Cats Test Verve Against Ranked LSU
Sept. 1, 2003
The Game - The University of Arizona (1-0, 0-0 in the Pacific-10) plays host to Louisiana State (1-0, 0-0 in SEC action) Saturday, Sept. 6, in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. MST (9 p.m. CDT). The game will be a national cablecast by TBS Sports, with Ron Thulin, Charles Davis, Craig Sager and Erin Andrews describing the play. A crowd of more than 50,000 is anticipated. LSU was No. 14 in AP and 15 in the USA Today/ESPN polls entering its first game.
Some Game Themes - A match of two teams that showed scoring punch and rush defense prowess against less-talented teams in their openers... The Cats' confidence from a rousing season-opening victory gets tested by a seemingly uphill battle -- hopefully a young Arizona team isn't biting off more than it can chew in playing host to a more experienced and ranked non-conference opponent... Arizona gets a crack at an unfamiliar team, playing only the sixth game in its history against an SEC squad... LSU works to show its national ranking is bonafide... UA works to continue its non-conference success under John Mackovic, who's 7-1 outside the Pac-10 in his three years...
The Series - LSU leads the series, 1-0. The previous contest was a Tigers victory, 27-26, in Baton Rouge in the 1984 season. In fact, Arizona (1-3-1) has only played five games against three Southeastern Conference teams - beating Auburn in the 1968 Sun Bowl and losing to Auburn in 1976 and 1977 season openers, tying Georgia in the 1985 Sun Bowl, and the '84 game in Baton Rouge.
The Coaches- Arizona: John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65), third year at Arizona (10-14) and 16th season as a collegiate head coach (95-78-3). Mackovic has a 0-2 mark against LSU, while in his first head job at Wake Forest. Overall he is 2-8 against SEC teams. Louisiana State: Nick Saban (Kent State '73), fourth year in Baton Rouge (27-12) and 10th overall (70-38-1). He coaches against Arizona for the first time, and has coached to a 1-3 mark against Pac-10 teams
ARIZONA LAST WEEK - Arizona did what it had to do, most notably come out ready to go, and posted 21 first-quarter points en route to a convincing 42-7 victory over Texas El-Paso before a crowd of 40,264 in Arizona Stadium. The Cats' defense did not allow a score, UA's running game seemed vastly improved over last year, the Cats' were proficient in the scoring zone and special teams' play was effective. Sophomore quarterback starter Nic Costa led UA on two 80-yard scoring drives on its first possessions with a mix of some sharp passing and his and Bell's running. The first-half outburst - 35-0 edge - was Arizona's best in a regulation game since its 12-1 team of 1998 posted a 35-7 halftime lead against Louisiana-Monroe (then Northeast Louisiana) in Tucson. Bell posted his first career 100-yard game, averaging 9.2 yards per carry on 13 tries for 119 total markers, and scored on an 11-yard run. His 53-yard burst in the third quarter set up UA's final score. Costa complete six of 10 passes for 110 yards, including a 41-yard TD strike to Ricky Williams. Redshirt freshman Ryan O'Hara complete eight of 16 throws for 119 yards, including a 79-yard scoring bomb to Lance Relford. The verve UA showed from the start - 8:32 time of possession in the first quarter - and in the end (9:44 TOP) was key. UA's Gary Love stripped a punt returner for a takeaway the club converted quickly into seven points and safety Lamon Means' 32-yard interception return set up another score. The Cats were a perfect 4-for-4 in scoring touchdowns once inside the opponent's 20 yard-line. UTEP rushed for 71 yards on 33 tries while the Cats hit the ground running for 217 on 43 totes.
