Wildcats Face Another Hot Team
Oct. 7, 2003
Date Game - TV Score AttenA 30 Texas-El Paso 42-7 40,264S 6 #13 LSU (TBS national) 13-59 46,110S 13 Oregon (TBS national) 10-48 40,462S 20 at #25 Purdue 7-59 52,310S 27 #19 TCU (FSNA/KWBA-58) 10-13 40,515O 4 at #14 Wash. State (FSNA) 7-30 34,923O 11 UCLA# (FSN national) 3:40 p.m. MST/PDTO 25 at California 12:30 p.m. PDT/MSTN 1 at Oregon State 1 p.m. PSTN 8 Washington% 4 p.m. MSTN 15 Southern California 4 p.m. MSTN 28 at Arizona State (FSN) 1 p.m. MST#Family Weekend; %HomecomingTimes subject to change; Additional TV TBA
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Arizona Football On TV
The UCLA game will be produced by Fox Sports Net for national cable, with other games under consideration by Pacific-10 Conference television partners. One other UA game has been pre-selected for national television and UA partner FSNA may produce additional games. Games produced by FSN this year 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.
Head coach Mike Hankwitz' weekly radio and television shows are produced by KNST Radio, with host Brian Jeffries and the coach taping during 'Tuesdays 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.
The Game - The University of Arizona Wildcats (1-4, 0-2 in the Pacific-10) play host to the UCLA Bruins (3-2, 1-0) in a Pac-10 home game at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium. The game will be shown on national cable by Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins and John Jackson describing play. It is Family Weekend on the University of Arizona campus. A crowd of 48,000 is anticipated.
Some Game Themes -The Wildcats found some improvement in their game at WSU and try to take another step at home in front of a friendly crowd... Arizona looks to snap its five-game string of losses and a home Pac-10 losing streak at 12 games... UA plays its lone October home game before hitting the road, a bye week and another road contest...The Cats face their sixth consecutive 2002 bowl team... A match of teams with youth at the quarterback position... UCLA brings a unit that rates 16th nationally in total defense and 22nd in rushing defense, against an Arizona team last in Division I-A in total offense... UA faces a club that scored as many points Saturday (46) as UA has in its last five games (47)...
The Series - UCLA leads, 16-9-2. The Bruins have won the last two meetings and four of the last five. This will be the third consecutive game played in Tucson. In last year's contest, UCLA romped, 33-7. Arizona is 5-3 against the Bruins in the last eight games played at Arizona Stadium. The winner has scored an average of 37 points in the last six games, with UA notching a victory in 1996 and 1999.
The Coaches - Arizona: Mike Hankwitz (Michigan '70), leads the club in his second game as UA's interim head coach (0-1) and first head coaching experience. 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. UCLA: Karl Dorrell (UCLA '86), first year at UCLA and overall (3-2, 1-0). Dorrell lettered in 1982-83 and 1985-86 as a Bruin wide receiver, playing on team that recorded a 2-1-1 mark against UA.
Arizona Last Week - The Wildcats took a new identity on the road to challenge No. 14 Washington State, only to see several mistakes at the end cost 14 points in a span of a minute, and help lead to a 30-7 loss. The blitz was unfortunate but did not quell a lockerroom feeling that Arizona had made strides. In the first stanza after a trade of possessions, WSU drove and had 1st-and-goal at the UA 7 yard-line, but the Cats stiffened and the Cougars settled for the first of three field goals by Drew Dunning. On its next possession, Devard Darling wrested a 3rd-and-7 pass by Matt Kegel (at his own 16) from UA corner Zeonte Sherman and raced 84 yards to make it 10-0. Another field goal made it 13-0 at the end of the quarter. But UA battled, with plays like Michael Jolivette's interception in the end zone to thwart another WSU threat, and went to the locker room mulling its chances. A takeaway from Gary Love (forced fumble) and Gary Shepard (recovery) gave the Cats possession minutes into the third quarter and UA drove to the Washington 5 yard-line, keyed by a 29-yard run by Mike Bell and a 27-yard pass from Kris Heavner to Gilbert Harris. Quarterback Nic Costa came off the bench and hit Matt Padron on a roll-out pass for the Cats' first points -- and the game was in question. The third Dunning field goal made it 16-7 at the end of the third period. UA forced another turnover with a fumble-causing sack by Joe Siofele and the Cats appeared on the verge of a bigger statement. But on 3rd-and-8 from its own 39, Heavner's out-pass was tipped, intercepted and returned by Jason David for a deflating score, then the Cats fumbled on their very next play to set up the Cougars with a short field for a 19-yard scoring drive. From 16-7 to 30-7 within 82 seconds. WSU's defense held UA to 198 net yards while the Cougars piled up 513 yet needed their defense to provide the spark. Arizona had trouble in the trenches, failing to convert on 13 third-down plays. UA's offensive line, however, allowed zero sacks, the first time in 23 contests the Cougar sack-attack was shut out.
Noting the Bruins...
