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Cats Open Pac-10 Season Against Stanford
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Release: 09/13/1999
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Game Tickets:
Season tickets, ranging from $36 under the family plan to $102 regular public -- or higher for priority seating plans -- will remain on sale until Sept. 10. 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.

Arizona Football On TV
A number of games have been preselected for television under the Pac-10's ABC/Fox Sports Net contracts. Other games may be selected, and UA partner Fox Sports Net Arizona may cablecast (or broadcast in affiliation with KWBA-58 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, KJAA-Globe, KWRQ-Safford, KTAN-Sierra Vista/Bisbee, KVNA-Flagstaff, KINO-Winslow, KNOT-Prescott/Chino Valley, KZUA-Showlow/Holbrook, KBLU-Yuma, and on KSHP in Las Vegas, Nev. Airtime: 40 minutes prior. TEAMLINE (1-800-846-4700) carries KNST's broadcast via telephone.

Dick Tomey Shows: Dick Tomey's weekly radio show, with host Brian Jeffries, airs Mondays at 6:05 p.m. on KNST Radio. Tomey's weekly television show, with Brian Jeffries, is shown Wednesdays on KTTU-TV-18 at 10:30 p.m.

Cats Draw a Card: Stanford for League Opener

The Game: The No.19-ranked (AP; 17 ESPN/USA Today) Arizona Wildcats (2-1, 0-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference) open their 1999 Pac-10 season Saturday, Sept. 18, against the Stanford Cardinal (1-1, 1-0). Kickoff in 56,500-seat Arizona Stadium is set for 7 p.m. (MST; 10 p.m. EDT). The game will be cablecast nationally on Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey and James Lofton describing the action. A crowd of more than 50,000 is expected.

Some Game Themes: ... Stanford's played in two lop-sided affairs -- a 69-17 loss at Texas and a 54-17 pasting of Washington State... Can Arizona extend its six-game winning streak over the Cardinal?... Can Stanford close the 1990s with a victory in Tucson? It opened the decade with a 23-10 victory at Arizona Stadium in 1990... A meeting of two teams with modest success at rushing the usual key to Pac-10 games... Combined, the two teams give up an average of 830 yards per game (UA 368, SU 462), and 73 points (UA 30, SU 43), so maybe it's a track meet...

The Series: Arizona leads the series 11-5 and has won the last six games, and eight of the last nine. Arizona is 6-2 against Stanford in Arizona Stadium.

The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 13th year at Arizona (86-53-4) and 23rd overall (149-99-7). He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii. Tomey is 8-1 as a head coach against Stanford, all while at UA.. StanfordTyrone Willingham (Michigan State 77), fifth year at SU (23-24-1), fifth year overall. Willingham is 0-2 against Arizona.

Last Week: No. 19 Arizona opened its home season with a mixed performance, playing three fine quarters to take a 27-0 lead over Middle Tennessee entering the final period, and winning by an eventual score of 34-19. The Cats didn't allow the Blue Raiders to cross midfield until about two minutes remained in the first half, while meantime doing some effective running (Trung Canidate, 16-102) and special teams' play (Dennis Northcutt, 80-yard punt return for a score). Northcutt, whose first pass reception of the game (5 total) gave him the Arizona career receiving record, also had a 71-yard punt return for a score nullified by a roughing-the-kicker penalty. Ah, penalties. Arizona drew 14 flags for 126 yards and allowed Middle Tennessee to record six first downs by penalty. The Cats' running game was a big key, as tailbacks Canidate, Leon Callen (10-60), Leo Mills (8-50) and Larry Croom (4-23) put together a nice night for the position and helped the team record 265 net yards on the ground. Arizona emptied its bench early in the fourth period and ended up using about 70 players in the game, some of them first-timers. It showed on the scoreboard. But a number of regulars did not play at all in the game because of various nagging injuries, including QB Keith Smith, FS Rafell Jones, DT Idris Haroon, CB Leland Gayles, WR Brad Brennan, DT Keoni Fraser and WR Malosi Leonard. UA's defense was especially tough on third down, allowing only two of 15 conversion attempts though it did let MTSU off the hook on three successful fourth-down tries. Ortege Jenkins, in his first quarterback start in nine games, did a credible job in leading Arizona to a steady performance before giving way to redshirt freshman Jason Johnson in the fourth quarter, completing 16 of 23 passes for 118 yards and a 26-yard TD strike to Marvin Brown. He also scored on an 8-yard quarterback draw. UA had a couple of other kicking-game highlights. Joe Tafoya blocked a field goal attempt and J.J. Joppru blocked a Blue Raider PAT kick.

