Cats And Dawgs On Homecoming
Nov. 4, 2003
The Game - The University of Arizona Wildcats (1-8, 0-5 in the Pac-10) play host to the Washington Huskies (5-4, 3-2) in a Pacific-10 Conference home game Saturday, Nov. 8. Kickoff in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium is set for 4 p.m. (MST). Fox Sports Net Arizona will produce the game for tape-delay showing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, and at 12 noon Monday, Nov. 10, with Dave Sitton and Larry Smith describing the play for FSNA. The University of Arizona campus will be celebrating its 87th annual Homecoming...
Some Game Themes - The Cats play host to the Dawgs for the first time in four years...Arizona plays the final quarter of its schedule against the three teams picked in preseason to finish 1-2-3 in the league, starting with the Huskies (No. 3)... The Cats hope to put a fence around UW's Cody Pickett and receiver Reggie Williams, two of the league's prolific offensive career leaders... Arizona tries to snap its school-record eight-game losing streak... UA also fights to snap its home league losing streak of 13 consecutive games... UW fights to solidify its upper-division standing and bowl hopes...
The Series - Washington leads 14-4-1 and has won the last four games in the series including last year's 32-28 victory in Seattle... Arizona has not beaten Washington in Tucson in 11 years. Washington leads in games played in Tucson, 5-2-1, including the last game held at Arizona Stadium, in 1999 (33-25)... Arizona's only victories in Tucson came against the No. 1-ranked Huskies in 1988 (16-13) and during UA's 10-2 season of 1992 (16-3)... UW's best streak came when UA joined the Pac-10, with the Huskies winning five consecutive games from 1978 to 1984... The Huskies have come from behind in the fourth quarter to win three of the last four in the series, and the last five games have been decided by a combined 21 points... Arizona is 49-30-5 in games played during Homecoming Weekend and is 1-2-1 vs. Washington in such games...
The Coaches - Arizona: Mike Hankwitz (Michigan '70), enters his fourth game as UA's interim head coach (0-4), 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. Washington: Keith Gilbertson (Central Washington '71), first year at UW (5-4), eighth year overall as a head coach (53-41). Gilbertson was hired as head coach in July after serving the past three years as offensive coordinator. He was head coach at Idaho from 1986-88 and at California from 1992-95. He is 0-3 against the Wildcats as a head coach
Arizona Last Week - Arizona played two different halves of football and again re-discovered that system's shortcomings, and Oregon State did a bunch of things in 10 minutes in the first half to eventually roll over the Cats, 52-23, in chilly Corvallis. The Beavers took their second possession 78 yards in 10 plays for a first-quarter lead, keyed by the passing of Derek Anderson. Four minutes later, a 63-yard drive made it 14-0. One minute later Kenny Farley blocked a Danny Baugher punt deep in UA territory to set up a 2-yard scoring drive. Three minutes later the Beavers used a sack and a good punt return to get good field position and drive 50 yards in four plays for a 28-0 lead. Late in the first half, a 32-yard Anderson pass set up yet another drive and the Beavers walked to the locker room up by five touchdowns. Trailing 45-7 with nine minutes on the clock in the third period, freshman Marcus Hollingsworth returned a kickoff to the UA 31 yard-line and the Cats rode halfback Mike Bell hard, handing him the ball five consecutive times (plus used two of OSU's 17 penalties) including a 10-yard rush for a score. The Beavers were not finished, tacking on the fourth Steven Jackson touchdown of the day to make it 52-7. UA scored on a safety caused by a bad punt snap. Kris Heavner's 27-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Williams made it 52-16 after seven more exchanges of possession, then UA linebacker Patrick Howard intercepted a pass and returned it to the OSU 17 yard-line to set up a final UA score. Heavner tossed a pass to receiver Mike Jefferson from nine yards out. The Cats took minimal solace in their 23-17 second-half scoring edge, but it was better than taking a pounding without getting back up. Bell finished with 106 rushing yards on a career-high 25 carries, matching league leader Steven Jackson (28-107). OSU's air attack (333 yards, four TD tosses) took over with their ground game (net of 93 yards) in check. In the end, it all added up to a school-record eighth consecutive loss for the Wildcats.
Noting the Huskies...
