Arizona Football Schedule/Results Date Opponent (*-Pac-10) Time/Score Sept. 2 at Utah (ESPN2) 17-3 41,352 Sept. 9 No. 16 Ohio State (FSN) 17-27 57,367 Sept. 16 San Diego St. (KWBA) 17-3 44,973 Sept. 30 *at Stanford (KW/FSNA) 27-3 31,165 Oct. 7 *at No. 18 USC (ABC) 31-15 49,342 Oct. 14$ *Wash. St. (KWBA) 3OT 53-47 50,350 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)
Game Tickets: 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 Oregon game is a Fox Sports Net national cable production. TV for the UW game is TBA, but the rest of the schedule has been set for either ABC or Fox Sports Net.
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 KOY/1230-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 www.arizcats.com
Cats and Ducks in Tilt at the Turn The Game: The Arizona Wildcats (5-1, 3-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference, No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) travel to the Emerald Empire to meet the No. 7-ranked (AP) Oregon Ducks (5-1, 3-0) on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Eugene. (Oregon is No. 11 in the coaches' poll.) Kickoff in 41,698-seat Autzen Stadium is set for 7:15 p.m. The game will be cablecast nationally by Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey and Lisa Malosky describing the action. The game is sold out and with SRO tickets Oregon has averaged 44,691 for its four home games.
Some Game Themes: It's obviously a game of consequence for the early Pac-10 race as the league's undefeated leaders face off to conclude the first half of the conference schedule. A hard-hitting rivalry featuring the league's winningest programs in the last seven years (UA 59-30, UO 58-31) An early prize: the victor becomes bowl eligible Arizona takes its shot at the Ducks' 18-game home winning streak, and takes its own 2-0 league road record into Autzen Stadium UA head coach Dick Tomey hasn't led his teams to a victory in Eugene (0-4), the only league venue where he hasn't done so The game presents a match-up of the Cats' league-best rushing defense against Oregon's league-best rushing offense Arizona's offense, meantime, faces a stiff challenge in the league's No. 1 total defense and scoring defense The Cats' highest ranked opponent since facing No. 3 Penn State in the '99 opener
The Series: Arizona trails by a slim margin, 13-12. The Ducks have won five of the last six, including a 44-41 shootout in Tucson last year. UO has beaten Arizona in the last four Autzen Stadium games, including the most recent, a 16-9 victory in 1997. The Cats last beat UO in Eugene with a 37-17 victory 14 years ago in 1986. UA is 4-8 in games played in Oregon, including a 15-6 victory in Portland in 1961. The series dates to 1937 when UA beat UO 20-6 in Tucson.
The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 14th year at Arizona (95-59-4) and 24th overall (158-105-7). He is the coaching victories leader at two schools -- Arizona and Hawaii. He is 4-6 against Oregon, all while at Arizona. Oregon--Mike Bellotti (UC Davis '73), 6th year at UO (44-20) and 11th year overall (67-45-2). Bellotti is 4-1 against Arizona.
Last Week: Washington State - Wildcats 53, Cougars 47
Arizona and Washington State socked it out with the Cats emerging after a four-hour, three-overtime battle with a 53-47 victory to remain unbeaten in Pac-10 play. UA's normally staunch defense gave up some big plays, but also came up with a couple of big ones to help win the game, notably Michael Jolivette's interception toward the end of regulation and Antonio Pierce's interception at the goal line in the final overtime period to end the game. Both teams moved the ball well, gaining exactly 490 yards each. Some missed conversions factored into the tie at regulation and the eventual score, as WSU missed a PAT kick and a two-point try during the first 30 minutes and Arizona failed twice in the second half and once in overtime going for two. Ortege Jenkins (3) and WSU's Jason Gesser (6) put up a lot of points throwing TD passes, but Jenkins scored once running the ball, on a 25-yard scamper in the first overtime period. Arizona's ball security (no lost fumbles) and ball awareness (three fumbles recovered) proved critical, as the Cats came out 2/5 in turnover margin, weathering a couple of Jenkins' interceptions, the first time he'd thrown two since his freshman year. Tailback Leo Mills had a hot start in his rotation appearance and finished the game as the guy in the backfield and the game's top rusher, with a career-high 129 yards on 19 totes. Wide receivers Bobby Wade (14) and Brandon Marshall (56) had scoring catches and Malosi Leonard had an 11-yard catch for a first down to give UA a shot at the winning score in the final stanza. Wade finished on the receiving end of 112 of Jenkins' 236 passing yards.
