Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Get Week Off Before ASU Finale Nov. 27
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 17, 1999
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The Game: The Arizona Wildcats (6-5, 3-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference) close the regular season on the road in a definitive game against the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-5, 4-3) on Saturday, Nov. 27, in Tempe, Ariz. Kickoff on Frank Kush Field in Sun Devil Stadium is set for 11 a.m. The game will be a split national broadcast by ABC Sports with Roger Twibell, Lynn Swann and Chip Tarkenton calling the play. A crowd of 65,000 is expected.

Some Game Themes: ... Football often is a matter of pride and this game bears those markings... The winner of the UA-ASU game becomes the fifth bowl-eligible Pacific-10 Conference team, earning a berth in the Bowl Games of Hawai'i Christmas doubleheader. The loser joins four other teams in the league with overall losing records. (Four teams already have that distinction entering rivalry games of Nov. 20)... The game renews the always emotional rivalry between state teams, and it's the 73rd meeting... Two teams picked to seriously contend for the 1998 (ASU) and 1999 (UA) Pac-10 crowns who found the going much tougher than the saying... The game features Trung Canidate of Arizona and J.R. Redmond of Arizona State B two tough big-play tailbacks. Canidate's bidding to defend his 1998 Pac-10 rushing crown; Redmond, who missed a game due to injury, is 27 scant yards from his first 1,000-yard rushing season...

The Series: Arizona leads the series, 42-29-1... Arizona has a two-game winning streak and has won five of the last six meetings... Arizona State leads the series in games played in Tempe, 14-13-1... UA won the last contest in Tempe, upsetting the then 8-2 Sun Devils, 28-16, to finish 6-5 and earn a bid in the Bowl... ASU's Rose Bowl-bound 1996 club drubbed the Cats in Tucson, 56-14, in the Devils' previous victory in the storied rivalry...

The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 13th year at Tucson (90-57-4) and 23rd overall (153-103-7). He is 13th among active Division 1-A coaches in victories in the 1990s. He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawai'i. Tomey is 9-3-1 against Arizona State including a victory while at Hawai'i.Arizona State Bruce Snyder (Oregon '63) is in his 8th year at Tempe (51-38) and 20th year overall (119-99-5). Snyder is 6-5-1 against Arizona overall and 2-5 against the Cats while coach at ASU.

Cats Last Week: Arizona underlined some cherished dictums of college football, but found itself on the wrong end of the equations in a 28-20 loss at Oregon State. The Cats turned the ball over four times and had no takeaways; were penalized a season-high 16 times for a season-worst 156 yards; and failed to produce in the coaching trade's favorite period -- the fourth quarter. Add all that up and it spoiled Arizona's sixth 500-yard offensive game of the year and a reasonably decent effort on defense against one of the top producing clubs in the league. Oregon State deserves credit. It had momentum (current four-game winning streak), verve (its first winning season in 29 years) and some rabid support in its quest for a sure-thing bowl invitation. The Beavers withstood a 221-yard rushing performance (including a 50-yard TD run) by Arizona's Trung Canidate, who passed their own guy, Ken Simonton, into the Pac-10 individual rushing lead. OSU kept UA's Dennis Northcutt (176 all-purpose yards) out of the end zone. The Beavs didn't let five sacks by Arizona (Marcus Bell-2, Joe Tafoya-2) thwart their consistency. Simonton had a 46-yard run, the fourth-longest of the year vs. UA B to help him rush effectively for 149 yards on 21 carries. UA limited OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith to 17 completions in 41 attempts, but three of the completions were for touchdowns. The first part of the third quarter hurt the Cats. They botched their first possession (fumble, sack), then let a punt hit a foot to become a free ball and set up a five-yard OSU scoring drive, then lost a fumble to thwart another drive, then threw an interception to set up the Beavs' final score. UA had some opportunities after Canidate's long scoring run, but eventually couldn't stop OSU from using the clock and gaining field position on its final possession.

More on the Match Up; Noting the Sun Devils...
The game's head coaches are tied for the league seniority -- UA's Dick Tomey (13 years at Arizona) and ASU's Bruce Snyder (eighth year at ASU, five years at Calfornia)... The game matches two teams with at least one similar problem and whichever solves it better Nov. 27 likely has the best chance -- turnovers. Arizona has 23 (13 interceptions and 10 lost fumbles); ASU has 29 (16 interceptions and 10 lost fumbles). One slight difference is that ASU has 21 takeways and Arizona has 11. Both teams rank in the bottom of Division I-A in that category... Many teams have looked at Arizona and said, "we better slow that guy..." pointing to tailback Trung Canidate. The Sun Devils know; last year Canidate rushed for touchdowns of 80, 66 and 48 yards against the Devils in his 288-yard, school-record game... Meantime, Arizona faces a similar threat in J.R. Redmond, who has an 80-yarder to his credit this year and ran for 71 tough yards against the Cats in 1999. He's started some games at both tailback and safety. Both Redmond and Canidate are their school's fourth player in history to rush for more than 3,000 yards... Quarterbacking (UA-Keith Smith, Ortege Jenkins; ASU-Ryan Kealy) will be a factor. None has put together a meaningful string of optimum performances, though each has the talent , skill and track record to be supremely effective

