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Arizona to Face Utah on Senior Day

Nov 10, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Wildcats (1-8, 1-5) will wrap up the home slate on Saturday at noon vs. the Utah Utes (6-3, 5-1) on Nov. 13 on the Pac-12 Network.

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A complete game preview is below.
ARIZONA NOTES & NUMBERS

  • It's Senior Day at Arizona Stadium as the Wildcats will take on Utah in the final home game of the season on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:10 MST with Roxy Bernstein and Lincoln Kennedy on the call on the Pac-12 Network.
  • Arizona broke their 20-game losing streak vs. Cal last week with a 10-3 win in a dominant defensive performance.
  • The Wildcats allowed just 122 total yards vs. Cal, the fewest in a Pac-12 game since 2006.
  • Arizona allows just 182.4 passing yards per game, which is second in the Pac-12 and 14th in the nation. The Wildcats allowed just 94 passing yards vs. Cal to make it three times Arizona has held their opponent to under 100 passing yards this season, the first time they have done so since 1996.
  • The Wildcats are fourth in the Pac-12 in total defense as they allow 354.2 yards per game. Arizona hasn't finished better than eighth in the conference since the 2010 season, which is also the last time Arizona allowed fewer than 400 yards per game.
  • Arizona has held their opponents under 400 yards in total offense six times this season after having achieved the feat just once across the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The last time Arizona allowed fewer than 400 yards six times in one season was the 2010 season.
  • Eight games into the season, Stanley Berryhill III has 64 receptions and is on pace to become the sixth player in school history with 80 catches in one season. He is one catch away from breaking into the top 10. Berryhill averages 7.1 receptions per game, which is second in the Pac-12 and 13th in the nation.
  • Kyle Ostendorp is second in the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation averaging 48.2 yards per punt.
  • Kyon Barrs set career-highs in sacks (2.5) and tackles for a loss (3.0) vs. Cal.

1 — Arizona allowed just one third-down conversion vs. Cal, the fewest since 2009.

3— Cal scored just three points last week, the fewest Arizona has allowed since 2013. It is also the fewest Arizona has allowed to a conference opponent since Stanford in 2000.

5— Cal had just three drives of five plays or more last week.

64— Stanley Berryhill III has 64 catches in the first eight games of the season and is on pace to become the sixth player in school history with 80 catches in one season.

100 — For the first time since 1996, Arizona has held their opponent to under 100 passing yards three times in one season.

122— Arizona allowed 122 yards to Cal, the fewest they have allowed vs. a Pac-12 team since 2006.

WRAPPING UP SATURDAY: The 10-3 victory by Arizona on Saturday over California snapped the Wildcats 20-game losing streak. It was the program's first win since a 35-30 decision over Colorado on October 5, 2019 … Arizona's last victory when scoring 10 points in a game came in its 10-9 victory over California on Sept. 25, 2010 inside Arizona Stadium … Arizona and California combined for 13 points on Saturday, marking the lowest scoring game the Wildcats have played in since the 1992 Territorial Cup (L, 6-7) … Arizona allowed just 122 yards of total offense to California, marking the first time the Wildcats have held an opponent under 200 yards in total offense since South Carolina State went for 154 in 2012. It was their first time holding a conference opponent under 200 yards since Washington State in 2009 (185) and the fewest yards allowed to anyone since Idaho in 2008 (112) … The Wildcats defense held the Golden Bears to just 28 rushing yards, which marks the fewest allowed in a game since surrendering 17 yards on the ground to UTEP in the 2017 season. It was the fewest allowed in a conference game since giving up six rushing yards to Stanford in 2006 … Arizona also limited California to just 94 yards through the air, marking the third time this season they have held an opponent under the century mark in the passing game. They have now accomplished the feat six times since the conference expanded to the Pac-12 … Arizona rushed the ball for 202 yards against California, marking the third time this year eclipsing 200 yards on the ground … Sophomore defensive lineman Kyon Barrs put together a career performance against California, setting career-highs with 2.5 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss while tying his career high with five total tackles … Sophomore running back Michael Wiley sealed the victory with his fourth-quarter rushing touchdown, his second of the year and the fifth of his career.