Cardinal and Match Up Notes...
Stanford took advantage of four Washington State miscues Saturday to score 28 points. Emory Brock blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown and Ruben Carter returned an interception 67 yards for another score... Linebacker Riall Johnson had five sacks in the game, including one for a safety. Stanford's Troy Walters and Arizona's Dennis Northcutt provide a match of two of the superb all-purpose players in the league. Walters has 13 receptions in two games (10-118 vs. the Cougars) and is a noted kick returner... QB Todd Husak is in the Stanford career top 10 in four categories -- yardage, completions, attempts and touchdown throws. Needless to say, the company in that crowd includes some storied quarterbacks... The Cardinal have started the 1999 season with some solid improvement, statistically, in the running attack. A year ago SU was last in the league with 75 yards rushing per game. This season the club has a 113.0 figure and just as important has run the ball 74 times in the two games, against 75 passing attempts. Nice balance... The 1999 Stanford team returns 19 starters...

Arizona Coach Dick Tomey:
Tomey, a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees, has led Arizona to 18 victories in its last 20 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 86-53-4 record and in his 23rd year overall he is 149-99-7. He has a 57-20-2 slate at Arizona Stadium and a 29-32-2 road record. His Pac-10 record is 54-39-4, making him No. 9 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 currently have been ranked in the polls for 20 consecutive periods.

Cats in the Polls
Preseason hype about the Wildcats gave Arizona some stature it quickly lost in a big loss at Penn State. Then, Arizona won on the road against a supposed worthy opponent and dropped four more spots in the media poll. Whatever. UA entered the season ranked No. 4 by Associated Press and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Cats have been ranked steadily for 20 consecutive periods. The 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.

Poll			Pre	A30	S6	S13
AP			4	15	19	19
ESPN/USA Today	        3	3	15	17

Injury Report: Starting RG Marques McFadden injured his left foot vs. MTSU, missed the second half and is doubtful for SU. Backup WR Malosi Leonard had orthoscopic knee surgery Sept. 3 and missed TCU/MT. He is possible for Stanford. Starting QB Keith Smith (ankle) did not play vs. Middle Tennessee and is probable for SU. Starting FS Rafell Jones missed the TCU and MT games with a hip/groin and is probable for SU. Starting DT Keoni Fraser missed the MT game (shoulder) and is probable for SU. Starting CB Leland Gayles (shoulder) missed the MT game and is probable for SU. Starting DT Idris Haroon (ankle) missed the MT game and is probable for SU. Starting WR Brad Brennan (hamstring from camp) played but was reinjured at PSU and did not play at TCU or vs. MT. He is questionable for SU. Juco transfer OL Kevin Barry requires surgery on his right foot and is likely to redshirt. Redshirt freshman cornerback David Hinton had shoulder surgery Aug. 26 and will miss the season. Incoming freshman Matt Perry has a knee injury which kept him from reporting. Lost starts due to injury: (10): (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; DT Keoni Fraser vs. MT; DT Idris Haroon vs. MT.

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

Att-Yds-TD

PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD

Plays-Yd-TDs

 

at PSU

36-124-1

25-35-232-0-0

71-356-1

44-242-3

11-18-242-1-2

62-504-5

1/3

at TCU

37-14-0

17-25-337-1-5

62-351-5

47-224-1

13-21-57-0-1

68-281-2*

4/1

vs. Midd Tenn

46-265-3

17-24-135-0-1

70-400-4^

31-128-2

26-37-176-0-1

68-304-3

0/1

Arizona Game-by-Game Starters

Offense

WR

LT

LG

C

RG

RT

TE

QB

TB

FB

WR/H-Back

at PSU

Northcutt

Makoa Freitas

Grace

Wiggins

McFadden

Savea

Manumale.

Smith

Canidate

Wendler

Wnek (H) (Brennan-WR)

at TCU

Northcutt

Makoa Freitas

Grace

Wiggins

McFadden

Savea

Manumale.

Smith

Canidate

Sprotte

Hugo (TE) (Wade-WR)

M.Tenn

Northcutt

Makoa Freitas

Grace

Wiggins

McFadden

Savea

Manumale.