Arizona Coach Dick Tomey:
Tomey is coaching in this game in quest of his 17th winning season. A member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees, he has led Arizona to seven bowls -- more than any active Pac-10 coach, and No. 5 on the list of all-time conference coaches. He is 13th among active Division 1-A coaches in victories in the 1990s. He has led Arizona to 22 victories in its last 27 games. A 1998 national Coach of the Year finalist of the Football Writer's Association of America and Football News, Dick Tomey last year 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, he received a University of Arizona Provost's Award for outstanding accomplishment in teaching. He is the first coach in Arizona history to receive the honor. 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 90-57-4 record and in his 23rd year overall he is 153-103-7. He has a 59-23-2 slate at Arizona Stadium and a 31-33-2 road record. His Pac-10 record is 57-43-4, making him No. 8 on the all-time list of winningest Pac-10 coaches by conference victories. He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii, making him only the third coach in history to achieve the mark at two schools (Bear Bryant at Alabama and Kentucky, George Welsh at Virginia and Navy). Tomey's 7-1 league mark in 1998 and his 6-2 slates in 1993 and 1994 are Arizona's top three Pac-10 season records. Under Tomey, Arizona players have won six major national awards B the 1990 Thorpe Award (Darryll Lewis), the 1993 Outland Trophy/FWAA Bronko Nagurski/UPI Lineman of the Year (Rob Waldrop), the 1994 Lou Groza Award (Steve McLaughlin) and the 1998 Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year (Chris McAlister). Under his guidance the Wildcats were ranked in the polls for 20 consecutive periods until Sept, 20.

Winningest Pac-10 Coaches (league victories only): 6. John Robinson (USC, 1976-82, 1993-97) 63-23-10 7. Larry Smith (UA 1980-86, USC 1987-92) 63-34-4 8. Dick Tomey (Arizona 1987-) 57-43-4

Cats in the Polls
UA entered the season ranked No. 4 by AP and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Cats dropped from the polls Sept. 20, after 20 consecutive periods. Preseason-No. 4. Aug. 30-No. 15, Sept. 6-No. 19, Sept. 13-No. 19; ESPN/USA Today: 3/3/15/17.

Injury Report: Arizona has been in pretty good shape throughout 1999 in the injury department. OG Marques McFadden had a concussion and missed the OSU game. He is questionable for ASU. LB Scooter Sprotte had back troubles in practice four weeks ago and missed the UCLA/UW/OSU games. He is out for ASU. DT Keoni Fraser broke a bone in his left hand against Oregon and had a cast put on at halftime and returned to action. Special teams' player Zaharius Johnson sprained his right ankle vs. Oregon and missed the UCLA trip. He's probable for ASU. DE Austin Uku missed the Oregon and UCLA games with a right ankle sprain but returned to action against OSU. Starting wide receiver Brad Brennan aggravated a hamstring injury against Stanford and is a candidate for a medical hardship season, with limited play in only two games. He had missed the TCU and MT games. Backup WR Malosi Leonard had orthoscopic knee surgery Sept. 3 and missed TCU/MT but returned for the SU game. Juco transfer OL Kevin Barry had surgery Sept. 15 on his right foot and will redshirt. Redshirt freshman cornerback David Hinton had shoulder surgery Aug. 26 and will miss the season. Lost starts due to injury: (12): OG Marques McFadden at OSU; FS Rafell Jones at TCU/MT; WR Brad Brennan at TCU/MT; SS Greg Payne at PSU; FB Jim Wendler at TCU; QB Keith Smith vs. MT; CB Leland Gayles vs. MT/SU; DT Keoni Fraser vs. MT; DT Idris Haroon vs. MT.

How the Cats Measure Nationally
Here are some top 25 national (and Pac-10) 
statistical rankings for Arizona:
Category (figure)	NCAA	Pac-10
Team Punt Ret (15.3)	6th	1st
Total Offense (472.3)	5th	2nd	

Team Rushing (222.8)	13th	1st
Dennis Northcutt:
  Punt Ret (16.1)	6th	1st
  Rec PG (7.27)	11th	1st 
  Rec YPG (117.7)	3rd	2nd
  All-Purp (185.3)	3rd	1st
Trung Canidate(131.2)	8th	1st rushing

Red-Zone Offense and Defense: Although UA has shown the tendency to score from anywhere on the field, the Cats have had some trouble getting close and punching it into the endzone. If the Cats get very close, it's better: on first-and-goal opportunities, Arizona has a better history this year. UA's overall trouble with turnovers and penalties is not a stranger to the red zone, either, and that's hurt. In four possessions inside OSU's 20 yard-line, UA came away with 13 points B a TD and two FG. (OSU was better but not dominant, with three TD in five trips). Against Washington, UA had a FG and a TD in four possessions inside UW's 20 yard-line. (UW was 3-3 with 2 FG and a TD). Arizona had eight trips inside UCLA's zone and came away with three TDs and two FGs. (UCLA was 0-for-2.). UA had only one penetration against Oregon and scored a touchdown. Five scores came from 32 yards and beyond. (The Ducks, however, had seven penetrations and came away with three TDs and two FGs.) In five trips vs. UTEP, the Cats scored three TDs but turned the ball over twice in the RZ. (UTEP had three TDs in four trips). Against USC, Arizona had two touchdowns, a missed FG and a failed fourth-down try on four trips inside the 20 yard-line. (The Cats were tough on defense and allowed only one USC penetration, for a TD). At WSU, Arizona lost two of five red-zone scoring chances with missed field goals. (WSU made good with two touchdowns on its two penetrations.) UA lost two red-zone scoring chances among its three ventures inside Stanford's 20 yard-line. (Stanford was 6-for-6 with 5 touchdowns and a field goal). UA scored three TD on three trips inside Middle Tennessee's 20 yard-line. (MT was 2-for-3 with 2 TD). Arizona scored from outside the red zone four times at TCU and was successful on its lone trip inside the 20. (TCU was 2-for-2 with touchdowns on both possessions). At Penn State the Cats had three possessions inside the Lions' 20 yard-line and came up with one touchdown. (On PSU's four RZ possessions it came away with two TD and a FG).