Noting the Ducks: Oregon brings the league's longest conference winning streak -- 9 games - to the table (UA is next at 3) The Ducks' No. 7 ranking (and UA's No. 21) in the AP poll makes the game the first for the Cats featuring two ranked teams since the Pigskin Classic opener last year (Penn State No. 3, UA No. 4) The Ducks ranking in the AP poll is its highest in history, tying the Oct. 27, 1964 No. 7 rating UO tailback Maurice Morris, a junior college recruit, comes as advertised. He's averaging 118 yards per game and has helped give Oregon the best rushing figure (181.3) in the league UO quarterback Joey Harrington and UA's Ortege Jenkins are throwing a touchdown pass every 19 attempts UO middle linebacker Matt Smith has three of the Ducks' eight interceptions. Smith also leads in tackles with 44 Defensive linemen Saul Patu (4.5) and Jason Nikolao (4) lead in sacks and are part of the reason the UO front will be the strongest test of the year for Arizona. But the Ducks are also third nationally in pass efficiency defense and the league's top-rated overall defensive unit Oregon's kickoff return unit (25.4) gets its boost from tailback Allan Amundson (25.6), who rates 13th in the country Oregon's home winning streak is the nation's second best behind Florida State (32). UO passed Kansas State (25) on the active list when KSU lost to Oklahoma last Saturday. The streak is the third best in conference history behind California (26 from 1919-23) and USC (20 from 1927-29) the Ducks' offensive line has allowed only five sacks in its six games and did not suffer the incident at USC last week. In contrast, UA's young group has allowed 16 sacks Oregon's leading receiver in terms of touchdown receptions is its tight end, Justin Peelle, with three. He has a 17.8 yards per catch mark on 12 receptions
Arizona Travel Plans The team departs Tucson at 2 p.m. Friday, with scheduled arrival in Eugene at 5 p.m. The team plans a closed walk-through at Autzen Stadium before checking into its headquarters at the Valley River Inn (541-687-0123). Arizona SID Tom Duddleston 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. He is the all-time victories leader at Arizona and the University of Hawaii. 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. He has been a feature of Arizona football while 27 counterparts have been head coaches at the other nine Pac-10 schools. He is the only coach in school history to win a Provost's Award for outstanding accomplishments in teaching. 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: 158-105-7 (.594) Pac-10 record: 59-44-4 UA record: 95-59-4 (.605) UA home record: 61-24-2 UA road record: 34-34-2 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-) 60-44-4 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 center Bruce Wiggins (ankle) and starting LT Makoa Freitas (foot) missed the Stanford/USC/WSU games. Wiggins is doubtful for Oregon because of the artificial playing surface, Dick Tomey says. Freitas had surgery Oct. 12 and is out for the year. Starting defensive end Idris Haroon (torn pectoral vs. WSU) is questionable for Oregon. Backup DE Austin Uku (shoulder) missed the WSU game and is questionable for UO. Starting left guard Steven Grace, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1999, missed the Utah/SDSU/Stanford games with a shoulder injury (aggravated vs. Ohio State) and had surgery Oct. 3. He is out for the year. Missed starts because of injury: 14 - LG Grace (3), WR Brennan (3), C Bruce Wiggins (3), OT Makoa Freitas (3), WR Wade (1), OT McFadden (1). (Note: McFadden is now considered the starter at LG rather than Grace.)
A Guy Named Joe
Senior defensive end Joe Tafoya has two scoring plays - jarring hits on sacks which caused fumbles that Arizona recovered for scoop-and-score returns of 10 yards (Adrian Koch at Utah) and 32 yards (Idris Haroon at Stanford). He returned to his natural position this year after spending some time as an interior tackle in 1999. In six games he has 25 tackles (8 for losses, best on the team), two forced fumbles, 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.
Haroon the Harpoon
Senior defensive end Idris Haroon has some sharp plays this year. Against USC, he helped hold the Trojans to 15 points and 10 yards rushing with four tackles, including one sack that caused a fumble he recovered on the USC 19 yard-line to set up Arizona's final touchdown. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after his efforts helped UA beat Stanford. He returned a fumble 32 yards for a score and had a sack and two other tackles as UA limited the Cardinal to three points and 68 yards rushing. His pectoral muscle pull against WSU puts him in questionable status for the Oregon game.