University of California, Los Angeles ** Enrollment: 34,000 ** Colors: Blue & Gold ** Conference: Pacific-10 ** 2002 Record: 8-5
...UCLA trailed 13-0 and 16-7 at the half, but took the lead in the third period with an 11-play, 91-yard drive against No. 17 Washington, then blew the game open with a 24-point fourth quarter to win, 46-16, in Los Angeles on Saturday... The Bruins scored defensive touchdowns twice in the second half... The victory improved UCLA to 5-8 in Pac-10 openers in the last 13 years... UCLA's defense leads the league in allowing only 294 total yards per game, rating 16th nationally.... Senior defensive tackle Rodney Leisle, a preseason Rotary Lombardi Award candidate, has 34 career starts but missed the UW start after an ejection in the San Diego State game a week earlier. He has 17 tackles and two sacks from an interior position... Junior cornerback Matt Ware has started every game of his career (29), the longest streak on the team. He has seven career interceptions and also makes teams go the other way... Senior linebacker Brandon Chillar leads the Bruins with 62 tackles (including a team-high 9.5 for losses), an average of 12 per game. He also has blocked a kick and intercepted a pass. He had 12 hits vs. the Huskies... Senior defensive end Dave Ball leads the Bruins with 8.5 sacks, bolstered by 3.5 against UW. He's on the Lombardi Award and Hendricks Defensive End Award watch lists. He has 23 career sacks, fifth best in UCLA history... Receiver Craig Bragg leads the Bruins with 31catches for 414 yards, and has 92 career catches. He had eight grabs for 142 against Washington... He led the Pac-10 in punt returns a year ago (44-11.0)... Tailback Tyler Ebell set the UCLA freshman rushing record with 994 yards last year, but has found the going a bit tougher this season (35 yards per game)... Freshman tailback Maurice Drew has returned 11 kickoffs for an average of 26.9 yards, thanks in part to a 91-yard return for a touchdown against Oklahoma. He also scored on a fumble return against the Sooners. His KOR figure is second in the league and rates 19th nationally.... UCLA started sophomore Matt Moore at quarterback in the season opener, but a knee injury has kept him out of play since. Sophomore Drew Olson has started the last four games. He has twin career highs of 258 yards passing against both Washington and SDSU and completed 34 throws in the two games... Five Bruins' fathers also played at UCLA - tight end Blane Kezirian, receiver Garrett Lepisto, quarterback John Sciarra, defensive back Trey Brown and defensive lineman Bruce Davis...
Game Note: UCLA started Arizona's current 12-game Pac-10 home-game losing streak with its narrow 27-24 victory over the Cats on Oct. 28, 2000, in Arizona Stadium. Arizona was ranked No. 24 by the Associated Press at the time, the last time UA has been in the polls.
Arizona in 2003 Statistical RankingsCategory/Figure NCAA Pac-10Rushing/84.3 113 10Passing/163.8 102 10Pass Eff./87.08 112 10Total Offense/248.2 117 10Scoring/14.8 110 10Rush Def./187.0 97 10Pass Def./278.7 103 8Pass Eff. Def./151.23 108 10Total Def./465.7 110 10Scoring Def./36.0 109 10Net Punting/36.3 52 7Punt Ret./5.4 108 10KOR/17.3 104 8Turnover Margin/-.33 76 6Fumbles Lost/5 47 3Fumbles Rec./10 4 1Passes Had Int./11 113 9Passes Intercepted/4 78 9Turnovers Gained/14 21 3Turnovers Lost/16 101 9Individual Top 60:Punting - D. Baugher 42.6 28 6
Injury Report, UCLA Week
Out: OT Brandon Phillips (knee vs. Oregon), OG John Parada (knee, camp), both out for the year. Questionable: ROV Clay Hardt (ankle at WSU), DT Carl Tuitavuki (ankle at WSU), OG Reggie Sampay (knee at Purdue, missed TCU/WSU), KO Nick Folk (hip, missed TCU/WSU), LB Justin Stewart (shoulder, missed TCU/WSU). HB Gainus Scott (non-football illness) returned to practice before the Purdue game and returned to action on special teams at WSU... Freshman DL Cedric Cofer had leg surgery during camp and will redshirt.
The team will elect permanent team captains in November. Each Friday prior to then, the coaching staff nominates game captains. UTEP - LT Brandon Phillips, OLB Matt Molina, HB Mike Bell. LSU - LB Joe Siofele, QB Nic Costa, TE Steve Fleming. Oregon - C Keoki Fraser, DE Carlos Williams, OG Kili Lefotu. Purdue - RB Beau Carr, FS Clay Hardt.TCU - DT Carl Tuitavuki, PK Bobby Gill. WSU - Siofele, Fleming, OLB Andre Torrey. UCLA: TBA
Miscellany of Late...
...UA's offensive held WSU's league-best sack attack to zero sacks on 38 called pass plays. It was a nice job that gave the freshman signal caller time to try to work against very good pass defenders... For his part, Heavner (1) also avoided a heavy investment in WSU's nation-best team total of 14 interceptions...
...Tight ends have become more productive in the last two weeks. Steve Fleming has six receptions for 69 yards including a 58-yard scoring bomb vs. TCU in the last two games, while Matt Padron had three catches for 27 yards vs. those two, including the only score for UA against WSU...
...When you have to do it, you have to do it. With UA's 0-for-11 third-down conversion mark at WSU, punter Danny Baugher trotted out and kicked 11 times, just two shy of the individual school record of 13 by three different UA punters four different times... At that rate, the Cats could top the school mark of 92 punts by the 1967 team. UA has 55 punts, 9.16 per game. The '75 club had the 92 in 10 games for a 9.20 per game mark...
