Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
What's Doin' with the Cats and Bruins
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 25, 1999
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The Game: The Arizona Wildcats (5-3, 2-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference) travel to Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 30, to meet the UCLA Bruins (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday, Oct. 30. Kickoff in the 94,000-seat Rose Bowl is set for 7 p.m. The game is to be shown in southern California and Arizona markets by Fox Sports Net. Announcers for Arizona's version will be Dave Sitton and Chuck Cecil. UCLA has averaged 50,000 spectators on four home dates this year.

Some Game Themes: ... Pac-10 roller-coaster ride in Week 6 of league play... A pride game with high emotional stakes for each club... Two pre-season league favorites fighting for simple respect... Arizona has to win two more games to qualify for a bowl, the Bruins have to win out to achieve the necessary mark...

The Series: Arizona trails in the series, 14-8-2. UCLA has won the last two but it's even, 5-5, in the last 10 games. The Bruins, en route to a stellar 10-2 season, mashed the Cats 52-28 last year in Tucson, to give the Cats their lone loss of the season. UCLA holds a 9-3 edge in games played in Pasadena.

The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 13th year at Arizona (89-55-4) and 23rd overall (152-101-7). He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii. Tomey is 5-7 against UCLA, all while at Arizona. UCLABob Toledo (San Francisco State 68), fourth year at UCLA (28-15), 10th year overall (57-51-9). Toledo is 2-1 against Arizona. Cats Last Week: If big plays define a moment, it's all the little plays which together make a complete game and UA did not add them all up in a 44-41 loss to Oregon. Arizona scored on plays of 65 yards (Ortege Jenkins run), 80 yards (Dennis Northcutt run), 60 yards (Trung Canidate run), 32 yards (Keith Smith to Northcutt pass), 33 yards (Smith to Canidate pass) and 14 yards (Smith to Bobby Wade pass). Smith tossed in a 49-yard run and a couple of other 28-yard throws, etc. Meantime, the Ducks cranked out 196 rushing yards (on 53 determined attempts), scored a couple of two-point conversions and a safety, plus weaved in 288 yards in kickoff and punt returns to obtain average starting position at their own 42 yard-line. They started four drives inside Arizona's 40. They scored a safety on the first play of the game when UA's Jenkins lateraled behind Trung Canidate and the latter recovered the ball in the endzone. Arizona's six touchdowns came on scoring drives of 2, 4, 2, 1, 4 and 3 plays, so the Cats were doing some things right in the big-play department. But when it counted in the fourth quarter, with Arizona leading 41-34, the Ducks managed a 7-play, 55-yard drive to score the tying touchdown, then had a three-and-out defensive stop. UO then mounted a 9-play, clock-eating, drive to move 37 yards for the winning field goal by Josh Frankel -- his fourth of the game -- with a minute remaining. Arizona compiled more than 500 yards in total offense for the fourth consecutive game, setting consecutive, and most times in a season, records, but also allowed UO to net 435. The Cats hurt themselves with penalties 10 for 85 yards. UA won the turnover battle, with two to UO's three but could capitalize on only one for sudden-change points. The Cats blocked a field goal for another sudden-change possession, but could not convert it to points, either. The Ducks penetrated Arizona's 20 yard-line seven times and came away with three touchdowns and two field goals. UA placekicker Mark McDonald missed an extra-point kick which would have given UA a 28-27 lead and missed a 45-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game after the Cats drove from their own 24 to the Ducks' 27. That was Arizona's most sustained drive in terms of number of plays (11), but the Cats ran out of time and options.. Northcutt had nine catches for 140 yards and 215 total all-purpose yards, plus scored twice, while Canidate chipped in his sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. Marcus Bell led the team with 14 tackles while Antonio Pierce added 12 and two sacks. Jarvie Worcester and David Laudermilk each had interceptions off tipped balls.

More on the Match Up; UCLA Notes...
Few things are clear in the Pac-10, though one certainty is that UCLA will not repeat as league champions... Still, with victories over Arizona, Washington and USC, the Bruins would become bowl eligible... UCLA's 55-7 loss at Oregon State on Saturday was its worst beating in 69 years, dating to a 52-0 loss to USC in 1930 and the most points allowed since a 61-20 loss to Washington 29 years ago... The Bruins, who have some key injuries on offense WR Danny Farmer (groin) and TB DeShaun Foster (ankle) -- have accumulated only 378 yards in their last two games. Foster did not make the OSU trip and Farmer did not make a reception in the game because of limited play... The Bruins are No. 108 in Division 1-A in total defense (455 yards per game), but that has limited meaning: Oregon is No. 103 and just beat the... UCLA has 14 interceptions this year (UA has five), led by Eric Whitfield with three and two each by Joey Strycula, Ricky Manning, Ryan Roques and Joe Hunter... UCLA has 24 turnovers this year after leading the league and finishing No. 2 nationally a year ago with a +16 margin...

