Wildcats Prepare For Conference Showdown Against Oregon
Sept. 8, 2003
2003 Arizona Football
|Date||Game - TV||Score||Atten|
|A 30||Texas-El Paso||42-7||40,264|
|S 6||#13 LSU (TBS national)||13-59||46,110|
|S 13||Oregon (TBS national)||7:10 p.m. MST/PDT|
|S 20||at Purdue||12 noon CDT|
|S 27||Texas Christian (FSNA)||7:07 p.m. MST|
|O 4||at Washington State||2 p.m. PDT/MST|
|O 11||UCLA#||4 p.m. MST|
|O 25||at California||12:30 p.m. PDT/MST|
|N 1||at Oregon State||1 p.m. PST|
|N 8||Washington%||4 p.m. MST|
|N 15||Southern California||4 p.m. MST|
|N 28||at Arizona State (FSN)||1 p.m. MST|
|# Family Weekend; % Homecoming|
|Times subject to change; Additional TV TBA|
Cats Take Next Step - Pac-10 Play
The Game - The University of Arizona (1-1, 0-0 in the Pacific-10) opens its conference season Saturday, Sept. 13, against the Oregon Ducks (2-0, 0-0). Kickoff in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. MST (9 p.m. CDT). The game will be a second consecutive national cablecast on TBS by Turner Sports, with Ron Thulin, Charles Davis, Craig Sager and Erin Andrews describing the play. A crowd of more than 40,000 is anticipated. It's Armed Forces Appreciation Night, with 2-for-1 tickets available for members of the nation's armed forces.
Some Game Themes - Arizona turns its attention to its bane the past three years - Pac-10 play. UA was 2-1, 3-0 and 3-1 entering its league openers from 2000-2002, respectively, and posted a combined 6-18 conference mark in those seasons....The young Cats work to break an 11-game Pac-10 home-game losing streak, looking for light at the end of the tunnel against a team that's had its number in the last decade... A contest featuring four quarterbacks competing for their team's top role... A match of offensive minds in UA's John Mackovic and Oregon's Mike Bellotti, who are No. 1 and No. 2 among league coaches in career victories... Arizona looks to win its league opener for the first time in three years and Oregon tries to stretch its streak of victories in conference openers to seven. Two of those (1997 and 2002) were wins over Arizona... The Cats conclude their three-game homestand before taking the road to Big Ten country...
The Series - Oregon leads the series, 16-12, and has a four-game winning streak. Arizona holds a narrow 8-7 edge in games played in Tucson. The biggest victories in the series each came in the last five years in Tucson - UA's 38-3 victory in 1998 and Oregon's 63-28 victory in 2001. Oregon has won eight of the last nine games in the series and another victory would give it the longest winning streak by either team in a matchup that began in 1937 (though it really kicked in when Arizona joined the Pac-10 in 1978)...
The Coaches - Arizona: John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65), third year at Arizona (10-15) and 16th season as a collegiate head coach (95-79-3). Mackovic has a 0-2 mark against the Ducks. Oregon: Mike Bellotti (UC-Davis '73), ninth year in Eugene (68-29) and 14th year overall (90-54-2). Bellotti is 7-1 against the Wildcats.
Arizona Last Week - Thirteenth-ranked Louisiana State came out roaring and scored on its first six possessions, then kept going and going in dominating completely for a 59-13 victory over Arizona. Included in the first half (38-0) scoring were three drives of 80 yards, a 35-yard punt return to set up a field goal, a UA fumble on its own 9 yard-line to set up a quick touchdown and a nine-play 57-yard drive. Arizona was kept off the scoreboard until, trailing 52-0 in the fourth period, Cats' holder James Molina threw an interception out of field goal formation, and LSU fumbled on the next play with cornerback Zeonte Sherman recovering for the UA's first points. A few minutes later, Skyler Green returned a 40-yard Molina punt 62 yards for the Tigers' final points. On the ensuing kickoff, UA freshman Syndric Steptoe raced 34 yards to beyond mid-field and the Cats put together their lone scoring drive - and recorded their only third-down conversion in 13 tries. The drive covered 45 yards in six plays, sparked by a 15-yard pass from Ryan O'Hara to Clarence Farmer, and two runs of 11 yards by the latter, the final for the score. Bobby Gill missed the PAT kick in somewhat of a illustration of the night's frustration. UA was penalized 11 times for 91 yards including three personal fouls in one series, suffered a 28.0 net punting average, and forced LSU to punt only twice. UA led in turnover margin, 3-4, but two of its takeaways were followed by giveaways. The Cats had seven 3-and-out possessions, completed 31 percent of their passes (Nic Costa 3-11, O'Hara 7-20) and were outgained 481 to 182 yards. UA safety Darrell Brooks (13tackles and an interception), tackle Carlos Williams (9 tackles, forced fumble) and the other defenders were on the field too much: LSU had the ball 36 minutes.