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Colors: Purple & Gold
2002 Record: 8-5
LSU quarterback Matt Mauck threw three scoring passes in the space of less than seven minutes as LSU romped, 49-7, over Louisiana-Monroe Saturday in the rain at Baton Rouge. Mauck took the Tigers from a scoreless tie with 6:37 remaining in the second quarter to a 21-0 halftime lead... The game was LSU's first played in the month of August... Mauck missed LSU's final seven games of 2002 with a foot injury... LSU is 8-2 in games Mauck has played in and 6-1 with Mauck as the starter... Head coach Nick Saban has not recorded a losing season or sub-.500 conference finish in nine years of collegiate head coaching at Toledo (1990), Michigan State (1995-99) and LSU (2000-)... His is a defensive background including coordinator stops at Michigan State and with the Houston Oilers... LSU last lost a road game to an unranked opponent in the regular-season finale in 2002 at Fayetteville, where the Razorbacks of Arkansas pulled off a 21-20 victory and dropped the Tigers from the SEC title game... Junior wide receiver Michael Clayton (6 receptions, 152 yards last week), is the real deal, according to UA secondary coach Steve Bernstein, who was on the LSU staff from 1996-1999. He also cited receivers Devery Henderson and Skyler Green as explosive challenges for UA's defensive backs this week. Clayton, who has 110 career receptions, may see action at safety as well this year... LSU's offensive line sports a group heading toward 100 career starts, led by tackle Rodney Reed, guard Stephen Peterman, center Ben Wilkerson and tackle Andrew Whitworth. Reed started hits 35th consecutive game against Louisiana-Monroe, the sixth-best active streak among I-A offensive linemen. To underscore just some of the talent that will be racing around Arizona Stadium, Peterman (Lombardi Award) and Wilkerson (Rimington Trophy) are on preseason honors watch lists, joined by LSU defenders (CB) Corey Webster (Thorpe, Nagurski Awards) and (LB) Lionel Turner (Butkus Award)...
Game Note: One of Arizona's All-Americans and Sports Hall of Fame members, safety Tony Bouie (1991-94), hailed downriver from Baton Rouge, in New Orleans... Former linebacker Charlie Camp (1991-95), a teammate of Bouie's on the 'Desert Swarm' defense, came to Tucson from a prep career in Marrero, La., in the metropolitan New Orleans area. Camp was on UA's staff last year as defensive ends coach and is now at Oregon State... The last Arizona-LSU game was played about a month after current UA starting safety Lamon Means was born...
Injury Report for LSU -- Halfback Clarence Farmer (shoulder) is questionable. Halfback Chris Henry (ankle) is questionable. Cornerback Gary Love (ankle) is questionable. LB Kirk Johnson (knee) is questionable. RT Tanner Bell (knee) is doubtful. Johnson and Bell missed the UTEP game. Projected starting left guard John Parada hurt his knee early in camp, had surgery in late August and is out for the year. Freshman DL Cedric Cofer had leg surgery during camp and will redshirt. HB Gainus Scott (undisclosed) has not practiced and is out indefinitely. Last year Arizona players lost a potential of more than 60 starts due to injuries.
MISCELLANY OF LATE...
...Arizona's 217-yards rushing in the opener was its most since it ran for 258 yards in a humbling 63-28 loss to Oregon on Oct. 6, 2001, led by Clarence Farmer's 158 yards on 15 carries...
...Nic Costa's touchdown toss of 41 yards to Ricky Williams on Arizona's season-opening drive marked the first time UA has scored on its first game possession of the season since 1998, when Chris McAlister returned the opening kickoff 100 yards at Hawaii...Williams' catch was his first career scoring reception...
...Costa's one-yard TD run vs. UTEP was his first career rushing TD...
...Redshirt freshmen Ryan O'Hara and Adam Austin both made appearances at QB for the Cats vs. UTEP, their first taste of action...Other first-time players who redshirted last year included linebacker John McKinney (the Cats' leading tackler with 8), defensive back Gary Shepard, outside linebacker Andre Torrey, cornerback Luis Nunez, OLB Marcus Smith, defensive end Paul Philipp and linebacker Antoine Singfield... Mid-year transfer corner Zeonte Sherman and walk-ons Bobby Kaspar (DL), Ryan Eidson (WR)and Shawn Pack (DL) also saw action. True freshmen halfback Chris Henry, safety Marcus Hollingsworth and receiver-returner Syndric Steptoe also played...
...Junior tight end Steve Fleming is cited by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper as one of the most underrated players in the country at his position... Fleming, with two grabs against UTEP, only has five receptions in his career, but he's a big swift target with hands, and the lone veteran at tight end...
