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Wildcats Host Bruins for Family Weekend

Oct 4, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Wildcats (0-4, 0-1) return to action following their bye week to host the UCLA Bruins (3-2, 1-1) this Saturday, Oct. 9 at Arizona Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. MST with a television broadcast on ESPN.

Saturday also serves as Arizona's annual Family Weekend game. Family Weekend is the perfect time to visit your student, learn more about campus life, and create special memories at Arizona Stadium and a Wildcat Football game. Visit the festive pre-game Family Fun Zone Tailgate that will include food, entertainment, Wildcat spirit, and a good time for our parents and families while visiting with their student.

Fans attending Saturday's contest are encouraged to wear a WHITE t-shirt to the game for the fan white out.

A complete game preview is below.

  • Arizona will face UCLA in their Pac-12 home opener on Saturday for Family Weekend. The two programs have split their last four contests.
  • Saturday's game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. MST on ESPN. Dave Flemming and Rod Gilmore will be on the call and Stormy Buonantony will be reporting from the sideline.
  • Jordan McCloud made his first start for Arizona vs. Oregon and was named QB1 for the remainder of the season. He passed for 233 yards and rushed for a career-high 64 yards vs. the Ducks.
  • The Arizona defense is allowing 364 yards per game, the sixth-fewest in the Pac-12. On top of that, the Wildcats are holding their opponents to 172 passing yards per game, the fourth-fewest in the Pac-12.
  • Arizona became the first team in the country with two safeties after Mo Diallo sacked Anthony Brown in the third quarter at Oregon.
  • The Wildcats have held three of their first four opponents under 400 yards of offense. Across the 2019 and 2020 seasons, spanning 17 games, Arizona held their opponents under 400 yards just one time. In each of those three games, Arizona has outgained their opponent.
  • Arizona rushed for 202 yards at Oregon, a season-high and the most the Ducks have allowed all season. Three Wildcats rushed for over 60 yards vs. Oregon (Anderson, McCloud & Wiley).
  • Stanley Berryhill III has caught 33% of Arizona's passes, the 11th-highest percentage in the country. Only Drake London from USC has a higher percentage among Pac-12 players.

2 — Arizona became the first team in the country with two safeties after recording their second in week 4 at Oregon.

7 — Arizona is 7-10 on fourth-down conversions this season. No other team in the Pac-12 has seven or more fourth-down conversions.

33 — Offensive lineman Donovan Laie has started the first 33 games of his career. Only eight other offensive linemen have started 30 or more consecutive games since Arizona began tracking game-by-game starters in 1993.

38 — Arizona's nearly 38 minutes of time of possession against Oregon is the most in a game since Sept. 25, 2017 when the Wildcats had the ball for 38:37.

400 — Arizona has held three of their first four opponents under 400 yards of offense. Across the 2019 and 2020 seasons, spanning 17 games, Arizona held their opponents under 400 yards just one time.

WRAPPING UP (LAST) SATURDAY: Jordan McCloud started for the first time at QB for Arizona … He finished the night 21-35 for 233 passing yards and had a career-high 64 rushing yards on nine carries … Three Wildcats rushed for at least 60 yards for a team total and season-high of 202 yards … Drake Anderson scored the first rushing touchdown of the season … Arizona held Oregon to 393 yards of total offense, the third time this season Arizona held their opponent to under 400 yards … The Wildcats outgained Oregon 435 to 393 … Arizona dominated time of possession as they had the ball for 31:58, the most in a game since the 2017 season … Mo Diallo sacked Anthony Brown in the end zone in the third quarter to record Arizona's second safety of the season, making the Wildcats the first team in the country with multiple safeties … Treshaun Hayward led the team in total tackles for the second week in a row and is second on the team in tackles this season with 28, one behind Anthony Pandy … Arizona was 4-4 on fourth down.

VERSUS UCLA: Arizona is 17-26-2 all-time vs. UCLA … Jedd Fisch is looking for his first win as head coach of Arizona (Fisch was 1-1 as interim head coach at UCLA back in 2017) … Arizona is looking to snap its 16-game losing streak … Arizona has won the last two matchups in Tucson and have split the last four overall games … Last year, UCLA beat Arizona 27-10 in Pasadena … Michael Wiley scored a rushing touchdown … Stanley Berryhill III led the team with 58 receiving yards … Christian Roland-Wallace led the team with 10 tackles while Anthony Pandy and Trevon Mason each had nine … Mason had 1.5 TFLs as well.

