Turnovers Lost/20 103 10Individual Top 50:Punting - D. Baugher 42.4 35 6
Injury Report -- California Week
Out: OT Brandon Phillips (knee vs. Oregon), OG John Parada (knee, camp), both out for the year. Freshman DL Cedric Cofer had leg surgery during camp and will redshirt. Questionable: OG Reggie Sampay (knee at Purdue, missed TCU/WSU/UCLA). Probable: LB Justin Stewart (shoulder, missed TCU/WSU/UCLA).
The team will elect permanent team captains in November. Each Friday prior to then, the coaching staff nominates game captains. UTEP - LT Brandon Phillips, OLB Matt Molina, HB Mike Bell. LSU - LB Joe Siofele, QB Nic Costa, TE Steve Fleming. Oregon - C Keoki Fraser, DE Carlos Williams, OG Kili Lefotu. Purdue - RB Beau Carr, FS Clay Hardt. TCU - DT Carl Tuitavuki, PK Bobby Gill. WSU - Siofele, Fleming, OLB Andre Torrey. UCLA: CB Michael Jolivette, CB Luis Nunez, Keoki Fraser. California: TBA
Miscellany of Late...
...UA's offensive line held UCLA and WSU's league-best sack attack to zero sacks in the last two games. Against WSU the shutout came on 38 called pass plays... Those were two good jobs against solid defenses.
...In the UCLA game, UA's 519 yards in total offense was its most in 20 games, since it put up 578 yards in a 51-37 loss to Stanford on Nov. 10, 2001. The Cats had 510 yards in the season opener against Northern Arizona last year...
...Senior halfback Clarence Farmer got his first start in a year (Sept. 21, 2002 at Wisconsin) and like in that game posted a 100-yard day, with 25 carries for 122 net yards. He missed the last eight games of 2002 with an injury then gave way to Mike Bell for most of this year. Bell had his second-best game against the Bruins, with 94 yards on 8 totes. He (49 yards) and Farmer (29 yards) had some good breakaway runs vs. the Bruins, who were rated tops in the league in total defense at the time... They just missed becoming the first double-century pair since then-freshman Farmer (33-107) and QB Ortege Jenkins (11-104) did it against UCLA in 2000...
...UCLA seems to bring out some beast in the Cats. Arizona's 276 yards rushing vs. UCLA was its biggest total in the last 44 games, dating to a 307-yard effort it pegged against the Bruins on Oct. 30, 1999, in Los Angeles. Trung Canidate had 148 yards in that one to lead the UA effort, with freshman fullback Lance Briggs chipping in 52 yards. (He's now a Chicago Bears linebacker)...
...UA quarterbacks' four intercepted passes against UCLA puts the club at the bottom of Division I-A with 15 total. The school 'record' is 26 by the 1949 Wildcats. It's probable that the Cats won't challenge the mark. As offensive strategist John Mackovic pointed out earlier this year, only game experience can give young quarterbacks the smarts to avoid the mistake throws. Kris Heavner and Nic Costa are finding it's a truism...
...Redshirt freshman tight end Matt Padron caught his second seven-yard touchdown pass in as many games against UCLA. Same yardage and same play - UA inserted soph QB Nic Costa at the goal line and he rolls left... Padron and starter Steve Fleming, who was slowed by a sore ankle in recent weeks, have combined for 13 grabs, 151 yard and three TD receptions...
...The Cats 21 points in the first half against UCLA snapped a scoreless skein in first halves of five games from LSU through WSU...
...Inexplicably, kickers who do it nearly automatically in practice have posted a 2-for-7 mark on field goal tries this year. Bobby Gill (32) and Nicholas Folk (28) each missed against UCLA in a game lost by three points. Folk's was his first career attempt...
...Farmer's three catches (32 yards) vs. UCLA tied him with sophomore fullback Gilbert Harris for the most receptions (9) by running backs... Mike Bell led backs with 13 last year when the bulk of Jason Johnson's tosses were heading to since departed Bobby Wade (93) and Andrae Thurman (61)...
The Wildcat camp felt it made a sensational hire shortly before spring practice when Mike Hankwitz was tabbed to be defensive coordinator. He brought a different defensive approach and helped infuse new energy into the UA unit.
Then, six weeks into the season, Hankwitz was entrusted with more responsibility -- athletics director Jim Livengood secured his agreement Sept. 28 to serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season. He became UA's 27th head coach in its century-plus football history.
Long appreciated for his defensive success, Hankwitz, 55, takes the reins of a program for the first time. It's a step Livengood felt would ensure continuity and give the program its best chances for a rewarding 2003 season, in some fashion. The results in the past weeks have been promising to all connected with the UA football program.
The UA has begun a national search for the Wildcats' 28th head coach, and through the rest of the year Hankwitz' stewardship of the program will be critical. Hankwitz will be afforded consideration for the position, Livengood said.
Hankwitz joined the staff in March, delaying the start of spring practice a week or so, as the defensive staff installed the 3-4 defense and shelved the double-eagle flex UA had used since 1992. Injuries and some other losses of personnel since the conclusion of spring practice have since made it necessary for Hankwitz and the defensive staff to change the scheme to more of a 4-3.
Defensive coordinator at Texas A&M for the previous six years and a 33-year veteran of the coaching profession, Hankwitz' knowledge of the game and ability to teach have been a staple for many programs. He was coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Kansas from 1995-96, coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Colorado from 1988-94, outside linebackers and punt team coach for the Buffaloes from 1985-87 and coordinator and secondary coach at Western Michigan from 1982-84. Prior to that he served as outside linebackers and punters coach at Purdue from 1977-81 and was with the Arizona program under Jim Young from 1973-76, serving as defensive coordinator his final season in Tucson.