All Bruced Up
Senior center Bruce Wiggins missed action in the last three games. As the starter for two-plus seasons, his loss has an effect on UA's offense. He had started 28 consecutive games before the miss, and played in seven games as a reserve center and tackle in 1997. Arizona's offensive production during his tenure has been superlative and he consistently has graded well in the trenches. UA used a new offensive line in its first three league games and might be without Wiggins for the Oregon game. True freshman center Reggie Sampay started for Wiggins, backup Darren Safranek started for injured left tackle Makoa Freitas, right tackle Marques McFadden started at left guard for ill Aaron Higginbotham who had started two games for injured Steven Grace, and Makai Freitas started for McFadden at right tackle. Right guard Kevin Barry did his normal thing. The work of Safranek, Sampay and Makai Freitas in three victories has been one of those nice college football stories. "If you had told me before that season that we'd be without Grace, Wiggins and Makoa for more than a few minutes, I would have thought it was going to be really difficult." coach Dick Tomey says. Actually, it has been difficult and the learning curve was boosted against WSU, but line coach Charlie Dickey and QB Ortege Jenkins get credit from Tomey for helping the new guys play well. The new line has allowed seven sacks in the last four games - 2 vs. WSU, 4 at USC, 0 at Stanford and 1 to SDSU - after Ohio State had teed off for eight.
Squeezing the Most Out of It
Fifth-year senior quarterback Ortege Jenkins has helped lead Arizona to a 5-1 record, his best statistic and indicative of his value to the club. He's a winner. He's 14-6 as the starter in his four-year career. The 2000 season is his first as the sole proprietor of the position, and it's been an interesting ride to date. A record of 3-0 on the road underscores his best feature so far: do what it takes and take what you get. He weathered a 3-for-21 start in the first game and a half to improve to 50 percent on the season. He's No. 3 in the league in points responsible for with 66 and has led UA to four consecutive victories, three of those with a patched-up offensive line in front of him. 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. Against WSU he threw for three scores and ran for another and finished with 236 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. Against SDSU he completed 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. Jenkins' 4,697 career total offense yardage is No. 6, as is his 4,359 career passing yards. He has 40 career touchdown passes, No. 5 on the UA chart and six short of tying a record set by Tom Tunnicliffe 17 years ago in 1983.
Michael J. the Fox
Redshirt freshman cornerback Michael Jolivette is a sly defender in the secondary. He's third nationaly with five interceptions. The entire team had that total in 1999. His interception on a deep ball in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter gave Arizona a shot at winning the game in regulation against WSU. Earlier, his jarring sack on a blitz caused a fumble that Alex Luna picked up and raced 17 yards for a score. He had one other tackle and knocked down a pass in the game. This was a week after he was named Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his two interceptions at USC. Trial by fire has helped UA develop what appears to be a quality young secondary. The group has seven of UA's 11 interceptions. Redshirt freshmen cornerbacks Jolivette and David Hinton, redshirt soph safety Brandon Nash join the elder in the secondary, sophomore free safety Jarvie Worcester. (Worcester had seven starts in 1999.) Junior college transfer Jermaine Chatman earned a start over Hinton vs. WSU. Jolivette (5), Hinton and Nash have interceptions and each on effort rather than simply being in the right place at the right time. UA has good depth, too, with safeties Zaharius Johnson and Clay Hardt and corners David Laudermilk and Anthony Banks also seeing playing time. LB Lance Briggs (2) , OLB Alex Luna and LB Antonio Pierce have the other picks for the Cats. In all, the team has broken up 49 passes (11 interceptions, 38 PBU).
Backup defensive end Alex Luna continues to contribute when on the field. Against Washington State, he picked up a fumble and rambled 17 yards for the first touchdown of his career after Michael Jolivette's jarring sack. He has 10 tackles including two for losses and a sack (USC), a pass interception (Stanford) and a pass break-up.
Sophomore Sean Keel has given Arizona a place kicking weapon it needs - consistency. His 52-yard field goal attempt vs. WSU hit the upright, but proved his range has expanded and by all respects was a good kick. He's hitting at .714 accuracy and gives UA a dependable source of points. Arizona's success in the red zone - 11 touchdowns in 19 trips - has reduced Keel's opportunities, which is good. He's made five of seven tries and all 17 of his PAT kicks. He knocked a 29-yarder home at USC. He stepped up and booted field goals of 33 and 35 yards at Stanford. He added a 41-yard make against SDSU (and missed a 36-yard effort). He booted a 44-yard field goal on his first try of the year at Utah. After UA's 6-19 season in that regard in 1999, Keel's working on a 10-15 career mark. The Utah kick was the longest of his career.