...Sophomore strong safety Lamon Means had a career-high 11 tackles and knocked down two passes at Washington State. He's the third-leading tackler (40) on the team behind rover linebacker Clay Hardt (46) and free safety Darrell Brooks (43). Mike linebacker Joe Siofele has 35. 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...
...UA coaches are likely to redshirt several players who appeared on the depth charts since camp - sophomore WR Jason Martin and freshman defensive ends Jason Parker and Lionel Dotson. True freshman halfback Chris Henry returned to action at WSU after missing four games with an ankle sprain. A quartet of true freshmen are regulars -- defensive lineman Clifton Stanford, kick returner Syndric Steptoe, strong safety Marcus Hollingsworth and quarterback Kris Heavner...
...One-for-one for a touchdown helps the pass efficiency rating. Sophomore Nic Costa, who has not suffered an interception this year, came off the bench for one play at WSU, and tossed a five-yard pass to redshirt freshman tight end Matt Padron for the score. It raised Costa's rating more than 10 points to 108.49...
...UA has been outscored 102-0 in the first halves of the last five games. Those scoring difficulties in the first half have kept one guy on the sidelines. Wildcat place kicker Bobby Gill has had two first-half plays since August 30 - a 50-yard try for a field goal as the clock wound down at Purdue and another missed field goal (37 yards) against TCU...
...Offensive guard Kili Lefotu snagged a reception off a tipped ball for a three-yard gain against WSU...
...Fullback Gilbert Harris had his second three-reception game (also at Purdue) at WSU, while fellow fullback Sean Jones had three catches vs. LSU. Those are the top receiving marks for UA running backs in a game this year...
Arizona Head Coach Mike Hankwitz
The Wildcat camp felt it made a sensational hire shortly before spring practice when Mike Hankwitz was hired to be defensive coordinator. He brought a different approach (a 3-4 scheme) and helped infuse new energy into the UA defense. Now, six weeks into the season, Hankwitz has been 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 becomes UA's 27th head coach in its century-plus football history.
Long appreciated for his defensive success, Hankwitz, 55, takes the reins of a program for the first time. It's a step Livengood feels can assure continuity and give the program its best chances for a rewarding 2003 season. It also gives Hankwitz two jobs to perform.
Beyond that, Livengood will immediately begin 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.
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 linebacks and punters coach at Purdue from 1977-81 and was with the Arizona program under Jim Young from 1973-76, serving as defensive coordinator his final season in Tucson.
A 1970 graduate of Michigan and a three-year letterman, Hankwitz played on the Wolverines' 1969 Rose Bowl squad. He entered the coaching profession in 1970 as a graduate assistant, serving until 1972 when he was hired by Young to join the successful Wildcat teams of the early 1970s that posted a four-year record of 31-13 including twin 9-2 years in 1974-75.
As architect of Texas A&M's 'Wrecking Crew' defense, Hankwitz led the Aggies to Top-10 ratings in total defense, passing or scoring defense in 1988, 2000 and 2001. He coached Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award winner Day Nguyen in 1998, and coached three major national award winners at Colorado - Jim Thorpe Award winners Deon Figures ('92) and Chris Hudson ('94), and Butkus Award winner Alfred Williams ('90). He has coached nearly 20 players who later became National Football League professionals, including five punters. A noted special teams coach, seven of his punt teams ranked in the national top 10 during his 10 years at Colorado. The Buffaloes had the nation's sixth-best winning percentage in the nation from 1988-94.
Overall as a defensive coordinator, programs Hankwitz has worked with have posted a record of 148-68-6 during his tenure. Further, Hankwitz has more bowl experience than any other UA coach, with the Rose Bowl appearance as a player and 18 other bowl teams as a coach, including the 1990 Colorado national championship club, three Big Eight title squads, to Big Ten title teams, two Big 12 South title winners and one Big 12 championship club.
The Last Time vs. UCLA - Nov. 9, 2002, Tucson
UA posted some individual season records but UCLA - which began the streak in 2000 - extended Arizona's home Pac-10 losing string to 10 games (now 12), whipping the Cats 37-7 on Homecoming night in Arizona Stadium. The Bruins took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in seven plays for a quick lead on Tyler Ebell's 22-yard run. After a UCLA field goal, Arizona answered a few possessions later with a 71-yard drive to the UCLA 9 yard-line, but settled for a field goal attempt by Bobby Gill -- blocked. The Bruins' Ebell added another touchdown of 19 yards to go up 17-0 early in the second quarter. Backup quarterback Nic Costa, inserted according to plan, scrambled on a 3rd-and-22 play at his goal-line, and found Andrae Thurman for a 92-yard scoring pass to gain some momentum, but UCLA quickly replied with another field goal and a halftime lead at 20-7. The Cats spent the second half trying to do something, but added only 22 yards in total offense on 23 plays after the break. UCLA calmly went about its business and scored three more times. One was a quick-strike TD after a 20-yard punt return by Craig Bragg gave UCLA possession at the Cats' 33 yard-line, another came on 4th-and-goal, and the final capped an 11-play, 50-yard drive marked by 10 consecutive rushes. The Bruins' total of 443 yards in offense marked the seventh time to date opponents had crossed the 400-yard mark. Overall, Arizona was held to a season-low nine first downs, 12 net rushing yards and 249 total yards. Some of the yards gave UA quarterback Jason Johnson the Arizona single-season passing record of 2,566 yards, and pushed receiver Bobby Wade over the 1,000-yard barrier for the year and beyond the career 3,000 receiving yards level. Johnson moved to within 12 yards of 5,000 career passing yards at 4,988. He also put himself within three completions of a single-season Arizona record. Arizona had little to crow about, however, dropping to 0-6 in Pac-10 play for the first time in its 25-year Pac-10 history. A victory the next week at California snapped the streak and avoided tying the school's worst losing streak of seven games by the 1957 team. Ebell rushed for a total of 124 yards on 22 carries.