Jenkins

Canidate

Wendler

Wnek (HB) (Brown-WR)

Stanford

                     

 

Defense

DE

DT

DT

DE

OLB

ILB

ILB

CB

SS

FS

CB

at PSU

Robertson

Fraser

Joppru

Tafoya

Polk

Bell

Pierce

Gayles

Sprotte

Jones

Hunter

at TCU

Robertson

Fraser

Haroon

Tafoya

Polk

Bell

Sprotte

Gayles

Payne

Worcester

Hunter

M. Tenn

Uku

Lewis

Joppru

Tafoya

Polk

Bell

Sprotte

Banks

Payne

Worcester

Hunter

Stanford

                     

(*plus one defensive TD and two safeties; ^plus one P ret TD)

How the Cats Measure Nationally
Here are some top 25 national (and Pac-10) 
statistical rankings for Arizona:
Category (figure)	NCAA	Pac-10
Punt Ret (17.2)	        8th	2nd
Dennis Northcutt:
  Punt Ret (21.17)	6th	1st
  Rec PG (7.7)	        15th	1st
  Rec YPG (127.7)	14th	1st
  All-Purp ((187.3)	13th	2nd
Keith Smith (164.8)	11th	2nd	pass efficiency
Ortege Jenkins (157.7)	18th	3rd	pass efficiency

Red Zone Offense and Defense: 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: 7 trips, 5 TD 1st-and-Goal: 6 (5 TD) Opponents in the Zone: 9 trips, 6 TD, 1 FG 1st-and-Goal: 3 (2 TD)

Sudden-Change Possessions...
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 Horns' 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 5, Opponents 5 1999 Miscue points: Arizona 21, Opponents 24 (Includes turnover-, safeties, blocked kicks- possessions)

Dennis Delivers
WR Dennis Northcutt has caught a pass in 33 consecutive games dating to the Oregon State game in his 1996 freshman season. That's a school record and not far off the Pacific-10 Conference mark of 37 set by John Jackson of Southern California from 1986-89... 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 (biletnikoff.com).

Blocked Kicks
Arizona blocked a field goal (Joe Tafoya) and a PAT kick (J.J. Joppru) against Middle Tennessee, hopefully to continue a trend from 1998. Last year, Arizona blocked eight kicks including two against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. Including bowl games, since 1990 Arizona has blocked 33 punts, field goals or PAT tries. This year, Penn State blocked an Arizona punt on the first play of the second quarter, giving it field position at the UA 16 yard-line to set up a field goal a few moments later.

A Few Notes
...Arizona is 89th in the nation in net punting easily one of coach Dick Tomey's preferred team categories. That's going to have to improve... Another one not exactly in Wildcat character: No. 90 in rushing defense, allowing 205 yards per game...

...True freshman running back Lance Briggs saw his first action of the year against Middle Tennessee, carrying the ball on three successive goal-line plays in the third quarter. One was a five-yard run on 3rd-and-3 and the next two were up the gut and culminated in his first career touchdown run. It was a good sign for UA's big back short-yardage situation...

...Using Arizona's two best seasons as bookends 10-2 in 1993 and 12-1 in 1998, here are some highlights for Dick Tomey's Wildcats: Best Record - Arizona, 48-23; Best Bowl Record - Arizona, 3-1 (tie); Most Final Top 10 Rankings - Arizona, 2 (tie); Highest Final Ranking - Arizona, 4th (tie); Most National Player Awards - Arizona, 5...

...Do-all dude: Scooter Sprotte started at fullback and at inside linebacker at Texas Christian. That gives him three different starts -- he started at strong safety at Penn State. He also has returned punts and been a deep man on kickoff returns, among other special-teams duty...

...The two safeties TCU recorded against Arizona tackling RB Sprotte on the game's second play and later sacking QB Ortege Jenkins early in the third quarter is believed to be an opponents record...

...Arizona's quarterbacks are combining for a solid 161.83 team pass efficiency rating. Oddly, the NCAA keeps track only of yards when it comes to team passing prowess, but UA's mark likely would compare well... Both Keith Smith and Ortege Jenkins are in the top 15 nationally in the category... Smith's passing at a 78 percent clip, while Jenkins has shown solid improvement in the young season with a 63 percent completion percentage... 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...

...In all three of its games, Arizona has allowed opponents 100 yards rushing -- and two individual century-mark outings. 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. Middle Tennessee had some fourth-quarter success to total 128 net team rushing yards.

...H-back/fullback Jim Wendler, who 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), ran the ball three times for 19 yards and had the first reception (22 yards) of his career at Penn State. He missed the TCU game with a rib injury. Wendler has 14 career rushes for 60 yards and three touchdowns...