A 1970 graduate of Michigan and a three-year letterman, Hankwitz played on the Wolverines' 1969 Rose Bowl squad. He entered the coaching profession in 1970 as a graduate assistant, serving until 1972 when he was hired by Young to join the successful Wildcat teams of the early 1970s that posted a four-year record of 31-13 including twin 9-2 years in 1974-75.
As architect of Texas A&M's 'Wrecking Crew' defense, Hankwitz led the Aggies to Top-10 ratings in total defense, passing or scoring defense in 1988, 2000 and 2001. He coached Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award winner Day Nguyen in 1998, and coached three major national award winners at Colorado - Jim Thorpe Award winners Deon Figures ('92) and Chris Hudson ('94), and Butkus Award winner Alfred Williams ('90). He has coached nearly 20 players who later became National Football League professionals, including five punters. A noted special teams coach, seven of his punt teams ranked in the national top 10 during his 10 years at Colorado. The Buffaloes had the nation's sixth-best winning percentage in the nation from 1988-94.
Overall as a defensive coordinator, programs Hankwitz has worked with have posted a record of 148-68-6 during his tenure. Further, Hankwitz has more bowl experience than any other UA coach, with the Rose Bowl appearance as a player and 18 other bowl teams as a coach, including the 1990 Colorado national championship club, three Big Eight title squads, to Big Ten title teams, two Big 12 South title winners and one Big 12 championship club.
UA mentor Mike Hankwitz has the task of performing both head coaching duties and his normal workload as defensive coordinator. Some coaches do run their club's defense, but they have a 10th man on the staff. Arizona's mid-year switch from John Mackovic to Hankwitz puts a bit of a burden on the latter to go both ways. It's a new thing for him to examine, for example, the development of young quarterbacks, when his days used to be more focused on how the defense performed. Hankwitz has given considerable rein to coordinator Mike Deal and the offensive staff, but has spoken of the wider view and how it's an important aspect of his new situation. For the record, he remains in his coordinator's quarters and has not moved into the office occupied by UA's previous mentor. He doesn't have the time or taste for trappings.
The Last Time vs. California - Nov. 16, 2002, Berkeley
The albatross that followed Arizona to San Francisco Bay took off in another direction as the Cats earned their first Pac-10 victory of the year with an impressive 52-41 victory at California. The decision was most welcome after a Pac-10 season of difficulty and a week of self-examination following meetings between players and the UA president, a meeting between the players and coach John Mackovic and a mid-week news conference by Mackovic - along with all the attendant media scrutiny. Whatever the reason, the team went out and played like one in bringing home a needed victory. There was some improbability: the Cats had 492 yards passing and -5 rushing, but ran the ball for 29 yards on a definitive final scoring drive; UA scored 21 points in the fourth quarter - against 13 points combined in 10 previous fourth quarters; the Cats allowed a 94-yard kickoff return and a 60-yard blocked field goal return for scores, but Ray Wells ran an interception back 42 yards for a TD and Lamon Means ran a blocked punt in from 27 yards for another. Etc. Part of the etcetera was Jason Johnson's career-best passing day of 31-for-45, 492 yards and two scores, receivers Bobby Wade (11-222, 1 TD), Andrae Thurman (9-151) plus seven other guys catching a combined 11 balls, and UA's defense holding California to 58 net rushing yards and stopping the Bears when it counted. UA was held scoreless in the first quarter, took a 7-3 lead moments into the second stanza, and the game was tied at 17, 24 and 31 points before the Bears regained the lead, 34-31, at 12:37 in the fourth period. Four minutes later Johnson hooked up with tight end Justin Levasseur for the second of his touchdown receptions. UA kickoff man Ryan Slack caught his carom off a Cal player on the ensuing kick to get the ball back, and Wade capped a 73-yard drive with his touchdown grab to put UA up, 45-34. UA held for a 3-and-out, then marched 76 yards - highlighted by a 38-yard Wade catch and the running of freshmen Mike Bell, Gilbert Harris and Beau Carr (for the final TD) to make its point. Cal added another score but Arizona had already shaken off some demons.
Make No Bones About It
The Cats need to get on with it, hang tough, stay the course, go for broke, hammer away and leave no avenue unexplored. Et cetera. That's the way Mike Hankwitz coaches, and it's made UA an improving team in a tolerable camp despite the record. The schedule has been filled with good teams, with more to come. Playing ranked opponents in the fourth quarter with a chance to win each of the last three games has given the Wildcats resolve. After losing three games by a combined score of 166-30, Arizona hunkered down and reduced the deficit to 67-38 in the next trio. Five of the six losses came to teams ranked, or since ranked, in the Top 20. (All six if UCLA makes it). Arizona's 2003 schedule includes 10 bowl teams. Louisiana State, Purdue and TCU were ranked in preseason and Oregon and Purdue made the charts around the time of their games with UA, as did Washington State. Other Pac-10 Conference affiliates USC, Washington and Arizona State also earned preseason Top 25 status in the AP poll, while Oregon State's at No. 22 this week.
Cats Put Some Digits In Lights
Arizona had not scored in the first halves of Games 2-6 this year, then made a statement with 21 first half points (and an 11-point) lead against UCLA, the Pac-10's then top-rated defensive team. In the shutout streak, UA trailed at halftime by an average of 20 points. The Cats hung tougher against TCU and Washington State, facing only 7- and 13-point deficits after two periods. Everyone feels the five-game span of being outscored 102-0 in first halves is a thing of the past.