Univeristy of Washington ** Seattle ** Enrollment: 34,000 ** Colors: Purple & Gold ** Conference: Pacific-10 ** 2002 Record:7-6
The Huskies are working for a 27th consecutive season at .500 or better, and a 15th consecutive year with the same mark in league play... Senior quarterback Cody Pickett has thrown for 9,187 career yards on 716 completions, 49 of which have gone for scores. He's THE guy in Washington quarterbacking history by a mile. He had the school-record 455-yard game against Arizona in 2001. He's averaging about 37 throws per game this year and has accumulated 2,284 yards... Plenty of his throws go to junior receiver Reggie Williams, who has 65 grabs and eight touchdowns to rank seventh nationally in catches per game. Reggie's snared 219 career receptions and has an easy shot at the Pac-10 record of 248 by Troy Walters if he has a typical year in 2004. He'll most likely pass former UA great Dennis Northcutt at No. 4 (223 catches) this week. He's caught a pass in 34 consecutive games... Junior receiver Charles Frederic adds 41 catches, plus has a sparkling punt return average of 13.0 yards, No. 19 nationally... Senior tailback Rich Alexis, who missed the last two games with a thigh injury, has averaged 71 yards per game this year and is the Huskies No. 6 all-time rusher with 2,371 yards. He can pass the legendary Hugh McElhenny at No. 5 (2,499) sometime soon. He's crossed the goal line 28 times in his career... Fill-in tailback Shelton Sampson, however, scored three TDs and rushed for 131 yards against the Ducks on Saturday... Junior cornerback Derrick Johnson has eight interceptions in the past 12 regular-season games. He has four picks this year... Senior DE Terry Johnson leads the club with 15.5 tackles for loss. He also has three career touchdowns - two on interceptions and one on a fumble recovery... Senior inside linebacker Marquis Cooper has knocked down four passes and leads the club with 69 tackles... Washington ranks among the league's upper half in net punting (38.3), thanks in large part to walk-on senior punter Garth Erickson (41.7). Meantime, walk-on junior Evan Knudson - who like Erickson had not played before this year - has made 10 of 16 field goal tries... Offensive linemen Todd Bachert (33), Khalif Barnes (34) and Nick Newton (32) have started a slew of games for the Huskies. Barnes is a junior and the other two are seniors, giving the UW front an experience factor of some note... UW has 20 turnovers this year and has seen opponents score 62 points off the miscues, but UW was mistake-free last week... The Dawgs have had 17 players catch passes this year, the most ever for a UW team... UW tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Scott Pelluer was on Arizona's staff in 2001 and 2002 as outside linebackers coach and ST coordinator... ...Washington is 8-8 since it beat UA last year in Seattle...
Arizona in 2003 Statistical RankingsCategory/Figure NCAA Pac-10Rushing/119.2 92 6Passing/174.3 94 9Pass Eff./93.88 110 9Total Offense/293.6 110 9Scoring/16.3 107 10Rush Def./182.8 88 10Pass Def./261.3 102 7Pass Eff. Def./145.60 102 10Total Def./444.1 105 10Scoring Def./37.1 112 10Net Punting/35.2 69 9Punt Ret./5.0 115 10KOR/17.3 109 9Turnover Margin/-.44 85 9Fumbles Lost/5 15 2Fumbles Rec./12 12 3Passes Had Int./18 116 10Passes Intercepted/7 79 9Turnovers Gained/19 39 5Turnovers Lost/23 96 7Individual Top 50:Punting - D. Baugher 42.6 29 5
The team will elect permanent team captains in November. Each Friday prior to then, the coaching staff nominates game captains. They are (with repeaters in italics):
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 - LB Joe Siofele, TE Steve Fleming, OLB Andre Torrey.
UCLA: CB Michael Jolivette, CB Luis Nunez, C Keoki Fraser. California: DE Andre Torrey, DT Carl Tuitavuki, LT Chris Johnson.
Oregon State: S Marcus Hollingsworth, CB Gary Love, WR Ricky Williams.
The Last Time vs. Washington - Oct. 12, 2002 - Husky Stadium, Seattle
For the third consecutive year, Arizona played well enough to win for 58 minutes, only to have Washington steal victory in the final two minutes of play. This time it was a Cody Pickett-to-Reggie Williams 80-yard touchdown pass with 2:03 to go in the fourth quarter to seal Arizona's fate in a 32-28 Washington win. It added more fourth-quarter heroics to UW's mastery over Arizona - and gave it a third consecutive victory by a total margin of only 10 points in the games. The Pickett-to-Williams combination overshadowed an outstanding performance by Arizona's Jason Johnson, who set two school records in the contest. Johnson completed a school-record 29 passes (in 41 attempts) for a record 443 yards and three scores in the defeat. As usual, Bobby Wade and Andrae Thurman were the key targets, as each topped the 100-yard receiving plateau in the same game for the second time during the season. Wade caught 10 balls for 155 yards and two scores, while Thurman tallied nine for 142. With a roster that included 13 walk-ons, Arizona managed to put itself in a position to win by getting key contributions from some of its unknowns, including a TD from halfback Beau Carr on the second carry of his career and a blocked field goal by Michael Schwertley.