... Freshman Bobby Wade had his first career touchdown reception at TCU, as did sophomore tight end Brandon Manumaleuna... Junior transfer Marving Brown caught his first TD pass against Middle Tennessee...

... One reason for the UA running game's modest start this year is the loss of five guys who played a huge role: guard Yusuf Scott, tackle Edwin Mulitalo, tight end Mike Lucky and backs Paul Shields and Kelvin Eafon. All but Eafon survived final NFL cuts... Arizona has played a number of new people in its games. Among them: JuniorsDE Austin Uku (1 start), LB Antonio Pierce (1 start), WR Marvin Brown; SophomoresCB Anthony Banks (1 start); Redshirt FreshmenOG Aaron Higginbotham, FS Jarvie Worcester (2 starts), OT Darren Safranek, DB Chidi Daniel, ST Scott McKee, TE James Hugo, WR Mike Hairgrove, DT Robert Ramsey; FreshmenWR Bobby Wade (1 start), TB Leo Mills, DT Young Thompson, RB Lance Briggs. Mills carried the ball 9 times and led the Cats with 54 rushing yards at PSU. Pierce led the team with 11 tackles at Penn State. Uku had two tackles for loss (1 sack) and a fumble recovery vs. the Nittany Lions. Wade caught his first TD pass at TCU.

Wildcats Climbing the Charts
Arizona Career Receiving Yardage List	
1. 2,509	T Bell, 1972-75 (153 rec/30 tds)	
2. 2,415	John Horton, 1983-86 (136 rec/16 tds)	
3. 2,213	Dennis Northcutt, 1996- (158 rec/19 tds)	
4. 1,957	Richard Dice, 1993-96 (119 rec/17 tds)	
5. 1,925	Derek Hill, 1985-88 (112 rec/14 tds)	

Arizona Career Rushing Yards List 1. 3,501 Ontiwaun Carter, 1991-94 2. 3,371 Art Luppino, 1953-56 3. 3,096 Hubie Oliver, 1977-80 4. 2,571 David Adams, 1984-86 5. 2,484 Trung Canidate, 1996-

Arizona Career Reception List 1. 158 Dennis Northcutt, 1996- (2,213 yds/19 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. 5,090 Bruce Hill, 1973-75 5. 4,371 Keith Smith, 1996-

Arizona Career Total Offense Leaders 1. 7,336 Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980-83 2. 6,307 Alfred Jenkins, 1983-86 3. 6,054 Bruce Hill, 1973-75 4. 5,312 Dan White, 1993-95 5. 5,264 Keith Smith, 1996-

Arizona Career All-Purpose Yardage List 4. 4,023 Ontiwaun Carter, 1991-94 5. 3,830 Derek Hill, 1985-88 6. 3,795 Chuck Levy, 1991-93 7. 3,705 Dennis Northcutt, 1996-

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. Tomey's sessions: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Sept. 28, 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Oct. 12, 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Oct. 26, 11:05 a.m. MST/PDT Tuesday, Nov. 9, 12:05 a.m. MST/11:05 PST

The Last Time Arizona...
Returned a punt for a TD: Dennis Northcutt vs. Middle Tennessee (80 yards), 1999
Returned a blocked punt for a TD: Trung Canidate vs. Wash. State 1996, (Canidate block)
Returned a kickoff for TD: Chris McAlister (100 yards) at Hawaii, 1998, (also vs. UCLA '96)
Returned an interception for a TD: Chris McAlister (68 yards) vs. Washington State, 1998.
Scored a safety: at California (sack by Idris Haroon/Joe Tafoya), '98 Did not score: at Washington, 1991 (UW 54-0)
Did not score a touchdown: at Oregon, 1994, (UO 10-9)
A back ran for 100 yards (last 3): Trung Canidate (16-102) vs. MTSU, 1999; Canidate (22-101) vs. Nebraska, 1998.; Trung Canidate (18-288) vs. ASU, 98
Blocked a punt (last 3): Brandon Nash vs. Nebraska; Chris McAlister vs. ASU, 98; Chris McAlister at Cal, 98
Blocked a field goal (last 2): Joe Tafoya vs. MTSU, 1999; Peter Hansen vs. Nebraska, 1998
Blocked a PAT kick (last 2): J.J. Joppru vs. MSTU, 1999; Peter Hansen at Washington 1998
Scored a 2-pt. conversion (last 2): QB Ortege Jenkins run at TCU 99; QB Keith Smith run at Cal 98
Recovered a fumble for a TD (last 2): Scooter Sprotte (12 yards) vs. ASU, 98; Mikal Smith, (75 yards) at Oregon, '96
Beat a ranked team (last 3): 23-20, Nebraska (No. 14); 38-3, Oregon (No. 12), 98; 31-28, at Washington (No. 20), '98
Lost to a ranked team (last 2): 7-41 at Penn State (No. 3), '99; 28-52 vs. UCLA (No. 3), '98
Beat an unranked team: 34-19 vs. Middle Tennessee, 1999 Lost to an unranked team: 16-9, at Oregon, '97
Won as a ranked team: 34-19 vs. Middle Tennessee, 1999 (Arizona No. 19)
Won as an unranked team: Arizona State, 28-16, '97
Lost as a ranked team: 7-41 vs. Penn State (UA No. 4), '99
Lost as an unranked team: Washington State, 35-34 (OT), '97
Played in tie-breaker game: 41-38 vs. California, 98