The River Styx
The Cats need to keep their noses to the grindstone, chins up, go through fire and water, leave no stone unturned and never say die. Et cetera. You fight until hell freezes over and then you keep battling on the ice - that's the way Mike Hankwitz coaches. The schedule has been filled with good teams, with more on the horizon. But playing ranked opponents in the fourth quarter with a chance to win each of the last two weeks has given the Wildcats resolve, so the Cats welcome the challenge(s), by hook or by crook. The five losses came to teams 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's a new entry at No. 24 this week.
UA mentor Mike Hankwitz has the task of performing both head coaching duties and his normal workload as defensive coordinator. Some coaches do run their club's defense, but they have a 10th man on the staff. Arizona's mid-year switch from John Mackovic to Hankwitz puts a bit of a burden on the latter to go both ways. It's a new thing for him to examine, for example, the development of true freshman quarterback Kris Heavner, when his days used to be focused solely on how the defense performed. Hankwitz has given considerable rein to coordinator Mike Deal and the offensive staff.
Heavner in National Kiddie Corps
Quarterback Kris Heavner has joined five 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 and John Beck of BYU also have started games this year. Arizona, with redshirt freshman Ryan O'Hara's start at Purdue Sept. 20, has had two freshman starters this year. Heavner's start against TCU made him the first Wildcat true freshman to start at the position since Ronnie Veal started almost exactly 16 years ago on Oct. 3, 1987, against Bowling Green in Tucson. The last true freshman quarterback to play was Brady Batten in 1993. He played in the season opener, handing off on the final play of the game against UTEP, and played in four other games the final drive of UA's victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. A shoulder injury forced him to redshirt in 1994. The last redshirt freshman to start at quarterback was Ortege Jenkins against San Diego State on Oct. 4, 1997, in Tucson. In his initial action, Veal rushed 23 times for 134 yards and three scores, and completed nine of 15 passes for 164 yards. The rushing figure stands as the most ever by a UA signal caller. In his debut, Jenkins completed 17 of 32 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, plus added 28 rushing yards on 11 totes.
Kris Heavner (2), Ryan O'Hara (1) and Nic Costa (3) have started the 2003 games in that reverse order. The last time Arizona started three different quarterbacks in a season was in 1997, when Keith Smith and Jenkins shared the role and then-senior Brady Batten started the team's appearance in the Insight.com Bowl. George Malauulu (4), Billy Prickett (2) and Chuck Levy (4) each started regular-season games in 1991. Arizona coaches appear to have settled on the youngest of the trio, Heavner. In the opener Costa was effective passing (6-for-10, 119 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD) and running (3-33, 1 TD), plus led the team on four scoring drives in stewardship of six possessions. At Purdue he was the club's leading rusher, with 47 yards, but 1-for-4 throwing. OHara led the Cats on its other two scoring drives against UTEP including a nifty 79-yard touchdown throw to Lance Relford for O'Hara's first career TD toss. Against the Tigers, O'Hara complete seven throws in 20 attempts (79 yards) and had one intercepted. He led UA on its lone offensive scoring drive. He led the team on its two scoring drives against Oregon, including a season-best 11-play drive helped by a UO roughing-the-passer call. At Purdue, he had his first start and played much of the first half, completing seven of 15 passes for 39 yards. Heavner, in the first action of his career, led the team on its lone scoring drive at Purdue, with modest 5-for-12 throwing and one interception. He led the scoring drive at Washington State, but gave way to Costa for the final play, a five-yard TD toss to tight end Matt Padron. It was Costa's first action in eight quarters. Quarterback-of- Record in Starts: Costa 1-2 ; O'Hara 0-1; Heavner 0-2.
Coaches put considerable focus on improving UA's 43-yards-per-game 2002 rushing attack. So far the Cats are averaging about double that, at 84.3 yards per game, but there is plenty of room for improvement. A trio of halfbacks - Clarence Farmer, Mike Bell and Beau Carr - have the talent. Farmer led the Pac-10 in 2001 with 1,229 yards rushing. Bell leads backs this year with a 4.1-yard average per carry. Carr returned to action at Purdue, started the TCU game, then missed the WSU trip for unspecified reasons. He missed the early part of the season attending to schoolwork. UA's front line was expected to be a cohesive group after spring ball, but injuries made cross-training necessary for that group, with the loss of starter Brandon Phillips and potential starter John Parada. Farmer ran for an average of 7.6 yards on eight carries against LSU. Bell started the first four games and the WSU game. This week the team faces a second consecutive group rated among national leaders in rushing defense, at No. 22. At Washington State last week, the Cats finished with a net of 65, but showed some spark.