Arizona in the Red Zone:	
43 trips, 22 TD, 5 FG  (63% scoring, 51% TD)	
1st-and-Goal: 18 (14 TD, 1 FG) (83% scoring)
Opponents in the Zone:	
34 trips, 21 TD /6 FG  (79% scoring, 62% TD)	
1st-and-Goal: 20 (14 TD, 1 FG) (75% scoring)

Turnover Woes: In its last three games, Arizona has 10 turnovers and no takeaways -- and it shows up with a 1-2 record over that span. UA gave Oregon State two touchdown drives off less than 36 yards combined with two turnovers, and the Beavers blew two other short-field opportunities or it would have been worse. (Those factored in an eight-point loss.) UA gave Washington field position at its 25 for a quick score and watched another interception returned 29 yards for a score. (Those factured in an eight-point loss.) Arizona was slowly improving its turnover margin until the 10-0 deficiencies in the last three games. For the season the Cats are -12 for a ranking of No. 112 in Division I-A in per-game margin (-1.09). Unlike the UW game, against UCLA the Cats shut down the Bruins after the sudden-change and didn't get hurt on the scoreboard. UA blocked a kick for its only semi-turnover of the game, but didn't turn that into a field-position advantage score. Against Oregon three turnovers gained and a blocked field goal led to only seven points. The Ducks scored on a safety and later kicked a field goal after a Keith Smith interception. UA scored on an interception return by Greg Payne against UTEP, but forced a goal-line pass into coverage for an interception and fumbled another red-zone try away. UTEP took the latter down the field for a score. Against USC, UA scored on a fumble return, but so did USC, and the Cats picked off a pass but could not score points. Arizona did not create a turnover against either Washington State or Stanford, but UA defensive end Austin Uku stripped a Cougar ball carrier to cause a safety. UA did not turn the ball over against the Cougs, its second error-free game of the year (MTSU). The Cardinal scored 14 points after two of its three interceptions against the Wildcats. UA blocked a field goal but had the play negated by penalty and the Cardinal made the ensuing FG try. Arizona scored a touchdown after recovering a fumble vs. Middle Tennessee -- the lone turnover in the game. The Cats had a disastrous ratio at TCU, allowing 21 turnover points including two safeties. The Cats had three lost fumbles and suffered an interception, leading to 17 points by TCU. UA did score a TD after recovering the Horned Frogs' fumble. UA managed the only turnover points in the game at Penn State -- its lone touchdown came off a mid-field fumble recovery. However, the Nittany Lions blocked a punt to lead to an easy-drive FG.

1999 Turnovers:		
Arizona 23, Opponents 11		
Season ratio: -12	
1999 Miscue points:	
Arizona 44, Opponents 85   
(Includes turnover-, safeties, blocked kicks- possessions)

Dennis Delivers
WR/kick returner/sometime cornerback Dennis Northcutt has demonstrated it's been worth it over four seasons to get him the ball. It took four games during his freshman year before coaches ignored his two interceptions and switched him from cornerback to receiver. He is the UA's all-time leading receiver (215), single-season leader (80), career receiving yardage leader (3,125), single-season receiving yardage leader (1,295), career all-purpose yardage leader (5,181) and 156 yards short of becoming the single season all-purpose yardage leader. (He has 2,038, needs 2,194 for the record). He's been the only player on the nation's top 50 all-purpose list with more than 100 yards in each of the four categories -- rushing, punt returns, kickoff returns and receiving. He's the third all-time leading receiver in Pac-10 history, and that's a list which includes some nifty dudes. One of them, Troy Walters of Stanford, this year broke the record set by Darrin Nelson (223) of Stanford from 1977-81. Dennis is No. 3 with 215 but could pass Nelson with a great game against ASU. Dennis (1,295) and Walters each became 1,000-yard receivers recently. Dennis' 80 catches (+ASU) this year will lead the league and he has a chance at passing the third-best total (86 by Walters last year) in any Pac-10 season. Like Walters, Northcutt has value in other spots on the field. In 123 touches this season he has averaged 16.6 yards per play. His running is superb, with a 16.4 yard average on 12 carries, helped by an 80-yard reverse for a score past 11 defenders against Oregon. He had 215 all-purpose yards against Oregon, his fourth 200+ game of the year. He had 193 all-purpose yards against UTEP, just missing. He set the Pac-10 record against Oregon and extended it since by catching a pass in 41 consecutive games dating to the Oregon State game in his 1996 freshman season (John Jackson of Southern California had 37 from 1986-89). He notched 208 all-purpose yards against WSU. He had 242 all-purpose yards against Stanford in a decent individual duel with SU standout Troy Walters (208)... Dennis had an 80-yard punt return for a score against MTSU and had another one of 71 yards negated by penalty. Northcutt's 314 all-purpose yards at TCU (257 receiving, 13 rushing, 44 returns) is the third best in UA history and gave him 21 yards every time he touched the ball. (More on Northcutt's weekly exploits can be checked at the Biletnikoff Award web site ( and UA's official web site,

Dennis' 1999 Digits:
12 rushes, 80 receptions, 22 punt returns, 9 kickoff returns ' 123 touches, 2,038 yards ' 16.6 yards per play

The Canidate's 1,000-Yard Club:
Who knows, but besides his league-best 1,444 rushing yards this year, senior tailback Trung Canidate has a 1,000-yard club which might be pretty exclusive. With his 74-yard touchdown run against Washington a few weeks ago, Canidate became a 1,000-yard rusher B on career touchdown runs alone. He tacked on a 50-yarder at Oregon State in the last game. For the record, he's rushed for 25 touchdowns and 1,059 yards on those carries in his three years as a tailback. It's because he has 14 of 45 yards or more, because it sure would take a whole lot of 2-yard dives to add up to the four-figure stuff. His total career yardage is 3,666, Arizona's No. 1 figure. The season mark of 1,444 also is a UA single-season record. Like Northcutt, Canidate's season and career figures have surpassed those of one of the University of Arizona's legendary football figures B Art AThe Cactus Comet@ Luppino (1953-56). Trung is No. 8 in Pac-10 career rushing, and with a game sporting his average (131 ypg) could move into the No. 5 spot by passing Ricky Bell of USC (3,689), Anthony Davis of USC (3,724) and Gaston Greene of UCLA (3,731).

