Cats Counting Down to Kickoff

Oct. 23, 2009

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, Ariz. - Still riding the emotions of a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Stanford last weekend, the Arizona football team is making final preparations for Saturday's showdown against the UCLA Bruins.

Winners of four consecutive - and 10 of their last 12 - home games, the Wildcats are eagerly counting down the final hours to Saturday's 3:30 p.m. kickoff against a UCLA team that is prepared to do anything it can to halt a three-game losing skid.

Arizona has won three of the last four games in the series, including a pair of victories at Arizona Stadium. In 2005, the Wildcats stunned the then-No. 7 Bruins, 52-14, on Homecoming. In 2007, UA again prevailed in front of a Homecoming crowd, 34-27.

The win in 2007 was the second in a string of three victories in the final four games to close out the season. Since the beginning of that stretch, the Wildcats have won 15 of their last 23 games overall and have posted a 10-6 mark in their last 16 Pac-10 games.

This year, the Wildcats look to remain near the top of the Pac-10 Conference rankings. Arizona is currently tied with three other teams - USC, Oregon State and Arizona State - for second place in the conference at 2-1. Oregon, which will travel to Tucson for the home finale on November 21, stands atop the conference with a 3-0 record.

Arizona's 4-2 overall record in 2009 has come against one of the nation's most difficult schedules, which has earned the Wildcats a No. 22 ranking in this week's initial Bowl Championship Series rankings.

An average of 51,928 fans have attended Arizona's first three home games. This weekend, fans can see Nick Foles, the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week and the nation's leading passer (by percentage - 73.9 percent), in action.

Former Arizona All-American and NCAA Top VI Award winner Chuck Cecil will be cited at the game for his induction later this year into the NFF & College Hall of Fame. Cecil, a safety at Arizona from 1984 to 1987 is one of Arizona's legendary defenders and was a consensus All-America pick in 1987 when he won the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports West/Prime Ticket. Tickets are still available for the game and can be ordered online.

Arizona Football Weekly Videos:

Free Video: UA-Stanford Highlights Re-live UA's thrilling 43-38 victory over Stanford.
Free Video: UA-Stanford Slideshow A slideshow look back at the Stanford game.
Free Video: Stoops' Weekly News Conference Coach Stoops recaps Stanford, looks ahead to UCLA
All-Access: Interview with OL coach B. Bedenbaugh Bedenbaugh discusses UA's offensive line
All-Access: Brian Jeffries Interviews Terrell Turner Turner talks Saturday's win, previews UCLA
All-Access: In the Huddle With M. Stoops Radio Show No. 7 Listen to Stoops' weekly radio show
All-Access: In the Huddle With M. Stoops TV Show No. 7 Watch Stoops' weekly TV show recapping UA's win
All-Access: UA-Stanford Sideline Pass A behind-the-scenes look back at the Stanford game

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