Arizona Coach Dick Tomey:
Tomey, a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees, has led Arizona to 21 victories in its last 25 games. A 1998 national Coach of the Year finalist of the Football Writer's Association of America and Football News, Dick Tomey led Arizona to its best record in history, competing the year 12-1 and ranked No. 4 in the polls. UA became only the fourth team in 83 seasons of Pac-10 football to win 12 games. Beyond that, a more important honor was receiving a University of Arizona Provost's Award for outstanding accomplishment in teaching. He is the first coach in Arizona history to receive the honor, which are garnered by a special few and always in the interest of academic and personal excellence. Tomey is the dean of Pac-10 coaches and has seen 25 head coaches paraded at the other conference schools during his tenure. In his 13th year in Tucson he carries an 89-55-4 record and in his 23rd year overall he is 152-101-7. He has a 59-22-2 slate at Arizona Stadium and a 30-32-2 road record. His Pac-10 record is 56-41-4, making him No. 8 on the all-time list of winningest Pac-10 coaches by conference victories. He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii, making him only the third coach in history to achieve the mark at two schools (Bear Bryant at Alabama and Kentucky, George Welsh at Virginia and Navy). Tomey's 7-1 league mark in 1998 and his 6-2 slates in 1993 and 1994 are Arizona's top three Pac-10 season records. Under Tomey, Arizona players have won six major national awards the 1990 Thorpe Award (Darryll Lewis), the 1993 Outland Trophy/FWAA Bronko Nagurski/UPI Lineman of the Year (Rob Waldrop), the 1994 Lou Groza Award (Steve McLaughlin) and the 1998 Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year (Chris McAlister). Under his guidance the Wildcats were ranked in the polls for 20 consecutive periods until Sept, 20.

Winningest Pac-10 Coaches (league victories only):
6. John Robinson (USC, 1976-82, 1993-97) 63-43-10
7. Larry Smith (UA 1980-86, USC 1987-92) 63-34-4
8. Dick Tomey (Arizona 1987-)		 56-41-4
    Rich Brooks (Oregon 1977-94)	 56-79-2

Cats in the Polls
UA entered the season ranked No. 4 by Associated Press and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Cats dropped from the polls Sept. 20, after 20 consecutive periods as a ranked team. This year's opening ranking was the Cats' second highest. The 1983 team was No. 3 in both polls in the first week of September. Arizona's two final top 10 rankings from 1993-1998 are the most for any Pac-10 team. In the AP poll UA was ranked: Preseason-No. 4. Aug. 30-No. 15, Sept. 6-No. 19, Sept. 13-No. 19; ESPN/USA Today: 3/3/15/17.

Injury Report:
DT Joe Tafoya injured his left shoulder against Oregon, but returned to action and is probable. DT Keoni Fraser broke a bone in his left hand against Oregon and had a cast put on at halftime and returned to action. Leland Gayles (hamstring) missed the second half of the UO game and is questionable for UCLA. DE/H-back Eli Wnek suffered a left ankle sprain vs. UO and is probable. Special teams' player Zaharius Johnson sprained his right ankle vs. Oregon and is questionable. DE Austin Uku missed the Oregon game with a right ankle sprain and is probable. DL James Lewis had a stomach problem prior to the UTEP game and did not play against the Miners or Ducks. He is questionable for UCLA. Starting wide receiver Brad Brennan aggravated a hamstring injury against Stanford and is a candidate for a medical hardship season, with limited play in only two games. He had missed the TCU and MT games. Backup WR Malosi Leonard had orthoscopic knee surgery Sept. 3 and missed TCU/MT but returned for the SU game. Juco transfer OL Kevin Barry had surgery Sept. 15 on his right foot and will redshirt. Redshirt freshman cornerback David Hinton had shoulder surgery Aug. 26 and will miss the season. Lost starts due to injury: (11): (FS Rafell Jones at TCU/MT; WR Brad Brennan at TCU/MT; SS Greg Payne at PSU; FB Jim Wendler at TCU; QB Keith Smith vs. MT; CB Leland Gayles vs. MT/SU; DT Keoni Fraser vs. MT; DT Idris Haroon vs. MT.

How the Cats Measure Nationally
Here are some top 25 national (and Pac-10) 
statistical rankings for Arizona:
Category (figure)	NCAA	Pac-10
Team Punt Ret (17.6)	2nd	1st
Total Offense (461.3)	10th	3rd
Team Rushing (218.8)	14th	1st
Dennis Northcutt:
  Punt Ret (19.3)	2nd	1st
  Rec PG (7.13)	10th	1st 
  Rec YPG (120.7)	4th	2nd
  All-Purp (193.1)	2nd	1st
Keith Smith (147.7)	6th	1st	
pass efficiency
(Ortege Jenkins 147.9	6th	1st	
18 attempts shy of qualifying)

Red-Zone Offense and Defense: The Cats have mixed success in the red zone but have shown tendencies to score from anywhere on the field. On first-and-goal opportunities, Arizona does a better job. UA had only one penetration against Oregon and scored a touchdown. Five scores came from 32 yards and beyond. (The Ducks, however, had seven penetrations and came away with three TDs and two FGs.) In five trips vs. UTEP, the Cats scored three TDs but turned the ball over twice in the RZ. (UTEP had three TDs in four trips). Against USC, Arizona had two touchdowns, a missed FG and a failed fourth-down try on four trips inside the 20 yard-line. (The Cats were tough on defense and allowed only one USC penetration, for a TD). At WSU, Arizona lost two of five red-zone scoring chances with missed field goals. (WSU made good with two touchdowns on its two penetrations.) UA lost two red-zone scoring chances among its three ventures inside Stanford's 20 yard-line. (Stanford was 6-for-6 with 5 touchdowns and a field goal). UA scored three TD on three trips inside Middle Tennessee's 20 yard-line. (MT was 2-for-3 with 2 TD). Arizona scored from outside the red zone four times at TCU and was successful on its lone trip inside the 20. (TCU was 2-for-2 with touchdowns on both possessions). At Penn State the Cats had three possessions inside the Lions' 20 yard-line and came up with one touchdown. (On PSU's four red zone possessions it came away with a field goal and two touchdowns).