...Arizona's 3-0 mark in season openers under John Mackovic matched the 3-0 mark Jim Young posted from 1973-75. The best in UA history was Tex Oliver's 5-0 record in season openers, from 1933-37... Dick Tomey (5-0 from 1992-96) and Miles Casteel (5-0) in 1942 and 1945-48) also had five-game streaks but not in their first five years...
...Arizona's five 400-yard passing games in the past two years under John Mackovic is the Pac-10's highest total, and the Cats' six 400-yard passing games since 1996 rate No. 9 nationally...
...Halfback Beau Carr reported Aug. 22 after successfully completing some summer coursework. Carr had a couple of starts a year ago and could see action soon if injuries to Clarence Farmer and Chris Henry slow those guys...
...The 35 first-half points scored by UA vs. UTEP were the most since 1998, though UA did post 39 second-half points in a second half that required three overtimes against Washington State in 2000...
ARIZONA HEAD COACH JOHN MACKOVIC
UA's 26th head coach is in his 20th year as a collegiate head coach, athletics director or professional head coach, plus adds another dozen years in the game as a coordinator or assistant to give the Wildcats a mentor with more than three decades of established leadership. He has a solid track record of program improvement at each of his head coaching jobs.
Mackovic is just five victories shy of the 100-victory level, and is the Pac-10's leader in career victories.
UA's victory over UTEP gave Mackovic a 3-0 record in his season openers at Arizona, matching the most recent such streak, by Jim Young from 1973-75 when Mackovic was offensive coordinator at UA.
Arizona's passing game has dramatically improved under his direction and this year he turned considerable attention to both the Cats running game and the Wildcat defense. The jury is out, but the opener against Texas-El Paso indicated the focus was well spent. Both areas showed improvement. Further, Mackovic's effort in hiring new coordinators and some other key new coaches on both sides of the ball was an off-season highlight.
Mackovic's recruiting success in his initial years in Tucson has provided Arizona some outstanding young talent, many of whom may be heavily relied on this season. Among last season's freshman class of 21, UA played 11. It's clear Arizona's future lies in the hands of its young talent.
Mackovic's first Arizona team unveiled a sophisticated offensive attack that produced a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a near 1,000-yard receiver, while his second club developed a 3,000-yard passer and 1,300-yard receiver. The 2002 club established a number of high-water offensive marks and historical UA top 10 ratings. He developed an untested quarterback, Jason Johnson, into a leader who helped post five 400-yard passing games in Mackovic's brief UA tenure, and the team has exceeded 400 yards in total offense 10 times in Mackovic's two years.
Off the field, the Wildcat mentor has established high standards for academic performance and citizenship, and backed them up with a fair but disciplined hand. Successive players have earned spots on the America Football Coaches Association Good Works Team - Eli Wnek and Johnson - and the latter won the Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete Award in 2002. Both were Verizon Academic All-District VII honorees. Arizona recorded a program-high four first-team Academic All-Pac-10 selections in 2001 and backed that up with two more citations a year ago. Overall, 13 players were first or second-team selections or honorable mention Pac-10 All Academic in his two years. His focus on the total student-athlete has been underscored by nine national academic/citizenship honor winners during his collegiate career.
As the District 9 representative on the Board of Trustees of the American Football Coaches Association, Mackovic, who will turn 60 in October, has a voice heard nationally in matters of keen interest to coaches concerned about the direction of college football and the comportment of its principals.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST LSU -- SEPT. 22, 1984, BATON ROUGE
Arizona had a 1st-and-10 inside LSU territory with a minute remaining in the game, but couldn't get within field goal range... and the Tigers escaped with a narrow 27-26 victory. LSU's Dalton Hilliard rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown and Dalton James added 78 yards and a score. UA's Alfred Jenkins passed for 229 yards and a score while place kicker Max Zendejas knocked field goals of 49, 33, 50 and 34 yards. Arizona needed about a half-dozen more yards for Zendejas to get a shot at the winning kick, but Jenkins was flushed on a 4th-and-4 scramble from the 43 yard-line and netted only one yard. UA had leads of 7-3, 10-3, 13-6 and led 20-13 at halftime but LSU scored twice quickly in the third quarter to gain control. A couple of Zendejas' field goals pulled UA within one point. Arizona got the ball back with less than two minutes remaining but couldn't put together a deep enough drive. Ironically, Zendejas missed the team charter flight and had to travel to Baton Rouge via commercial air. UA safety Allan Durden, who earned All-Pac-10 honors that season, silenced the aroused LSU crowd - for a few minutes - with a 96-yard interceptions return for a touchdown half way through the opening quarter. LSU's defense held UA to 69 rushing yards on 31 attempts and forced predictability in the closing minutes.