UA is doing a good job with 14 turnovers gained, to rank No. 21 nationally... but rates 101st nationally with 16 lost for a No. 76 rating in turnover margin (-.33.). At WSU, Arizona was effective for most of the game, with three takeaways to none after it recovered a Cougar fumble with 11 minutes remaining, and had scored its touchdown after a Cougar fumble. But the aforementioned twin turnovers in a span of 82 seconds in the fourth quarter changed the complexion of the game. WSU took advantage and scored 14 turnover points. Against TCU, the Horned Frogs followed a Heavner interception with a 98-yard play - not exactly gift-wrapped points, but 'turnover' points nonetheless, plus Heavner threw another interception in overtime to end UA's possession after only two plays. TCU followed with the game-winning field goal. UA suffered its worst day at Purdue, where four turnovers led to 23 Purdue points. UA scored its lone touchdown after a Tony Wingate interception. Gift-wrapped possessions like a lost fumble at the UA 21 yard-line and an interception at the UA 22 yard-line helped Purdue make a couple of thank-you drives for touchdowns. Oregon also recovered a UA fumble inside the red-zone for a near freebie drive.
2003 Turnovers: Arizona 16, Opponents 14Turnover Points: Arizona 35, Opponents 64Miscue Points: Arizona 35, Opponents 64 (includes turnover, blocked/botched kick possessions)
Senior cornerback Michael Jolivette intercepted the 11th pass of his career at Washington State, in goal-line coverage to help Arizona stop a 1st-and-goal opportunity by an opponent for the only time this year in 13 such tries. 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. He needs one more interception to reach Arizona's carrer top 10 chart. He's already Arizona's career leader in passes defensed with 41, three more than former All-American safety Chuck Cecil.
UA senior halfback Clarence Farmer is three yards shy of moving into the No. 6 spot on UA's all-time rushing chart. He has 2,387 career yards, just behind fullback Jim Upchurch (2,389 from 1972-74). Were it not for an injury that kept him out of the final eight games of the 2002 season, Farmer had a chance to be the only Wildcat to lead the Cats in rushing for four consecutive years - assuming he could do so this year. Since 1958, four Wildcat backs have led the club in rushing in three years - Hubert Oliver (1978-80), David Adams (1984-86), Ontiwaun Carter (1992-94) and Trung Canidate (1997-99). All four of those backs are ahead of Farmer on the all-time career rushing chart.
Empty at the Turn
Arizona has not scored in the first halves of the last five games, trailing by an average of 20 points. The good news is that in the last two games, UA's defense has helped keep the margins to 7 and 13 points at the break. Overall in that five-game span, as noted before, the Cats have been outscored 102-0 in the first halves.
The Scoring Zone
Arizona mustered some red-zone defense and held Washington State to one touchdown in four trips last week. The Cats also came up with their first total denial of an opponents' 1st-and-goal incursion when Michael Jolivette intercepted a pass in the end zone. That's one of the figures the Arizona defense has been best at - making it tough when the field is short. Opponents have scored touchdowns only 56 percent of the time inside UA's 20 yard-line. Offensively, UA opened the year with four touchdown in four penetrations inside UTEP's 20 yard-line; since then: 4 trips for two TD and one FG. Last year UA made touchdowns only 44 percent of the time in the scoring zone. Oregon was 6-for-6 (4 TDS) and Purdue was 5-for-5 (4 TDs).
Arizona: 8 Scoring Zone Possessions - 7 scores (6 TD, 1 FG) = 88% scoring; 75% TD
Opponents: 25 Scoring Zone Possessions - 21 scores (14 TD + 7 FG) = 84% scoring; 56% TD
1st-and-Goal: Arizona - 3 times, 3 TD. Opponents - 13 times,10 TD + 2 FG.
Arizona has given up 216 points this year, putting it in jeopardy of reaching the school-record of 377 points allowed during the 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 10 years Wildcat opponents scored the most points:
Year UA Opp Record League2001 254 377 5-6 2-61999 339 364 6-6 3-51991 248 361 4-7 3-51990 267 311 7-5 5-4, Aloha Bowl2002 227 310 4-8 1-71949 118 298 2-7-1 2-41957 125 297 1-8-1 0-41997 317 285 7-5 4-4, Insight.com Bowl1996 310 280 5-6 3-51969 210 276 3-7 3-3
The Cats' last two games have showed improvement in scoring defense. UA held No. 19 TCU to 13 points, three of those in overtime, then held No. 14 Washington State to 16 points through three quarters, before the offense gave up an interception return for a score and another fumble set up a 19-yard scoring drive by the Cougars. Continued progress in this area should help Arizona avoid setting the dreaded mark above. Currently, UA is allowing an average of 36.0 points per game, greatly skewed by the LSU-Oregon-Purdue splurges that should be a thing of the past. The school mark for highest opponents scoring average is 34.3 by the 2001 team
UA was 0-for-13 on third down conversion attempts at WSU and has suffered an 11-for-72 third-down conversion rate in the five losses, including a 1-for-13 evening on third down against LSU. Arizona sits at 22% success entering the UCLA game. Against UTEP the team had a good night, with eight successful plays in 16 tries. Against Oregon, because of penalties the first two third downs UA faced were 3rd-and-24 and 3rd-and-8. As for opponents on third down, UTEP was modestly successful with 7 conversions in 18 attempts, while LSU was 7-for-12 and Oregon 8-for-17. Purdue was 7-for-16. UA did a good job against TCU, holding it to a 4-for-19 rate, its best defensive effort of the year. WSU was 6-for-15. The Horned Frogs faced 14 third-and-long plays (5 yards or more). UA's defense forced WSU to face 11 plays of 3rd-and-5 or longer.