Heavner in National Kiddie Corps
Quarterback Kris Heavner has joined six other true freshmen around the country to start for a Division I-A team this year. Kevin Kolb of Houston, Reggie Ball of Georgia Tech, Brady Quinn of Notre Dame, Chris Leak of Florida, John Beck of BYU and Austin Everson of Ohio also have started games this year. Kolb and Ball are regulars. Arizona, with redshirt freshman Ryan O'Hara's start at Purdue Sept. 20, has had two freshman starters this year. Heavner's start against TCU made him the first Wildcat true freshman to start at the position since Ronnie Veal started almost exactly 16 years ago on Oct. 3, 1987, against Bowling Green in Tucson. The last true freshman quarterback to play was Brady Batten in 1993. He played in the season opener, handing off on the final play of the game against UTEP, and played in four other games the final drive of UA's victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. A shoulder injury forced him to redshirt in 1994. The last redshirt freshman to start at quarterback was Ortege Jenkins against San Diego State on Oct. 4, 1997, in Tucson. In his initial action, Veal rushed 23 times for 134 yards and three scores, and completed nine of 15 passes for 164 yards. The rushing figure stands as the most ever by a UA signal caller. In his debut, Jenkins completed 17 of 32 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, plus added 28 rushing yards on 11 totes. In Heavner's starting debut against TCU he completed 14 of 29 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. That was a week after his first action - 5-for-12, 55 yards, at Purdue. In O'Hara's start at Purdue, he completed seven of 15 passes for 39 yards.
A quartet of true freshmen regularly plays -- starting quarterback Kris Heavner, defensive lineman Clifton Stanford, kick returner Syndric Steptoe and strong safety Marcus Hollingsworth. Stanford and Hollingsworth each had their first career starts against UCLA, filling in for Carl Tuitavuki and Clay Hardt, respectively, who played but saw limited action due to ankle injuries. Steptoe has been the kickoff and punt returner all year. He has a 17.4 yard average on kickoff returns, with a long of 41 against Oregon, and a 3.5 average on eight punt returns with a long of 15 yards against TCU. Stanford has 10 tackles in five games, including a season-high four against UCLA. Hollingsworth plays on special teams also. He had a career-high seven tackles against UCLA and checks in with 16 total hits, plus a forced fumble. Heavner has three starts. The Cats also have used true freshman halfback Chris Henry, but a leg injury has limited him to two brief appearances and he might not be back in action this year. Redshirt freshmen who either have started (x games) or contributed include offensive guard Keith Jackson (4), defensive tackle Paul Philipp (2), tight end Matt Padron (2), quarterback Ryan O'Hara, linebacker John McKinney (1), linebacker Akin Akinniyi, quarterback Adam Austin, receiver Ryan Eidson, receiver Mike Jefferson, offensive guard Erick Levitre and safety Gary Shepard.
Kris Heavner (3), Ryan O'Hara (1) and Nic Costa (3) have started the 2003 games in that reverse order. The last time Arizona started three different quarterbacks in a season was in 1997, when Keith Smith and Jenkins shared the role and then-senior Brady Batten started the team's appearance in the Insight.com Bowl. George Malauulu (4), Billy Prickett (2) and Chuck Levy (4) each started regular-season games in 1991. Arizona coaches appear to have settled on the youngest of the trio, Heavner. In the opener Costa was effective passing (6-for-10, 119 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD) and running (3-33, 1 TD), plus led the team on four scoring drives in stewardship of six possessions. At Purdue he was the club's leading rusher, with 47 yards, but 1-for-4 throwing. O'Hara led the Cats on its other two scoring drives against UTEP including a nifty 79-yard touchdown throw to Lance Relford for O'Hara's first career TD toss. Against the Tigers, O'Hara complete seven throws in 20 attempts (79 yards) and had one intercepted. He led UA on its lone offensive scoring drive. He led the team on its two scoring drives against Oregon, including a season-best 11-play drive helped by a UO roughing-the-passer call. At Purdue, he had his first start and played much of the first half, completing seven of 15 passes for 39 yards. Heavner, in the first action of his career, led the team on its lone scoring drive at Purdue, with modest 5-for-12 throwing and one interception. He led the scoring drive at Washington State, but gave way to Costa for the final play, a five-yard TD toss to tight end Matt Padron. It was Costa's first action in eight quarters. Against UCLA, Heavner led the Cats on scoring drives of 80, and 40 yards, including a 39-yard TD throw. Costa finished the first of Heavner's drives with a goal-line roll-out scoring TD toss, then handed the ball to Mike Bell and Clarence Farmer on an 83-yard drive for UA's second TD. O'Hara has not played since the Purdue game. Quarterback-of- Record in Starts: Costa 1-2; O'Hara 0-1; Heavner 0-3... Picking on QBs: UA's throwers have tossed 13 interceptions, plus holder James Molina threw a pick on a broken field goal attempt and receiver Lance Relford opened the TCU game with an interception throw on a razzle-dazzle try...
Running Game Notes
Coaches put considerable focus on improving UA's 43-yards-per-game 2002 rushing attack. It was never so evident as in the last game when the Cats rushed for 276 yards against UCLA, their best effort in 44 games, against the No. 22 rushing defense. UA had success at the get-go vs. the Bruins, so they kept at it, with 42 eventual attempts, just under the 43 run against UTEP in the second-best rushing game of the year (217 yards). Clarence Farmer and Mike Bell showed the effectiveness so many expected of them prior to the season. Much credit goes to the offensive line, which appears in sync after three successive starts with the same unit. So far the Cats are averaging a modest 111 yards per, at 84.3 yards per game, but there is plenty of room for improvement. Farmer led the Pac-10 in 2001 with 1,229 yards rushing and leads the club with 305 yards this year. Bell leads backs year with a 5.1-yard average per carry. Quarterback Nic Costa, a breakaway rushing threat with a 41-yard run to his credit, leads all rushers with 6.8 yards per carry. QB Kris Heavner is mobile enough to have avoided negative yardage on nine of the 13 plays he's been forced to tuck it away. UA's front line was expected to be a very cohesive group after spring ball, but injuries made cross training necessary, with the loss of starter Brandon Phillips, potential starter John Parada and versatile starter Reggie Sampay. (He should be back for the Cal game and can play three positions). Redshirt freshman guard Keith Jackson's work on the left side has been a plus since he's started, while the return of sophomore right tackle Tanner Bell (missed the first four games) has given back stability on that side. Sophomore Kili Lefotu has played both guard and tackle. Two juniors have given UA some stability up front -- center Keoki Fraser and left tackle Chris Johnson, while junior transfer Tom Robinson has contributed as the backup center.