Marcus' Marks:
Senior linebacker Marcus Bell notched his 104th tackle of the season with his four solo hits at OSU, including two sacks. He had 18 total tackles against Washington. That's 9.5 per game and gives him a back-to-back century-mark season to go with his Pac-10 best 139 last season. The 104 tackles is the most in the league this year, though he trails in per-game figures. In his four-year Arizona career Bell has 385 tackles and 10 sacks.

The Penal Code
The Cats were flagged a season-high 16 times for a season-high 156 yards at Oregon State. The yardage pushed the 1999 team to a season total of 885 penalty yards, the most in school history. The penalties gave the team 110 for the season, the most in school history. The penalties per-game figure this year (currently 10.0) will be a new record as well, even if the team is not penalized once at ASU. The yardage penalized per game (currently 80.4) would be a new record. Arizona has had three games with more than 100 yards in penalties B the OSU game, vs. Middle Tennessee (14-126) and UCLA (10-110). The Arecords@ in question: the 8.6 per game penalty mark of the 1993 Arizona club (95 in 11 games); the most yards penalized in a season was 831 in that 1993 season (75.5 per game). The mark per game is 79.6 by the 10-game 1970 team. One consistent thread B penalties hurt red-zone opportunities, penalties on third down stops kept opponents' scoring drives going, penalties negated big-play runs, passes and returns, penalties pushed the team out of good field-goal range. But here's another look the penalized 1993 team was 10-2. Last year's team a 12-1 club had 881 yards in flags. The penalties hurt, but they're not THE defining factor in football.

Cats Making Yardage In Chunks
It's known that the Cats have outstanding offensive firepower. At 473 yards per game the Cats rank 5th nationally. UA's rate of 6.5 yards per play would be a school record, eclipsing the 6.43 mark of the 1961 Arizona team.

Blocking Kicks
Peter Hansen (6-foot-8 erstwhile quarterback, now a wide receiver and Amiddle jumper@ on kick-block units) blocked his fifth career kick at Oregon State, knocking a field goal try aside. It was his third block of the season and third in as many games. (the school record in a season is 5 by Wally Scott in 1967). A week earlier he swatted a Washington PAT try. His previous play was at UCLA when he spoiled the Bruins' opening drive by thwacking a field goal try with his vertical leaping ability and wing span... The OSU block was Arizona's sixth blocked kick of the season and 14th in the last two years. The blocks this year are all placekicksThe team was credited with one of 1999's block when Oregon's placekicker hit a low liner awry on a FG attempt. UA blocked a field goal (Joe Tafoya) and a PAT kick (J.J. Joppru) against Middle Tennessee. Joppru had a FG block against Stanford negated by a penalty. Last year, UA blocked eight kicks including two against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. Including bowl games, since 1990 Arizona has blocked 35 punts, field goals or PAT tries. This year UA has allowed only one blocked kick. Penn State blocked an Arizona punt earlier this year, giving it field position at the UA 16 yard-line to set up a field goal a few moments later... Incidentally, even though Arizona got to the guy once, the four field goals (5 attempts) by Oregon's Josh Frankel tied an Arizona opponents' record for most in a game...

Wildcats On UA Career Offensive Charts
Arizona Career Receiving Yardage List 1. 3,125 Dennis Northcutt, 1996- (215 rec/23 tds) 2. 2,509 AT@ Bell, 1972-75 (153 rec/30 tds) 3. 2,415 Jon Horton, 1983-86 (136 rec/16 tds) Arizona Career Rushing Yards List 1. 3,666 Trung Canidate, 1996-99 2. 3,371 Art Luppino, 1953-56 3. 3,501 Ontiwaun Carter, 1991-94 Arizona Career Reception List 1. 215 Dennis Northcutt, 1996- (3,125/23 tds) 2. 153 AT@ 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. 5,679 Keith Smith, 1996- Arizona Career Total Offense Leaders 1. 7,336 Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980-83 2. 6,750 Keith Smith, 1996- 3. 6,307 Alfred Jenkins, 1983-86 4 6,054 Bruce Hill, 1973-75 Arizona Career All-Purpose Yardage 1. 5,181 Dennis Northcutt, 1996- 2. 4,963 Art Luppino, 1953-56 3. 4,943 Theopolis AT@ Bell, 1972-75 4. 4,343 Vance Johnson, 1981-84 5. 4,214 Trung Canidate, 1996- Arizona Career TD Passes 1. 46 Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980-83 2. 45 Bruce Hill, 1973-75 3. 43 Dan White, 1993-95 4. 41 Keith Smith, 1996-99 5. 33 Ortege Jenkins, 1997-
A Few Notes
...Sophomore tight end Brandon Manumaleuna has 18 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns, plus two other catches for two-point conversions. The latter ties Arizona records for most two-point conversions in a season and most two-point conversions in a career. Last year the Cats' leading tight end, Mike Lucky, had 11 receptions for 142 yards...

Manumaleuna also sees action at H-back and has seen some practice time on the defensive line for that just-in-case appearance... The last Arizona tight end to catch more passes in a season was Mike Metzler (23-291) in 1996...

...Trung Canidate's had a number of long runs this year (a nice list of his TD runs alone can be found elsewhere in this release), but the Cats have had some big inside runs from true freshman Lance Briggs, who ripped of a 34-yard burst at Oregon State and a 48-yard scoring run at UCLA...

...Canidate's long scoring run (50) at OSU gave him 14 of 45 yards or more in his career. He had a 74-yard against Washington a week earlier and a 60-yarder against UCLA the week before that. Etc. More short-yardage and goal-line duty this year (performed last year by Kelvin Eafon) has Adropped@ the average on his 25 career touchdown runs to 42.3 yards -- rather amazing...

Canidate shows up on the Arizona career all-purpose chart at No. 5 (above). He's the only exclusively RB guy in that mix B Canidate's only return yardage stems from blocking a punt as a freshman special teams player and recovering it for a score 13 yards later...