Arizona on third down: 19-88, 22%Opponents on third down: 39-97, 40%Arizona faced 3rd-and-long (5 or more yards): 74 plays; (45 of at least 3rd-and-8)Opponent faced 3rd-and-long: 64 plays; (22 of at least 3rd-and-8)
Arizona had three sacks at Washington State and held the noted Cougar sackistry to zip. It gave the Cats a season edge of 15-12. Defensive end Matt Molina leads the club with four, while linebacker Joe Siofele and end Andre Torrey have two each. The Cats had five against TCU, its best effort of the year. (TCU had four.) UA did not get to the QB against Oregon or Purdue, while those teams had three apiece. Against LSU, the club corralled the quarterback three times. Against the Miners in the season opener, UA recorded four sacks and its offensive line did not allow a sack. Against LSU the line did a good job of holding the Tigers to two sacks. The Cats were No. 7 nationally among I-A teams with 74 quarterback sacks from 2000-2001, but last year slipped to 26 sacks, ninth in the league. On the other side of the ball, the 2002 team was last in the league in allowing 52 sacks by opponents, well above the single-game offensive goal of 1 sack per 20 attempts.
Season Odds & Ends...
WR ...Junior WR Ricky Williams' 135 reception yards on five catches against TCU was Arizona's first 100-yard receiving game of the season and his first as a Cat. He had 52- and 44-yard catches... The former was the longest catch of his career, and the total of five was his game-high...
OL ...Redshirt freshman left guard Keith Jackson had his second start against TCU, and right tackle Tanner Bell returned to the lineup, and started, for the first time this year... UA's continuity on the front line has been changed by the loss of RT Brandon Phillips in the Oregon game...
ST ...Sophomore punter Danny Baugher appears to have put an end to competition between himself and senior James Molina. Both had punted in games since about mid way through the 2002 season, until Baugher began an exclusive stretch in the TCU game. In that contest he had eight punts for a 47.6 individual figure and 44.3 net punting. He followed that with a career-high 11 punts for a 42.5 average against Washington State. Earlier, at Purdue he had a 43.4 average on eight kicks. Arizona's net punting is improving since the Purdue game and now sits at 36.3 yards... UA has punted 49 times in the past five weeks - 10 vs. LSU, nine vs. Oregon, 11 at Purdue, eight vs. TCU and the baker's dozen at Wazzu... Baugher rates No. 28 nationally with his punting average (42.6 pp) and the Cats are 52nd nationally in net punting...
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...Passing ...True freshman quarterback Kris Heavner's 276 yards passing against TCU was the most by a true freshman since Tom Tunnicliffe threw for 328 yards on a 23-for-38 day at Washington in 1981 (UA lost, 45-22)... Heavner came down to Earth at WSU, compling a career-high 18 throws (35 attempts) for 128 yards... The 108 passing yards three UA quarterbacks totaled at Purdue was the team's lowest aerial output since the 2000 club had 89 yards passing against Oregon State in Tucson. UA had 113 against the Beavers the following year and 116 last season, the two previous lowest single-game passing totals in the past two-plus seasons... Arizona did not throw an interception against Oregon, its only pick-free game of the year... Arizona's five 400-yard passing games in the past two years is the Pac-10's highest total, and the Cats' six 400-yard passing games since 1996 rated No. 9 nationally entering the year...
Pass D ...Six quarterbacks have torched the Cats in the last four weeks. TCU's Brandon Hassell threw a 98-yard touchdown pass, the longest play ever run against Arizona, near the close of the second quarter. He finished with 246 yards on 12 completions - 21 yards a pop. LSU quarterbacks Matt Mauck and Marcus Randall completed 71 percent of their throws for 11.96 yards per attempt, including a throw each (Mauck, 48 yards; Randall, 55 yards) for scoring bombs. The Ducks' Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife combined for 69 percent completions for 283 yards and scoring tosses of 65 yards (Clemens) and 30 yards (Fife). Purdue's Kyle Orton completed 16 of 28 throws for 261 yards and three scores, including TD darts of 35, 81 and 43 yards. The 81-yard play came with under a minute remaining in the first half and changed the complexion of a 17-0 game. All of those teams had success running the ball - each garnered over 200 yards. Washington State's Matt Kegel completed 18 of 32 throws for 315 yards and two scores including an 8. Washington State's Matt Kegel completed 18 of 32 throws for 315 yards and two scores including an 84-yard scoring toss to Devard Darling. The UA's defense did a good job against the Cougars' running game in the red zone, however, and gave up no rushing scores, plus overall held WSU to 3.8 yards per tote and 161 net rushing yards to break the 200 streak...