UA is doing a good job with 17 turnovers gained, to rank No. 12 nationally... but rates 109th nationally with 20 lost for a No. 82 rating in turnover margin (-.43.). Opponents have a near 2-1 margin in sudden-change scoring. Against UCLA, one interception (of 4) was returned for the eventual winning score, plus the Bruins had seven other TO points. Too, a bad snap on a punt try caused an unplanned run that gave UCLA the ball, but UA's defense held after that miscue. UA had two picks and a fumble recovery to keep its No. 4 national rating with 11 fumble recoveries. At WSU, Arizona was effective for most of the game, with three takeaways to none two late turnovers in a span of 82 seconds in the fourth quarter changed the complexion of the game. WSU took advantage and scored 14 turnover points. Against TCU, the Horned Frogs followed a Heavner interception with a 98-yard play - not exactly gift-wrapped points, but 'turnover' points nonetheless, plus Heavner threw another interception in overtime to end UA's possession after only two plays. TCU followed with the game-winning field goal. UA suffered its worst day at Purdue, where four turnovers led to 23 Purdue points. UA scored its lone touchdown after a Tony Wingate interception. Gift-wrapped possessions like a lost fumble at the UA 21 yard-line and an interception at the UA 22 yard-line helped Purdue make a couple of thank-you drives for touchdowns. Oregon also recovered a UA fumble inside the red-zone for a near freebie drive.
2003 Turnovers: Arizona 20, Opponents 17
Turnover Points: Arizona 42, Opponents 78
Michael Jolivette Hits Picks Chart
Senior cornerback Michael Jolivette intercepted the 12th pass of his career against UCLA, his second in as many weeks. Both thwarted red-zone opportunities by the opponents. Versus the Bruins he picked it off at the 3 yard-line; at Washington State he made the interception in the end zone to help Arizona stop a 1st-and-goal opportunity by an opponent for the only stop against 1st-and-goal in 14 such tries this season. Jolivette had five interceptions as a redshirt freshman, five as a sophomore, then was blanked last year when he missed most of the year with a knee injury. His 12th pick moved him into a tie for ninth on the Arizona career chart. Excluding two players (Ricky Hunley, Tony Bouie) on the chart who had career 'intercepted fumbles' under the old rule (the ball not hitting the ground), he's tied at No. 8. (Those guys had 11 interceptions and two intercepted fumbles.) He needs one more interception to tie for sixth on the list. Jolivette already is Arizona's career leader in passes defensed with 42, four more than former All-American safety Chuck Cecil (who's atop the INT chart with 21).
UA senior halfback Clarence Farmer's 122-yard game against UCLA moved him into sixth place on UA's all-time rushing chart. He has 2,509 yards. He has a chance, albeit a tough chore with five games remaining, to become only the fifth Arizona player to rush for 3,000 yards. David Adams (2,571 from 1984-86) is ahead of him in the No. 5 slot on the career rushing chart. Were it not for an injury that kept him out of the final eight games of the 2002 season, Farmer had a chance to be the only Wildcat to lead the Cats in rushing for four consecutive years - assuming he could do so this year. Since 1958, four Wildcat backs have led the club in rushing in three years - Hubert Oliver (1978-80), David Adams (1984-86), Ontiwaun Carter (1992-94) and Trung Canidate (1997-99). All four of those backs are ahead of Farmer on the all-time career rushing chart.
Time Is On Their Side
Arizona's defense has played eight games, figuratively speaking. The Wildcats trail in time of possession by an overall margin of 43 minutes and 22 seconds, meaning the defensive unit has been on the field quite a bit. The LSU to TCU games skewed the factor, and UA actually led in time of possession against UTEP and the Bruins. Arizona has been economical with its offense - its 16 scoring drives have covered an average of 64 yards and taken 2:29 off the clock. The Cats just need more of them.
The Scoring Zone
Red-zone figures show Arizona enjoys its advantage both ways. The Cats did blow a 1st-and-goal chance against UCLA, coming up empty with two missed field goals after 20 yard-line penetrations, but also scored two touchdowns on two other opportunities. Defensively the Cats halted UCLA three times in six tries, and held UCLA to 17 of 42 potential red-zone points. A week earlier, Arizona mustered some red-zone defense and held Washington State to one touchdown in four trips. The Cats also came up with their first total denial of an opponents' 1st-and-goal incursion when Michael Jolivette intercepted a pass in the end zone. That's one of the promising figures for the Arizona defense - making it tougher when the field is short. Opponents have scored touchdowns only 52 percent of the time inside UA's 20 yard-line. Offensively, UA opened the year with four touchdowns in four penetrations inside UTEP's 20 yard-line; since then: 8 trips for four TDs and one FG. Last year UA made touchdowns only 44 percent of the time in the scoring zone.
Arizona: 12 Scoring Zone Possessions - 9 scores (8 TD, 1 FG) = 75% scoring; 67% TD
Opponents: 31 Scoring Zone Possessions - 24 scores (16 TD + 8 FG) = 78% scoring; 52% TD
1st-and-Goal: Arizona - 6 times, 5 TD. Opponents - 14 times, 11 TD + 2 FG.
Arizona's renewed running game helped it convert a modest six third-down plays in 14 tries against UCLA, and that's a good sign.