Peter Hansen did it again recently - and Antonio Pierce did it for the first time. They each blocked an extra-point kick at USC. Pierce's spoiled USC's bid for any halftime momentum, as the deflation left USC down 21-6. Hansen's came with scant minutes left in the game and emphasized UA's 60-minute effort. The blocks gave Arizona four this year. Strong safety Brandon Nash got his second career blocked punt against San Diego State, a play that culminated in Andrae Thurman's 34-yard return for a score. Hansen has seven career blocks. He notched his sixth place-kick block against Utah on the Utes' final field goal try. He poses a 13-foot barrier: Hansen is 6-foot-8, was a letterman on Arizona's basketball team last year, and has an outstanding vertical leap and reach. Last year Hansen had three of the six kicks Arizona blocked. The Cats had 14 in 1998-99 and appear to be in tune for 2000. Another on the squad who has blocked a kick is DE Joe Tafoya (FG, Middle Tennessee State, '99). Arizona has 41 blocks in the past 11 years and puts strong emphasis on the effort.
Sophomore tailback Leo Mills saw his first extended duty against Washington State after it became evident he had a hot hand and was slipping and slashing through holes. He gained a career-high 129 yards on 19 carries and scored UA's final two touchdowns in overtime. Mills and nominal starter Clarence Farmer share time with sophomore Larry Croom in rotation duty in the backfield. Mills' 100-yard effort was the first of his career. True freshman Farmer had back-to-back 100-yard games against Stanford and USC, and picked up 51 tough yards against the Cougars. He had 134 yards on 22 carries and an 80-yard TD run at Tailback U. He did a similar job on The Farm with 116 yards at Stanford (18 carries) to give him his first three-digit day. He's carving some new territory for true freshman backs at UA - Hubert Oliver in 1977 was the only UA running back to have two 100-yard rushing games in a season, though QB Ronald Veal pulled it off in 1987. He is the first true-freshman running back to run for 100 yards since Vance Johnson rushed 24 times for 183 yards against Fresno State in 1981. Against San Diego State, he averaged 7.3 yards per pop for 95 yards on 13 carries. True freshman Anthony Fulcher saw his first action at Stanford, playing on kickoff units and rushing twice. The four backs give Arizona's tailback position 896 yards on 190 carries - 4.7 yards per tote.
Sophomore kicker Chris Gray is one of the Cats' unknown players. He kicks off, and then the other dudes take over. But he's been doing a fine job of it, with a variety in his arsenal - corner shots inside the 5 yard-line, hangers at the goal line, or the deep touch-back blast. Opponents have a modest 21.6 yards per return on 19 tries. Eleven of his kickoffs have not been returned.
Sophomore WR Bobby Wade had a UA season-high 112 yards on six receptions (tying the season high by Andrae Thurman) against WSU, including a 14-yard scoring catch, a 40-yard grab to set up a touchdown and a 24-yard snag on 3rd-and-16. But Malosi Leonard made the catch of the night, leaping for an 11-yard connection on 3rd-and-9 in overtime to give Arizona a shot at the winning score. Brandon Marshall put UA on the scoreboard for the first time, catching a 56-yard bomb from Ortege Jenkins in the first quarter. Backup H-back Mike Detwiler also had a big catch, his career first, a one-yard shotput from OJ to tie the game at 33 in regulation. Meantime, wide receiver Gary Love, a redshirt freshman who sees considerable action on kicking units, earned Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after the WSU game, during which he kept busy with six kickoff returns for 145 yards and two tackles on the punt and kickoff units.
Arizona ranks fifth nationally in rushing defense and much of that comes from improved depth up front and an emphasis on the concept. WSU did some good things in the second half to finish with 101 net yards, the same figure as Ohio State, the only other team to rush for more than 100 against UA this year. UA held USC to 10 net rushing yards. The Cats held Stanford to 68 net yards. The Cats have shown physical stopping power and a tendency to swarm the ball. Both USC and Stanford had 1st-and-goal opportunities and had to settle for field goals. The team leaders in tackles for loss are guys up front - DE Joe Tafoya (8) and DT Anthony Thomas (7). 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), Thomas had five hits including three for losses against SDSU. Tafoya, Thomas, DE Idris Haroon and DT Keoni Fraser have started each game, while DT Young Thompson, DT Ben Alualu, DE Alex Luna and DE Johnny Jackson play in the rotation. UA has allowed only two rushing TDs this year.
