Arizona Football Schedule/Results Date Opponent (*-Pac-10) Time/Score Sept. 2 at Utah (ESPN2) 17-3 41,352 Sept. 9 Ohio State (FSN) 17-27 57,367 Sept. 16 San Diego St. (KWBA) 17-3 44,973 Sept. 30 *at Stanford 2 p.m. PDT Oct. 7 *at Southern Cal 1:30 p.m. PDT Oct. 14$ *Washington State 7:15 p.m. MST Oct. 21 *at Oregon (FSN) 7:15 p.m. PDT Oct. 28 *UCLA (ABC) 4 p.m. MST Nov. 4 *at Washington 12:30 p.m. PST Nov. 11% *Oregon St. (FSN) 8:15 p.m. MST Nov. 24 *Arizona St. (FSN) 2 p.m. MST (*Pac-10; $Family Weekend; %Homecoming)
Single-game tickets range from $7 to $41 depending on location and purchase plan. McKale Center Ticket Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Game-day tickets are sold at the Stadium's southeast side from 10 a.m. until halftime. Call 621-CATS or 1-800-452-CATS.
Arizona Football On TV:
A number of games have been selected for television under the Pac-10's ABC/Fox Sports Net contracts. The Stanford game is a FSN Arizona production to be shown tape delay at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Other games may be selected, and UA partner FSNA may cablecast (or broadcast in affiliation with KWBA in Southern Arizona) other games.
Arizona Football On Radio:
KNST Radio (790 AM) is the flagship station for the Wildcat sports network. Brian Jeffries and Les Josephson call the play. Affiliates include KFYI-Phoenix, KDAP-Douglas, KVNA-Flagstaff, KJAA-Globe, KWRQ-Safford, KTAN-Sierra Vista/Bisbee, KINO-Winslow, KNOT-Prescott/Chino Valley, KVWM-Showlow, KBLU-Yuma, KTOX-Needles, Calif., and KRLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Airtime: 40 minutes prior. TEAMLINE (1-800-846-4700) carries KNST=s broadcast via telephone. Yahoobroadcast netcasts KNST=s signal via the Internet, clickable at arizcats.com
Dick Tomey Shows:
Dick Tomey's weekly radio show, with host Brian Jeffries, airs Tuesdays at 7:05 p.m. on KNST Radio. Tomey's weekly television show, with Brian Jeffries, is shown Wednesdays on KTTU-TV-18 at 9:30 p.m.
Coach Dick Tomey Weekly Media Events:
Head coach Dick Tomey meets weekly with media in McKale 106 to preview games (Tuesdays at 1 p.m.) and in his office to review games Sundays at 1 p.m. Tomey is available in his office at mid days (520-621-4917) and also briefly after most practices. Tomey meets Wednesdays with any interested parties at 12 noon in the McKale Room of McKale Center for a Brown Bag Lunch.
Information by FAX/Internet:
SID Fax Number: 520-621-2681. Pivotal Communications (770-558-6000) for media on-demand fax services, or releases via the Internet at www.mediateamlink.com
Cats Take a Week Off; to Stanford Sept. 30
The Arizona Wildcats (2-1, 0-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference) enjoy an open date Sept. 23, then open Pac-10 play on the road at Stanford (2-1, 1-0) Saturday, Sept. 30.
The Stanford Game:
Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (PDT) Sept. 30 in 85,500-seat Stanford Stadium on the campus in the Palo Alto, Calif., area. A game cablecast will be produced by Fox Sports Net Arizona for a tape delay showing at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. A crowd of about 43,000 is expected.