UA was 0-for-13 on third down conversion attempts at WSU and has suffered a 17-for-86 third-down conversion rate in the five losses, including a 1-for-13 evening on third down against LSU. Overall Arizona sits at 25% success entering the Cal game. Against UTEP the team had a decent night, with eight successful plays in 16 tries. Opponents have a better success rate. UTEP was modestly successful with 7 conversions in 18 attempts, while LSU was 7-for-12 and Oregon 8-for-17. Purdue was 7-for-16. UA did a good job against TCU, holding it to a 4-for-19 rate, its best defensive effort of the year. WSU was 6-for-15, the Bruins 7-for-15. The Horned Frogs faced 14 third-and-long plays (5 yards or more). UA's defense forced WSU and UCLA to each face 11 plays of 3rd-and-5 or longer.
Arizona on third down: 25/102, 25%
Opponents on third down: 46-112, 41%
Arizona faced 3rd-and-long (5 or more yards): 84 plays; (51 of at least 3rd-and-8)
Opponent faced 3rd-and-long: 75 plays; (26 of at least 3rd-and-8)
Arizona's offensive line and blocking backs held UCLA to zero quarterback sacks. (The defense didn't get any against UCLA, either.) Arizona had three sacks at Washington State and held the noted Cougar sackistry to zip. The Cats have a season edge of 15-12. The Cats rank seventh in the league with their 15 sacks and rank fifth in the league allowing only 12. Defensive end Matt Molina leads the club with four, while linebacker Joe Siofele and end Andre Torrey have two each. The Cats had five against TCU, their best effort of the year. (TCU had four.) UA also did not get to the QB against Oregon or Purdue, while those teams had three apiece. Against LSU, the club corralled the quarterback three times. Against the Miners in the season opener, UA recorded four sacks and its offensive line did not allow a sack. Against LSU the line did a good job of holding the Tigers to two sacks. The Cats were No. 7 nationally among I-A teams with 74 quarterback sacks from 2000-2001, but last year slipped to 26 sacks, ninth in the league. On the other side of the ball, the 2002 team was last in the league in allowing 52 sacks by opponents.
Season Odds & Ends...
Weird ...Arizona and opponents have attempted 222 passes each this season... Opponents have run the ball 111 times more than Arizona has. Not so weird - in view of the early struggles for UA - is the total plays advantage, 551 to 440, opponents have posted...
Tackling ...Sophomore strong safety Lamon Means had a career-high 11 tackles and knocked down two passes at Washington State. He's the third-leading tackler (45) on the team behind free safety Darrell Brooks (48) and rover linebacker Clay Hardt (46). Mike linebacker Joe Siofele has 42. The last defensive back to lead Arizona in tackles was sophomore free safety Tony Bouie (a 1994 All-American) with 86 on UA's 4-7 club in 1992... Cornerback Gary Love had nine tackles in the UCLA game...
WR ...Sophomore Biren Ealy's five catches for 100 yards against the Bruins was UA's second 100-yard game of the year. Junior WR Ricky Williams' 135 reception yards on five catches against TCU was the first. Both were individual firsts for the pair, who are developing into a solid twosome. Last year UA had Bobby Wade (93 catches) and Andrae Thurman (61), plus a veteran QB. Williams and Ealy are helping UA's young signal callers... OL ...Redshirt freshman left guard Keith Jackson had his third start against UCLA, and right tackle Tanner Bell started for the second time this year... UA's continuity on the front line was changed by the loss of RT Brandon Phillips in the Oregon game, but guys are stepping up...
ST ...Sophomore punter Danny Baugher appears to have put an end to competition between himself and senior James Molina. Both had punted in games since about mid way through the 2002 season, until Baugher began an exclusive stretch in the TCU game. In that contest he had eight punts for a 47.6 individual figure and 44.3 net punting. He followed that with a career-high 11 punts for a 42.5 average against Washington State. Earlier, at Purdue he had a 43.4 average on eight kicks. Arizona's net punting is improving since the Purdue game and now sits at 35.4 yards... UA had punted 49 times in five weeks - 10 vs. LSU, nine vs. Oregon, 11 at Purdue, eight vs. TCU and the baker's dozen at Wazzu, before a 500-yard offensive day against UCLA kept it to only two punts... Baugher rates No. 35 nationally with his punting average (42.4 pp) and the Cats are 72nd nationally in net punting...Punt 2 ...With UA's 0-for-11 third-down conversion mark at WSU, punter Danny Baugher trotted out and kicked 11 times, just two shy of the individual school record of 13 by three different UA punters four different times... At that rate, the Cats could top the school mark of 92 punts by the 1967 team. UA has 55 punts, 9.16 per game. The '75 club had the 92 in 10 games for a 9.20 per game mark...Rushing ...Four opponents ran the ball more than 50 times against Arizona in September, and had success doing do: LSU 56-182, Oregon 56-210, Purdue 52-292, TCU 56-206. The Boilermakers' rushing total was the most against Arizona in the past 14 games (North Texas, 2002, 280 yards), and the most since Arizona State ran for 450 yards in the 1996 season finale...
Rush D ... Horned Frog Robert Merrill (31-148) and Boilermaker Jerome Brooks (21-122) pinned back-to-back century games on the Cats, but those were the only two individual 100-yard efforts against UA this year...
Passing ...True freshman quarterback Kris Heavner's 276 yards passing against TCU was the most by a true freshman since Tom Tunnicliffe threw for 328 yards on a 23-for-38 day at Washington in 1981 (UA lost, 45-22)... Heavner came down to Earth at WSU, completing a career-high 18 throws (35 attempts) for 128 yards... The 91 passing yards two UA quarterbacks totaled against LSU was the team's lowest aerial output since the 2000 club had 89 yards passing against Oregon State in Tucson. UA had 108 at Purdue this year, 113 against the Beavers in 2001 and 116 last season, the three previous lowest single-game passing totals in the past two-plus seasons... Arizona did not throw an interception against Oregon, its only pick-free game of the year... Arizona's five 400-yard passing games in the past two years is the Pac-10's highest total, and the Cats' six 400-yard passing games since 1996 rated No. 9 nationally entering the year...