Arizona is among national leaders (3rd) in turnover ratio with a 2.17 per-game margin. UA is first with 25 total turnovers gained, second in the country with 14 fumble recoveries, and ninth with 11 interceptions. Physical ball-jarring play was a heavy off-season emphasis. The turnover business, at +13, is a welcome feature of 2000 Wildcat football. When the ball's on the ground, UA appears to be the team most ready to get it, too. UA has recovered 14 of opponents' 17 fumbles. If it's in the air, the Arizona secondary has shown it breaks on the ball well, has an eye for the pick and can make tackles.
Senior inside linebacker Antonio Pierce is second on the team with 37 hits and has six tackles for loss, three knocked down passes, a blocked kick, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an overtime-ending interception. The latter play came at the goal line in the WSU game. At USC he led the way with nine tackles, a pass breakup and the blocked PAT kick. His physical play set the tone for the Troy rushing game on the first series - two tackles on USC runs gaining two yards. He notched the first sack at Stanford to set the tone for UA's defensive effort. He and Lance Briggs (team-best 55 tackles) give UA a pair of inside players with hunger for the hit. Shelton Ross is the third 'backer in the Cats rotation and has 11 tackles. The fourth inside linebacker, walk-on Trevor Wilde, had his first career sack at USC. They all like to hit.
What a Pal
Punter Chris Palic had a career-high 11 punts against Ohio State and a then-high 10 punts at Utah. He had five against San Diego State, seven at Stanford, eight at USC and eight vs. WSU. It's a busy job as UA works through some injury adversity in the offensive line. Palic has done an outstanding and unselfish job of keeping UA's defense in decent starting field position. In the last four games, opponents total punt return yardage is 30 yards on 10 returns. At Palo Alto he helped UA start with average field position at its 37 yard-line while Stanford started at its 23. He put three punts inside the 20 in each of the first two games, one vs. SDSU, and two each vs. Stanford, USC and WSU -- 27 percent (13) of his punts put opponents inside the 20. He has 49 punts and only one touchback. The Buckeyes had one long return (47 yards) to hurt the season net figure (36.3. Palic has kicked five rugby-style punts this year including left-footers against the Buckeyes and Aztecs. Two of his kicks have been fumbled and Arizona recovered one of those. Palic is a member of the 2000 American Football Coaches Good Works Team for outstanding athletic, scholarship and community service.
3 x 3
Arizona allowed three opponents only three points each, then did the triple overtime deal with WSU to allow the Cougs 47 points. It dropped UA 14 spots to No. 20 nationally in scoring defense (16.3). UA has allowed two rushing TDs (Ohio State), nine TD passes (6 by WSU, 2 by Ohio State, 1 by USC), five field goals, and the offense gave up six on an interception return. Goal-line defense has been a big help. Opponents have had eight 1st-and-goal opportunities and only 32 of a potential 56 points.
UA has 22 quarterback sacks and added three new names to the list of sackers vs. WSU with a fumble-causing hit by CB Michael Jolivette (Alex Luna scoop and score), a hit by corner Jermaine Chatman and another by LB Antonio Pierce. That gives the Cats 18 different players involved in sacking the opposing QB this year. 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. Joining team leaders Joe Tafoya and Idris Haroon (3) with sacks are Joe Siofele (2), Alex Luna, Anthony Thomas, Tony Thompson/Johnny Jackson, Trevor Wilde, Adrian Koch, Austin Uku, Brandon Nash, Young Thompson, Keoni Fraser, Jermaine Chatman, Michael Jolivette, Antonio Pierce, Lance Briggs and Zaharius Johnson.