Some Game Themes:
The league opener for Arizona, as important as it gets. The Cardinal has a league victory under its belt, its season-opening 24-10 contest at Washington State Each team has an extra week to mend and prepare The defending Pac-10 champs play host to the lone team in the league which has not participated in the Rose Bowl Stanford is 10-1 in its last 11 Pac-10 games Stanford has momentum from a rousing victory over No. 5 Texas
Arizona lead the series 11-6 and has won six of the last seven games - but not last year, when SU thumped the Cats, 50-22 in Tucson. UA won the three 1990s games played in Palo Alto The series dates to 1979, the Cats' second year in the Pac-10
Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 14th year at Arizona (92-59-4) and 24th overall (155-105-7). He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii. He is 8-2 vs. Stanford, all while at Arizona. StanfordBTryone Willingham (Michigan State '77), is in his sixth year at Stanford (32-28-1) and overall. He is 1-2 against Arizona as a head coach. He was a three-year assistant to Denny Green on the Farm from 1989-91.
vs. San Diego State
Cats 17, Aztecs 3
Arizona took an offensive step forward, kept playing well on special teams and re-emphasized its defensive ability to move to 2-1 in a 17-3 victory over San Diego State. Arizona had a five-play stop inside its own 3 yard-line to thwart an Aztec score attempt (subsequent missed FG) to continue some staunch goal-line defense in the first quarter. QB Ortege Jenkins completed more passes (19-29, 200 yards) than he had since an overtime loss at Washington State as a freshman in 1997 (20). RS freshman receiver Andrae Thurman (6-82) and TE Brandon Manumaleuna (4-39) led the way, with Malosi Leonard catching two balls, one for a 14-yard touchdown to culminate a hurry-up drive at the half for the go-ahead score. PK Sean Keel kicked a 41-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to extend UA's lead to 10-7. Later, safety Brandon Nash blocked an SDSU punt which Thurman picked up and raced 34 yards for a TD. UA's running game got a kick-start from true freshman Clarence Farmer, whose hard running on 13 totes gained a game-high 95 yards, overshadowing SDSU star Larry Ned (29-85), who the Cats bottled up well enough to keep out of the endzone. Punter Chris Palic stuck one of five kicks inside the 20. UA overcame four turnovers (3 fumbles, 1 INT), but did score the sudden-change points on the blocked punt UA netted 385 yards (5.7 per play), more than doubling its season output in the previous two games Former Wildcat safety Tony Bouie, end Tedy Bruschi and placekicker Steve McLaughlin were noted at halftime for their induction into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
Stanford, which had lost to San Jose State 40-27 on Sept. 9, turned things around to beat No. 5 Texas, 27-24 in its last game... Back-up QB Chris Lewis led a 43-second, 59-yard drive for the winning score, hitting DeRonnie Pitts for a 15-yard TD with a minute left... The Cardinal's 10-1 mark in its last 11 Pac-10 games spans three seasons - the last two games in 1998, a 7-1 mark last season and the 1-0 start this year... QB Randy Fasani, who was injured (knee) vs. Texas, has hooked up with RB Kerry Carter (84 yards vs WSU) and WR Jamien McCullum (75 yards vs. SJSU) for a couple of long passing scores this year. Fasani was the No. 3 QB a year ago, but Joe Brochard signed a pro baseball contract in July and ended the expected competition for the nod this year... Fasani's status for the Arizona game is in question... Total offense (434 ypg) and passing offense (295 ypg) once again are staples of the Cardinal attack, but a 129 ypg rushing effort has been a strong part as well... DeRonnie Pitts has 165 career receptions (20 this year), fourth on the SU all-time chart, and is among national leaders with 6.7 per game... Defensive end Willie Howard, with 38 consecutive starts, brings a defining presence to the Stanford defense. He has 19.5 career sacks and 35 TFL. But OLB Riall Johnson is the true pass rusher in the SU attack. He had 13 sacks a year ago and has 25 career baggings, including three against the Lornhorns... Placekicker Mike Biselli, the first-team all-league pick last year, is 15 for 19 on career FG tries...
Arizona Travel Plans:
The Cats will depart Tucson vis Champion Air charter at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, with scheduled arrival at San Francisco International around 6 p.m. The team will quarter at the Marriott SFO, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway (650-692-9100). The return flight is scheduled to depart following the game, with arrival in Tucson around 9 p.m. Arizona SID Tom Duddleston Jr. and associate SID Richard Paige will accompany the team.