Miscellany of Late...
...UA's offensive line has held opponents to three sacks in the last four games... Considering injuries that caused personnel shifts, it's a remarkable performance...
...Another scoreless first half at Oregon State gave the Cats zero points in that stanza in seven games this year...
...The safety Arizona scored when OSU snapper Trent Bray (son of UA linebackers coach Craig Bray) pitched the ball over the punter's end and subsequently through the end zone was the Cats' first in 31 games dating to John Mackovic's debut game at San Diego State in 2001...
...The first-half blues: UA has been outscored by a total of 168-56 in the frame, including whitewashings by LSU, Oregon, Purdue, TCU, WSU, California and Oregon State...
...Arizona's rushing game has improved to an average of 189 yards per game in the past three contests. After the season opener (4 rushing TDs vs. UTEP) it appeared UA was capable of scoring points on the ground, but since then UA has crossed the goalline running only three more times...
...Sophomore walk-on offensive tackle John Abramo and redshirt freshman receiver Mike Jefferson had their first starts at OSU. Jefferson snagged his first career touchdown reception with a catch-and-dive effort...
...Mike Bell's 100-yard rushing game against the nation's No. 11 rushing defense at OSU was his third of the year and gave him 382 yards in his last three games, and 422 yards in his last four contests...
...Receiver Ricky Williams' had five catches at OSU and has four 5-plus games this year including a personal-best six catches (79 yards) at Cal... Williams has the team lead with 15.0 yards per catch, while Biren Ealy leads with 4.1 per game and 37 total...
...Junior tight end Steve Fleming's 16 receptions this year are the most by a UA tight end since Brandon Manumaleuna (now of the St. Louis Rams) had 20 in 1999... He and backups Matt Padron (4) and Clarence McRae (1) have combined for the most since Manumaleuna and H-back Eli Wnek (4) had 24 for the position that season.
...The Cats are 110th in Division I-A in total offense, but don't seem to follow that mold closely. They broke for 519 yards in total offense against UCLA and 402 at California in recent weeks. OSU's 22nd-rated unit held UA to 232 total yards...
Arizona Head Coach Mike Hankwitz
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, has 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 have been promising despite the Cats' lack of a break-through game.
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 148-70-6 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.
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 Mackovic to Hankwitz puts a bit of a burden on the latter to go both ways. 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 two-job situation. For the record, he remains in his coordinator's quarters and has not moved into the office occupied by UA's previous mentor.
For the Record
Unfortunately, you had to ask. UA's loss last week at Oregon State gave it an eighth consecutive loss, snapping the mark set by the 1957 team. That UA team coached by Ed Doherty opened with a tie against Brigham Young, then lost seven games before beating Marquette in the next-to-last game of the year in Tucson. A loss in the season finale made it a 1-8-1 season, one of only two 1-victory years in UA's 105-year history. The other was the 1-1-1 season to start the whole thing in 1899. Coupled with losses against Arizona State and Colorado to close the 1956 season (4-6) under coach Warren Woodson, the 1956-57 period was the toughest stretch of football in UA history - 10 games without victory. UA's current streak of eight losses is tied for the third-most in active Division I-A, behind 11 by Army and nine by Southern Methodist. UA's home-loss consecutive mark is five games, by that 1957 team and a 1966 club (3-7 under Jim LaRue). A loss to Washington would tie that inauspicious record. In Pac-10 home games, UA has lost 13 consecutive games, dating to its Oct. 14, 1999, win over Washington State. UA had a six-game losing streak under John Mackovic last year, a five-game streak under Mackovic in 2001, and a five-game streak under Dick Tomey in 2000. The 1991 and 1992 Arizona teams were the only others in the past 20 seasons including this year to even have losing streaks of three consecutive games.