University of Oregon; Eugene ** Enrollment: 20,044 ** Colors: Green & Yellow ** Conference: Pac-10 ** 2002 Record: 7-6
...Oregon used Redshirt sophomore Kellen Clemens and senior Jason Fife at quarterback in its first two games -- at Mississippi State (42-34 UO victory) and at home over Nevada (31-23) last Saturday... Oregon is third nationally with a 185.78 pass efficiency rating. Clemens is 16th at 164.85 and Fife would be first by a mile except he's only thrown 12 passes, completing 11... Receiver Samie Parker leads the Duck with 15 receptions in two games and is well on the way toward a 1,000-yard season. He had 162 yards on seven grabs against the Wolf Pack. He also added a 50-yard run. His receiving yardage is fourth nationally... The Ducks have had some trouble with penalties, averaging 11 flags and 112 yards per game... As usual, Oregon has shown productive capabilities on offense, averaging 476 yards in its first two games. It's been a two-dimensional attack with 92 total rushing attempts and 10.0 yards per passing attempt... Soph safety Justin Phinisee is 30th nationally and second in the league with five kickoff returns for a 26-yard average... Senior safety Keith Lewis is tied for third in I-A with two interceptions... The Ducks' offensive line returned nearly intact and boasts all senior/junior starters. Center Dan Weaver is a two-time Rimington Trophy nominee and three-year letterman... UO was stung was stung by a knee injury to defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in its opener, which is expected to keep him out of action in September... UO opened the year 2-0 for the third consecutive season... UO coach Mike Bellotti, in his ninth year in Eugene, assumed the conference's deanship mantle after the departure of WSU's Mike Price last year... Oregon marked the occasion of its $90 million Autzen Stadium renovation last week in its home opener against Nevada... Senior linebacker Kevin Mitchell, the top returning tackler in the Pac-10, is a Butkus Award watch-list nominee. He has 13 tackles in the first two games... Junior place kicker Jared Siegel was named to the preliminary list for the Lou Groza Award. He missed a 41-yarder at Mississippi State and made a 22-yard field goal last week, and in his career is 28-for-38 (.736)... Defensive end Devan Long leads the Ducks with three sacks and four tackles for loss...
Arizona in 2003 Statistical RankingsCategory/Figure NCAA Pac-10Rushing/154.0 56 5Passing/160.0 93 10Pass Eff./85.33 108 10Total Offense/314.0 83 8Scoring/27.5 57 6Rush Def./126.5 54 9Pass Def./251.0 90 7Pass Eff. Def./124.76 72 8Total Def./378.0 74 9Scoring Def./33.0 97 10Net Punting/31.56 95 10Punt Ret./5.5 90 7KOR/16.80 95 8Turnover Margin/1.0 23 2Fumbles Lost/1 26 3Fumbles Rec./5 1 1Passes Had Int./4 109 9Passes Intercepted/2 35 4Turnovers Gained/7 5 2Turnovers Lost/5 77 9Rushing - M.Bell 80.0 54 4INTs - Means/Brooks 1.0 41 7Punting - J.Molina 40.9 49 6
Injury Report for Oregon
Halfback Mike Bell (arm vs. LSU) is probable. OLB Copeland Bryan (concussion) is questionable. Halfback Chris Henry (ankle, missed LSU) is questionable. CB Gary Love (ankle) is questionable after missing the LSU game. LB Kirk Johnson (knee) is probable after missing two games. RT Tanner Bell (knee) is still out after missing two games. LB Marquell Stinson (knee) has yet to play and is doubtful. 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.
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.
Miscellany of Late...
...Arizona has not won a conference game in Tucson since it used three overtimes to clip Washington State, 53-47, on Oct. 14, 2000... Only three of the 10 league losses in Arizona Stadium since then were decided by 8 points or less...
...LSU's Skyler Green returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown to wreck UA's net punting effort (28.0) and give an opponent such a scoring play for the first time in 12 seasons. Eric Guliford of ASU did the deed (68 yards) in 1991...
...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. Clarence Farmer had 158 yards on 15 carries in that game...
...Since the start of the 2000 season, Arizona is 1-13 against ranked teams. Its lone victory came against No. 18 USC in Los Angeles in 2000...
...The LSU scoring margin was the third most by a UA opponent in Arizona Stadium history. Michigan State beat UA 75-0 in 1949 and Colorado beat UA 65-12 in 1958... The 38 first-half points by LSU were well off the one-half record allowed by UA, 52 given up to USC in the second half of a 69-6 loss in Los Angeles in 1923...
...One of those days: UA backs Farmer and Mike Bell combined for 102 net rushing yards on 21 carries vs. LSU. Not bad. The only others who ran the ball were QBs Nic Costa (4- -5) and Ryan O'Hara (2- -6). Since Farmer was hurt last year at Wisconsin, Arizona has averaged 28 rushing attempts per game...
...Fullback Sean Jones snared three receptions for 27 yards against the Tigers, a good sign the position is evolving in UA's offense...
...Outside linebacker Andre Torrey had three tackles for loss among his five hits against LSU, including a sack for -11 yards...
...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 rated No. 9 nationally entering the year... It might take some time before young QBs Nic Costa and Ryan O'Hara help UA post another...