His 221 yards rushing at Oregon State was the 5th best in UA history... His 202 yards rushing against UTEP was the 8th best in UA history. His 288 against Arizona State last year is the No. 1 rushing game in Wildcat annals... Canidate might be one of the few guys in the game with TD runs from every increment of 10 yards B 1, 11, 28, 38, 48, 50, 60, 75, 80, 96 B just to cite a few....

...After a debut game with two-for-two field goal kicking at UCLA (31, 33 yards), walk-on freshman Sean Keel was one for three against Washington (30-yard make, 47 and 31 misses). He came back and was 2-for-2 at Oregon State to improve to 5-7 on the year. Arizona's Mark McDonald is 1-for-10 this year on field goal tries, but hadn't had a chip-shot. In a strong wind at WSU he missed a 32 yarder, but all his other kicks have been from 40 and beyond, including the 43-yarder he made against USC... Punter Chris Palic had one FG try at TCU (missed from 43) and kicked two PATs at TCU... Freshman Chris Gray has been used on a few kickoffs this season, too...

...The Cats' sacks against OSU (5) and in two recent games against the Los Angeles schools B 7 against USC and a school-record tying 9 against UCLA B helped give the team 33 total this season after a pretty slow start in the department. UA had no sacks vs. TCU and Stanford But some increased pass pressure helped UA's total defense figure drop from nearly 400 yards allowed per game after five contests, to the current 361 mark... Marcus Bell and Joe Tafoya had two sacks each against OSU. Tafoya is Arizona's leader this year with nine, which is tied for fourth in the league behind three guys with 10...

...Arizona's victory over UCLA Oct. 30 gave Arizona its second season in which it has beaten the two L.A. schools. But, the victory by Oregon State meant Arizona lost to both Oregon schools for the first time in a season in its history... The Cats swept the Los Angeles schools on the road in 1990, sweeping 28-21 at Pasadena and 35-26 in the Coliseum. The L.A. schools aren't exactly having banner seasons this year, but no sense in just standing by and letting other teams get in on the action...

...Arizona's scoring output of 30 points or more in five successive games came to a halt in the last two games.... The last time the Cats put together a longer string, however, was 24 years ago when the 1975 Jim Young team ran off seven games with more than 30 B and that's the school record for such consecutive oddities...

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

...It's a thing of the past, but this year's opening ranking of No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the AP poll 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...

...Freshman receiver Bobby Wade caught his fourth TD of the year at OSU. He had a decent day against Washington, with three catches for 27 yards. He had four catches for 66 yards at UCLA. He went up and brought down a nice catch for a TD against Oregon, his third of the year. He's third on the club with 26 catches, which stacks up as the best total in UA history for first-year receivers. As a freshman, then converted from cornerback after a few games, Northcutt had 8 receptions in 1996. A couple of other noted Arizona 4-year receivers during their freshman season: Theopolis Bell (22 in 1972), Terry Vaughn (22 in 1990), Vance Johnson as a tailback (22 in 1981), Derek Hill (12 in 1985), Richard Dice (12 in 1993)... Wade caught the game-winning pass from Keith Smith on the last play of action at WSU , a 42-yard bomb against the wind and triple coverage... He had his best career day at WSU, with 5 balls for 100 yards...

...Arizona moved up some big rungs in the nation's Top 25 in total offense with its five consecutive 500-yard games. (Which ended with 417 against Washington). The club added a sixth game of 500+ at OSU. The team is averaging 472 yards per contest and ranks 5th nationally... The 500-yard spree was a school and Pac-10 record, and sets an Arizona single-season mark for most 500-yard games in a season... The current rate would be a school record, eclipsing last year's 444-yard mark... To illustrate how this stacks up: should UA gets is current average against ASU, it would set a Pac-10 season record with more than 5600 yards in total offense, breaking the mark of 5524 by the Ryan Leaf-led 1997 WSU Cougar attack...

...Arizona's running game B ranked 13th nationally B is one big reason for the offensive success. The Cats are averaging 223 yards rushing per game... Trung Canidate leads the way with 131 yards per contest, good enough for 8th nationally... Trung (6.1) is second among the national leaders in yards per carry, a category in which he led the nation in 1998 (7.3). This time around he trails LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU (6.8)...

...While Arizona's passing yardage (250 ypg) might be modest by some standards, the passing efficiency by the top QBs represents No. 3 (Jenkins) and No. 7 (Smith) on the UA single-season chart if they held up. Both guys have been in the nation's top 10 at times during the season... For that matter, the 250 yards per game would be Arizona's second-highest per-game total in its 100 years of football...

...Dennis Northcutt (80 receptions) has entered his name for the third time on UA's single-season receptions chart. He's at No. 1 with this year's mark, No. 3 with 63 in 1988, and No. 5 with 58 in 1997. No other Arizona receiver appears even twice on the list...

...UA's offensive line deserves a bundle of credit for the Cats' offensive improvement. One notable reason is the six men across the front have started all but one game together (OSU) B Manu Savea (RT), Marques McFadden (RG), Bruce Wiggins (C), Steven Grace (LG), Makoa Freitas (LT) and Brandon Manumaleuna (TE). Senior Ega Usu filled in for Freitas, who switched to right guard for McFadden (concussion) at OSU... That's a whole lot of continuity when it comes to a reasonably young offensive front...

...Keith Smith's 281-yard passing effort against UCLA was his second-best... His 225 against Oregon was No. 5... His 243-yard passing effort against Southern California was the third highest total in his career, trailing the phenomenal 418 he had at California in triple overtime in 1996... That was the game in which he set an NCAA freshman total offense mark of 502 yards... He threw for 228 yards against Washington as a freshman in 1996, to round out his top five performances...