Pass D ...Six quarterbacks torched the Cats in the first half of the year. TCU's Brandon Hassell threw a 98-yard touchdown pass, the longest play ever run against Arizona, near the close of the second quarter. He finished with 246 yards on 12 completions - 21 yards a pop. LSU quarterbacks Matt Mauck and Marcus Randall completed 71 percent of their throws for 11.96 yards per attempt, including a throw each (Mauck, 48 yards; Randall, 55 yards) for scoring bombs. The Ducks' Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife combined for 69 percent completions for 283 yards and scoring tosses of 65 yards (Clemens) and 30 yards (Fife). Purdue's Kyle Orton completed 16 of 28 throws for 261 yards and three scores, including TD darts of 35, 81 and 43 yards. The 81-yard play came with under a minute remaining in the first half and changed the complexion of a 17-0 game. All of those teams had success running the ball - each garnered over 200 yards. Washington State's Matt Kegel completed 18 of 32 throws for 315 yards and two scores including an 84-yard bomb to Devard Darling.
3&Out ...UA improved to only two 3-and-out possessions against UCLA. The Cats had 10 three-and-out possessions against TCU... ...Arizona has held opponents to 17 total possessions of three plays or less. Opponents have forced the Cats into 48 total three-and-out possessions...
NFL ...Sixteen Wildcats were on NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters. They included offensive lineman Kevin Barry of Green Bay, linebacker Brant Boyer of Cleveland, linebacker Lance Briggs of Chicago, linebacker Tedy Bruschi of New England, tailback Trung Canidate of Washington, tight end Brandon Manumaleuna of St. Louis, cornerback Chris McAlister of Baltimore, offensive lineman Frank Middleton of Oakland, punter Josh Miller of Pittsburgh, offensive lineman Edwin Mulitalo of Baltimore, receiver Dennis Northcutt of Cleveland, linebacker Antonio Pierce of Washington, linebacker DaShon Polk of Buffalo, linebacker Joe Tafoya of Chicago, receiver Bobby Wade of Chicago and linebacker Ray Wells of Tennessee. Quarterback Jason Johnson was in the Bills' camp until the start of the regular season. Nine-game 2002 starting linebacker Marcus Bell of Seattle also was released prior to opening weekend.Top 25 ...Since the start of the 2000 season, Arizona is 1-15 against ranked teams. Its lone victory came against No. 18 USC in Los Angeles in 2000...
OL Starts ...Offensive guard Reggie Sampay had quietly built up a total of 28 starts at three different positions in the middle of UA's offensive front - five at center and two at left guard as a true freshman in 2000; six at left guard and two at center in 2001; one at center, four at right guard and four at left guard last year; and three at left guard and one at right guard this season. A knee injury against Purdue kept him on the sidelines for the past three games. Junior center Keoki Fraser gives UA some more continuity, with 21 starts at center, broken as a streak by the season opener a year ago when he was banged up. That gives him 18 consecutive starts...
Grabs ...UA sophomore receiver Biren Ealy has 29 receptions for 395 yards, and three scores. That gives him a chance to break into UA's single-season Top 10 receptions chart, where Richard Dice (56 in 1994) sits at No. 10 on the list. Dice had some more experience on the field at the quarterback spot than does Ealy. Dan White was a returning junior starter in 1994...
Deficit ... The Purdue scoring margin of 52 points was the eighth-biggest lopsided beating UA has endured. The all-time deficit was a 75-0 loss to Michigan State in 1949...
TOP ...Arizona had its longest possession of the season against TCU, marching for 5 minutes and 11 seconds (10 plays, 68 yards) before missing a field goal. Two other season high-water drive marks came on two scoring drives against Oregon, with an 11-play drive (most plays) for a field goal in the third quarter and a 10-play, 97-yard (most yards) drive using 4:14 for a touchdown in the fourth period. UA had an 11-play drive (3:56) against UCLA, but it ended in a missed field goal - the one that would have tied the game in the fourth quarter... UA had more time of possession in the UTEP and UCLA games. Overall, the Cats are slowly gaining in time of possession in the past month, and trail opponents by a -6:12 average margin...Picks
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Arizona Football On TV
The California game will not be televised. Other games are under consideration by Pacific-10 Conference television partners. One other UA game (at ASU) has been pre-selected for national television and UA partner FSNA may produce additional games. Fox Sports Digital Nets also will distribute games produced by FSN this year.
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 Francisco Romero and Luis Fernando Perez. KNST's broadcast is available on the Internet for $6.95 monthly, through RealNetworks at arizonaathletics.com. Live GameTracker stats can be followed at arizonaathletics.com.
Head coach Mike Hankwitz' weekly radio and television shows are produced by KNST Radio, with host Brian Jeffries and the coach taping during 'Mondays in the Huddle,' a public gathering at McMahon's Steakhouse at noon Mondays. The radio show airs at 6 p.m. Tuesdays on KNST-790 AM and the TV segment is broadcast at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on KWBA-58.