...Arizona's depth chart shows 19 freshmen or true freshmen involved in the action...
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 re-emerged under his direction in his first two years, and this year he turned considerable attention to both the Cats running game and the Wildcat defense. The jury is out, so to speak, after LSU's defense and offense each dominated.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.
Mackovic at a Glance: ï¿½ 16th year as a collegiate head coachï¿½ Overall collegiate record: 95-79-3 (.548)ï¿½ Career bowl teams: Eightï¿½ Arizona record: 10-15ï¿½ Non-Conference Record: 7-2ï¿½ Pac-10 Record: 3-13ï¿½ Arizona Road Record: 4-6ï¿½ Arizona Home Record: 6-9ï¿½ Walter Camp Foundation National Coach of the Year, 1979ï¿½ Conference Coach of the Year: ACC ('79), Big Ten ('88, '89), SWC ('95)
The Last Time Against Oregon -- Oct. 5, 2002, Tucson
Wildcat receiver Bobby Wade might have matched Oregon's Onterrio Smith as the biggest threat on the field, but the Ducks added a 70-percent passing attack to the star tailback's 145 yards (and two touchdowns) and stymied Arizona's running attack to post a 31-14 victory in the teams' Pac-10 opener. UA stopped the Ducks on their initial possession (UO's first unsuccessful opening gambit of the year) and took a 7-0 lead with a quick four-play drive capped by Jason Johnson's scoring toss to halfback Mike Bell. Oregon answered with an 80-yard drive for a score (Smith run of 3 yards), but Johnson found Wade for a 16-yard TD a few minutes later. UO quarterback Jason Fife completed passes of 26 and 19 yards sandwiched around a Smith six-yard run and Smith capped the four-play, 61-yard drive with a 10-yard TD run to tie the score. Oregon added a field goal with a quick drive to end the half, leading 17-14. In the third quarter, the Ducks finished the scoring with two good drives for scores, the first following an interception off Johnson for the only turnover points in the contest. Wade had a career-high 12 receptions and totaled 151 yards, but UA suffered three possessions of three-and-out in the second half despite reasonable field position throughout. Smith hurt the Cats with 145 rushing yards, while Fife completed 18-of-26 passes for 244 yards. Johnson had 302 yards passing on 23-for-41 (56%), but Arizona managed only 30 net yards rushing. Arizona played without a number of injured starters including its twin 2001 All-Pac-10 selections in linebacker Lance Briggs and halfback Clarence Farmer. The Cats also were without its two starting cornerbacks, Michael Jolivette and Darrell Brooks. Arizona punted eight times, its most to date, and couldn't take advantage of the Ducks' 110 yards on 13 penalties. UA lost its 12th league game in 14 tries.
Strength of Schedule
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 backed it up, as has early-season play. Louisiana State (14), Purdue (19) and Texas Christian (25) made the chart. LSU rose to No. 13 during game week. 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.
Sophomore quarterback Nic Costa has started both games with mixed results. In the opener he 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. Against LSU he struggled, with three completions in 11 attempts, for 21 yards. Redshirt freshman Ryan 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. John Mackovic is known to be a one-QB coach and publicly suspected the proof in this year's equation wouldn't emerge until the league slate begins in earnest. The Oregon game will be another test.
Players of the Game(s)
Players of the Game awards are given by the coaching staff and presented in the post-practice huddle Tuesdays. Honors for the UTEP game went to halfback Mike Bell on offense, co-defensive winners in linebackers Joe Siofele and Matt Molina, and wide receiver Gary Love on special teams.
Running Game Improvement?
Playing from behind against LSU (17-0 after first quarter, 35-0 at the half), Arizona tried anything and everything to get some offense going. Eventually it was a night with 27 rushes and 32 passes - not enough attempts to balance against LSU's 81 plays. The running game, which UA tried to stoke after a year in 2002 with merely 43.8 yards per game, checked in with 91 net yards. Halfbacks Clarence Farmer and Mike Bell had some moments. Farmer ran for an average of 7.6 yards on eight carries, while Bell started and chipped in 41 yards on 13 totes. Arizona coaches put a great deal of focus on invigorating the club's running game during the off-season and against UTEP in the opener things looked brighter. Bell and quarterback Nic Costa were electric and Farmer, Chris Henry, Gilbert Harris and Sean Jones had good effort. 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 going was tough vs. LSU and will get no easier, but UA has talent in the backfield.
Cut Off at The Pass
UA defensive back had three interceptions throughout the 2002 season. In two games this year, safeties Lamon Means (UTEP) and Darrell Brooks (LSU) have picks. LSU quarterbacks Matt Mauck and Marcus Randall, however, completed 71 percent of their throws for 11.96 yards per attempt, including a throw each (Mauck, 48 yards; Randall, 55 yards) that torched the Cats on successive second-quarter scoring bombs. That was a nice complement to a running game that posted 56 totes for 182 yards. UA's defense had held UTEP to a mere 4.7 yards per pass attempt (and overall a 3.6 average per play) and broke up nine passes. Means' 32-yard interception return set up a score against UTEP.