CATS' SCHEDULE TOUGH IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
Arizona's 2003 schedule was known to be tough ahead of time - the Cats will face 10 bowl teams. The Aug. 17 Associated Press preseason college football poll backs it up. Louisiana State (14), Purdue (19) and Texas Christian (25) made the chart. Arizona's other early opponent, Oregon, earned votes. Pac-10 Conference affiliates USC (8), Washington (17) and Arizona State (22) also earned preseason Top 25 status in the AP poll.
COSTA OR O'HARA?
Sophomore quarterback Nic Costa was tabbed to start the opener and did not disappoint, with effective passing (6-for-10, 119 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD), running (3-33, 1 TD) and leadership (four scoring drives, stewardship of six possessions). Ryan O'Hara led the Cats on its other two scoring drives, including a nifty 79-yard touchdown throw to Lance Relford for O'Hara's first career TD toss. John Mackovic says both will play against LSU, but Mackovic is known to be a one-QB guy and showed it the past two years with Jason Johnson. He'll be looking for the leadership tangibles and intangibles, because both players are talented. Costa played sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 2002. He had moments -- he set a mark for the third-longest pass play and fourth-longest play in Arizona history with a 92-yard scramble and TD throw to Andrae Thurman against UCLA last year. Both guys are mobile and can be evasive if flushed from the pocket. Costa is one of the team's strongest players (585 squat, 415 bench, 365 power clean) and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash this year. O'Hara, at 6-foot-6, gets a bigger view of the field and also is an athletic player. The leader will be called to help UA meet specific game goals - average 42 percent or better on third-down conversions, score 35 points, have a touchdown pass to interception ratio of 2.5/1 and average no more than one pick per 35 attempts. In the opener, the combined duo helped the team meet the third-down conversion rate (8-for-16) and score the points, but missed on the TD/INT ratio and the championship interception rate.
RUNNING GAME IMPROVEMENT
Arizona coaches put a great deal of focus on invigorating the club's running game during the off-season and hopefully the UTEP game is a harbinger of things to come. Mike Bell and Nic Costa were electric and Clarence Farmer, Chris Henry, Gilbert Harris and Sean Jones had their moments. The team averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored four rushing touchdowns, well above the 2002 final marks of 1.5 yards per rush and a total of 7 rushing TDs. The punch at the goal line is most promising, as it helped UA record a perfect 4-for-4 red-zone evening. Obviously the going gets tougher the rest of the season, but UA appears to have the weapons and the mind set to keep it up.
UA's defense held UTEP to a mere 4.7 yards per pass attempt (and overall a 3.6 average per play). UA defenders broke up nine passes and intercepted one, directly wrecking nearly 25 percent of the Miners' throws (43). Cornerbacks Michael Jolivette and Luis Nunez and outside linebacker Matt Molina each knocked down a pair, while strong safety Lamon Means made a big play with his 32-yard interception return to set up a score. UA safeties Gary Shepard, Darrell Brooks and Clay Hardt had five tackles apiece. The Cats probably have more depth in the defensive backfield than on any other unit. As the season progresses and the tests get tougher, the development of the group could be a big key to UA's fortunes. Too, coordinator Mike Hankwitz and secondary coach Steve Bernstein have more packages to deploy this year, without dynamic substitution patterns to tip the hat... Meantime, up front, UA did not exactly overwhelm with solid tackling against UTEP, but did hold the Miners to 71 rushing yards, the Cats' best defensive effort in that category in 11 games (Utah, 32 yards in 2002).