VERSUS UTAH: Arizona is 19-24-2 all-time vs. Utah … The Utes have won the last four contests … Arizona's last win came in 2015 in an overtime win in Tucson … Arizona is 4-5 vs. Utah since they joined the Pac-12 … In their last matchup in 2019, Anthony Pandy had a game-high 11 tackles … Trevon Mason had five tackles including one for a loss.

ENDING THE STREAKWith their 10-3 win over Cal this past Saturday, Arizona broke their 20-game losing streak dating back to the 2019 season. The defense was suffocating all day long, allowing the fewest points to a Pac-12 school since 2000 and the fewest yards to a Pac-12 team (122) since 2006. Michael Wiley scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:17 to play to make it a 10-3 game and the defense did their job forcing the Golden Bears to turn it over on downs.
 
A DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE FOR THE AGESDon Brown and the Arizona defense turned in a fantastic performance vs. Cal as the Golden Bears scored just three points and mustered just 122 yards of offense. The last time Arizona allowed three or fewer points was back in 2013 in the season opener vs. NAU and the last time they allowed fewer than 122 yards was back in 2008 in the season opener vs. Idaho. Not only that, the defense forced six three-and-outs as Cal only had three drives of five plays or more, so it's no surprise that Cal was forced to punt on their first eight drives of the game. On top of all that, for the first time since 2013, the Arizona defense didn't allow their opponent into the end zone.
 
LIMITING THE OPPONENTIn this day and age, allowing just 122 yards is an incredible feat no matter the circumstances. Against Cal, the Wildcats let up just 94 yards through the air and 28 yards on the ground. That makes it three times this season that Arizona has allowed fewer than 100 passing yards and it is the fewest amount of rushing yards by an opponent since UTEP had 17 back in 2017.
 
GETTING OFF THE FIELDMaybe the best part of Arizona's defensive performance vs. Cal was their ability to get off the field on third down. Of their 14 third downs, Cal achieved the line to gain just one time, a 7% clip. The last time Arizona allowed just one third-down conversion in a game was back in 2009 vs. Washington State. Additionally, the last time Arizona's opponent had a third-down conversion rate of less than 10% was back in 2008 vs. Idaho 8%
 
Arizona has held their opponents to under 400 yards in six of their nine games this season. Prior to the start of the 2021 season, Arizona had held their opponent to under 400 yards in six of the previous 31 games. The last time Arizona held their opponent to under 400 yards of offense six times in one season was back in 2010. Arizona, which ranks fourth in the Pac-12 as they allow 354.2 yards per game, haven't finished better than eighth in the conference in total defense since 2010, which is also the last time Arizona allowed fewer than 400 yards per game. The 2010 defense finished third in the Pac-10 allowing 340.8 yards per game.
 
STAN THE MANNine games into the season, Tucson's own Stanley Berryhill III has 64 receptions and is on pace to become the sixth player in school history with at least 80 catches in one season. Berryhill, ranks second in the Pac-12 and 13th in the nation in receptions per game (7.1).
 
MR. YACStanley Berryhill III has been outstanding for the Wildcats through eight games thus far. A team-captain and one of the recipients of the No. 1 jersey, Berryhill leads Arizona with 64 receptions and 543 yards, both career highs for one season. Where Berryhill does his most damage is after the ball is in his hands, hence the name Mr. YAC. Through nine games, 321 of Berryhill's 543 yards have been after the catch and also has two games with at least 70 YAC.
  
SWARM TO THE BALLIf there's one thing defensive coordinator Don Brown emphasizes to his defense, it's run to the ball. There's no question that the Arizona defense takes to his coaching very well as nine different players have at least 30 tackles. No other team in the Pac-12 has nine or more players with at least 30 tackles.
 
NO FLY ZONEArizona, who hasn't allowed fewer than 200 yards per game through the air for a season since 2008, has been exceptional defending the pass this season as they allow just 182.4 yards through the air per game, the second-fewest in the Pac-12 and the 14th-fewest in the nation. The Wildcats have held their opponent to under 100 passing yards three this season, making it the first time since 1996 they have done so.
 