Sophomore halfback Mike Bell had his third career 100-yard rushing game against Oregon State, carrying a personal-high 25 times for 106 tough yards against the nation's 22nd-rated rushing defense. A week earlier at California, he carried 19 times for 182 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown run, another run of 45 yards and three more over 10 yards. The 182 yards is his career high. He has 422 rushing yards in his last four games, averaging 6.7 yards per rush in the span, and leads the team overall with a outstanding average of 5.7 yards per attempt.
Youth Under Center
Arizona has featured less than a dozen freshmen quarterbacks who started or played regularly in the last 25 years. Others such as redshirt freshman Nic Costa in 2002, true freshman Brady Batten in 1992 and redshirt freshman Alfred Jenkins in 1983, were behind established starters and played minimally. Kris Heavner joined the mix as a multiple-game starter this year, plus redshirt freshman Ryan O'Hara also started a game earlier in the season before Heavner's ascension. Here are final season numbers for the top first-year QBs at Arizona, in reverse chronological order, plus Heavner's current stats:Arizona Freshman QBs (*true freshman)
Player - Year PA-PC-INT-YDS-TD Pct. Att-Rush-TD Record Other*Kris Heavner, 2003 155-79-10-969-6 .509 15-(11) 0-5 103.35 PER; 6 G, 5 startsOrtege Jenkins, 1998 235-115-5-1669-19 .489 65-53-2 5-2 131.00 PER; 10 G, 7 starts; Pac-10 frosh record 19 TD throwsKeith Smith, 1996 193-117-6-1450-11 .606 136-546-8 4-5 136.32 PER; 11 G, 9 starts; record %; 418-yard game vs. CalChuck Levy, 1991 52-26-5-315-2 .500 128-505-7 2-2 94.35 PER; 10 G, 4 starts at QB; All-Pac-10 all-purpose, 25.3 KORGeorge Malauulu, 1989 35-19-2-381-4 .543 37-136-2 1-1 172.01 PER; 7 G, 2 starts; best effic rating in league*Ron Veal, 1987 153-75-9-1239-4 .490 161-566-9 3-2-2 113.91 pass effic; team's leading rusher; 10 G, 7 starts*Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980 173-96-9-1204-8 .555 46-(94)-1 3-3 118.70 PER; 7 G, 6 starts; beat No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 2 UCLA*Jim Krohn, 1976 80-44-5-643-6 .550 63-203-0 1-2 9 G, 3 starts
Banging on the Door
Arizona had 1st-and-goal on the 2 yard-line at Oregon State, then suffered a nightmare with a rush for no gain, an incomplete pass, a one-yard run... and then a roll-out with clear sailing for inserted goal-line QB Nic Costa - but he banged the ball off his face mask in windmill fashion while scrambling and fumbled it out of bounds for a 16-yard loss on fourth down. That was one of two red-zone plays that cost the club a chance at more points against the Beavers. The other was a fake field goal in the middle of the second quarter. Quarterback Kris Heavner was sacked on 3rd-and-9 at the OSU 20, then place kicker Nick Folk gained one yard on the subterfuge try from the 24 yard-line.
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. Stanford had a season-high four tackles against UCLA. Hollingsworth plays on special teams also. He had a sack at Oregon State and checks in with 18 tackles. , including a career-high seven against UCLA. Heavner has the five starts and appears to be the quarterback of the future with all the experience he's acquiring under fire. 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 defensive tackle Paul Philipp (4), tight end Matt Padron (2), quarterback Ryan O'Hara (1), linebacker John McKinney (1), linebacker Akin Akinniyi, quarterback Adam Austin, receiver Ryan Eidson, receiver Mike Jefferson (1), offensive guard Erick Levitre and safety Gary Shepard.
Running Game Notes
After three successive games with some rushing success - including two over the 200-yard mark -- it's evident UA's dismal 43-yards-per-game rushing attack of 2002 is in the dust. The efforts against Cal (28-201) and UCLA (42-276) give Arizona three games this year over the 200-yard mark (also UTEP in the opener - 43-217). UA would have out-rushed Oregon State by a 106-93 margin but a fourth-quarter freak play cost it 16 yards when quarterback Nic Costa lost yardage without even being tackled. The game against the Bruins was Arizona's best effort in 44 games, against the nation's No. 22-rated rushing defense. Much credit goes to the offensive line. The Cats are averaging a modest 119 yards per game, but that's a world apart from the one dimensional attack of a year ago. Sophomore backup QB Nic Costa leads the club with a 6.7 per carry average, followed by sophomore halfback Mike Bell with a 6.2 per carry average. Both starting QB Kris Heavner and Costa are mobile enough to avoid a plethora of sacks, and that's helped the rushing figure. But emphasis by offensive coordinator Mike Deal and head coach Mike Hankwitz has helped even more.