Arizona Coach Dick Tomey:
Tomey, 62, a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees and the NCAA Football Rules Committee, is in his 14th season at UA and is the school=s -- and Hawaii=s -- all-time victories leader. Tomey is No. 8 on the all-time list of Pac-10 conference coaching victories and the leading active coach. He has nine winning seasons and two .500 years in his tenure at Arizona, plus has taken seven teams to bowl games. Tomey=s leadership and recruiting ability have helped Arizona attract players who earned 17 All-America honors during the last decade, plus Arizona had 60 players in the professional ranks during the 1990s. His players have won four Pac-10 defensive Player of the Year awards, five Morris Trophy awards for top league lineman and six major national awards -- Thorpe Award, Outland Trophy, Bronco Nagurski Award, UPI Lineman of the Year, Lou Groza Award and the Mosi Tatupu Award. He is No. 9 among active Division I-A coaches in career victories. Tomey is one of only three coaches to be the all-time victories leader at two schools, joining Bear Bryant (Kentucky/Alabama) and George Welsh (Navy/Virginia). He has suffered only three losing seasons in 23 years as a head coach.
Overall record: 155-105-7 (.593) Pac-10 record: 57-44-4 UA record: 91-59-7 (.603) UA home record: 60-24-2 UA road record: 32-34-2 Winningest Pac-10 Coaches By Conference Victories: 1. Terry Donahue, UCLA (1976-95) 98-51-5 2. Don James, Washington (1975-92) 97-38-2 3. John McKay, USC (1960-75 70-17-3 4. Howard Jones, USC (1925-40) 65-23-12 5. O.E. Hollingberry, WSU (1926-42) 64-43-10 6. John Robinson, USC (1976-82, 93-97) 63-23-3 7. Larry Smith, Arizona (1980-86; USC 87-92) 63-34-4 8. Dick Tomey, Arizona (1987-) 57-44-4 Arizona and the Pac-10 in the 1990s Team W L T Pct. Bowl Record Washington 82 35 1 .699 3-5 Arizona 71 46 1 .606 3-3 UCLA 70 45 0 .608 2-3 Oregon 70 48 0 .593 2-5 USC 68 49 3 .579 3-3 ASU 61 51 0 .545 1-2 Stanford 60 54 2 .526 2-3 California 55 59 1 .483 3-1 WSU 52 61 0 .460 2-1 OSU 29 81 1 .266 0-1
Starting left guard Steven Grace missed the Utah and SDSU games with a left shoulder injury (aggravated vs. Ohio State) and may be out for the year. Starting WR Bobby Wade (shoulder) missed the SDSU game but is probable for Stanford. Starting WR Brad Brennan missed the Utah and SDSU games (hamstring/back) game and played one play vs. OSU. He's questionable for Stanford, which has been the target game for his return... Starting OT Marques McFadden missed the SDSU game with an ankle injury (off-season surgery) and is probable for Stanford. Backup DE Austin Uku (shoulder) is doubtful for Stanford. Starting C Bruce Wiggins (ankle) and TB Larry Croom (shoulder) each were knocked out of the SDSU game but should be ready for Stanford. Reserve DE Aaron Huisman has yet to play because of a concussion in camp. Special teams player Scott McKee (hamstring) missed the Utah and OSU games but returned for SDSU.
Missed starts because of injury: 7 - LG Grace (2), WR Brennan (3), WR Wade (1), OT McFadden (1).
A Guy Named Joe
Senior defensive end Joe Tafoya returned to his natural position this year after spending some time as an interior tackle in 1999. In three games he has 16 tackles (1 for loss), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two passes batted away. In the opener he had two sacks and two tackles for loss among eight hits, knocked down a fourth-down pass on 4th-and-goal at the 2 yard-line, and one sack caused a fumble which UA returned for a score. The Utah work earned him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for Sept. 5. Tafoya was the Cats' sacks leader in 1999 with 10 and the co-leader with 14 tackles for loss in a second-team All-Pac-10 effort.