EARLY SUCCESS FOR BERRYHILL: A quarter of the way into the regular season, Berryhill is on pace to catch 99 passes for 1,014 yards, which would surpass his total receptions and yards from his first three seasons at Arizona combined (56 catches for 733 yards). Should Berryhill stay on this pace, which isn't out of the realm of possibility considering he averages 13 targets per game, he would challenge Bobby Wade's single-season reception record of 93 catches and could also become Arizona's ninth 1,000-yard receiver in school history.
Pac-12 All Purpose Yards per Game Leaders

Player School Yds/G
Drake London USC 134.4
Rachaad White Arizona State 123.4
Stanley Berryhill III Arizona 120.0


FBS Receptions per Game Leaders

Player School Rec/G
Jerereth Sterns W. Kentucky 10.0
Drake London USC 9.6
Makai Polk Mississippi St. 9.2
Trey McBride Colorado St. 9.0
Skyy Moore W. Michigan 8.5
Stanley Berryhill III Arizona 8.3


Pac-12 Receptions per Game Leaders

Player School Rec/G
Drake London USC 9.6
Stanley Berryhill III Arizona 8.3
Travell Harris Washington St. 6.2


Pac-12 Receiving Yards per Game Leaders

Player School Yds/G
Drake London USC 134.0
Stanley Berryhill III Arizona 84.5
Kyle Philips UCLA 70.4

MR. YAC: Stanley Berryhill III has been outstanding for the Wildcats through three games thus far. A team-captain and one of the recipients of the No. 1 jersey, Berryhill leads Arizona with 33 receptions and 338 yards, both career highs for one season. Where the Tucson native does his most damage is after the ball is in his hands, hence the name Mr. YAC. Through four games, 225 of Berryhill's 338 yards have been after the catch and also has two games with at least 70 YAC.

DO THE SAFETY DANCE: With a sack by Mo Diallo in the third quarter, Arizona became the first defense in the country with two safeties on the season. The previous safety came in the season opener against BYU as Rashie Hodge Jr. and Trevon Mason combined to bring down the BYU running back. Arizona had a two-safety season back in 2019, but prior to this year, Arizona defenses have forced only six safeties in the previous 15 seasons combined.

Arizona Safeties Since 2006 Season

  • Sept. 25, 2021 – vs. Oregon (Mo Diallo)
  • Sept. 4, 2021 – vs. BYU (Rashie Hodge Jr. & Trevon Mason)
  • Sept. 7, 2019 – vs. NAU (Team)
  • Nov. 23, 2019 – vs. Utah (Colin Schooler)
  • Oct. 12, 2018 – vs. Utah (PJ Johnson)
  • Nov. 2, 2013 – vs. Cal (Jared Tevis & Scooby Wright III)
  • Nov. 26, 2010 – vs. Oregon (Team)
  • Sept. 26, 2009 – vs. Oregon State (Earl Mitchell & D'Aundre Reed)

APPLYING PRESSURE: Through four games, Arizona has 24 tackles for a loss for an average of six per game, which is fourth in the Pac-12. Kyon Barrs, who leads the way for Arizona with four tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks, is one of 15 players on the defensive side of the ball to be involved in a tackle for a loss. Barrs has at least half a tackle for a loss in every game this season and is the first player since Colin Schooler to have at least half a TFL in four-straight games since Schooler did it in the final five games of the 2019 season.

THE PANDY MAN CAN: Senior linebacker Anthony Pandy is back for his fifth year as a Wildcat and has a large leadership role under first year head coach Jedd Fisch as he was named a team captain. Pandy leads the Arizona defense in tackles and is 11th in the Pac-12 with 29 through four games. Pandy tied his career-high with 11 vs. San Diego State in week two and forced a fumble vs. NAU.

HEY TRE: Linebacker Treshaun Hayward comes to Arizona with already boasting a very successful career. The 2019 MAC Defensive Player of the Year played 39 games for Western Michigan and totaled 229 tackles, 16 TFLs and 5.5 sacks. Hayward was flat out dominant in 2019 as he was named an All-American by Sporting News and Phil Steele. The Ypsilanti, Mich. native finished the season with a conference-high 142 tackles and added in 10.5 TFLs. His 142 tackles was the third-most in the country and was one of five players to post 130+ tackles and 10+ TFLs. Through four games, Hayward has the second-most tackles on the team with 28 and is also second on the team with 2.5 TFLs. He has led the team in total tackles each of the last two games with eight apiece.