Arizona in the Red Zone:	
27 trips, 17 TD		1st-and-Goal: 14 (12 TD)
Opponents in the Zone:		
29 trips, 20 TD /4 FG	1st-and-Goal: 14 (10 TD, 1 FG)

Sudden-Change Possessions...
UA is slowly improving its turnover margin and is -2 with four games remaining. The Cats need to capitalize better, such as against Oregon when three turnovers gained and a blocked field goal led to only seven points. The Ducks scored on a safety and later kicked a field goal after a Keith Smith interception. UA scored on an interception return by Greg Payne against UTEP, but forced a goal-line pass into coverage for an interception and fumbled another red-zone try away. UTEP took the latter down the field for a score. Against USC, UA scored on a fumble return, but so did USC, and the Cats picked off a pass but could not score points. Arizona did not create a turnover against either Washington State or Stanford, but UA defensive end Austin Uku stripped a Cougar ball carrier to cause a safety. UA did not turn the ball over against the Cougs, its second error-free game of the year (MTSU). The Cardinal scored 14 points after two of its three interceptions against the Wildcats. UA blocked a field goal but had the play negated by penalty and the Cardinal made the ensuing FG try. Arizona scored a touchdown after recovering a fumble vs. Middle Tennessee -- the lone turnover in the game. The Cats had a disastrous ratio at TCU, allowing 21 turnover points including two safeties. The Cats had three lost fumbles and suffered an interception, leading to 17 points by TCU. UA did score a TD after recovering the Horned Frogs' fumble. UA managed the only turnover points in the game at Penn State -- its lone touchdown came following a mid-field fumble recovery. However, the Nittany Lions blocked a punt on the first play of the second quarter to get superb field position at the UA 16 yard-line and subsequently kicked a field goal.

1999 Turnovers:		
Arizona 13, Opponents 11		
Season ratio: -2	
1999 Miscue points:	
Arizona 44, Opponents 57   
(Includes turnover-, safeties, blocked kicks- possessions)

Dennis Delivers
WR/punt returner/cornerback Dennis Northcutt has demonstrated he's a worthy recipient of the ball. In 86 touches this season he has averaged 18 yards per play. He likely will become a 1,000-yard receiver sometime soon (966). His running is superb, with an 18.8 yard average on 10 carries, helped by an 80-yard reverse for a score past 11 defenders against the Ducks. He had 215 all-purpose yards against Oregon, his fourth 200+ game of the year. He had 193 all-purpose yards against UTEP, just missing. He set the Pac-10 record against Oregon by catching a pass in 38 consecutive games dating to the Oregon State game in his 1996 freshman season (John Jackson of Southern California had 37 from 1986-89). He notched 208 all-purpose yards against WSU. He had 242 all-purpose yards against Stanford in a decent individual duel with SU standout Troy Walters (208)... Dennis had an 80-yard punt return for a score against MTSU and had another one of 71 yards negated by penalty. Northcutt's 314 all-purpose yards at TCU (257 receiving, 13 rushing, 44 returns) is the third best in UA history and gave him 21 yards every time he touched the ball. (More on Northcutt's weekly exploits can be checked at the Biletnikoff Award web site ( and UA's official web site, Dennis' 1999 Digits:
10 rushes, 57 receptions, 14 punt returns, 5 kickoff returns = 86 touches, 1,551 yards

Wildcats Climbing the Charts

Arizona Career Receiving Yardage List
1. 2,796 Dennis Northcutt, 1996- (192 rec/23 tds)
2. 2,509 T Bell, 1972-75 (153 rec/30 tds)
3. 2,415 John Horton, 1983-86 (136 rec/16 tds)
4. 1,957 Richard Dice, 1993-96 (119 rec/17 tds)

Arizona Career Rushing Yards List
1. 3,501 Ontiwaun Carter, 1991-94
2. 3,371 Art Luppino, 1953-56
3. 3,265 Trung Canidate, 1996-
4. 3,096 Hubie Oliver, 1977-80

Arizona Career TD Passes
1.  46 	Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980-83
2.  45 	Bruce Hill, 1973-75
3.  43 	Dan White, 1993-95
4.  39 	Keith Smith, 1996-99
5.  32 	Ortege Jenkins, 1997-

Arizona Career Reception List
1. 192	Dennis Northcutt, 1996- (2,796 yds/23 tds)
2. 153	T Bell, 1972-75 (2,509 yds/30 tds)
3. 136	Jon Horton, 1983-86 (2,415 yds/16 tds)
4. 119 	Richard Dice, 1993-96 (1,957 yds/17 tds)

Arizona Career Passing Yards List
1. 7,618 Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980-83
2. 6,016 Alfred Jenkins, 1983-86
3. 5,723 Dan White, 1993-95
4. 5,153 Keith Smith, 1996-

Arizona Career All-Purpose Yardage List
1. 4,963 Art Luppino, 1953-56
2. 4,943 Theopolis T Bell, 1972-75
3. 4,688 Dennis Northcutt, 1996-
8. 3,698 Eddie Wolgast, 1945-48 
9. 3,659 Trung Canidate, 1996- 

Arizona Career Total Offense Leaders
1. 7,336 Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980-83
2. 6,307 Alfred Jenkins, 1983-86
3. 6,236 Keith Smith, 1996-
4  6,054 Bruce Hill, 1973-75

A Few Notes
...The Cats opened a game with a safety (by the bad guys) on the first scrimmage play for the second time this year when Ortege Jenkins' lateral was behind Trung Canidate against Oregon and Trung had to fall on the ball in the endzone... Scooter Sprotte was tackled on the first play of the game at TCU, when he opened at fullback in a power set.... The two safeties TCU recorded against Arizona later sacking QB Ortege Jenkins early in the third quarter is an opponents single-game record... The three safeties does set an Arizona opponents season record...