UA was in the top 20 with turnovers gained all year until a no-takeaway day at Cal hurt. The Cats currently are 39th with 19 turnovers gained - but 96th with 23 of their own, for a margin of -.44 to rate 84th nationally. OSU scored seven points off one turnover and cashed in on another mistake - a blocked punt for seven more. Two turnovers at Cal led to Golden Bears touchdowns. Opponents have a clear 2-1 ratio in sudden-change scoring, 99 points to 49, and therein lies the age-old truth that the turnover battle is paramount. Against UCLA, one interception (of 4) was returned for the eventual winning score, plus the Bruins had seven other TO points. At WSU, Arizona was effective for most of the game, with three takeaways to none, but 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. UA suffered its worst day at Purdue, where four turnovers led to 23 Purdue points, but 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 23, Opponents 19
Turnover Points: Arizona 49, Opponents 99
Miscue Points: Arizona 51, Opponents 106 (includes blocked/botched kick possessions)
Possession is Nine-Tenths
The Wildcats trail in time of possession by an overall margin of 58 minutes and 30 seconds. Three teams enjoyed an edge of more than 10 minutes - LSU (12:29), TCU (10:06) and California (11:36). The obvious common thread - rushing success. LSU ran 56 times for 182 yards, TCU ran 56 times for 206 yards and Cal ran an opponent season-high 59 times for 327 yards. That theory was supported against Oregon State, who the Cats limited to 93 net rushing yards and saw the time of possession deficit drop to 3:32. Arizona led in time of possession against UTEP and UCLA, its two best rushing games with 217 and 276 yards, respectively. On the season, opponents average 47 rushing attempts per game (vs. 31 passes). Arizona has averages of 31 rushing attempts and 32 passes per game. Arizona has been economical with its offense - its 21 scoring drives have covered an average of 62 yards and taken 2:05 off the clock. The Cats just need more of them.
Arizona's offensive line has jelled in recent weeks - despite some mix-and-matching of personnel -- and allowed only three sacks in the last four weeks (including two shutouts, UCLA/WSU, and a ruling for intentional grounding at California). This came against some of the notorious pass rushing clubs in the league. Overall, opponents have been held to 15 sacks, the second-best protection in the league. Not bad for a group that weathered injuries (Tanner Bell/John Parada pre-season, Brandon Phillips/Reggie Sampay/Tanner Bell in-season) that cost potential starts. The unit had started intact for four games, then a starter (Keith Jackson) was ruled ineligible and another (Bell) re-injured his knee and was held out of the last game. Sophomore tackle John Abramo earned his first career start and played the entire way at Oregon State in an admirable job for a walk-on squadman. Sampay returned to play at California after missing three games and then played the whole game at Oregon State. UA had eight linemen in uniform for the game. After last season, when UA was 10th in the league in allowing 52 sacks by opponents, the improved protection has been one of the solid developments in the program. Left tackle Chris Johnson, center Keoki Fraser and right guard Kili Lefotu have started every game, though Lefotu had to play tackle in one game after Phillips' ionjury.
Arizona is on a similar pace to last year when it finished with 26 quarterback sacks, ninth in the league.The Cats had two sacks at Oregon State, two at California, zero against UCLA and three at WSU in their most recent games. The Cats have a season edge of 19-15, so not a whole lot of getting to the QB goes on in Arizona games. The Cats rank ninth in the league with their 17 sacks. Defensive end Matt Molina leads the club with four, while linebacker Joe Siofele and end Andre Torrey have three each. The Cats had five against TCU, their best effort of the year. Against UTEP in the season opener, UA recorded four sacks. Against LSU, the club corralled the quarterback three times. UA was shut out against Oregon and Purdue. The Cats were No. 7 nationally among I-A teams with 74 quarterback sacks from 2000-2001.