3&Out ...UA had 10 three-and-out possessions (or less) against TCU... Horned Frog Robert Merrill (31-148) and Boilermaker Jerome Brooks (21-122) have pinned back-to-back century games on the Cats... UA has been outscored 89-0 in the first halves of the last four contests...
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...3-and-out ...Arizona has held opponents to 15 total possessions of three plays or less. Opponents have forced the Cats into 46 total three-and-out possessions...OL Starts ...Offensive guard Reggie Sampay has quietly built up a total of 28 starts at three different positions in the middle of UA's offensive front - five at center and two at left guard as a true freshman in 2000; six at left guard and two at center in 2001; one at center, four at right guard and four at left guard last year; and three at left guard and one at right guard this season. A knee injury against Purdue kept him on the sidelines for the TCU and WSU games. Junior center Keoki Fraser gives UA some more continuity, with 20 starts at center, broken as a streak by the season opener a year ago when he was banged up. That gives him 17 consecutive starts...
Grabs ...UA sophomore receiver Biren Ealy has 24 receptions for 295 yards, and two scores. That gives him a chance to break into UA's single-season Top 10 receptions chart, where Richard Dice (56 in 1994) sits at No. 10 on the list. Dice had had more experience on the field at the quarterback spot than does Ealy. Dan White was a returning junior starter in 1994. ..
Deficit ... The Purdue scoring margin of 52 points was the eighth-biggest lopsided beating UA has endured. The all-time deficit was a 75-0 loss to Michigan State in 1949. ..
TOP ...Arizona had its longest possession of the season against TCU, marching for 5 minutes and 11 seconds (10 plays, 68 yards) before missing a field goal. Two other season high-water drive marks came on two scoring drives against Oregon, with an 11-play drive (most plays) for a field goal in the third quarter and a 10-play, 97-yard (most yards) drive using 4:14 for a touchdown in the fourth period... Overall, the Cats are slowly gaining in time of possession in the past four weeks, although they still trail opponents by a -7:40 average margin...
Running ...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... The Cats rushed for a combined 191 yards in the three games since... ...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...
2003 Arizona Football Depth Chart UCLA week, Oct. 4
WR 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 197, *Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) 83 Mike Jefferson, 6-1, 205, *Fr., RS, El Paso, Texas (Parkland) 4 Ryan Eidson, 5-9, 157, *Fr., SQ, Moraga, Calif. (De La Salle)LT 59 Chris Johnson, 6-3, 323, *Jr., 1L, Houston, Texas (North Shore)69 John Abramo, 6-4, 294, *So., SQ, Los Altos Hills, Calif. (St. Francis)LG 79 Keith Jackson, 6-5, 285, *Fr., RS, Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood) 78 Phil Clark, 6-4, 306, Jr., JC, Newbury Park, Calif. (NPHS/Moorpark CC)C 67 Keoki Fraser, 6-3, 301, *Jr., 2L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 63 Tom Robinson, 6-4, 317, Jr., JC, La Mirada, Calif. (LMHS/Fordham/Cerritos)RG 66 Kili Lefotu, 6-5, 309, So., 1L, Riverside, Calif. (Arlington) 71 Erick Levitre, 6-1, 262, *Fr., RS, Ben Lomond, Calif. (San Lorenzo Valley)RT 72 Tanner Bell, 6-8, 314, So., 1L, Castroville, Calif. (North Monterey County) 76 Peter Graniello, 6-6, 294, Fr., HS, El Paso, Texas (Coronado)TE 87 Steve Fleming, 6-6, 260, *Jr., 2L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral) 46 Matt Padron, 6-5, 265, *Fr., RS, San Antonio, Texas (Clark) 88 Clarence McRae, 6-2, 235, *Jr., JC, Deltona, Fla. (Pueblo/Arizona WesternWR 82 Biren Ealy, 6-2, 175, So., 1L, Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls)84 Ricky Williams, 6-2, 209, *Jr., 1L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Verbum Dei) 1 Syndric Steptoe, 5-9, 179, Fr., HS, Bryan, Texas (Bryan)QB 12 Kris Heavner, 6-2, 219, Fr., HS, Johnson City, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson) 7 Nic Costa, 5-11, 211, *So., 1L, Aloha, Ore. (Aloha) or 15 Ryan O'Hara, 6-6, 198, *Fr., RS, Pasadena, Calif. (Muir)HB 11 Mike Bell, 6-0, 210, *So., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson) 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 218, Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) or 27 Chris Henry, 6-0, 215, Fr., HS, Stockton, Calif. (Edison) or 21 Beau Carr, 5-10, 205, So., 1L, Spring, Texas (Westfield)FB 36 Gilbert Harris, 6-2, 222, So., 1L, San Antonio, Texas (Churchill)35 Sean Jones, 5-11, 230, So., 1L, Houston , Texas (North Shore)48 Pedro Limon, 6-0, 244, *So., SQ, Douglas, Ariz. (Douglas)