SACKS BY AND AGAINST
One reason the UA switched to a 3-4 defense this spring was its pass rush. In the opener, it helped the club get four sacks, with a limited amount of blitzing. 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. The new alignment gives the team more deceptive options for 'bringing it,' and helps coverage people when the green light is on. On the other side of the ball, the 2002 team was last in the league in allowing 52 sacks by opponents, well above the single-game offensive goal of 1 sack per 20 attempts. Against the Miners in the season opener, UA's offensive line did not allow a sack. Part of that is some more athleticism on the part of the current QBs, but a lot of it is because offensive coordinator Mike Deal, Mackovic and the entire offensive staff took a part in developing better pass protection by players on each offensive unit.
NEW GUYS HELP CATS WIN
Head coach John Mackovic hired five new assistants in the off-season, with one leaving after spring ball - making it six. It's been one of the good developments in the Arizona program. He secured two seasoned coordinators in Mike Deal on offense and Mike Hankwitz on defense, lured a coordinator to become inside linebackers coach in Craig Bray, attracted a young coordinator to become quarterbacks coach in Jeff Hecklinski, and signed on Mose Rison out of the NFL ranks to coach wide receivers. Rison joined the staff in early summer. Jay Boulware, running backs coach, will direct special teams. Returnees are tight ends coach Charlie Dickey (switch from OL), defensive line coach Marty Long, secondary coach Steve Bernstein and Boulware. New graduate assistants Dan Loyd (offense), a former Wildcat, and Frank Jimenez (defense) round out the staff. On paper and on the field it's a vibrant group with know-how, experience and a push-'em-hard demeanor. Hankwitz directs a 3-4 defensive scheme. The Cats had used the double-eagle flex since the early 1990s.
TURNABOUT IS FAIR PLAY
This year in the season opener the Cats had a positive edge, suffering two interceptions (Ryan O'Hara), but intercepting one pass and causing and recovering two fumbles. UA was 3-0 in games when it had fewer turnovers in 2002. In the rest: 1-8.
2003 Turnovers: Arizona 2, Opponents 3
Turnover Points: Arizona 14, Opponents 7
Miscue Points: Arizona 14, Opponents 7 (includes turnover, blocked/botched kick possessions)
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY
UA wants 42 percent effectiveness on conversion plays and did so vs. UTEP, with eight successful plays in 16 tries. One reason: getting yardage on first and second downs and thereby not facing a lot of 3rd-and-long plays. Improved running played a part, surely. UTEP was marginally successful against UA's defense, with 7 conversion in 18 attempts (39%), close to defensive objectives.
Running backs coach Jay Boulware was picked to be special teams coordinator in the off-season. Arizona wants to keep blocking kicks the way it has (six a year ago), keep the opponents from doing so (also six a year ago), and get some big plays in the return game. Gary Love (forced fumble with big hit in punt return coverage) set the tone for that unit, along with Andre Torrey and Luis Nunez also helping UA hold UTEP to five punt returns for a total of 9 yards. UA is using some new people in the return game - redshirt freshman Mike Jefferson and true freshman Syndric Steptoe back there on punts, while senior halfback Clarence Farmer lined up for kickoff returns for the first time in his career against UTEP. Game goals for special teams in 2003 are solid - allow no blocks, have perfect execution, score or set up a score, no fumbles in the kicking game, make all field goals under 30 yards, average 22 yards on kickoff returns, hold opponents to 20 or less per return, have one game-breaker play each game, get a 38-yard net punting average, average 12 yards per punt return and make no stupid penalties. Do all those things and a team can win games. It won't be easy, but the Cats work at it.
THE BOOTING BULLPEN
Both Sophomore Danny Baugher and senior James Molina punted in the opener, much as they have since the middle of last season. What coach John Mackovic has called the bullpen approach is simply a way to find one guy with a steady foot. Baugher's three kicks gave him a 35.0 average, while relief man Molina knocked three for a 43.0 average, with one downed inside the 20 yard-line. Coverage on all six was good.