The Scoring Zone
Nothing like wasting a red-zone scoring opportunity to spoil your day. At Oregon State, the Cats blew two opportunities in four trips - one a golden 1st-and-goal chance at the OSU 2 yard-line. Oregon State was six-for-six. At California, the Cats scored seven points in three such possessions. Meantime, the Bears rushed for four touchdowns in their four forays beyond the Cats' 20 yard-line. On the year, the other team is getting more cracks at it, with 41 trips to Arizona's 19. Some of the better efforts for UA came against Washington State when it held the Cougars to one touchdown in four trips, and against UCLA when it held the Bruins to 17 of 42 potential red-zone points. Offensively, UA opened the year with four touchdowns in four penetrations inside UTEP's 20 yard-line; since then: 11 trips for five TDs and one FG. Along with OSU, Oregon also was a perfect six-for-six in red-zone penetration scoring.
Arizona: 19 Scoring Zone Possessions - 12 scores (11 TD + 1 FG) = 63% scoring; 58% TD
Opponents: 41 Scoring Zone Possessions - 34 scores (26 TD + 8 FG) = 83% scoring; 63% TD
1st-and-Goal: Arizona - 9 times, 7 TD. Opponents - 23 times, 20 TD + 2 FG.
When it Rains, it Pours
The Cats have shown improvement in the last month but haven't been able to produce enough points. Meantime, opponents have been getting the job done. A three-game splurge by LSU, Oregon and Purdue in September dramatically altered the Cats' scoring defense. UA held No. 19 TCU, No. 14 Washington State and UCLA to an average of 23 points, then slipped and Cal scored 42, then Oregon State piled up 52. Currently, UA is allowing an average of 37.1 points per game, more than the school mark for highest opponents scoring average (by the 2001 team). Arizona has given up 334 points, the fourth-highest total in school history and within reach of the school record of 377 points allowed during that 2001 season. In a century of UA football, the program has allowed opponents to score more than 300 points only five times, but all in the past 12 seasons. Here are the six years Wildcat opponents have scored more than 300 points:
Year UA Opp Record League2001 254 377 5-6 2-61999 339 364 6-6 3-51991 248 361 4-7 3-52003 146 334 1-8 0-51990 267 311 7-5 5-4, Aloha Bowl2002 227 310 4-8 1-7
Third down has not been friendly to Arizona in 2003. The Cats have converted 33 of 131 attempts for a 25 percent factor. Last week UA converted 6 of 18, its third-best performance of the year. UA was 0-for-13 on third down conversion attempts at WSU and had a 1-for-13 evening on third down against LSU. Against UTEP the team had a decent night, with eight successful plays in 16 tries. Opponents have a better success rate, converting 66 of 145 for a 46 percent rate. California had the best success with 10 conversions in 16 tries. UA did a good job against TCU, holding it to a 4-for-19 rate, its best defensive effort of the year. 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: 33/131, 25%
Opponents on third down: 66/145, 46%
Arizona faced 3rd-and-long (5+ yards): 106 plays; (65 of at least 3rd-and-8)
Opponent faced 3rd-and-long: 93 plays; (37 of at least 3rd-and-8)
Jolivette Picks a Spot
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 18 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 43, five more than former All-American safety Chuck Cecil (who's atop the INT chart with 21).
Season Odds & Ends
Rushing ...UA senior halfback Clarence Farmer was dismissed from the team by head coach Mike Hankwitz on Oct. 28. Farmer had moved into sixth on UA all-time rushing chart with 2,530 career yards. His 122-yard game against UCLA Oct. 18 gave him his 11th career 100-yard game. If an injury had not kept him out of the final eight games of the 2002 season, Farmer had a chance to join a select group of runners who led Arizona in rushing for three successive years. That opportunity now rests with sophomore halfback Mike Bell, who led the team last year and is most likely to do so again this year. Four Wildcat backs led the club in rushing in three successive years - Hubert Oliver (1978-80), David Adams (1984-86), Ontiwaun Carter (1992-94) and Trung Canidate (1997-99).
Tough ...Five of the eight losses came to teams ranked, once ranked, or since ranked, in the Top 20. 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 made the polls for a few weeks... USC will be the highest-ranked opponent this year...
1st Half ...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. Then at California and Oregon State, UA reverted to some earlier form and trailed 21-0 and 35-0, respectively... 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. At California, however, UA blew two a pair of first-half red zone opportunities and was held scoreless in the first half again... The combined first-half scoring: Opponents 133, Arizona 56...
Picking on QBs: ...UA's passers have tossed 16 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...