Arizona Game-by-Game Starters Offense WR LT LG C RG RT TE QB TB RB/TE/WR WR/H-Back PK at Utah Leonard Makoa Freitas Higg. Wiggins Barry McFadden Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Hugo-TE Wnek-H Keel Ohio St Marshall Makoa Freitas Grace Wiggins Barry McFadden Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Thurman-W Wade-W Keel SDSU Leonard Makoa Freitas Higg. Wiggins Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Marshall-W Wnek-H Keel At Stan Leonard Safranek McF.Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Farmer-RB Wnek-H Keel At USC Leonard Safranek McF.Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Farmer Brennan-W Wade-W Keel Vs. WSU Leonard Safranek McF.Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Farmer Brennan-W Wade-W Keel Defense DE DT DT DE OLB ILB ILB CB SS FS CB Punt at Utah Tafoya Fraser Thompson Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic Ohio St Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic SDSU Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At Stan Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At USC Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic Vs. WSU Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Chatman Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic Offensive/Defensive Game-by-Game Team Totals Game Rushing Passing Total Opp Rush Opp Pass Opp Total TO's/Opp TO's Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG At Utah 39-135-1 3-15-11-0-0 54-146-1*-1 39-60-0 21-51-310-2-0 90-370-0-1 0/5 Ohio State 39-57-1 11-23-137-0-1 62-194-2-0 40-101-1 12-20-240-1-2 60-341-3-1 1/3 San Diego St. 36-185-0 19-31-200-1-1 67-385-2**-1 37-72-0 15-29-1-0 66-196-0-1 4/1 At Stanford 46-192-1 12-23-198-1-1 69-390-3*-2 30-68-0 14-32-2-0 68-245-0-1 3/6 At USC 44-117-3 7-13-136-1-1 57-253-4-1 27-10-1 26-50-321-3-1 77-331-2-0 2/5 Vs. WSU 57-254-4 15-31-236-2-3 88-490-7*-0 34-112-0 19-36-348-2-6 71-490-6%-0 2/5 (*-plus one fum ret TD; **-plus one blocked punt return TD; %-plus one INT return TD)
Red Zone Offense and Defense:
Arizona is doing a good job in red zone offense and defense. The Cats were 5-for-5, all touchdowns, against Washington State, including three crucial OT plays. (WSU was 3-4). At USC the Cats scored two touchdowns and a field goal in three penetrations. USC had two TD and a field goal in five trips. A 1-for-5 night vs. San Diego State on Sept. 16 skewed UA's red-zone offensive numbers. Arizona had two turnovers and a missed FG inside the 20 yard-line against the Aztecs. At Stanford UA was 3-for-4 and held Stanford to one foray and a field goal. 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: 19 trips, 11 TD, 3 FG=74% scoring, 58% TD, 1st-and-Goal: 10 (9 TD, 1 FG)
Opponents in the Zone: 20 trips, 7 TD, 1 FG=40% scoring, 35% TD, 1st-and-Goal: 8 (3 TD, 3 FG)
Arizona has been enjoying plenty of sudden-change opportunities. The Cats are No. 1 in the country with 25 turnovers gained and third nationally in turnover margin (2.17). Ten takeaways in the last two games (5 at USC, 5 vs. WSU) helped the production, and UA had scores after three of them. Arizona capitalized at Stanford for 20 turnover points. One botched game was three lost fumbles and an interception against SDSU. Still, Arizona is handling sudden change better than opponents, with 66 points to 26 after miscues. The Cats are +13 in turnovers. UA returned a fumble for a TD against Washington State, its third such play of the year (also Utah, Stanford). 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.
Turnovers: Arizona 12, Opponents 25 Miscue points: Arizona 66, Opponents 26 (Includes turnover-, blocked/botched kicks-possessions, safeties)
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NOTES: The Cats' battle with WSU dropped the club out of the Top 25 in total defense and pass efficiency defense This week, QBs Joey Harrington of Oregon and Ortege Jenkins of UA are Nos. 2-3 in the league in 'points responsible for' at 78 and 66, respectively