More Juice in O.J.'s Step
UA quarterback Ortege Jenkins has completed 30 of his last 46 passes after a slow start, and has led UA to two victories as the guy. In the past few years, it used to be if a Wildcat QB got whacked or had trouble, he was out of the game watching the other guy (Keith Smith or O.J.) give it a go. Not so in 2000. Jenkins has the reins, and made some moves vs. SDSU, completing 19 passes for 200 yards and a TD - the third-most completions in his career. He is one of 23 senior QB candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Jenkins was a 1997 Pac-10 freshman record holder (19 TD throws), a 1998 big-play icon (somersault TD at Washington) and a 1999 thrower with 61 percent accuracy and a 144.72 efficiency rating. In the face of some rugged pressure against Ohio State, Jenkins kept getting up after knock-downs or sacks and completed 11 of his last 17 passes. Jenkins' 4,200 career yards in total offense is No. 7 on UA's all-time list. With 3,925 career passing yards, he's No. 6 on the career chart.
Arizona ranks 21st nationally in rushing defense and part of that comes from improved depth up front. The Cats had 19 tackles from its defensive linemen against San Diego State and helped lead another goal-line stand, turning SDSU away from a 1st-and-goal at the UA 1 yard-line without any points (missed FG). UA also did a good job keeping Aztec star Larry Ned's yardage (29 carries, 85 yards) mostly in between the 30s. In his first start since 1998 (redshirted last year), DT Anthony Thomas had five hits including three for losses against SDSU, while DE Idris Haroon (5), DE Johnny Jackson (4), DE Joe Tafoya (3), DT Ben Alualu (1), DT Young Thompson (1) and DT Keoni Fraser (1) each had tackles. Four of those guys start, but eight of them (including DE Alex Luna) play. UA has 11 sacks. Against Utah, the team had six for minus-63 yards, including two caused fumbles that UA turned into points.
Farm Aid for Tailbacks
True freshman tailback Clarence Farmer made the most of some extensive work against San Diego State, averaging 7.3 yards per pop for 95 yards on 13 carries. He hit holes and hit would-be tacklers, dragging some guys for extra yardage. He gives UA a more physical presence than starters Leo Mills or Larry Croom. All give UA a chance. Croom hit for 7.6 yard per play against the Aztecs while Mills added 5.2. Combined they put the position at 27 carries for 180 yards during the game.
Sophomore inside linebacker Lance Briggs is still learning the trade, but has emphasized that his move from freshman fullback to a natural linebacker spot was only a question of time. He's the team leader with 33 total tackles and intercepted his first pass against SDSU, tacking on a 17-yard return. He also added three tackles for loss among eight total. Against Utah, Briggs had five tackles on the Utes' first nine plays from scrimmage, and finished with a game-high 16 tackles including one for a loss. On 14 running plays when he had solo or assisted tackles, the Utes netted just 40 yards.
UA needed some help from its depth against SDSU and the line responded by helping the Cats double the season offensive production. Senior Makai Freitas had some snap-count trouble in his first career start (filling in for injured Marques McFadden), but acquitted himself well on the right side. Aaron Higginbotham had his second start filling in for injured Steven Grace and has improved. Darren Safranek saw considerable duty at center and OT vs. SDSU. The unit allowed only one sack on 31 pass attempts vs. SDSU, compared to a few earlier when Ohio State pierced the group with eight sacks (the since No. 3-ranked Washington had eight in a 1991 victory in Seattle, 54-0). Like everyone else on offense, the line, considered an Arizona strength, is developing depth and getting used to each other and new skill-position players.
Thur-Good Marshall Wades In
Freshman WR Andrae Thurman caught six balls for 82 yards in his first real piece of playing time vs. SDSU. Meantime, starter Brandon Marshall added three catches for 28 yards, and Malosi Leonard caught the big one - a TD throw with 57 seconds left in the half. Each is part of a corps that will benefit from the return of Bobby Wade and Brad Brennan from injury. Lance Relford also sees action.Thurman returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Aztecs, as part of special teams on which most receivers are key members. Wade returned a free kick 75 yards for a score against Ohio State, but it was called back by a holding penalty and reduced to a 22-yard return. Three plays later, he caught a short pass and took it through traffic for a 60-yard score. The play was a career-long effort for him and QB Ortege Jenkins. Wade caught a bombs-away pass from Keith Smith as time expired for a 42-yard touchdown at Washington State last year to give Arizona a victory.