Arizona has a 7-2 edge in quarterback sacks after two games. 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. Against LSU, the club corralled the quarterback three times. 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. Against LSU the line did a good job of holding the Tigers to two sacks. Offensive coordinator Mike Deal, Mackovic and the entire offensive staff took a part in developing better pass protection by players on each offensive unit. Allowing only two sacks in more than 60 pass plays called is workable protection.
Arizona 2003 Game-by-Game StartersOffense WR LT LG C RG RT QB TE/WR HB FB/TE/WR WR PKUTEP Relford C.Johnson Sampay Fraser Lefotu Phillips Costa FlemingTE Bell McRaeTE Ealy GillLSU Relford C. Johnson Sampay Fraser Lefotu Phillips Costa Fleming TE Bell McRae TE Ealy GillOregonDefense OLB DE NT DE/ROV OLB MLB WLB CB SS FS CB PunterUTEP Bryan Williams Tuitavuki Hardt M.Molina Siofele Howard Love Means Brooks Jolivette BaugherLSU Bryan Williams Tuitavuki Hardt M.Molina Siofele Howard Nunez Means Brooks Jolivette BaugherOregon
Turnabout is Fair Play
UA is tied for the national lead with five fumble recoveries and it's helped give the team a modest 1.0 turnover margin. Four interceptions thrown by quarterback Ryan O'Hara (3) and holder James Molina (1) have hurt the margin. LSU had enough going that four turnovers didn't cause much more than concern. UA was 3-0 in games when it had fewer turnovers in 2002. In the rest: 1-8.
2003 Turnovers: Arizona 5, Opponents 7; Turnover Points: Arizona 21, Opponents 14
The Scoring Zone
John Mackovic aims for a 67% scoring efficiency, in touchdowns, when UA penetrates the opponents' 20 yard-line. A year ago it didn't happen - the Cats made touchdowns only 44 percent of the time in the scoring zone. Arizona had nearly 20 fewer red-zone possessions than opponents last year. In the season opener the off-season emphasis proved worthy - UA scored four touchdowns in four penetrations against UTEP, all running plays. Against LSU it was 1-for-1, on an 11-yard run by Clarence Farmer
Arizona: 5 Scoring Zone Possessions - 5 scores; 100% scoring, 100% TD (5)Opponents: 6 Scoring Zone Possessions - 5 scores; 83% scoring, 83% TD (5)1st-and-Goal: Arizona - 2 times, 2 TD. Opponents - 5 times, 5 TD.
Third Down Efficiency
UA suffered a 1-for-13 evening on third down against LSU, not converting until the fourth quarter. Coaches want 42 percent effectiveness on conversion plays and Arizona will have to climb up a hill to get there. Against UTEP the team had a good night, with eight successful plays in 16 tries. Getting yardage on first and second downs is key. UTEP was modestly successful with 7 conversions in 18 attempts, while LSU was 7-for-12. Defensive objectives are around 33%.
Arizona on third down: 9-29, 31%; Opponents on third down: 14-30, 47%
Sophomore Danny Baugher and senior James Molina each have punted since about mid way through the 2002 season, possibly an indication that the job isn't exactly settled. Baugher started both games this year, but Molina finished. He has 11 kicks for a 40.9 average, while Baugher has five for a 36.8 average. Arizona punted 10 times against LSU and a big problem came in coverage. UA allowed Shyrone Carey to return five for 58 yards, and Skyler Green took one back 62 yards for a score. That made net punting a disastrous figure.
New Coaches, New Emphases
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.
...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). Ealy leads after two games with five receptions for 54 yares, while Relford has four catches and leads with 94 yards. Williams has three grabs for 48 yards. 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... Ealy is a first-time starter, Jefferson is a redshirt freshman and Relford's the dean of the corps...Meantime, tight ends Steve Fleming and Clarence McRae each have started the first two games in strong formations... Fleming has three catches, while McRae is looking for his first UA reception after joining the team as a walk-on junior transfer in spring, and won the outstanding newcomer award...
...UA rates 54th nationally in rushing defense. The Cats hed the UTEP Miners to 71 rushing yards, their best defensive effort in that category in 11 games (Utah, 32 yards in 2002). LSU averaged only 3.3 yards per attempt but kept at it, with 56 rushes for 182 net yards...
...Running backs coach Jay Boulware was picked to be special teams coordinator in the off-season. UA has had some big plays in both games this year. Gary Love forced a fumble with a big hit in punt return coverage against UTEP, helping to hold the Miners to five punt returns for a total of 9 yards. True freshman Syndric Steptoe returned a kickoff 34 yards against LSU to help set up the Wildcats' lone offensive scoring drive.... However, LSU had two big special teams plays - a 32-yard punt return to set up one score and a 62-yard TD return. The two plays dropped Arizona's net punting to 28.0 yards in the game and the season average to 31.6, rating UA 95th in Division I-A...