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

...Keith Smith became a 1,000-yard rusher with his 87 yards on 9 carries against Southern California B career, that is. For a QB, that's not too bad. He has 292 career carries for 1,071 yards. A quick look at Arizona's career record for modern quarterback rushing (not kept faithfully over the years) turned up Ronnie Veal (1988-91) with 1,405 yards as the leader. Smith passed Jim Krohn (987 yards from 1976 to 1979) with his output against USC... Smith, by the way, had 23 rushes for 184 yards in his two career games against the Trojans B an average of 8.0 per tote... A quick look by the Pac-10 office shows OSU quarterbacks Tim Alexander (1,405) and Terry Baker (1,503) likely other conference rushing QBs of note...

...Keith Smith is 14-3 as the quarterback of record in his last 17 starts, though he owes a big hand to Ortege Jenkins, who took over after the first series against UTEP when Smith was knocked out by a rib injury... Overall in his four seasons Smith is 19-10 as the first guy out there under center... Ortege Jenkins is 9-5 in his 13 career starts... Jenkins has done a good job in improving his percentage, to .603 after last year's final mark of .493. Smith's current .576 percentage is below his single-season record of .685 from a year ago but still gives him a career mark of .598 entering the ASU game, and he likely will break the mark of .537 set by Tom Tunnicliffe (1980-83)...

The nine sacks UA had against UCLA is an Arizona record... UA has 33 sacks this year, led by Joe Tafoya with 9. The team total compares with 46 a year ago...UA's offensive line has allowed the Cats' signal caller to be sacked 30 times, compared to 21 last year and 25 the year before. The Cats did not give up a sack at UCLA and only one vs. UW... ...UA opponents' average rushing yardage B 138 yards B seems like a misprint for many who remember Desert Swarm of the early to mid->90s. But that's down from 196 per game just five weeks ago, thanks to the -20 job UA did against Tailback U on Oct. 9 and the -31 against UCLA on Oct. 30... Those two games are the only this year in which opponents had less than 100 team rushing yards. The Cats have allowed three games of more than 200 rushing yards, led by Penn State's 262. Arizona has allowed two individual century-mark outings and a 200-yard day. Reuben Droughns of Oregon netted 202 on 45 carries, Chafie Fields carried three times and popped for 110 yards at Penn State, while LaDainian Tomlinson carried the ball 28 times for 170 yards at Texas Christian...

Some Arizona Honors Candidates
Dennis the Menace
Wide Receiver Dennis Northcutt - A Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist and All-American candidate, this senior who began his career as a running back and defensive back, is Arizona's career leader in receptions (215), receiving yards (3,125 yards) and all-purpose yards (5,005)... Overall on the year, he has a school-record 80 receptions for a school record 1,295 yards and seven touchdowns (117 ypg/NCAA's No. 3 mark)... His season reception total broke a mark of 76 by Jim Greth, 1966)... Northcutt has caught a pass in a Pac-10 record 41 consecutive games, dating back to the Oregon State game in 1996, which breaks the old record of 37 which was set by John Jackson of USC (1986-89)... With seven 100-yard receiving games this season, he has stretched his career total to 12... One of the top all-purpose men in the country, he averages 185 all purpose yards per game (No. 3 in last week's NCAA stats)... He has a punt return for a TD this year -- an 80-yarder against Middle Tennessee... That is tied for the ninth-longest punt return in school history and it's the longest punt return at the UA since 1980... Only moments earlier, he had a 71-yard punt return for a score called back because Arizona was flagged for roughing the punter... He is coming off his seventh 100-yard receiving day of the year last week versus Washington, catching eight passes for 112 yards... He only played three quarters in the UCLA win, but still caught seven passes for 121 yards, to go with four punt returns for 40 yards and a rush for seven (168 total)... In the Oregon game, he accounted for 215 all-purpose yards, catching nine passes for 140 yards and rushing the ball twice for 75 yards... His rushing total was helped by an 80-yard TD on a reverse -- and he had a 32 yard TD reception as well... In the UTEP win, he had 193 all-purpose yards, catching four passes for 76 yards, ran three reverses for 68 yards and had 49 yards on three punt returns... In the Washington State win, he had 208 all-purpose yards (107 receiving, 86 in punts and 15 rushing yards)... Northcutt had a career-game against TCU, catching 10 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns... The yardage total was the second best in Arizona history and tied for sixth on the Pac-10's single game charts... Included in the three scores were receptions of 38, 59 and 30 yards -- the latter of which was the game-winner with 2:10 left to go... On the night, he had 314 all purpose yards and was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for the performance... Had 121 yards on eight receptions in the 31-24 win over USC and his TD tied the game at 17-17... Hauled in a game-high eight passes for 86 yards at Penn State... In his career, he has 23 receiving touchdowns (also has one rushing TD and one punt return for a TD) to go with 3,029 receiving yards and is the only player in UA history to score a TD four different ways (pass reception, run, punt return and interception return)... His 922 receiving yards last season is No. 5 on the single season chart and his 63 receptions are No. 3... He caught 58 passes as a sophomore... Was the Pac-10's all-purpose yardage leader last season with 1,647 yards... He returned 38 punts for 437 yards and 11 kickoffs for 219 yards... As a redshirt freshman in 1996, he had two interceptions against Illinois, which was one pick short of a freshman record... Took one of the interceptions back for a 63-yard touchdown... That season also saw him go on to haul in a touchdown reception at California, making him the first Arizona player to score both an offensive and defensive touchdown in the same year since 1975.