Hitting the B-Man
Senior tight end Brandon Manumaleuna returned to the fold with four catches for 39 yards against SDSU. He had no receptions entering the game, though remained a key part of the Cats' rushing game and pass protection. All four of his receptions against the Aztecs came on first downs. The turn-around emphasized three improvements: getting open, good pass protection, and Ortege Jenkins' patience.
Secondary Steps Up
Trial by fire has helped UA develop what appears to be a quality young secondary. New cornerbacks Michael Jolivette and David Hinton and safety Brandon Nash have acquitted themselves well in coverage and run support, joining the elder in the secondary, sophomore free safety Jarvie Worcester. (Worcester had seven starts in 1999.) Jolivette, Hinton and Nash have interceptions and each more on effort than serendipitous right-place-right-time stuff. LB Lance Briggs gave the Cats a fourth pick against SDSU. The team had a total of five interceptions in 1999.
UA has 11 sacks and added two names to the list of sackers with plays vs. SDSU by LB Lance Briggs and DT Keoni Fraser. Against Utah, the Cats notched six sacks for minus-63 yards, including two caused fumbles that UA turned into points. Another stopped a fourth-down try with the game still in doubt with 10 minutes remaining. In all vs. the Utes, UA recorded 15 tackles for losses of 74 yards. Against Ohio State the Cats recorded five more TFL. Against SDSU it was 13 more tackles for loss. Joining leaders Joe Tafoya (2) and Joe Siofele (2) with sacks are whip linebacker Austin Uku, strong safety Brandon Nash, end Idris Haroon, tackle Young Thompson, tackle Keoni Fraser and backup strong safety Zaharius Johnson.
Backup cornerback Anthony Banks filled in for injured Bobby Wade as the punt returner against San Diego State and might not be a bad choice for the role. He was listed No. 10 nationally in the category after the game with a 20.0 average on four returns. His returns, all over 10 yards and including one 45-yard effort, gave UA field position at its own 26, 31 and 49 yard-lines, plus the long one to the SDSU 19 yard-line. That means his returns gave Arizona average subsequent starting field position at the UA 49 yard-line. Dick Tomey says a guy with fresh legs as the returner might be a deciding factor in the Wade vs. Banks selection.
Strong safety Brandon Nash got his second career blocked punt against San Diego State, a play which culminated in Andrae Thurman's 34-yard return for a score. It was the Cats' second block of the year. Specialist Peter Hansen got his sixth career place-kick block against Utah on the Utes' final field goal try. He poses a 10-foot barrier: Hansen is 6-foot-8, was a letterman on Arizona's basketball team last year, and has an outstanding vertical leap. Last year Hansen had three of the six kicks Arizona blocked. The Cats had 14 in the 1998-99 and appear to be in tune for 2000. Another on the squad who has blocked a kick is DE Joe Tafoya. Arizona had 37 blocks in the last decade and puts strong emphasis on the effort.
What a Pal
Punter Chris Palic had a career-high 11 punts against Ohio State and a then-high 10 punts at Utah. He has done an outstanding and unselfish job of keeping UA's defense in decent starting field position. He put three inside the 20 in each of the first two games and one vs. SDSU. The Aztecs returned one of five punts for three yards and UA netted out at 38.4 yards. The Buckeyes had one long return (47 yards) to hurt the net figure (35.8). He's kicked four rugby-style punts this year including left-footers against the Buckeyes and Aztecs. The rugby kicks are accomplished on the run to either his right or left out of the personal-protector's pocket. The move causes some consternation and re-alignment by the return unit because one day he might not kick the ball... Two kicks have been mishandled and Arizona recovered one of those and turned it into seven points shortly afterward. Palic is a member of the 2000 American Football Coaches Good Works Team for outstanding athletic, scholarship and community service.