Tackling ...Senior linebacker Joe Siofele's 11-tackle game at Cal moved him into the team lead., He now has 61 tackles, just ahead of sophomore free safety Darrell Brooks (58) and senior rover Clay Hardt (58)... Sophomore strong safety Lamon Means had a career-high 11 tackles and knocked down two passes at Washington State and checks in with 48... 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... Backup safety Tony Wingate had a career-high nine tackles at California...
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.
QB Notes ...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. Kris Heavner (5), Ryan O'Hara (1) and Nic Costa (3) have started the 2003 games in that reverse order. The Quarterback-of-Record in Starts: Costa 1-2; O'Hara 0-1; Heavner 0-5... Heavner joins 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... 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)... ...Arizona did not throw an interception against Oregon, its only pick-free game of the year...
Punting ...Sophomore punter Danny Baugher is ranked No. 29 in the nation with his 42.6-yard average this week. He put an end to competition with senior James Molina a month ago after a year-long battle... UA has punted 72 times this year. In one stretch UA 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... The school record for punts in a season is 92 by the 1967 team....
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...
3&Out ....The Cats had 10 three-and-out possessions against TCU... Arizona has held opponents to 23 total possessions of three plays or less. Opponents have forced the Cats into 60 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 has quietly built up a total of 29 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 four at left guard and one at right guard this season. A knee injury against Purdue kept him on the sidelines for three games. Junior center Keoki Fraser gives UA some more continuity, with 23 starts at center, broken as a streak by the season opener a year ago when he was banged up. That gives him 20 consecutive starts...
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...
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Arizona Football On TV
The Washington game will be shown tape-delay on Fox Sports Net Arizona at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov 2) and again Monday at 12 noon (MST). One other UA game (at ASU) has been pre-selected for national television on Fox Sports Net. 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 Washington week, Nov. 8
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 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 298, Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (North Shore) 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) 71 Erick Levitre, 6-1, 262, *Fr., RS, Ben Lomond, Calif. (San Lorenzo Valley)RT 69 John Abramo, 6-4, 294, *So., SQ, Los Altos Hills, Calif. (St. Francis) or 72 Tanner Bell, 6-8, 314, So., 1L, Castroville, Calif. (North Monterey County)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)HB 11 Mike Bell, 6-0, 210, *So., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson) 23 Gainus Scott, 6-0, 188, *So., 1L, La Porte, Texas, (La Porte) 21 Beau Carr, 5-10, 205, So., 1L, Spring, Texas (Westfield)FB 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) or 94 Paul Philipp, 6-3, 290, *Fr., RS, San Bernardino, Calif., San Bernardino)DT 90 Carl Tuitavuki, 6-3, 325, Sr., 1L, Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro/Ricks CC) 62 Clifton Stanford, 6-4, 277, Fr., HS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson) 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 or 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)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 1 Syndric Steptoe, 24 Marcus Hollingsworth
The Last Time Arizona...
Returned a punt for a TD: Bobby Wade (60 yards) at Washington, 2000
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: Bad punt snap through endzone, at Oregon State, 2003
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
Team rushed for 100 yards at Cal (28-201), vs. UCLA (42-276), vs. UTEP (43-217), all 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 at Cal (62-402, 6.5, 208 rush/201 pass); vs. UCLA (72-519, 7.1 per play; 276 rush/243 pass) - both '03
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, 2000A player intercepted two passes LB Ray Wells (42 yds-TD, 3 yds) at California, 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, 2000Scored 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: Bobby Gill (31 yards) at Cal, 2003 (0-for-2, missed from 50)
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: 23-52 at Oregon State, 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: 23-52 at Oregon State, 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: Kirk Yliniemi (54 yards), at Oregon State, 2003 (1-for-1)
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 (plus below in 2003:)
Rushed for 250 yards: at Wisconsin (47-260), 2002 (plus below in 2003:)
Rushed for 275 yards: at Purdue (52-292), 2003 (plus below:)
Rushed for 300 yards at California (59-327, 6 TDs), 2003
Rushed for negative yardage at UCLA (30- -31), 1999
A back ran for 100 yards: Steven Jackson (28-107, 3 TD) at Oregon State, 2003; plus three others for 100 earlier in year.
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 Oregon State (84-426, 5.1), 2003
A back ran for 200 yards: Adimchinobe Echemandu (30-201, 3 TDs) at California, 2003
A quarterback passed for 300 yards Derek Anderson (32-21-0-308-4), at Oregon State, 2003
A receiver had 100 yards James Newson (7-100, 1 TD), 2003
Blocked a punt: Kenny Farley, at Oregon State, 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