...The Ducks' four field goals (5 attempts) by Josh Frankel tied another Arizona opponents' record for most in a game... Arizona blocked the fifth attempt, a low liner. That was Arizona's third block of the year. UA blocked a field goal (Joe Tafoya) and a PAT kick (J.J. Joppru) against Middle Tennessee. Joppru had a FG block against Stanford negated by a penalty. Last year, Arizona blocked eight kicks including two against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. Including bowl games, since 1990 Arizona has blocked 34 punts, field goals or PAT tries. Penn State blocked an Arizona punt earlier this year, giving it field position at the UA 16 yard-line to set up a field goal a few moments later.

...UA kicker Mark McDonald is 1-for-10 this year on field goal tries, but hasn't had a chip-shot. In a strong wind at WSU he missed a 32 yarder, but all other kicks have been from 40 and beyond, including the 43-yarder he made against USC...

...Freshman receiver Bobby Wade went up and brought down a nice catch for a TD against Oregon, his third of the year. He's third on the club with 17 catches, which stacks up well in UA history against first-year receivers. As a freshman, then converted from cornerback after a few games, Northcutt had 8 receptions in 1996. A couple of other noted Arizona 4-year receivers during their freshman season: Theopolis Bell (22 in 1972), Terry Vaughn (22 in 1990), Vance Johnson as a tailback (22 in 1981), Derek Hill (12 in 1985), Richard Dice (12 in 1993)... Wade caught the game-winning pass from Keith Smith on the last play of action at WSU , a 42-yard bomb against the wind and triple coverage... He had his best career day at WSU, with 5 balls for 100 yards...

...Arizona has moved up some big rungs in the nation's Top 25 in total offense with its four consecutive 500-yard games. The team is averaging 461 yards per contest and ranks 10th nationally... The spree is a school record, and sets an Arizona single-season mark for most 500-yard games in a season... The current rate would be a school and record, eclipsing last year's 444-yard mark... To illustrate how this stacks up, and how difficult it might be to keep up the pace: should UA average its current 461 during its last four games, it will set a new Pac-10 season record with 5534 yards in total offfense, breaking the Ryan Leaf-led 1997 WSU Cougar attack...

...Arizona's steadily improving running game ranked 14th nationally is one big reason for the offensive success. The Cats are averaging 219 yards rushing per game... Trung Canidate leads the way with 121 yards per contest, good enough for 10th nationally... Trung (5.8) is fourth among the top 10 rushers in yards per carry, a category in which he led the nation in 1998 (7.3). This time around he trails LaDanian Tomplinson of TCU (7.3), Frank Moreau of Louisville (6.3) and Ron Dayne of Wisconsin (5.9)...

...Senior defensive tackle J.J. Joppru saw some extensive playing time against Oregon and turned in his best performance, with five tackles and some high presence as a jumper in the middle on UO's blocked field goal...

...Inside linebacker Antonio Pierce, a redshirt junior, leads the team with four sacks. He had two against Oregon. He also is tied for the team lead with five passes broken up...

...While Arizona's passing yardage (225 ypg) might be modest by some standards, the passing efficiency by the top QBs represents No. 3 and No. 4 on the UA single-season chart if they held up. Both figures are in the nation's top 10 (though Jenkins is shy of qualifying for the list because of attemps). For that matter, the 225 yards per game would be Arizona's sixth-highest per-game total in its 100 years of football...

...Trung Canidate's long scoring run (60 yards) against Oregon gave him 12 of 45 yards or more in his career. He had a 60-yarder against UTEP a week earlier. More short-yardage and goal-line duty this year (performed last year by Kelvin Eafon) has dropped the average on his 21 career touchdown runs to 43.5 yards -- rather amazing... Canidate shows up on the Arizona career all-purpose chart at No. 9, with 3,659 yards. He's the only modern exclusively running back guy in that mix his only return yardage in his career stems from blocking a punt as a freshman special teams player and recovering it for a score 13 yards later... His 202 yards rushing against UTEP was the 7th best in UA history. His 288 against Arizona State last year is the No. 1 rushing game in Wildcat annals...

...Dennis Northcutt (57 receptions) has entered his name for the third time on UA's single-season receptions chart. He's already at No. 2 with 63 in 1988, and No. 4 with 58 in 1997. He's No. 5 this year -- with room to move up. The Arizona single-season record is 76 by Jim Greth in 1966... No other Arizona receiver appears even twice on the list...

...UA's offensive line deserves a bundle of credit for the Cats' offensive improvement. One notable reason is the six men across the front have started every single game Manu Savea (RT), Marques McFadden (RG), Bruce Wiggins (C), Steven Grace (LG), Makoa Freitas (LT) and Brandon Manumaleuna (TE). That's a whole lot of continuity when it comes to developing a front. The lone senior, Savea, is credited by coach Dick Tomey for outstanding play after some early season difficulty based on rehabilitation for off-season knee reconstruction... The

...Keith Smith's 225-yard passing effort against Oregon was his fourth best... His 243-yard passing effort against Southern California was the second highest total in his career, trailing the phenomenal 418 he had at California in triple overtime in 1996... That was the game in which he set an NCAA freshman total offense mark of 502 yards...

...One week, QB Ortege Jenkins (vs. UTEP) rattles off his career-best rushing total -- 83 yards. The next week, against Oregon, he sets his personal best with a 65-yard run for a TD... The Cats do enjoy some weaponry at the position...

...A good offense should enjoy a decent third-down conversion rate. UA has been effective converting 51 of 122 tries for a 42% rate. Opponents have been held to 28% (31-111)... Opponents have, however, made 11 of 16 fourth-down tries against the Cats...