2003 Arizona Football Depth Chart - California week, Oct. 4
WR 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 197, *Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 83 Mike Jefferson, 6-1, 205, *Fr., RS, El Paso, Texas (Parkland) 4 Ryan Eidson, 5-9, 157, *Fr., SQ, Moraga, Calif. (De La Salle)LT 59 Chris Johnson, 6-3, 323, *Jr., 1L, Houston, Texas (North Shore)69 John Abramo, 6-4, 294, *So., SQ, Los Altos Hills, Calif. (St. Francis)LG 79 Keith Jackson, 6-5, 285, *Fr., RS, Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood) 78 Phil Clark, 6-4, 306, Jr., JC, Newbury Park, Calif. (NPHS/Moorpark CC)C 67 Keoki Fraser, 6-3, 301, *Jr., 2L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 63 Tom Robinson, 6-4, 317, Jr., JC, La Mirada, Calif. (LMHS/Fordham/Cerritos)RG 66 Kili Lefotu, 6-5, 309, So., 1L, Riverside, Calif. (Arlington) 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 298, Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (North Shore) 71 Erick Levitre, 6-1, 262, *Fr., RS, Ben Lomond, Calif. (San Lorenzo Valley)RT 72 Tanner Bell, 6-8, 314, So., 1L, Castroville, Calif. (North Monterey County) 76 Peter Graniello, 6-6, 294, Fr., HS, El Paso, Texas (Coronado)TE 87 Steve Fleming, 6-6, 260, *Jr., 2L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) 46 Matt Padron, 6-5, 265, *Fr., RS, San Antonio, Texas (Clark) 88 Clarence McRae, 6-2, 235, *Jr., JC, Deltona, Fla. (Pueblo/Arizona WesternWR 82 Biren Ealy, 6-2, 175, So., 1L, Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls)84 Ricky Williams, 6-2, 209, *Jr., 1L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei) 1 Syndric Steptoe, 5-9, 179, Fr., HS, Bryan, Texas (Bryan)QB 12 Kris Heavner, 6-2, 219, Fr., HS, Johnson City, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson) 7 Nic Costa, 5-11, 211, *So., 1L, Aloha, Ore. (Aloha) 15 Ryan O'Hara, 6-6, 198, *Fr., RS, Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)HB 11 Mike Bell, 6-0, 210, *So., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson) or 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 218, Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington)FB 36 Gilbert Harris, 6-2, 222, So., 1L, San Antonio, Texas (Churchill)35 Sean Jones, 5-11, 230, So., 1L, Houston , Texas (North Shore)48 Pedro Limon, 6-0, 244, *So., SQ, Douglas, Ariz. (Douglas)
LE 51 Copeland Bryan, 6-4, 242, *So., 1L, San Jose, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep) 56 Andre Torrey, 6-4, 237, *Jr., RS, Alameda, Calif. (Alameda/Laney CC)DT 92 Carlos Williams, 6-4, 298, Jr., 2L, Denver, Colo. (Montbello) 62 Clifton Stanford, 6-4, 277, Fr., HS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson)DT 90 Carl Tuitavuki, 6-3, 325, Sr., 1L, Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro/Ricks CC) 94 Paul Philipp, 6-3, 290, *Fr., RS, San Bernardino, Calif., San Bernardino) 93 Shawn Pack, 6-3, 287, Fr., SQ, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)RE 55 Marcus Smith, 6-6, 235, So., 1L, San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay 49 Matt Molina, 6-1, 237, *Sr., 3L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)MLB 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 245, *Sr., 3L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis) 40 John McKinney, 6-0, 223, *Fr., RS, Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove)57 Justin Stewart, 6-1, 246, *Jr., SQ, Woodinville, Wash., (Redmond)WLB 25 Kirk Johnson, 6-1, 223, Jr., 2L, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline) 44 Patrick Howard, , 5-11, 228, *Jr., 2L, La Marque, Texas (La Marque)ROV 33 Clay Hardt, 6-1, 199, *Sr., 3L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) 17 Gary Shepard, 5-11, 202, *Fr., RS, Spring, Texas (Westfield)CB 9 Gary Love, 5-9, 175, *Sr., 3L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson) 10 Zeonte Sherman, 5-11, 192, Jr., JC, St. Petersburg, Fla. (Pinellas/Ariz.WesternSS 19 Lamon Means, 6-3, 196, So., 1L, Galena Park, Texas (Galena Park) 24 Marcus Hollingsworth, 5-10, 198, Fr., HS, San Diego, Calif. (San Diego)FS 6 Darrell Brooks, 61, 202, *So., Moreno Valley, (Moreno Valley) 30 Tony Wingate, 6-1, 210, *Jr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Sahuaro) 46d Lee Patterson, 5-8, 168, *Sr., SQ, Phoenix, Ariz. (Moon Valley/Adams State)CB 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 180, *Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (North Shore)13 Luis Nunez, 6-0, 191, *Jr., RS, San Diego, Calif. (Hilltop/Southwestern CC)
PK 28 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 190, *Sr., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)16 Nicholas Folk, 6-2, 203, *Fr., RS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame)KO 20 James Molina, 5-10, 206, Sr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC) or 16 Nicholas Folk, 6-2, 203, *Fr., RS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame) P 43 Danny Baugher, 5-10, 200, So., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe) 20 James Molina, 5-10, 206, Sr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC)Holder 20 James MolinaSnappers 53 Tom Robinson, 42 Joe SiofeleReturns 82 Biren Ealy, 1 Syndric Steptoe, 9 Gary Love, 32 Clarence Farmer
The Last Time Arizona...