UA Quarterback Ortege Jenkins - Career Game-by-Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int TC Yds TD Notes Jenkins - 1997 UAB No. 3 QB 0 1 0 0 0 2 11 0 mop-up duty, 2 positions at UCLA No. 2 QB 9 15 96 1 0 5 -6 0 in relief SDSU W, 31-28 17 32 285 3 0 11 28 0 first start; 56-yard TD Stanford W, 28-22 18 34 167 4 1 11 23 0 4-for-4 TD in red zone Washington L, 28-58 22 46 348 1 1 8 -39 0 directed 445 yards total offense Wash State L, 34-35 OT 20 42 246 4 0 12 8 1 Responsible for 5 TDs Oregon State W, 27-7 18 33 238 3 0 2 2 1 to No. 4 UA season TD throws California W, 41-38 2OT 4 11 95 0 1 3 -7 0 started, 2 scoring drives ASU W, 28-16 7 19 194 3 2 11 33 0 37-, 40-, 29-yd TD throws New Mexico 1 series 0 4 0 0 1 3 -14 0 Senior Brady Batten started and went most of the way Jenkins -- 1998 at Hawaii W, 27-6 3 11 19 0 0 2 -1 0 Thwarted drives in his 6 series at Stanford entered trailing 8 14 158 1 0 7 25 0 2 scoring drives; 6 series vs. Iowa increased lead 4 10 118 0 0 5 17 0 2 score drives, 7 series, 76-yd pass at SDSU 5 series 6 9 75 1 1 4 13 0 40-yd pass off scramble at Wash 8; winning drive 10 19 111 1 0 5 13 1 flip-flop TD to win game at 0:04 UCLA L, 52-28 14 30 260 1 1 8 26 0 11 series; 3rd-most yds in career at Oregon State W, 28-7 4 6 22 0 0 2 -12 0 4 series, opened lead at 7-0 vs. NLU 4+ series 7 12 62 1 0 2 16 0 2 scoring drives, 14-yard run vs. Oregon 6 series 1 4 8 0 0 4 -7 0 1 scoring drive vs. WSU 3+ series 5 7 68 0 0 2 2 0 11-play, 89-yard scoring drive at Cal 5 series 5 9 50 0 1 5 0 0 '2-minute' drive for long FG at half ASU 8 series 3 11 60 0 1 10 64 1 led team on drives for 24 pts Nebraska 4 series 1 4 15 0 0 5 -18 0 2 plays on winning drive Jenkins -- 1999 at Penn State 8 series 8 14 104 1 0 11 16 0 led team on lone scoring drive at TCU 9, come-back 5 9 163 2 1 15 -20 0 21-point flurry 3rd Q; 2-pt PAT run, WR on winning drive vs. MTSU W, 34-19 16 23 118 1 0 4 21 1 zero-turnover direction; 8-yard TD run; 10 series vs. Stanford L, 22-50 15 23 200 3 0 10 -63 0 sixth 3-plus TD game in his career; 11 series at WSU W, 30-24 6 8 61 0 0 3 -6 0 1st scoring drive; 3 series vs. USC 1 series 0 1 0 0 0 2 -7 0 1 reception, +/- 10 plays at WR vs. UTEP 10, come-back 10 17 113 1 1 11 83 1 brought UA back from 14 pts down; 52-yd run vs. Oregon L, 41-44 3 7 45 0 0 5 47 1 7 series, career-long 65-yrd TD run at UCLA 4 series 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 much of game at WR, 2 catches, 25 yds vs. Washington 5 series 12 18 198 1 1 5 3 1 2 score drives, 2-pt PAT pass at Oregon State 6 series 4 9 80 0 1 5 9 0 2 FG drives at ASU played 2 series at WR Jenkins - 2000 At Utah W, 17-3 3 15 11 0 0 9 8 0 not a highlight film but directs to victory; no turnovers vs. Ohio State L, 17-27 11 23 137 1 1 19 4 1 career-long 60-yard TD throw to Bobby Wade; 9-15 2nd half vs. S. Diego St.W, 17-3 19 29 200 1 1 8 5 0 30-46 (65%) last throws; 2-minute drive at half for lead at Stanford W, 27-3 12 22 198 1 1 6 2 0 not sacked; 50-yard TD bomb dropped by receiver at USC W, 31-15 6 12 110 1 1 8 -41 2 career-best 75-yarder to Wade; nifty bootleg running scores vs. Wash St. W, 53-47 3 OT 15 30 236 3 2 11 61 1 trades TD pass shots with Gesser; 25-yard TD run As Starter 14-6 Arizona 2000 Football Depth Chart (at Oregon, Oct. 21) OFFENSE WR 1 Bobby Wade, 5-11, 187, So-1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista) 6 Brandon Marshall, 5-11, 194, Jr*-JC/RS, Oceanside, Calif. (Oceanside/Palomar CC) 9 Gary Love, 5-9, 179, Fr*-RS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Jefferson) LT 78 Darren Safranek, 6-7, 270, So*-1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills) 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) LG 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) 60 Aaron Higginbotham,, 6-5, 270, So*-1L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) C 70 Bruce Wiggins, 6-3, 282 , Sr*-3L, Houston, Texas (Robert E. Lee) - INJURED or 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 280, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) RG 72 Kevin Barry, 6-5, 330, Jr.