...The Cats had a second double-double against the Trojans on Oct. 9, but the first real such tour of duty. Sophomore Eli Wnek started at H-back, as is normal, and also started and played extensively at defensive end, a position at which he had eight starts in 1998. He scored his first career touchdown on a three-yard reception vs. UTEP... Also against the Trojans, WR Dennis Northcutt ended up with nearly 85 plays as he spent double duty as a cover corner. In the season opener, inside linebacker Scooter Sprotte opened the game at strong safety and in the offensive backfield at fullback when the Cats were pinned down at their own goal-line -- and was tackled for a safety... Northcutt has pulled cover duty in games against USC and UTEP and Tomey has said he'll see more spot play in the secondary throughout the year... Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna was in at defensive tackle in a goal-line package against Oregon. He's played the position in a few other games...

...Keith Smith became a 1,000-yard rusher with his 87 yards on 9 carries against Southern California career, that is. For a QB, that's not too bad. He has 280 career carries for 1,097 yards. A quick look at Arizona's career record for modern quarterback rushing (not kept faithfully over the years) turned up Ronnie Veal (1988-91) with 1,405 yards as the leader. Smith passed Jim Krohn (987 yards from 1976 to 1979) with his output against USC... Smith, by the way, had 23 rushes for 184 yards in his two career games against the Trojans an average of 8.0 per tote... A quick look by the Pac-10 office shows OSU quarterbacks Tim Alexander (1,405) and Terry Baker (1,503) likely other conference rushing QBs of note...

...Keith Smith is 13-1 as the quarterback of record in his last 14 starts, though he owes a big hand to Ortege Jenkins, who took over after the first series against UTEP when Smith was knocked out by a rib injury... Overall in his four seasons Smith is 18-9 as the first guy out there under center... Ortege Jenkins is 9-5 in his 13 career starts... Jenkins has done a good job in improving his percentage, to .618 after last year's final mark of .493. Smith's current .605 percentage is right on his career mark of .608, which if stands would be a school record...

...Trung Canidate's 121.2 yards per game rushing compares to his 1998 figure which led the Pac-10 -- 110.9... Stiff competition appears up north where Ken Simonton carries a 134.5-yard average for Oregon State... Canidate has a better per-carry figure (5.9) than Simonton (4.9) and has more yards (970 to 942) in one more game played...

...As has been the trend, UA linebacker Marcus Bell leads the team in tackles (74), considerably ahead of the next guys, inside linebacker Antonio Pierce (48) and whip linebacker DaShon Polk (38)... Bell and Polk are tied for the team lead in tackles for loss at nine, while Pierce has eight...

...UA's quarterbacks and offensive linemen have allowed the Cats' signal caller to be sacked 25 times, compared to 21 last year and 25 the year before. The Cats have 18 sacks against opposing QBs... UA's seven sacks against USC is its best since the believed school record of nine against Northeast Louisiana last year...

...Coach Dick Tomey benched two starters for team discipline reasons against Washington State -- linebacker Scooter Sprotte and free safety Rafell Jones. They haven't won back their starting positions, though each has worked back into that potential. Depth has improved, with Antonio Pierce at ILB and Jarvie Worcester at FS each making strides as the starter in games since...

...UA opponents' average rushing yardage 159 yards seems like a misprint for many who remember Desert Swarm of the early to mid-90s. But that's down from 196 per game just three weeks ago, thanks to the -20 job UA did against Tailback U on Oct. 9. The Trojans suffered 13 tackles for losses -- seven of those sacks. All running backs and receivers had negative plays. UA tackle Joe Tafoya led the way with three tackles for loss (1 sack)... That was the first and only game this year that opponents had less than 100 team rushing yards. The Cats have allowed three games of more than 200 rushing yards, led by Penn State's 262. Arizona has allowed two individual century-mark outings and a 200-yard day. Reuben Droughns of Oregon netted 202 on 45 carries, Chafie Fields carried three times and popped for 110 yards at Penn State, while LaDainian Tomlinson carried the ball 28 times for 170 yards at Texas Christian...

...Sophomore tight end Brandon Manumaleuna has 13 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown (his career first, vs. Middle Tennessee), plus another catch for a two-point conversion. Last year the Cats' leading tight end, Mike Lucky, had 11 receptions for 142 yards... Manumaleuna also sees action at H-back and has seen some practice time on the defensive line for that just-in-case appearance...

...Keith Smith set a school record (minimum 20 attempts) by posting an .810 completion percentage mark against Penn State (17-21), besting a Tom Tunnicliffe performance (21-27, .780) against Pacific in 1982...

...H-back/fullback Jim Wendler was awarded a medical-hardship final year of eligibility after a series of appeals to the NCAA (based on an illness he had during his first year at the Air Force Academy)...