Dennis Northcutt's Career 100-yard Games	
9-6-99	at TCU	        10-257, 3 TD	
9-12-98	at Stanford	5-160, 1 TD	
9-19-98	Iowa	        5-157, 1 TD	
10-23-99 Oregon	        9-140, 1 TD	
9-18-99	Stanford	8-139, 2 TD	
10-18-97 Washington	10-135	
10-30-99 UCLA	        7-121	
10-4-97	San Diego St.	6-121, 2 TD	
10-9-99	USC	        8-121, 1 TD	
11-6-99	Washington	8-112				
9-25-99	Wash. State	5-107				
10-10-98 UCLA	        8-103				
A Canidate For Fall Seasons
* Running Back Trung Canidate - A Doak Walker Award and All-American candidate, this speedster enters the ASU game with a school-record nine consecutive 100-yard games, upping his career 100-yard game total to 17, a UA career record (toppping 15 by Art Luppino from 1953-56)... He has 774 yards in his past six games, including 221 in his last game at Oregon State his third 200+ effort... On the year, he has carried the ball 235 times for 1,444 yards (131 ypg), which is 8th in last week's NCAA stats... Last season, he led the nation in rushing yards per attempt, averaging a whopping 7.3 yards per carry and this year he is at 6.1 ypc... His 1,444 yards this year is a school record, surpassing Ontiwaun Carter (1991-94) as the school's all-time leading rusher... Carter had 3,501 yards from 1991-94... Canidate has got to this point with just 586 career rushes, as opposed to Carter, who had 805 career carries... His 3,666 career rushing yards are No. 8 on the all-time Pac-10 chart, His 221-yard game at OSU was aided by a 50-yard TD run, the 14th of his career that went for 45 or more yards... The UCLA win saw him go for 148 yards on 25 carries, while scoring twice... In the Oregon game, he ran for 104 yards on 20 carries and scored twice -- one on a 60-yard scamper (ninth TD run of his career of 60 or more yards) and the other on a 33-yard pass reception... Against UTEP, he had his second 200-yard rushing game of his career with a 202 yard output... He gained those yards on 27 carries, averaging 7.5 yards a pop... He also scored on a 60-yard TD run, which was the... Against USC, he rushed for 194 yards, which was the third-highest single game total in his career (288 vs. ASU in 1998, 202 vs. UTEP in 1999)... Prior to the USC outing, he ran for 158 yards against Washington State... He carried the ball a career-high 34 times and tied a career-best with three touchdowns... His second 100-yard outing of 1999 came in the Stanford game, as he rushed for 123 yards on 14 carries... That total was aided by a season-long 73-yard carry... Against Middle Tennessee State, he had his first 100-yard game of 1999... Ran for 102 yards on 16 carries (6.4 ypc)... Became just the third 1,000-yard rusher in the 83-year history of Pacific-10 Conference football to average more than seven yards per carry... His 25 career touchdown runs have averaged 42 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... First career touchdown was as a redshirt freshman when he blocked a punt and recovered it for a score against Washington State.

For Whom the Bell Tolls
* Linebacker Marcus Bell - A Butkus Award Semi-Finalist and on the watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Award (nation's best defensive player), he leads the team in tackles with 104 this season, his second consecutive century season... He had the third-highest tackle total of his career versus Washington, racking up 18, including 12 solos... Bell led the Pac-10 Conference in tackles last year after racking up 139 hits... He had 14 tackles in the Oregon game, including one for a loss... He had nine tackles and two for a loss against UTEP to lead the team... Team-high nine in the UCLA game, helping Arizona limit the Bruins to -31 rushing yards... He was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11 for his game against USC, when he had nine tackles, one interception, one pass break up and a half-sack and helped limit the Trojans to their lowest rushing total ( -20) in their Pac-10 history... His game-high 13 tackles against Stanford tied for the third-highest single game total of his career... Team high-nine tackles against TCU and eight versus Middle Tennessee... Only had six tackles against Penn State, as his time in the second half was limited after injuring his left ankle (he missed the entire fourth quarter)... His tackle total last season (139) was the most for an Arizona defender during the Dick Tomey-era, surpassing the 136 tackles All-American safety Chuck Cecil had in 1987... Had 83 solo stops and was a first team All-Pac-10 selection... Broke up six passes, forced two fumbles and led the team in tackles for a loss with 14... Had a double-digit tackle output in nine of the UA's 13 games... Had 21 tackles in a game twice last season B 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 385 total tackles in his career, fifth highest UA total ever in its Pac-10 history. With all due respect, the four guys ahead of him (Chuck Cecil-392, Lamonte Hunley-400, Byron Evans-552 and Ricky Hunley-556) benefitted from some exuberant coaching-film tackle counts by UA defensive staffs Football News 1999 preseason All-America first team.

The AK@ in the O
Quarterback Keith Smith - The senior part of the Arizona quarterback rotation with Ortege Jenkins, Keith Smith entered the season after setting Arizona completion records in two of the past three years... This year, he has completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,610 yards and nine touchdowns He is the UA's No. 2 career leader for total offense (6,750 yards) and No. 4 for passing yards (5,679 yards)... Coming off a 13-24 performance with a TD and an interception in the start at OSU He started and played the majority of the night versus UCLA and had the second-best passing day of his career, throwing for 281 yards (17-of-29) and one touchdown... He was 16-of-26 for 237 yards in the first half alone before Arizona shut the offense down somewhat and began the run the ball after building a 26-7 lead... He came off the bench against Oregon and was 14-of-28 for 225 yards and three touchdowns... He brought the Cats back from a 21-7 second quarter deficit... In the 31-24 win over USC, he was 15-of-23 for 243 yards and one touchdown... The passing yardage total was the third-highest in his career... He was injured on Arizona's first drive of the UTEP game and did not play again... His 42-yard AHail Mary@ pass on the last play of the game at Washington State was caught by freshman Bobby Wade, giving the Cats a 30-24 win -- it was named the Compaq Collegiate Play of the Week... He finished the day 12-of-25 for 190 yards and one TD to go with 54 rushing yards on 13 carries... He sat out the Middle Tennessee win after re-aggravating an ankle sprain against TCU -- he injured the ankle during the second half of the season opener at Penn State, but practiced the entire following week and started against the Horned Frogs... In the TCU win, he was 12-of-16 for 174 and two touchdowns, including the gamewinner -- a 30-yarder to Dennis Northcutt with 2:10 left in the contest... Against Penn State, he started and was on target throughout the day, completing 17-of-21 passes for 128 yards... He completed his first nine passes in a row... Against Stanford, he was 4-of-9 for 80 yards, as Jenkins got the start and the majority of the work... He completed a school-best 68.5% of his passes last season (113-of-165) and during his sophomore campaign, he completed passes 60.6% of the time (117-of-193)... His pass efficiency rating of 174.17 last year is also a school record B and if he would have had just 15 more attempts, that would have been the nation's No. 2 mark -- this season his rating of 135.57 would be Arizona's seventh best in history... A second team All-Pac-10 pick last year... Has rushed for 1,071 yards in his career and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground... Offensive MVP of the 1998 Holiday Bowl, as he completed 11-of-19 passes for 147 yards and one TD, while rushing for 25 yards.