...Some losses in the off-season reduced Arizona's overall depth to about 70 scholarship players. Sophomore linebacker Landon Kafentzis left the team during camp and was reportedly planning to transfer... Senior wide receiver Andrae Thurman, who was second to Bobby Wade (93-1389, 8 TD) last year with 61 catches for 915 yards, is not eligible for the 2003 season... Ditto for mid-year junior college transfer David Sharp...Junior nose tackle Vince Feula, the probable starter, also did not rejoin the team in fall camp...Sophomore defensive tackle Brad Brittain, a projected starter, left the team for undisclosed reasons shortly before camp... Junior defensive back Justin Jochum decided to take a proffered academic scholarship in the off-season and concentrate on his engineering studies...Coaches switched true freshman Ryan Kilpatrick to tight end, a move aimed for the future and some emphasis on his H-back potential... Offensive lineman Ismael Garcia, another true freshman, moved to the defensive line where he'll work at nose tackle, receiving some personal on-hands help from former defensive end Fata Avegalio. Avegalio, a potential line starter as a junior this year, could not continue his career because of a medical problem, but was kept on scholarship and will assist coaches as a volunteer student assistant...
...Arizona rebounded from a first loss with a victory in six of the last seven seasons...
...The average margin of victory in the past six Arizona-Oregon games is 17 points, thanks to 35-point victories by the Cats in 1998 and the Ducks in 2001. Two Ducks' victories in the series - the 1999 and 2000 games - were decided by 44-41 and 14-10 scores...
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Arizona Football On TV
Turner Sports will produce the Oregon game for national cablecaston WTBS Superstation. One other UA game has been pre-selected for national television. UA local partner Fox Sports Net Arizona also will produce additional games. Games on FSN also will be distributed by Fox Sports Digital Nets.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.
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
QB, Nic Costa, 5-11, 211, So., Aloha, Ore.
After spending a year as a redshirt and one as a back-up, Costa assumed the role of starting quarterback in 2003 ... Struggled against No. 13 LSU, connecting on just 3-of-11 attempts for 21 yards passing ... Led the Cats to an efficient two touchdown drives in his first two series under center against Texas-El Paso in the season opener ... Opened the UTEP game with a 27-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and added a TD run later in the contest ... An outstanding physical specimen, Costa is one of the team's strongest and quickest players.
Costa Game-By-Game2002 Opponent Att.-Cmp.-Int. Yds TD Pct. LgAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 5-3-0 26 0 60.0 14Sept. 21 at Wisconsin 5-1-1 9 0 20.0 9Nov. 2 at Oregon State 5-1-0 11 0 20.0 11Nov. 9 UCLA 4-2-0 104 1 50.0 922003 Opponent Att.-Cmp.-Int. Yds TD Pct. LgAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 10-6-0 110 1 60.0 41Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 11-3-0 21 0 27.3 8Career 6 games/2 starts 40-16-1 235 2 40.0 92
QB, Ryan O'Hara, 6-6, 198, Fr., Pasadena, Calif.
Joins the quarterback battle along with Costa ... Success should come with more experience ... Showed flashes of promise against No.13 Louisiana State by managing to complete 7-of-20 passes for 70 yards ... Completed 8-of-16 passes for 119 yards and a TD in his collegiate debut vs. Texas-El Paso, including a 79-yard scoring strike to Lance Relford.
O'Hara Game-By-Game2003 Opponent Att.-Cmp.-Int. Yds TD Pct. LgAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 16-8-2 119 1 50.0 79Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 20-7-1 70 0 35.0 19Career 2 games/0 starts 36-15-3 189 1 41.7 79
HB, Mike Bell, 6-0, 211, S0., Phoenix, Ariz.
Collected 13 totes for 41 yards (3.2 ypc) vs. No. 13 Louisiana State, while also snaring one pass out of the back field for three yards ... Opened the season vs. Texas-El Paso as the starting running back and responded with the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, a 119-yard effort on 13 carries (9.2 ypc) and a TD ... Also logged a career-long 53-yard run vs. the Miners ... Was Arizona's s leading rusher last season with 341 yards (3.2 ypc), but battled a toe injury for most of the season.
Bell Game-By-Game2002 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 13 59 4.5 0 18Sept. 14 vs. Utah 2 (-3) (-1.5) 0 -Sept. 21 at Wisconsin 6 18 3.0 0 5Sept. 28 vs. North Texas 14 50 3.6 1 14Oct. 5 vs. Oregon 21 54 2.6 0 11Oct. 12 at Washington 19 54 2.8 0 23Oct. 19 at Stanford 3 (-5) (-.25) 0 1Oct. 26 Washington State 7 25 3.6 0 13Nov. 2 at Oregon State 5 (-1) (-0.2) 0 6Nov. 9 UCLA 1 6 6.0 0 6Nov. 16 at California 3 14 4.7 0 13Nov. 29 vs. Arizona State 12 70 5.8 0 232003 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 13 119 9.2 1 53Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 13 41 3.2 0 16Career 14 games/6 starts 132 501 3.8 2 53
HB, Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 224, Sr., Houston, Texas
Has a rushing touchdown in both UA games this season ... Scored Arizona's lone offensive TD vs. No. 13 Louisiana State on a nifty 11-yard run in the fourth quarter ... Finished that game with a team-high 61 yards on eight carries (7.6 ypc) ... Scampered for 20 yards on eight carries and a TD vs. UTEP in season opener ... First team all-Pac-10 pick at running back in 2001 ... Topped the Pac-10 in rushing yards (1,229) and ranked second in yards per game (111.7) in 2001 ... Entered the season Ranked seventh on the UA career rushing list with 2,204 yards ... His 1,229 yards rushing in 2001 ranked fourth on the UA single-season list ... One of just eight backs all-time at UA to top the 1,000-yard plateau in a season ... 10 career 100-yard rushing games with 17 career touchdowns.