Dennis the Menace
* Wide Receiver Dennis Northcutt - A Biletnikoff Award and All-American candidate, this senior who began his career as a running back and defensive back, is Arizona's all-time reception leader with 192 catches and the UA's all-time receiving yardage leader with 2,796 yards... Overall on the year, he has 57 receptions for a career-best 966 yards and seven touchdowns (120.8 ypg)... His season yardage total is already fourth on the UA single season charts and there are still four games to go (the top total is 1,134 yards and was set by Keith Hartwig in 1976)... Northcutt has caught a pass in a Pac-10 record 38 consecutive games, dating back to the Oregon State game in 1996, breaking the old record which was set by John Jackson of USC (1986-89)... With five 100-yard receiving games this season, he has stretched his career total to 10... One of the top all-purpose men in the country as well, he averages 193.1 all purpose yards per game... On the UA career all-purpose yardage list, he ranks No. 3 with 4,688 yards... He has a punt return for a TD this year -- an 80-yarder against Middle Tennessee... That is tied for the ninth-longest punt return in school history and it's the longest punt return at the UA since 1980... Only moments earlier, he had a 71-yard punt return for a score called back because Arizona was flagged for roughing the punter... In last week's Oregon game, he accounted for 215 all-purpose yards, catching nine passes for 140 yards and rushing the ball twice for 75 yards... His rushing total was helped by an 80-yard TD on a reverse -- and he had a 32 yard TD reception as well... In the UTEP win, he had 193 all-purpose yards, catching four passes for 76 yards, ran three reverses for 68 yards and had 49 yards on three punt returns... In the Washington State win, he had 208 all-purpose yards (107 receiving, 86 in punts and 15 rushing yards)... Northcutt had a career-game against TCU, catching 10 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns... The yardage total was the second best in Arizona history and tied for sixth on the Pac-10's single game charts... Included in the three scores were receptions of 38, 59 and 30 yards -- the latter of which was the game-winner with 2:10 left to go... On the night, he had 314 all purpose yards and was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for the performance... Had 121 yards on eight receptions in the 31-24 win over USC and his TD tied the game at 17-17... Hauled in a game-high eight passes for 86 yards at Penn State... In his career, he has 23 receiving touchdowns (also has two rushing TDs and one punt return for a TD) to go with 2,796 receiving yards and is the only player in UA history to score a TD four different ways (pass reception, run, punt return and interception return)... His 922 receiving yards last season are No. 4 on the single season chart and his 63 receptions are No. 2... He caught 58 passes as a sophomore, a total that is No. 4 on the single season list... Was the Pac-10's all-purpose yardage leader last season with 1,647 yards... He returned 38 punts for 437 yards and 11 kickoffs for 219 yards... As a redshirt freshman in 1996, he had two interceptions against Illinois, which was one pick short of a freshman record... Took one of the interceptions back for a 63-yard touchdown... That season also saw him go on to haul in a touchdown reception at California, making him the first Arizona player to score both an offensive and defensive touchdown in the same year since 1975.

Dennis Northcutt's 100-Yard Receiving Outputs (10)
9-6-99	at TCU		10-257 yds	3 TD
9-12-98	at Stanford	5-160 yds	1 TD
9-19-98	Iowa		5-157 yds	1 TD
10-23-99 Oregon		9-140 yds	1 TD
9-18-99	Stanford	8-139 yds	2 TD
10-18-97 Washington	10-135 yds	0 TD
10-4-97	San Diego State	6-121 yds	2 TD
10-9-99	USC		8-121 yds	1 TD
9-25-99	Washington St.	5-107 yds	0 TD
10-10-98 UCLA		8-103 yds	0 TD

* Running Back Trung Canidate
A preseason Doak Walker Award candidate, this speedster enters the UCLA game with a school-record six consecutive 100-yard games, upping his career 100-yard game total to 14 -- which is one shy of the UA career record of 15 set by Art Luppino... In this span, Canidate has run for 883 yards (147.2 ypg)... He has 500 yards in his past three games... On the year, he has carried the ball 166 times for 970 yards (121.3 ypg)... He is the third all-time leading rusher in school history with 3,265 yards and needs 107 yards to surpass Art Luppino (1953-56) and into second (Luppino has 3,371)... Ontiwaun Carter (1991-94) is the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,501 career rushing yards and is 236 yards ahead of Canidate... Trung needs to average just 59 ypg over the course of the Cats' final four games to become the UA career rushing leader... Is the 22nd back in Pac-10 history to rush for 3,000 or more yards and is currently 18th, trailing UCLA's Skip Hicks who is 13th with 3,265... In Saturday's Oregon game, he ran for 104 yards on 20 carries and scored twice -- one on a 60-yard scamper (ninth TD run of his career of 60 or more yards) and the other on a 33-yard pass reception... Against UTEP, he had his second 200-yard rushing game of his career with a 202 yard output... He gained those yards on 27 carries, averaging 7.5 yards a pop... He also scored on a 60-yard TD run, which was the... Against USC, he rushed for 194 yards, which was the third-highest single game total in his career (288 vs. ASU in 1998, 202 vs. UTEP in 1999)... Prior to the USC outing, he ran for 158 yards against Washington State... He carried the ball a career-high 34 times and tied a career-best with three touchdowns... His second 100-yard outing of 1999 came in the Stanford game, as he rushed for 123 yards on 14 carries... That total was aided by a season-long 73-yard carry... Last season, he led the nation in rushing yards per attempt, averaging a whopping 7.3 yards per carry and this year he is at 5.9 ypc... Became just the third 1,000-yard rusher in the 83-year history of Pacific-10 Conference football to average more than seven yards per carry... Against Middle Tennessee State, he had his first 100-yard game of 1999... Ran for 102 yards on 16 carries (6.4 ypc)... His 21 career touchdown runs have averaged 43.5 yards per carry... Before the Washington State game this season when he scored on runs of 4, 2 and 1 yards, his TD average was at 51.7 ypc...Ran for a UA record 288 yards on just 18 carries (16.0 ypc) in last year's regular season finale against Arizona State... After missing last season's opener at Hawaii, he still managed to finish as the Pac-10's rushing champion with 1,220 yards... First career touchdown was as a redshirt freshman when he blocked a punt and recovered it for a score against Washington State.