LE 51 Copeland Bryan, 6-4, 242, *So., 1L, San Jose, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep) 56 Andre Torrey, 6-4, 237, *Jr., RS, Alameda, Calif. (Alameda/Laney CC)DT 92 Carlos Williams, 6-4, 298, Jr., 2L, Denver, Colo. (Montbello) 62 Clifton Stanford, 6-4, 277, Fr., HS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson)DT 90 Carl Tuitavuki, 6-3, 325, Sr., 1L, Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro/Ricks CC) 94 Paul Philipp, 6-3, 290, *Fr., RS, San Bernardino, Calif., San Bernardino) 93 Shawn Pack, 6-3, 287, Fr., SQ, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)RE 55 Marcus Smith, 6-6, 235, So., 1L, San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay 49 Matt Molina, 6-1, 237, *Sr., 3L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)MLB 42 Joe Siofele, 6-2, 245, *Sr., 3L, Waipahu, Hawaii (St. Louis) 40 John McKinney, 6-0, 223, *Fr., RS, Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove)57 Justin Stewart, 6-1, 246, *Jr., SQ, Woodinville, Wash., (Redmond)WLB 25 Kirk Johnson, 6-1, 223, Jr., 2L, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline) 44 Patrick Howard, , 5-11, 228, *Jr., 2L, La Marque, Texas (La Marque)ROV 33 Clay Hardt, 6-1, 199, *Sr., 3L, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) 17 Gary Shepard, 5-11, 202, *Fr., RS, Spring, Texas (Westfield)CB 9 Gary Love, 5-9, 175, *Sr., 3L, Los Angeles, Calif. (Thomas Jefferson) 10 Zeonte Sherman, 5-11, 192, Jr., JC, St. Petersburg, Fla. (Pinellas/Ariz.WesternSS 19 Lamon Means, 6-3, 196, So., 1L, Galena Park, Texas (Galena Park) 24 Marcus Hollingsworth, 5-10, 198, Fr., HS, San Diego, Calif. (San Diego)FS 6 Darrell Brooks, 61, 202, *So., Moreno Valley, (Moreno Valley) 30 Tony Wingate, 6-1, 210, *Jr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Sahuaro) 46d Lee Patterson, 5-8, 168, *Sr., SQ, Phoenix, Ariz. (Moon Valley/Adams State)CB 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 180, *Sr., 3L, Houston, Texas (North Shore)13 Luis Nunez, 6-0, 191, *Jr., RS, San Diego, Calif. (Hilltop/Southwestern CC)
PK 28 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 190, *Sr., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)16 Nicholas Folk, 6-2, 203, *Fr., RS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame)KO 20 James Molina, 5-10, 206, Sr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC) or 16 Nicholas Folk, 6-2, 203, *Fr., RS, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame) P 43 Danny Baugher, 5-10, 200, So., 1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe) 20 James Molina, 5-10, 206, Sr., 1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Pueblo/East Los Angeles CC)Holder 20 James MolinaSnappers 53 Tom Robinson, 42 Joe SiofeleReturns 9 Gary Love, 82 Biren Ealy, 1 Syndric Steptoe, 32 Clarence Farmer and 83 Mike Jefferson
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 200 yards Kris Heavner (29-14-3-276-1) vs. TCU, 2003A quarterback passed for 300 yards Jason Johnson (41-23-1-302-2) vs. Oregon, 2002A quarterback passed for 400 yards Jason Johnson (45-31-1-492-4), at California, 2002 (also at Washington, vs. Utah)Team 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), 2002Had 400 yards in total offense vs. UTEP, 2003 (69-446, 6.5 per play; 217 rush/229 pass)A receiver had 100 yards Ricky Williams (5-131) vs. TCU, 2003A 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 (30 yards) vs. TCU, 2003 (1-for-2)Missed a field goal: Bobby Gill (37 yards) vs. TCU, 2003 (1-for-2)Beat a ranked team: 31 15 at USC (No.18), 2000Lost to a ranked team: 7-30 at Washington State (No. 14), 2003Beat an unranked team: 42-7 vs. UTEP, 2003Lost to an unranked team: 10-48 vs. Oregon, 2003Won 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: 7-30 at Washington State (No. 14), 2003Played in tie breaker game: 10-13 vs. TCU, 2003 (1 OT); 2-3 overall in overtime games
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 FG 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: Jason David (34 yards) at No. 14 Washington State, 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: Drew Dunning (23 yards), at Washington State, 2003 (3-for-3)Missed a field goal: Nick Browne (25 yards), vs. TCU, 2003 (2-for-4)Missed a PAT kick: John Anderson at Washington, 2002Rushed for 200 yards: TCU 56-206), 2003Rushed for 250 yards: at Wisconsin (47-260), 2002Rushed for 275 yards: at Purdue (52-292), 2003Rushed for negative yardage at UCLA (30- -31), 1999A back ran for 100 yards: Robert Merrill (31-148) vs. TCU, 2003Two backs ran for 100 yards each: Brian Allen (23-143) and Kenneth Tolon (12-100) vs. Stanford, 2001Had 400 yards in total offense at Washington State (79-513, 6.5)A back ran for 200 yards: Reuben Droughns (45 202) vs. Oregon, 1999A quarterback passed for 300 yards Matt Kegel (32-18-1-315-2), at Washington State, 2003A receiver had 100 yards Reggie Harrell (4-127, 1 TD), vs. TCU, 2003Blocked a punt: Keith Lewis (partial). vs. Oregon, 2003Blocked 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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