KICKIN' KYLE: Sophomore punter Kyle Ostendorp has been stellar to begin the 2021 campaign. He opened the season vs. BYU with a trio of punts downed inside the 20, one of which pinned the Cougars at, their own 1-yard line, which eventually resulted in a safety. Against San Diego State in week two, he had an average of 52 yards per punt on 10 kicks, including a career-high 71-yard punt, which is the longest punt by an Arizona punter since Keenyn Crier's 84-yard punt back in 2007. Through four games, Ostendorp averages 46.4 yards per punt on 26 kicks. He has nine punts of 50 yards or more and has downed seven inside the 20.

WINNING THE YARDAGE BATTLE: Despite Arizona being 0-4 on the season, the Wildcat have outgained their opponents three times and have held those three opponents to under 400 yards in each of those games. How does that compare? Arizona had outgained their opponent three times in the previous 14 games entering the 2021 season. Against NAU in week two, Arizona held the Lumberjacks to 240 yards, the fewest since 2018 when Oregon State only had 238 yards in week four.
Game-by-Game Total Offense Comparison

Opponent Arizona-Opp.
BYU 425-369
San Diego State 230-454
Northern Arizona 363-240
Oregon 435-393

AIR-IZONA: Through four games, Arizona ranks third in the Pac-12 averaging 253.5 yards per game through the air.
Pac-12 Passing Yds per Game Leaders

School Yards
USC 301.8
Washington 258.6
Arizona 253.5

WOLMA NAMED CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMIFINALIST: Senior tight end Bryce Wolma was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy on Wednesday morning, as announced by the National Football Foundation. The Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. Wolma, who graduated in the spring of 2021 with a degree in business management, finished undergrad with a GPA of 3.49 and has been studying Entrepreneurship as his postgrad study. The Saline, Mich. native caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week at Oregon on an 11-yard pass from Jordan McCloud. Wolma has five catches for 36 yards this season and has 47 catches for 412 yards and four touchdowns for his career.

#ITSPERSONAL: The No. 1 message Jedd Fisch has been pushing since he arrived on campus in December 2020 is 'Its Personal.' It's not just a catchy slogan that gets printed on shirts and that you see on social media, it is how the Arizona Football program is approaching every aspect of the 2021 season. From how the team plays on the field to how the coaches work on the recruiting trail… Its Personal.

WE EDUCATE WEDNESDAYS: Every Wednesday, Jedd Fisch brings in a guest speaker to talk to the team either in person or virtually about a myriad of subjects during We Educate Wednesday. Below is a list of a few speakers that have led We Educate Wednesday discussions. 

  • Dr. Richard Carmona – Former United States Surgeon General
  • Steve Kerr – Wildcat alum and Golden State Warriors Head Coach
  • Jim Caldwell – Former NFL Head Coach
  • Sean McVay – Los Angeles Rams Head Coach
  • Pete Carroll – Super Bowl Champion and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach

WILDCATS IN THE NFL: As of week one, the Wildcats are once again well represented in the National Football League with nine former letterwinners active across the league. One of Arizona's most prestigious alums, tight end Rob Gronkowski, returned from retirement in 2020 to rejoin his longtime quarterback Tom Brady with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over 10 seasons in New England and Tampa Bay, Gronkowski has hauled in 8,668 yards and 88 touchdowns. Quarterback Nick Foles is in his 10th NFL season after rewriting the Wildcats record books during his time in Tucson. The most recent Wildcats to make the transition to the NFL are running back Gary Brightwell (New York Giants) and defensive end Roy Lopez (Houton Texans). For a complete list of former Wildcats in the NFL, see the comprehensive chart below.

Current Wildcats on NFL Rosters

Player Position Team
Nick Foles QB Chicago Bears
Rob Gronkowski TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jace Whittaker CB Arizona Cardinals
Gary Brightwell RB New York Giants
Nick Folk K New England Patriots
J.J. Taylor RB New England Patriots
Roy Lopez DL Houston Texans
Dane Cruikshank DB Tennessee Titans
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles LB San Francisco 49ers