Trung Canidate's Career Touchdown Runs (21)
Yards	Opponent		Year
  96	San Diego St.(UA record)1997
  80	Arizona State		1998
  75	Washington State	1998
  71	Oregon		        1998
  67	UCLA		        1998
  66	Arizona State		1998
  66	Alabama-Birmingham	1997
  60	Oregon		        1999
  60	UTEP		        1999
  54 	California		1998
  48	Arizona State		1998
  45	Washington State	1998	
  38	Iowa		        1998
  37	Washington		1998
  28	California		1997
  11	USC		        1999
    4	Washington State	1999
    3	New Mexico		1997
    2	Washington State	1999
    1	Washington State	1999
    1	Iowa		        1998
* Linebacker Marcus Bell -
A Butkus Award Semi-Finalist, he leads the team in tackles with 74 this season... Bell led the Pac-10 Conference in tackles last year after racking up 139 hits... Had a season-high 14 tackles in the Oregon game, including one for a loss... He had nine tackles and two for a loss against UTEP to lead the team... He was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11 for his game against USC, when he had nine tackles, one interception, one pass break up and a half-sack and helped limit the Trojans to their lowest rushing total ( -20) in their Pac-10 history... His game-high 13 tackles against Stanford tied for the third-highest single game total of his career... Team high-nine tackles against TCU and eight versus Middle Tennessee... Only had six tackles against Penn State, as his time in the second half was limited after injuring his left ankle (he missed the entire fourth quarter)... His tackle total last season (139) was the most for an Arizona defender during the Dick Tomey-era, surpassing the 136 tackles All-American safety Chuck Cecil had in 1987... Had 83 solo stops and was a first team All-Pac-10 selection... Broke up six passes, forced two fumbles and led the team in tackles for a loss with 14... Had a double-digit tackle output in nine of the UA's 13 games... Had 21 tackles in a game twice last season against Washington and Arizona State... His 139 tackles in 1998 were twice as many as Arizona's second-leading tackler (59)... A two-time Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week selection (Washington and Iowa games)... An extremely hard worker, UA head coach Dick Tomey calls him the best inside linebacker he has coached...Started every game but one over the last two seasons (at WSU as a sophomore)... Has 354 total tackles in his career (232 solos/122 assists)... Football News 1999 preseason All-America first team.

Marcus Bell's Top Tackle Games
21	Arizona State (11-27-98)
21	at Washington (10-3-98)
14	Oregon (10-23-99)
13	Stanford (9-18-99)
13	at San Diego St. (9-24-98)
12	at Arizona State (11-28-97)
11	7 times, last vs. WSU (11-7-98)

* Quarterback Keith Smith -
The senior part of the Arizona two-headed quarterback rotation with Ortege Jenkins, Keith Smith entered the season after setting Arizona completion records in two of the past three years... This year, he is 75-of-124 (60.4%)... He has thrown for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns... He came off the bench in last week's Oregon game and was 14-of-28 for 225 yards and three touchdowns... He brought the Cats back from a 21-7 second quarter deficit... He had his best game of the season in the 31-24 win over USC, going 15-of-23 for 243 yards and one touchdown... The passing yardage total was the second highest in his career, trailing the 418 he passed for in the triple overtime loss at California as a freshman in 1996... He was injured on Arizona's first drive of the UTEP game and did not play again... His 42-yard Hail Mary pass on the last play of the game at Washington State was caught by freshman Bobby Wade, giving the Cats a 30-24 win -- it was named the Compaq Collegiate Play of the Week... He finished the day 12-of-25 for 190 yards and one TD to go with 54 rushing yards on 13 carries... He sat out the Middle Tennessee win after re-aggravating an ankle sprain against TCU -- he injured the ankle during the second half of the season opener at Penn State, but practiced the entire following week and started against the Horned Frogs... In the TCU win, he was 12-of-16 for 174 and two touchdowns, including the gamewinner -- a 30-yarder to Dennis Northcutt with 2:10 left in the contest... Against Penn State, he started and was on target throughout the day, completing 17-of-21 passes for 128 yards... He completed his first nine passes in a row... Against Stanford, he was 4-of-9 for 80 yards, as Jenkins got the start and the majority of the work... He completed a school-best 68.5% of his passes last season (113-of-165) and during his sophomore campaign, he completed passes 60.6% of the time (117-of-193)... His pass efficiency rating of 174.17 last year is also a school record and if he would have had just 15 more attempts, that would have been the nation's No. 2 mark... He is the UA's No. 4 career leader for total offense (6,236 yards) and No. 4 for passing yards (5,153)... A second team All-Pac-10 pick last year... Pin-point passer and elusive rusher as well... Has rushed for 1,083 yards in his career and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground... Offensive MVP of the 1998 Holiday Bowl, as he completed 11-of-19 passes for 147 yards and one TD, while rushing for 25 yards.

Keith Smith's Top-Five Passing Performances
11-2-96	at California (3 OT)	25-35, 418 yds	  3 TD
10-9-99	USC			15-23, 243 yards  1 TD
9-21-96	Washington		16-29, 228 yds	  2 TD
10-23-99 Oregon			14-28, 225 yards  3 TD
9-3-98	at Hawaii		17-22, 218 yds	  2 TD

Keith Smith's Top-Five Rushing Performances
9-14-96	Illinois		9-143 yds	1 TD
10-12-96 at USC			14-97 yds	0 TD
10-5-96	Washington State	18-95 yds	2 TD
11-7-98	Washington State	6-90 yds	0 TD
10-9-99	USC			9-87 yds	1 TD