Farmer Game-By-Game2000 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgSept. 2 at Utah 2 0 0.0 0 0Sept. 9 vs. Ohio State DNPSept. 16 vs. San Diego State 13 95 7.3 0 23Sept. 30 at Stanford 18 116 6.4 1 50Oct. 7 at USC 22 134 6.1 1 80Oct. 14 vs. Washington State 0Oct. 21 at Oregon 9 20 2.2 0 20Oct. 28 vs. UCLA 33 107 3.2 2 19Nov. 4 at Washington 0Nov. 11 vs. Oregon State 9 61 6.8 0 35Nov. 24 vs. Arizona State 11 82 7.5 0 442001 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 30 at San Diego State 21 90 4.3 1 27Sept. 8 vs. Idaho 18 118 6.6 2 22Sept. 22 vs. UNLV 11 35 3.2 0 10Sept. 29 vs. Washington State 16 84 5.3 1 31Oct. 6 vs. Oregon 15 158 10.5 0 78Oct. 13 at Oregon State 19 55 2.9 0 13Oct. 20 at Washington 21 147 7.0 1 35Oct. 27 vs. USC 17 78 4.6 1 24Nov. 3 at California 27 165 6.1 1 65Nov. 10 vs. Stanford 12 141 11.8 2 66Nov. 23 at Arizona State 32 158 4.9 1 242002 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 16 29 1.8 1 11Sept. 14 vs. Utah 33 79 2.4 0 10Sept. 21 at Wisconsin 20 131 6.6 1 70Sept. 28 vs. North Texas 15 70 4.7 0 13Oct. 5 vs. Oregon DNP-InjuredOct. 12 at Washington DNP-InjuredOct. 19 at Stanford DNP-InjuredOct. 26 Washington State DNP-InjuredNov. 2 at Oregon State DNP-InjuredNov. 9 UCLA DNP-InjuredNov. 16 at California DNP-Injured2003 Opponent Att. Net Avg. TD LgAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 8 20 2.5 1 8Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 8 61 7.6 1 28Career 27 games/19 starts 447 2285 5.1 18 80
CB, Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 180, Sr., Houston, Texas
A solid cover guy ... Collected six stops (five solo) and a fumble recovery (second career) against No. 13 Louisiana State ... Notched two pass break-ups in the season opener vs. Texas-El Paso to break a tie with Chuck Cecil (1984-87) as the school's all-time leader in that category ... Tallied 20 PBUs in 2001 ... Did not play in remainder of 2002 after suffering a left knee injury on Sept. 18 in practice.
Jolivette Game-By-Game2000 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherSept. 2 at Utah 7 1 8 1-3 0 0 1 PBUSept. 9 vs. Ohio State 4 0 4 0 0 1 2 PBUSept. 16 vs. San Diego State 4 1 5 0 0 0 2 PBUSept. 30 at Stanford 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 PBUOct. 7 at USC 6 0 6 0 0 2 1 PBUOct. 14 vs. Washington State 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 PBUOct. 21 at Oregon 0 0 0 Left game with injuryOct. 28 vs. UCLA 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 PBUNov. 4 at Washington 4 2 6 0 0 0Nov. 11 vs. Oregon State 4 0 4 1-1 0 0Nov. 24 vs. Arizona State 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 PBU
2001 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 at San Diego State 6 4 10 1-6 1-6 0 2 PBUSept. 8 vs. Idaho 3 3 6 0 0 1 1 PBUSept. 22 vs. UNLV 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 FR (TD), 1 FF; 1 PBUSept. 29 vs. Washington State 3 1 4 1-1 0 1 3 PBUOct. 6 vs. Oregon 7 2 9 0 0 0Oct. 13 at Oregon State 5 1 6 0 0 1 1 PBUOct. 20 at Washington 2 2 4 0 0 0 4 PBUOct. 27 vs. USC 4 0 4 0 0 2 4 PBUNov. 3 at California 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 PBUNov. 10 vs. Stanford 2 1 3 1-1 0 0 1 PBUNov. 23 at Arizona State 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 PBU2002 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 2 PBU, 2 blocked puntsSept. 14 vs. Utah 5 1 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 PBUSept. 21 at Wisconsin DNP-InjuredSept. 28 vs. North Texas DNP-InjuredOct. 5 vs. Oregon DNP-InjuredOct. 12 at Washington DNP-InjuredOct. 19 at Stanford DNP-InjuredOct. 26 Washington State DNP-InjuredNov. 2 at Oregon State DNP-InjuredNov. 9 vs. UCLA DNP-InjuredNov. 16 at California DNP-InjuredNov. 29 vs. Arizona State DNP-Injured2003 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 2 1 3 0-0 0 0 2 PBUSept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 5 1 6 0-0 0 0 1 FRCareer 26 games/25 starts 88 23 111 5-11 1-6 10 40 PBU, 2 FF, 2 FR (TD)
OT, Brandon Phillips, 6-6, 330, Sr., Chandler, Ariz.