CATCHING THE BALL
Senior Lance Relford, junior Ricky Williams and sophomore Biren Ealy lead UA's receiving corps, a group that has to step forward with the departure of four-year starter Bobby Wade and Andrae Thurman, who is not eligible for his senior year. They snared 10 of the modest 14 completions in UA's balanced but productive (446 net yards) attack against UTEP. Ealy had four catches. Relford was on the end of Ryan O'Hara's initial collegiate touchdown pass of 79 yards. Williams started the scoring with a 41-yard catch. UA rotates others (Mike Jefferson, Syndric Steptoe) and moved sophomore corner Jason Martin to wide receiver last week after a true freshman season as a cornerback. But it's clear Relford, Williams and Ealy are dependable guys with some experience. No one expects the young quarterbacks to get the ball to people at the rate Jason Johnson found Wade (93-1389) and Thurman (61-915) a year ago. Not just yet, anyway. ...Ealy made his first start last week, as did double tight end Clarence McRae. Steve Fleming made his second career start at tight end...
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John Mackovic Coach's Shows
Head coach John Mackovic's weekly radio and television shows are produced by KNST Radio, with host Brian Jeffries and the coach taping during 'Tuesdays in the Huddle With John Mackovic,' a public gathering at McMahon's Steakhouse at noon Tuesdays. The radio show airs at 6 p.m. Tuesdays on KNST-790 AM and the TV segment is broadcast at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on KWBA-58.
MACKOVIC'S WEEKLY MEDIA GATHERINGS
John Mackovic will meet with the media weekly throughout the season (except for bye weeks)) in McKale Center 106 at 1 p.m. Mondays. He will conduct game reviews via teleconference at 3 p.m. Sundays. Call the UA SID office to obtain the teleconference details.
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: DE Austin Uku (2 yards) vs. WSU, 2001
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: Mike Bell (13-119, 1 TD) vs. UTEP, 2003
Team rushed for 100 yards vs. UTEP (43-217, 4 TD), 2003
Rushed for 250 yards vs. Oregon (36-258, 1 TD), 2001
Rushed for 275 yards at 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 300 yards Jason Johnson (23-41-1-302-2) 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 400 yards passing at California, 2002 (45-31-1-492-4), 2002
Had 400 yards in total offense vs. UTEP, 2003 (69-446, 6.5 per play; 217 rush/229 pass)
A receiver had 100 yards Bobby Wade (6-109) vs. Arizona State, 2002
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: Sean Keel vs. Arizona State, 2002 (wide)
Made a field goal: Bobby Gill (38 yards) vs. UTEP, 2003 (0-1)
Missed a field goal: Bobby Gill (44 yards, blocked) at California, 2002 (1-for2)
Beat a ranked team: 31?15 at USC (No.18), 2000
Lost to a ranked team: 13-21 vs. Washington State (No. 9), plus three others in 2002
Beat an unranked team: 42-7 vs. UTEP, 2003
Lost to an unranked team: 20-24 vs. Arizona State, 2002
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: 20-34 vs. Arizona State, 2002
Played in tie-breaker game: 53?47 vs. Washington State, 2000 (3 OT)
THE LAST TIME AN OPPONENT...
Returned a punt for a TD: Eric Guliford (68 yards), at Arizona State, 1991
Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Kenny Farley (24 yards), at Oregon State, 2001
Returned a blocked FB 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: Joe Fleskoski (39 yards) vs. UTEP, 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: Mike Barth (32 yards), vs. ASU, 2002 (2-for-2)
Missed a field goal: Keith Robinson, vs. UTEP, 2003 (42 yards, 0-1)
Missed a PAT kick: John Anderson at Washington, 2002
Rushed for 200 yards: UCLA (51-248), 2002
Rushed for 250 yards: at Wisconsin (47-260), 2002
Rushed for 275 yards: North Texas (60-282), 2002
Rushed for negative yardage at UCLA (30- -31), 1999
A back ran for 100 yards: Mike Williams (40-162, 4 TD), Arizona State, 2002; plus six others in 2002
Two backs ran for 100 yards: Brian Allen (23-143) and Kenneth Tolon (12-100) vs. Stanford, 2001
Had 400 yards in total offense Arizona State, 2002 (84-461, 5.5)
A back ran for 200 yards: Reuben Droughns (45?202) vs. Oregon, 1999
A quarterback passed for 300 yards Cody Pickett (29-49-455-4-3) at Washington, 2001
A receiver had 100 yards James Newson (6-121, 1 TD) at Oregon State, 2002
Blocked a punt: Matt Miller, vs. Arizona State, 2002
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
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