*-JC/RS, Racine, Wis. (Park/Hutchinson CC) 60 Aaron Higginbotham,, 6-5, 270, So*-1L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 280, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) RT 76 Makai Freitas, 6-7, 297, Sr-3L, Honolulu, Hawai'i (Clintondale, Mich. HS) 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) TE 90 Brandon Manumaleuna, 6-3, 292, Sr-3L, Torrance, Calif. (Narbonne) 89 James Hugo, 6-6, 271, So*-1L, The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge) 14 Peter Hansen, 6-8, 238, Jr*-2L, Palo Alto, Calif. (Palo Alto) QB 16 Ortege Jenkins, 6-1, 213, Sr*-3L, Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan) 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 200, So*-1L, Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup) 17 Kyle Slager, 6-1, 194, Fr*-RS, Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington) WR 13 Brad Brennan, 5-11, 177, Sr*-3L/RS, Redwood, Calif. (St. Francis HS/Worcester, Mass. Academy) or 25 Malosi Leonard, 6-2, 212, Jr*-2L, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale) 3 Andrae Thurman, 6-0, 179, Fr*-RS, Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 194, Fr*-RS, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) RB 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 224, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington or 20 Leo Mills, 6-0, 212, So*-1L, Humble, Texas, (Humble) or 5 Larry Croom, 5-10, 209, So-1L, Long Beach, Calif. (Polytechnic) FB/HB 91 Eli Wnek, 6-3, 246, Jr*-2L, Glendale, Ariz. (Ironwood HS) 40 Mike Detwiler, 6-2, 231, Jr-JC, Truckee, Calif. (Truckee/Pasadena CC) DEFENSE DE 99 Joe Tafoya, 6-4, 255, Sr*-3L, Pittsburg, Calif. (Pittsburg) 9 Johnny Jackson, 6-3, 265, Jr*-JC, San Diego, Calif. (St. Augustine, Sacramento CC) DT 56 Keoni Fraser, 6-1, 282, Jr-2L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 93 Young Thompson, 6-2, 298, So*-1L, Aloa, American Samoa (Samoana) DT 58 Anthony Thomas, 6-2, 290, Jr.*-2L/RS, Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena) 95 Ben Alualu, 6-1, 275, So*-1L/RS, Honolulu, Hawai'i (St. Louis) 39 Tony Thompson, 6-0, 254, Jr*-JC, Pinole Valley, Calif. (PVHS/UCLA/Mt. Sac CC) DE 87 Idris Haroon, 6-2, 248, Sr*-3L, Houston, Texas (Hastings) 54 Alex Luna, 6-0, 230, Jr*-2L, San Fernando, Calif. (San Fernando HS) WLB 52 Adrian Koch, 5-9, 216, Sr-3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Desert View) 42 Joe Siofele, 6-1, 240, Fr*-RS, Waipahu, Hawai'i (St. Louis) ILB 27 Lance Briggs, 6-1, 230, So-1L, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove) 96 Trevor Wilde, 5-10, 200, Sr*-1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Horizon/Mesa CC) ILB 45 Antonio Pierce, 6-1, 233, Sr*-1L, Ontario, Calif. (Serra/Mt. San Antonio CC) 38 Shelton Ross, 6-0, 222, Jr*-1L, Kansas City, Mo., (Hutchinson CC) BCB 2 David Hinton, 5-11, 170, Fr*-RS, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln Prep) 23 Jermaine Chatman, 5-11, 177, Jr-JC, Compton, Calif. (Hawthorne/Pasadena CC) 11 David Laudermilk, 6-2, 172, So*-1L, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View) SS 19 Brandon Nash, 6-1, 215, Jr*-2L/RS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Beverly Hills) 24 Zaharius Johnson, 6-0, 194, Jr-1L, Bradenton, Fla. (New Mexico Military Institute) FS 47 Jarvie Worcester, 6-0, 195, So*-1L, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla) 33 Clay Hardt, 6-1, 192, Fr*-RS, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) FCB 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 175, Fr*-RS, Houston, Texas (North Shore 17 Anthony Banks, 6-0, 165, Jr.-1L, Los Angeles, Calif. (San Pedro/West Los Angeles CC) SPECIALTY PK 3 Sean Keel, 6-0, 200, So*-1L, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) 24 Bobby Gill, 5-11, 195, Fr*-RS, Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep) KO 28 Chris Gray, 6-1, 193, So.-1L, Irvine, Calif. (University) 19 Ramey Peru, 6-1, 178, Fr*-RS, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson) Punter 4 Chris Palic, 6-3, 206, Jr*-2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Francis) 19 Ramey Peru, 6-1, 178, Fr*-RS, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson) Snapper 84 Nate Campbell, 6-1, 223, Sr-3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro HS) Holder 4 Chris Palic, 6-3, 206, Jr*-2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Francis) Returns 1 Bobby Wade (PR), 9 Gary Love (KOR), 5 Larry Croom (KOR), 3 Andrae Thurman (KOR), 17 Anthony Banks (PR)