Three Won't Do it
Arizona has allowed two opponents only three points each, one reason the Cats are No. 12 nationally in scoring defense 11.0). The Cats have allowed one rushing touchdown (by Ohio State), two reception scores (OSU) and four field goals.
Red Zone Offense and Defense:
Arizona slipped a bit against San Diego State with two turnovers and a missed FG inside the 20 yard-line, to go 1-5 on the night. The last unsuccessful foray was not really so: it was eat-the-clock until the game's over. SDSU had a field goal on two trips. UA scored a touchdown on its lone RZ penetration against Ohio State. Ohio State had two touchdowns and two FGs on its four trips. UA scored a TD in two red zone trips at Utah, and the unsuccessful foray was a fourth-down rush in a clock-eat mode at 1:43 remaining. On the other side, UA was superb and turned back Utah four times in its visits to the Cats' 16, 11, 2 and 19 yard-lines. UA has had two 1st-and-goal defensive stops for zero points by opponents.
Arizona in the Red Zone:
8 trips, 3 TD, 0 FG 1st-and-Goal: 2 (2 TD) 38% scoring, 38% TD (discounting two intentional missed penetrations, UA is 3-6 with 3 TD) Opponents in the Zone:
10 trips, 2 TD, 3 FG 1st-and-Goal: 5 (2 TD, 1 FG) 50% scoring, 25% TD
Arizona opened the year with good effort in years in terms of ball handling, creating turnovers and taking advantage of sudden change, then botched a bit with three lost fumbles and an interception against SDSU. Still, Arizona is handling "sudden change" better than opponents, with 30 points to 6 after miscues. The Cats are +4 in turnovers. Against San Diego State a blocked punt return (not officially counted as a turnover) helped the Cats score 7 quick points. Against Ohio State, UA turned a fumbled punt into a quick touchdown. At Utah, the Cats recovered third-quarter fumbles after jarring sacks by Joe Tafoya and Idris Haroon, with whip linebacker Adrian Koch putting points up on a scoop-and-score effort following the first, and the Cats' Sean Keel kicking a 44-yard field goal after the second. UA scored a safety against the Buckeyes on a bad pitch from QB Steve Bellisari.
2000 Turnovers: Arizona 5, Opponents 9
2000 Miscue points: Arizona 30, Opponents 6 (Includes turnover-, blocked/botched kicks-possessions, safeties)
Cats On the Web
Arizona football information and information on all University of Arizona athletic programs is available online through a World Wide Web site developed in cooperation with the Total College Sports Network (TCSN) of Raleigh, N.C. (www.totalsports.net). The Arizona URL is http://www.arizcats.com. KNST Radio=s' broadcasts of Arizona games are netcast on the Internet, reachable through Yahoo's broadcast.com ( http://www.broadcast.com/sports/ncaa/Arizona/Football/) or www.KNST.com. Additionally, all of Arizona's home games and select road games can be tracked live at the UA web site through TCSN's programming features.
Dick Tomey on Pac-10 Teleconferences:
Media can obtain phone number by calling the Pac-10 Office, 925-932-4411, or the UA media relations office. The conferences feature each Pac-10 coach in succession and begin at 9:30 a.m. (10 minutes each: Price, Erickson, Willingham, Holmoe, Neuheisel, Snyder, Bellotti, Hackett, Toledo, Tomey.)
Tomey's sessions: Tuesday, Sept. 26 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Oct. 10 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Oct. 24 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Nov. 7 12:05 a.m. MST/11:05 PST
Arizona in the National Statistical Rankings: Punt Returns (18.7) 9th NCAA 1st Pac-10 Scoring Defense (11.0) 12th NCAA 3rd Pac-10 Rushing Defense (77.7) 21st NCAA 3rd Pac-10 Anthony Banks -PR (20.0) 10th NCAA-tie 1st Pac-10 Turnovers Gained (9) 9th NCAA-tie 2nd Pac-10 Turnover Margin (1.33) 15th NCAA 1st Pac-10 Fumble Recoveries (5.0) 11th NCAA-tie 2nd Pac-10 Passes Intercepted (4) 15th NCAA-tie 1st Pac-10