Returned a punt for a TD: Bobby Wade (60 yards) at Washington, 2000
Returned a blocked punt for a TD: Lamon Means at California, 2002 (27 yards, Lance Relford 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 1998
Returned an interception for a TD LB Ray Wells (42 yards) at California, 2002; Brandon Nash (13 yards) at Arizona State, 2001
Returned a fumble for a TD: CB Zeonte Sherman (1 yard) vs. LSU, 2003
Blocked a punt for a safety: Andrae Thurman at San Diego State, 2001
Scored a safety: Blocked punt (Andrae Thurman), at San Diego State, 2001
Did not score: at Washington, 1991 (UW 54 0)
Did not score a touchdown: at Oregon State, 2002 (OSU 38-3)
A back ran for 200 yards: Trung Canidate (33 221) at OSU, 1999
A back ran for 100 yards: Clarence Farmer (25-122) vs. UCLA, 2003; Mike Bell (13-119, 1 TD) vs. UTEP, 2003
Team rushed for 100 yards vs. UTEP (43-217, 4 TD), 2003; (vs. UCLA 42-276, 0 TD), 2003;
Rushed for 250 yards vs. Oregon (36-258, 1 TD), 2001; (vs. UCLA 42-276, 0 TD), 2003;
Rushed for 275 yards vs. UCLA (42-276, 0 TD), 200at UCLA (49-307, 3 TD), 1999
Rushed for negative yardage at California (32- -5), 2002; at Oregon State (25- -23), 2002
A quarterback ran for 100 yards Ortege Jenkins (11 104) vs. UCLA, 2000
A quarterback passed for 200 yards Kris Heavner (29-14-3-276-1) vs. TCU, 2003
A quarterback passed for 300 yards Jason Johnson (41-23-1-302-2) vs. Oregon, 2002
A quarterback passed for 400 yards Jason Johnson (45-31-1-492-4), at California, 2002 (also at Washington, vs. Utah)
Team 300 yards passing vs. Oregon, 2002 (41-23-1-302-2), 2002 (preceded two 400-yard games)
Team 400 yards passing at California, 2002 (45-31-1-492-4), 2002
Had 400 yards in total offense vs. UCLA (72-519, 7.1 per play; 276 rush/243 pass)
A receiver had 100 yards Biren Ealy (5-100, 1 TD) vs. UCLA, 2003; Ricky Williams (5-131) vs. TCU, 2003
A receiver had 200 yards Bobby Wade (11-222, 1 TD) at California, 2002
Two receivers had 100 yards Bobby Wade (11-222, 1 TD), Andrae Thurman (9-157), at California, 2002
Two players rushed for 100 yards: C. Farmer (33 107) and O. Jenkins (11 104) vs. UCLA, 2000
A player intercepted two passes LB Ray Wells (42 yds-TD, 3 yds) at California, 2002
Blocked a punt: Lance Relford (returned for TD) at California, 2002; Michael Jolivette (2) vs. Northern Arizona, 2002
Blocked a field goal: Carlos Williams vs. WSU, 2002; Mike Schwertley at Washington, 2002; Williams vs. North Texas, 2002
Blocked a PAT kick: Peter Hansen at USC, 2000; Antonio Pierce at USC, 2000
Scored a 2 pt. conversion: Jason Johnson to Andrae Thurman pass at San Diego State, 2001
Missed a PAT kick: Bobby Gill vs. LSU, 2003 (wide from 35 yards [penalty])
Made a field goal: Bobby Gill (30 yards) vs. TCU, 2003 (1-for-2)
Missed a field goal: Nick Folk (28 yards) vs. UCLA, 2003 (0-for-1)
Beat a ranked team: 31 15 at USC (No.18), 2000
Lost to a ranked team: 7-30 at Washington State (No. 14), 2003
Beat an unranked team: 42-7 vs. UTEP, 2003
Lost to an unranked team: 21-24 vs. UCLA, 2003
Won as a ranked team: 53 47 vs. Washington State (Arizona No. 22), 2000
Won as an unranked team: 42-7 vs. UTEP, 2003
Lost as a ranked team: 24 27 vs. UCLA, 2000 (Arizona No. 24)
Lost as an unranked team: 21-24 vs. UCLA, 2003
Played in tie breaker game: 10-13 vs. TCU, 2003 (1 OT); 2-3 all time in overtime games
The last time an Opponent...
Returned a punt for a TD: Skyler Green (62 yards), vs. LSU, 2003
Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Kenny Farley (24 yards), at Oregon State, 2001
Returned a blocked FG for a TD: James Bethea (60 yards), at California, 2002
Returned a kickoff for TD: LaShaun Ward (94 yards) at California, 2002
Returned an interception for a TD: Rodney Leisle (55 yards) vs. UCLA, 2003; Jason David (34 yards) at No. 14 Washington State, 2003
Returned a fumble for a TD: Coy Wire (89 yards), Stanford, 2001
Scored a safety: Washington State (sack forces fumbled ball thru endzone), 2002
Did 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: Justin Medlock (32 yards), vs. UCLA, 2003 (1-for-2)
Missed a field goal: Justin Medlock (35 yards), vs. UCLA, 2003 (1-for-2
Missed a PAT kick: John Anderson at Washington, 2002
Rushed for 200 yards: TCU 56-206), 2003
Rushed for 250 yards: at Wisconsin (47-260), 2002
Rushed for 275 yards: at Purdue (52-292), 2003
Rushed for negative yardage at UCLA (30- -31), 1999
A back ran for 100 yards: Robert Merrill (31-148) vs. TCU, 2003
Two backs ran for 100 yards each: Brian Allen (23-143) and Kenneth Tolon (12-100) vs. Stanford, 2001
Had 400 yards in total offense at Washington State (79-513, 6.5), 2003
A back ran for 200 yards: Reuben Droughns (45 202) vs. Oregon, 1999
A quarterback passed for 300 yards Matt Kegel (32-18-1-315-2), at Washington State, 2003
A receiver had 100 yards Craig Bragg (6-105, 0 TD) vs. UCLA, 2003
Blocked a punt: Keith Lewis (partial). vs. Oregon, 2003
Blocked a field goal: Lorenzo Alexander (Bobby Gill 44-yard attempt), at California, 2002
Blocked a PAT kick: Idaho, 2001 (Sean Keel attempt)
Scored a 2 pt. conversion: QB John Welsh to Kevin O'Connell vs. Idaho, 2001