The last time an Opponent...
Returned a punt for a TD: Eric Guliford (68 yards), at Ariz State '91
Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Frank Primus, Stanford '97
Returned a kickoff for TD (last 2): JaWarren Hooker (89), Washington '97; Saladin McCullough (93), Oregon '97
Returned an interception for a TD: Jermaine Smith (91), Washington '97 Scored a safety: at TCU 1999, twice: (Sprotte by Shannon Brazzell and Chad Bayer; Jenkins by Aaron Schobel)
Did not score: Illinois, '96 (UA 41-0)
Did not score a touchdown: Oregon, 98 (UA 38-3); previous: Illinois, '96
A back ran for 100 yards (last 2): LaDainian Tomlinson (28-170), TCU 1999; Chafie Fields (3-110), Penn State '99.
A back ran for 200 yards: Saladin McCullough (25-223), at Oregon 1996
Blocked a punt (last 2): Eric Sturdifen, Penn State '99; Pat Tillman, ASU '97
Blocked a field goal: Terrance Carrole, Oregon State '97
Blocked a PAT kick: Duane Clemons, Andy Jacobs, Regan Upshaw (3, California), '95
Scored a 2-pt. conversion: QB Marques Tuiasosopo run, Washington '98
Recovered a fumble for a TD: Kendrick Patterson (51), at Texas Christian 1999


Pac-10 Standings:
         Pac	Overall	This week:
Stanford 1-0	1-1	at Arizona
OSU	 0-0	2-0	Georgia Southern
ASU	 0-0	1-0	New Mexico State
USC	 0-0	1-0	San Diego State
Arizona	 0-0	2-1	Stanford
Cal	 0-0	1-1	--
Oregon	 0-0	1-1	Nevada
UCLA	 0-0	1-1	Fresno State
Wash	 0-0	0-1	Air Force
WSU	 0-1	0-2	Idaho
Some Arizona Honors Candidates
A Canidate For Fall Seasons
Trung Canidate's Career Touchdown Runs
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
  54 		California		1998
  48		Arizona State		1998
  45		Washington State	1998
  38		Iowa		        1998
  37		Washington		1998
  28		California		1997
   3		New Mexico		1997
   1		Iowa		        1998

* Running Back Trung Canidate - A preseason Doak Walker Award candidate, this speedster led the nation in rushing yards per attempt last season, averaging a whopping 7.3 yards per carry... 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... Last Saturday against Middle Tennessee State, he had his first 100-yard game of the season -- and ninth of his career... Ran for 102 yards on 16 carries (6.4 ypc)... Last year against Stanford, it was his first game of the year after missing the opener with a foot injury... Responded with a 110-yard rushing day... His 15 career touchdown runs have averaged 51.7 yards per carry... 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... He is the fifth all-time leading rusher in school history with 2,484 yards... Needs 88 more yards to move into fourth, surpassing David Adams (1984-86)... Ontiwaun Carter (1991-94) is the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,501 career rushing yards and is 1,017 yards ahead of Canidate... Trung's first career touchdown was as a redshirt freshman when he blocked a punt and recovered it for a score against Washington State.
Marcus Bell's Top Tackle Games

21 Arizona State (11-27-98) 21 at Washington (10-3-98) 13 at San Diego St. (9-24-98) 12 at Arizona State (11-28-97) 11 Washington St. (11-7-98) 11 Oregon (10-31-98) 11 at Oregon St. (10-17-98) 11 Iowa (9-19-98) 11 Oregon State (11-8-97) 11 Stanford (10-11-97) 11 at UCLA (9-27-97)

For Whom the Bell Tolls
* Linebacker Marcus Bell - A Butkus Award candidate, he led the Pac-10 Conference in tackles last year after racking up 139 hits... This season, he has a team-high 23 tackles and leads the team with five tackles for a loss and 14 solo hits... 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 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 304 total tackles in his career (205 solos/99 assists)... Football News 1999 preseason All-America first team.