UA's senior leader up front is Brandon Phillips, who opened his UA career as a defensive lineman but switched in spring 2001 ball to become one of the Cats' most dependable along the offensive line. He's helped limit opponents to only two sacks - both by LSU. The sizeable Phillips (6-foot-6, 320) anchors the right side of a group that's been steadily improving since spring. Junior center Keoki Fraser, junior tackle Chris Johnson, sophomore guard Kili Lefotu, and senior guard Reggie Sampay combine to give UA a starting unit with an average size of 6-4, 308. Juco transfer Tom Robinson, also recruited as a placements snapper, gives UA a big backup center (6-4, 317) and heads a largely untested reserve group. The line held UTEP to zero sacks and helped lead the team to its best rushing effort in 10 games. Sophomore tackle Tanner Bell could rejoin the group this week for the UO game.
FS, Darrell Brooks, 6-1, 202, S0., Moreno Valley, Calif.
Leads the UA defense with 18 tackles (14 solo) to go with one interception ... Tallied a career-high 13 stops (11 solo) vs. No. 13 Louisiana State to go with his first career interception ... It was Brooks' second career double-figure tackle game ... Notched five stops in UA's season-opening win over Texas-El Paso ... Ranked fifth on the team with 50 stops last season ... Earned honorable mention all-Pac-10 honors in 2002 ... Battled back problems a year ago but still started 10 games at corner.
Brooks Game-By-Game2002 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 6 0 6 1-2 0-0 0 2 PBUSept. 14 vs. Utah 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 21 at Wisonsin 5 1 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 FFSept. 28 vs. North Texas 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 5 vs. Oregon DNPOct. 12 at Washington DNPOct. 19 at Stanford 5 0 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 PBUOct. 26 Washington State 3 2 5 0.5-2 0-0 0Nov. 2 at Oregon State 3 3 6 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 9 vs. UCLA 7 3 10 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 16 at California 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 29 vs. Arizona State 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 FR2003 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 3 2 5 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 11 2 13 0-0 0-0 1Career 12 games/12 starts 53 15 68 1.5-4 0-0 1 3 PBU, 2 FF, 1 FR
LB, Joe Siofele, 6-2, 245, Sr., Waipahu, Hawaii
Should flourish in Arizona's new 3-4 defense ... Totaled two tackles vs. No. 13 Louisiana State ... Registered seven stops in season opener vs. Texas-El Paso ... Returns to a traditional linebacker position after essentially playing as a rush end in UA's former double-eagle flex defense.
Siofele Game-By-Game2000 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherSept. 2 at Utah 2 0 2 1-12 1-12 0Sept. 9 vs. Ohio State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 16 vs. San Diego State 1 0 1 1-8 1-8 0Sept. 30 at Stanford 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 FROct. 7 at USC 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 PBUOct. 14 vs. Washington State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 21 at Oregon 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 28 vs. UCLA 0 2 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 PBUNov. 4 at Washington 2 1 3 1-2 0-0 0Nov. 11 vs. Oregon State 4 2 6 1-1 0-0 0Nov. 24 vs. Arizona State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 02001 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 at San Diego State 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 8 vs. Idaho 4 0 4 1-8 1-8 0Sept. 22 vs. UNLV 4 0 4 2-4 0-0 0Sept. 29 vs. Washington State 0 3 3 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 6 vs. Oregon 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 13 at Oregon State DNP-InjuredOct. 20 at Washington DNP-InjuredOct. 27 vs. USC DNP-InjuredNov. 3 at California 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 10 vs. Stanford 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 23 at Arizona State 3 0 3 1-7 1-7 02002 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 31 vs. Northern Arizona 5 0 5 1-5 1-5 0Sept. 14 vs. Utah 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 FRSept. 21 at Wisconsin 2 3 5 1-6 1-6 0Sept. 28 at North Texas 7 1 8 1-5 1-5 0 1 PBUOct. 5 vs. Oregon 7 4 11 0-0 0-0 0Oct. 12 at Washington 7 1 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 FFOct. 19 at Stanford 1 1 2 1-5 1-5 1 FFOct. 26 Washington State 2 5 7 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 2 at Oregon State 2 4 6 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 9 vs. UCLA 2 4 6 0.5-1 0-0 0Nov. 16 at California 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0Nov. 29 Arizona State 2 2 4 1.5-9 1.5-9 02003 Opponent UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int OtherAug. 30 vs. Texas-El Paso 2 5 7 0-0 0-0 0Sept. 6 vs. Louisiana State 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0Career 33 games/19 starts 70 43 113 14-73 9-65 0 2 FF, 2 FR, 3 PBU
The Last Time Arizona...