* Quarterback Ortege Jenkins -
Arizona's other quarterback in the UA two-man rotation, he has started four games this season... He is 9-4 as the starter of record during his career, though he's helped win a number of other games. On the year, he is 63-of-102 for 804 yards and eight touchdowns... In the Oregon game he had a career-long 65-yard touchdown run before being relieved by Keith Smith... He played all but one drive in the UTEP game after relieving an injured Smith... Rallied the team from a 14-0 deficit to post a 34-21 victory... Finished the night 10-of-17 for 113 yards and one touchdown and also carried the ball 11 times for 83 yards, an output that was aided by a career-best 52 yard run... He was the man in the TCU win after guiding the Cats out of a 25-7 third quarter deficit... He engineered three quick scoring drives that resulted in 21 points in six plays, giving Arizona a 28-25 lead in the middle of the third stanza... In the game, he completed 5-of-9 passes -- three of which were for touchdowns and finished with 163 yards... He also saw time at receiver and caught two passes, while his improvisational skills on the ground helped Arizona keep the chains moving... In the game-winning final drive, he was used as a wide receiver to keep the TCU defense from double-teaming Dennis Northcutt, who in turn, ended up catching the game-winning pass... At Washington State, he started before giving way to Keith Smith... On the day he was 6-of-8 for 61 yards and was in the three-receiver set that went up for the ball on the last second Hail Mary completion that won the game... He jumped for it, but it went through his arms and into Bobby Wade's for the game winner... He played the majority of the Middle Tennessee game (Keith Smith was held out due to an injury), before giving way to third-stringer Jason Johnson late in the game... Jenkins went 16-of-23 for 118 yards and one touchdown and ran the ball four times for 21 yards, scoring on an 8-yard run that put Arizona up 20-0... Against Stanford, he was 15-of-23 for 200 yards and three touchdowns... O.J. directed Arizona on its only scoring drive of the Penn State game and ended up completing 8-of-14 passes for 104 yards... He also carried the ball 11 times (but his rushing total was only 16 yards because of sacks)... Last season, he threw for 1,011 yards last year and five touchdowns, but was probably best remembered around the nation for his leap and flip into the endzone over three defenders to beat Washington with four seconds left in the game... Top game of 1998 was against UCLA, when he passed for 260 yards and one touchdown... The starting QB in three games last season, while starting another at slot receiver... Worked on his game in the offseason with former Arizona offensive coordinator Homer Smith... Spent 13 days in Smith's hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and worked on the mechanics and techniques that Smith helped develop during Jenkins' first year as the Arizona quarterback (1997)... That season, he began the year as a wide receiver and No. 3 quarterback, but injuries to both Keith Smith and Brady Batten gave him the starting QB nod... Went on to pass for 1,669 yards and 19 touchdowns that season... The 19 touchdowns are the second-best single season total in UA history and a Pac-10 freshman record... Has 32 touchdown passes in 30 career games and has been intercepted just 13 times in 487 career attempts... Thirteen of his 32 career TD strikes have been 26 yards or longer... In his first career start, he completed 17-of-25 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns against San Diego State... Rallied the team from a 21-0 deficit for a 31-28 win... Played on the Arizona basketball team during its 1997-98 Elite Eight campaign.

Ortege Jenkins' Top-Five Passing Performances
10-18-97 Washington		22-46, 348 yds	1 TD
10-4-97	San Diego State		17-32, 285 yds	3 TD
10-10-98 UCLA			14-30, 260 yds	1 TD
10-25-97 at Washington St.	20-42, 246 yds	4 TD
11-8-97	Oregon State		18-33, 238 yds	3 TD

Arizona's Polk Hero
* Linebacker DaShon Polk - The senior who was on the Butkus Award watch list, he has 45 tackles this season (32 solos) and is tied with Marcus Bell for a team-high with nine for a loss... Turned in his best game of the season versus USC, recording five tackles -- three of which were for a loss and two quarterback sacks... Had a game-high three tackles for a loss in the TCU win and accounted for seven tackles on the evening... Was in on six tackles versus Middle Tennessee State... His time against Penn State was limited after missing a portion of the game due to dehydration (he had three tackles)... The flex linebacker in the UA's Double-Eagle flex defensive scheme, he has a tremendous physical presence with great speed on the outside... In the UA's scheme, it is his job to funnel the action to the core of the defense... A second team All-Pac-10 pick last year as a junior, 23% of his tackles were for a loss... Had 56 tackles overall, 13 of which were for a loss... Had 4.5 sacks... Has started the last 31 games in a row and 144 career tackles.

* Offensive Linemen Manuia Savea & Bruce Wiggins
Savea, the senior offensive right tackle, and Wiggins, the junior center, are the two anchors of the Arizona offensive line... Two of the major players in an ever-improving line, Savea, Wiggins and their mates have helped the Wildcats rack up more than 500 total yards for the past four games in a row, setting a new Pac-10 record... Arizona racked up 552 yards against Oregon, including 282 on the ground... Opened holes against USC, helping the Cats rush for 307 yards against a defense that giving up only 83.5 rushing yards per game... If that wasn't enough, Arizona came back the next week to pound out 396 rushing yards versus UTEP... That total was the most for the UA since 1991 (Oregon, 460)... The Cats have raised their rushing average to 224.5 ypg, while averaging 461.3 total yards per game... Last year, the duo was a big part of an offense that averaged 444.9 yards of total offense per game, which was a school record and the 18th best mark in the land for 1998... This season, they have helped Trung Canidate get six consecutive 100-yard rushing days as the Cats go into Saturday's UCLA game... In the WSU win, they help Arizona run for 279 yards and were on the field for 93 plays, while helping establish a time of possession margin of 38:26-to-21:34...The Middle Tennessee game saw the Arizona gameplan focus on establishing the run, and they did just that, running for a season-high 265 yards on 46 carries... The offensive line did not give up any sacks as well... The Cats rushing total of 113 yards against Stanford could have been higher, if not for the minus-63 yards quarterback Ortege Jenkins suffered, mostly on six sacks... They have been looked to for upper class leadership throughout 1999 to make up for the loss of a some of key parts of the blocking from 1998 who are all playing in the NFL this year -- guard Yusuf Scott (Arizona Cardinals), tackle Edwin Mulitalo (Baltimore Ravens), tight end Mike Lucky (Dallas Cowboys) -- and blocking back Paul Shields, who is with the Indianapolis Colts.

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