The K in the O

Keith Smith's Top-Five Passing Performances
11-2-96	at California (3 OT)	25-35, 418 yds	3 TD
9-21-96	Washington		16-29, 228 yds	2 TD
9-3-98	at Hawaii		17-22, 218 yds	2 TD
9-20-97	at Ohio State		18-37, 210 yds	2 TD
11-14-98 at California		14-20, 188 yds	2 TD

Keith Smith's Top-Five Rushing Performances 9-14-96 Illinois 9-143 yds 1TD 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 11-2-96 at California (3 OT) 20-84 yds 2 TD

* Quarterback Keith Smith - The senior part of the Arizona two-headed quarterback rotation with Ortege Jenkins, which is known as the KO Offense or the OK Offense, Keith Smith entered the season after setting Arizona completion records in two of the past three years... He looks like he in target to do it again this season, as he is 29-of-37 in the first two games (78.4%)... He has thrown for 302 yards and two touchdowns... 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... 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. 5 career leader for both total offense (5,264 yards) and passing yards (4,371)... A second team All-Pac-10 pick last year, he is listed as the starter at QB, but has an understanding that he will share time with Jenkins... Pin-point passer and elusive rusher as well... Has rushed for 893 yards in his career and scored 13 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.

Big Play O.J.

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

Keith Smith's Top-Five Rushing Performances 9-14-96 Illinois 9-143 yds 1TD 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 11-2-96 at California (3 OT) 20-84 yds 2 TD

* Quarterback Ortege Jenkins - Arizona's other quarterback in the UA two-man rotation, 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... 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... 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)... 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 28 touchdown passes in 25 career games and has been intercepted just 11 times in 431 career attempts... Thirteen of his 28 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.

Dennis the Menace

Dennis Northcutt's Top-Five Receiving Outputs
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
10-18-97 Washington	10-135 yds	0 TD
10-4-97	San Diego State	6-121 yds	2 TD

* Wide Receiver Dennis Northcutt- A Biletnikoff Award candidate, this senior who began his career as a running back and defensive back, become Arizona's all-time reception leader when he caught his first pass of the Middle Tennessee game... He now has 158 catches, which breaks the previous record of 153 that was held by T Bell (1972-75)... That game was also highlighted by his 80-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter... 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... On the season, he has 23 catches for 383 yards (127.7 ypg) and three touchdowns... One of the top all-purpose men in the country as well, he averages 187.3 all purpose yards per game... 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... He has caught a pass in a school record 33 consecutive games, dating back to the Oregon State game in 1996... The Pac-10 record is 37 straight games held by John Jackson of USC from 1986-89... Hauled in a game-high eight passes for 86 yards at Penn State... In his career, he has 19 receiving touchdowns (also has one rushing TD and one punt return for a TD) to go with 2,213 receiving yards... The yardage mark is good for third on the UA career chart... 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.

Arizona's Polk Hero
* Linebacker DaShon Polk - Along with Marcus Bell, this senior LB is also on the Butkus Award watch list and helps form one of the top linebacking duos in the nation... Is third on the team this season with 16 tackles and has three for a loss... 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 27 games in a row and 125 career tackles.

Anchors Away
* Offensive Linemen Manuia Savea & Bruce Wiggins - Savea, the senior offensive right tackle, and Wiggins, the junior center, are the two anchors of an Arizona offensive line that figures to be a major reason for the Cats success, just as it was in 1998... Two of the major players in last year's dominating line, Savea, Wiggins and their mates helped the Wildcats average 444.9 yards of total offense per game, which was a school record and the 18th best mark in the land for 1998... 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... They helped open holes for the Pac-10's leading rusher in 1998, Trung Canidate, who averaged 110.9 yards per game and the nation's best 7.3 yards per carry average... Head coach Dick Tomey heaped a ton of praise on this duo in fall drills and they will be 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 (Indianapolis Colts)

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