Returned a punt for a TD: Bobby Wade (60 yards) at Washington, 2000Returned 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 1998Returned an interception for a TD LB Ray Wells (42 yards) at California, 2002; Brandon Nash (13 yards) at Arizona State, 2001Returned a fumble for a TD: CB Zeonte Sherman (1 yard) vs. LSU, 2003Blocked a punt for a safety: Andrae Thurman at San Diego State, 2001Scored a safety: Blocked punt (Andrae Thurman), at San Diego State, 2001Did not score: at Washington, 1991 (UW 54?0)Did not score a touchdown: at Oregon State, 2002 (OSU 38-3)A back ran for 200 yards: Trung Canidate (33?221) at OSU, 1999A back ran for 100 yards: Mike Bell (13-119, 1 TD) vs. UTEP, 2003Team rushed for 100 yards vs. UTEP (43-217, 4 TD), 2003Rushed for 250 yards vs. Oregon (36-258, 1 TD), 2001Rushed for 275 yards at UCLA (49-307, 3 TD), 1999Rushed for negative yardage at California (32- -5), 2002; at Oregon State (25- -23), 2002A quarterback ran for 100 yards Ortege Jenkins (11?104) vs. UCLA, 2000A quarterback passed for 300 yards Jason Johnson (23-41-1-302-2) vs. Oregon, 2002A 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), 2002Had 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, 2002A receiver had 200 yards Bobby Wade (11-222, 1 TD) at California, 2002Two receivers had 100 yards Bobby Wade (11-222, 1 TD), Andrae Thurman (9-157), at California, 2002Two 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, 2002Blocked a punt: Lance Relford (returned for TD) at California, 2002; Michael Jolivette (2) vs. Northern Arizona, 2002Blocked a field goal: Carlos Williams vs. WSU, 2002; Mike Schwertley at Washington, 2002; Williams vs. North Texas, 2002Blocked a PAT kick: Peter Hansen at USC, 2000; Antonio Pierce at USC, 2000Scored a 2?pt. conversion: Jason Johnson to Andrae Thurman pass at San Diego State, 2001Missed a PAT kick: Bobby Gill vs. LSU, 2003 (wide from 35 yards [penalty])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), 2000Lost to a ranked team: 13-59 vs. Louisiana State (No. 13), 2003Beat an unranked team: 42-7 vs. UTEP, 2003Lost to an unranked team: 20-24 vs. Arizona State, 2002Won as a ranked team: 53?47 vs. Washington State (Arizona No. 22), 2000Won as an unranked team: 42-7 vs. UTEP, 2003Lost as a ranked team: 24?27 vs. UCLA, 2000 (Arizona No. 24)Lost as an unranked team: 13-59 vs. LSU, 2003Played in tie?breaker game: 53?47 vs. Washington State, 2000 (3 OT)
The last time an Opponent...
Returned a punt for a TD: Skyler Green (62 yards), vs. LSU, 2003Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Kenny Farley (24 yards), at Oregon State, 2001Returned a blocked FB for a TD: James Bethea (60 yards), at California, 2002Returned a kickoff for TD: LaShaun Ward (94 yards) at California, 2002Returned an interception for a TD: Joe Fleskoski (39 yards) vs. UTEP, 2003Returned a fumble for a TD: Coy Wire (89 yards), Stanford, 2001Scored a safety: Washington State (sack forces fumbled ball thru endzone), 2002Did 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: Ryan Gaudet (47 yards), vs. LSU, 2003 (1-for-1)Missed a field goal: Keith Robinson, vs. UTEP, 2003 (42 yards, 0-1)Missed a PAT kick: John Anderson at Washington, 2002Rushed for 200 yards: UCLA (51-248), 2002Rushed for 250 yards: at Wisconsin (47-260), 2002Rushed for 275 yards: North Texas (60-282), 2002Rushed for negative yardage at UCLA (30- -31), 1999A back ran for 100 yards: Mike Williams (40-162, 4 TD), Arizona State, 2002; plus six others in 2002Two backs ran for 100 yards: Brian Allen (23-143) and Kenneth Tolon (12-100) vs. Stanford, 2001Had 400 yards in total offense Louisiana State, 2003 (81-481, 5.9)A back ran for 200 yards: Reuben Droughns (45?202) vs. Oregon, 1999A quarterback passed for 300 yards Cody Pickett (29-49-455-4-3) at Washington, 2001A receiver had 100 yards Michael Clayton (6-109, 1 TD) vs. LSU, 2003Blocked a punt: Matt Miller, vs. Arizona State, 2002Blocked a field goal: Lorenzo Alexander (Bobby Gill 44-yard attempt), at California, 2002Blocked a PAT kick: Idaho, 2001 (Sean Keel attempt)Scored a 2?pt. conversion: QB John Welsh to Kevin O'Connell vs. Idaho, 2001
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