KICKIN' KYLE: Sophomore punter Kyle Ostendorp has been terrific during the 2021 campaign. On the season, Ostendorp ranks second in the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation with 48.2 yards per punt. He has the most 50+ yard punts in the Pac-12 with 24 and has downed the second-most punts inside the 20 with 16. His 71-yard punt vs. San Diego State is also a Pac-12 high and is the longest punt by an Arizona punter since Keenyn Crier's 84-yard punt back in 2007. He was an absolute game changer vs. Cal as he punted the ball seven times for an average of 50.1 yards. He downed four inside the 20, including one at the 1-yard line. He routinely kept Cal with their backs against the walls as their average field position was their own 21-yard line.
 
YOU BETTER KEY ON KYON: Kyon Barrs had the game of his life vs. Cal this past week. He finished the game with career-highs in sacks (2.5) and tackles for a loss (3.0). Barrs is tied for third in the Pac-12 with five sacks this season and leads the team with seven TFLs. When healthy this year, Barrs has been an absolute force alongside Trevon Mason as interior defensive linemen. While Barrs put up the counting numbers, Mason lived in the backfield all day long vs. Cal as he earned a grade of 89.8 according to PFF, the highest single-game grade any defensive player has received for Arizona this 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 with 62 and is 10th in the Pac-12 with an average of 6.9 per game. Pandy did it all against USC as he had his first-career pick-six and also carried the ball for 32 yards on a fake punt. It was Pandy's fourth-career interception and according to him, his first carry in his entire football career going back all the way to youth football.
 
JUST A FOOTBALL PLAYERWill Plummer said it best, Jamarye Joiner is just a flat-out football player. The Tucson native has been asked to expand his role unlike anything anyone expected this season as he has taken snaps at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions in the past few weeks due to Arizona's injury problems at the quarterback position. Against USC, where he was featured at QB quite often, he launched a 73-yard touchdown pass to Tayvian Cunningham, which is the longest play of the season for the Wildcats. The last non-QB to throw a pass of 50+ yards was Matt Morin back on Oct. 15, 2016, also vs. USC. With that touchdown, Jordan McCloud, Gunner Cruz, Will Plummer and Jamarye Joiner each have two touchdown passes this season.
 
CONVERTING UNDER PRESSUREArizona converts on fourth down at a 65% clip, the fourth-best conversion rate in the Pac-12. Additionally, Arizona's 11 fourth-down conversions are the second-most in the Pac-12 and the 16th-most in the nation.

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.

I AM #1: At the beginning of camp, Jedd Fisch announced he would be holding a competition for who gets to wear the No. 1 jersey for the season. The Monday of week 1, it was announced that team captains and Arizona natives Stanley Berryhill III and Jalen Harris would each don the No. 1 jersey. Berryhill III is Arizona's leading returning wide receiver while Harris registered 18 tackles and 2.5 for a loss last season.

DO THE SAFETY DANCE: With a sack by Mo Diallo in the third quarter vs. Oregon, 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.

BARRS, OSTENDORP NAMED PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Kyon Barrs was named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week and Kyle Ostendorp was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after their tremendous performances that helped Arizona earn their first win of the season. Barrs is Arizona's first Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the week and Ostendorp is the first Wildcat to be named Special Teams Player of the Week since Lucas Havrisik won in 2019. Barrs finished the game with a career-highs in both sacks (2.5) and tackles for a loss (3.0). His 2.5 sacks were the most of any Pac-12 player this past week and he helped anchor the defense that allowed 28 rushing yards, the fewest UTEP had 17 rushing yards back in 2017. Barrs is tied for third in the Pac-12 with five sacks this season and leads the team with seven TFLs. Ostendorp, who has been not only one of the best punters in the Pac-12, but the nation, averaged 50.1 yards per punt on seven kicks vs. Cal. He downed four punts inside the 20-yard line, including three inside the 10 and one at the 1-yard line. He played a crucial role in field position as Cal's average field position was their own 21-yard line. Ostendorp is fifth in the nation in punting at 48.2 yards per punt, he has the most punts of 50 yards or more in the Pac-12 (24) and has the second-most punts downed inside the 20 in the Pac-12 (16).

#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.

WILDCATS IN THE NFL: As of week eight, 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 90 touchdowns. Quarterback Nick Foles is in his 10th NFL season after rewriting the Wildcats record books during his time in Tucson. Running back J.J. Taylor, in his second season in the league with the Patriots, scored his first two career touchdowns in week seven against the New York Jets. 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