UW-Arizona Game Notes
Nov. 6, 2004
When Evan Knudson kicked a 42-yard field goal late in the first quarter, it marked only the second time this season that Washington scored twice in a quarter (touchdown and/or field goals). The UW scored 24 points (three touchdowns and a field goal) in the first quarter of the UCLA game.
Arizona's game-opening touchdown drive marked the first time the `Cats had scored on a game-opening drive since their first drive of the season. That day, Sept. 4 vs. Northern Arizona, Mike Bell (who also scored on today's game-opening drive) capped a 16-play, 80-yard, nine-minute drive with a two-yard run.
Arizona's opening TD drive also marked the first time the Wildcats had scored a first-half touchdown since the Washington State game on Sept. 25.
The 50-yard pass from Richard Kovalcheck to Syndric Steptoe on the first drive of the game was the longest play from scrimmage this season for Arizona.
The 57-yard screen pass from Husky quarterback Casey Paus to tailback Shelton Sampson in the first quarter was the longest play from scrimmage this season for Arizona. It was also the longest pass of Paus' career and longest reception of Sampson's.
Arizona's punt block for a safety in the first quarter was the first safety the Huskies have surrendered since the 2001 Miami game, when punter Derek McLaughlin was tackled in the endzone. It was also the first punt block by Arizona since the 2002 season (Lance Redlford vs. California).
Washington's first-quarter touchdown - a five-yard run from Shelton Sampson - was the first Husky touchdown since the third quarter of the Oregon State game. Today's TD came eight minutes, three seconds into the first quarter. The score at Oregon State came with 12:41 left in the third. That means it was the equivalent of more than 10 quarters that the UW went without a score, a total of 155 minutes, 44 seconds.
Husky redshirt-freshman tight end Robert Lewis started today's game in a double tight end formation, his first career start. He was the 23rd different UW player to start on offense this season.
Mike Bell's 13-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter was the longest scoring run of the season by an Arizona player.
Arizona's 23 points today were their most all season. The Wildcats' previous high was 21 points in a 21-3 win over Northern Arizona in the season opener.
Washington led at halftime for the second time all season. The Huskies also led San Jose State at the half (7-6).
Washington entered the game having forced 16 opponent turnovers this season. The Huskies had managed to turn only three of those 16 turnovers into points (2 touchdowns, 1 field goal). This game, the Huskies got three Arizona turnovers and got two scores (both field goals). Washington hadn't converted a turnover into points since scoring a touchdown at Stanford after Dashon Goldson recovered a J.R. Lemon fumble in that game.