Big Play O.J.
* Quarterback Ortege Jenkins - Arizona's other quarterback in the UA two-man rotation, he has started four games this season... Best marks to date with a .603 completion percentage and an efficiency rating of 144.72 He is 9-4 as the starter of record during his career, though he's helped win a number of other games... Has caught six passes for 35 yards, as he has seen time at receiver as well... Relieved Keith Smith in the second half of the Washington game and was 12-of-18 for 198 yards and a touchdown... Against UCLA, he played the majority of his time at wide receiver, where he caught two passes for 25 yards... In the Oregon game he had a career-long 65-yard touchdown run before being relieved by Keith Smith... He played all but one drive in the UTEP game after relieving an injured Smith... Rallied the team from a 14-0 deficit to post a 34-21 victory... Finished the night 10-of-17 for 113 yards and one touchdown and also carried the ball 11 times for 83 yards, an output that was aided by a career-best 52 yard run... He was the man in the TCU win after guiding the Cats out of a 25-7 third quarter deficit... He engineered three quick scoring drives that resulted in 21 points in six plays, giving Arizona a 28-25 lead in the middle of the third stanza... In the game, he completed 5-of-9 passes -- three of which were for touchdowns B and finished with 163 yards... He also played receiver and caught two passes, while his improvisational skills on the ground helped Arizona keep the chains moving... In the game-winning final drive, he was used as a wide receiver to keep the TCU defense from double-teaming Dennis Northcutt, who in turn, ended up catching the game-winning pass... At Washington State, he started before giving way to Keith Smith... On the day he was 6-of-8 for 61 yards and was in the three-receiver set that went up for the ball on the last second AHail Mary@ completion that won the game... He jumped for it, but it went through his arms and into Bobby Wade's for the game winner... He played the majority of the Middle Tennessee game (Keith Smith was held out due to an injury), before giving way to third-stringer Jason Johnson late in the game... Jenkins went 16-of-23 for 118 yards and one touchdown and ran the ball four times for 21 yards, scoring on an 8-yard run that put Arizona up 20-0... Against Stanford, he was 15-of-23 for 200 yards and three touchdowns... O.J. directed Arizona on its only scoring drive of the Penn State game and ended up completing 8-of-14 passes for 104 yards... He also carried the ball 11 times (but his rushing total was only 16 yards because of sacks)... Last season, he threw for 1,011 yards last year and five touchdowns, but was probably best remembered around the nation for his leap and flip into the endzone over three defenders to beat Washington with four seconds left in the game... Top game of 1998 was against UCLA, when he passed for 260 yards and one touchdown... The starting QB in three games last season, while starting another at slot receiver... Worked on his game in the offseason with former Arizona offensive coordinator Homer Smith... Spent 13 days in Smith's hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and worked on the mechanics and techniques that Smith helped develop during Jenkins' first year as the Arizona quarterback (1997)... That season, he began the year as a wide receiver and No. 3 quarterback, but injuries to both Keith Smith and Brady Batten gave him the starting QB nod... Went on to pass for 1,669 yards and 19 touchdowns that season... The 19 touchdowns are the second-best single season total in UA history and a Pac-10 freshman record... Has 33 touchdown passes in 33 career games and has been intercepted just 15 times in 516 career attempts... 14 of his 33 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.

Arizona's Polk Hero
* Linebacker DaShon Polk - The senior who was on the Butkus Award watch list at the start of the year, he has 64 tackles this season (44 solos) and is tied for the team lead with 13 tackles for loss Turned in biggest numbers of the year in decent effort at OSU with 9 solos, 1 assist, a sack and two tackles for losses... Turned in another good versus USC, recording five tackles -- three of which were for a loss and two quarterback sacks... Had a game-high three tackles for a loss in the TCU win and accounted for seven tackles on the evening... Was in on six tackles versus Middle Tennessee State... His time against Penn State was limited after missing a portion of the game due to dehydration (he had three tackles)... The flex linebacker in the UA's Double-Eagle flex defensive scheme, he has a tremendous physical presence with great speed on the outside... In the UA's scheme, it is his job to funnel the action to the core of the defense... A second team All-Pac-10 pick last year as a junior, 23% of his tackles were for a loss... Had 56 tackles overall, 13 of which were for a loss... Had 4.5 sacks... Has started the last 34 games and has 163 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 the Arizona offensive line... When the UA Aonly@ totaled 417 total yards against Washington, it broke a string of five consecutive games with more than 500 total yards, which set a new Pac-10 record, then the Cats added an even 500 at Osu for yet another such game... The Arizona total offense average of 472 is No. 5 in the country... The 588 yards against UCLA was the No. 7 single-game total in school history... Arizona racked up 552 yards against Oregon, including 282 on the ground... Opened holes against USC, helping the Cats rush for 307 yards against a defense that giving up only 83.5 rushing yards per game... If that wasn't enough, Arizona came back the next week to pound out 396 rushing yards versus UTEP... That total was the most for the UA since 1991 (Oregon, 460)... The Cats have raised their rushing average to 222 ypg, while averaging 250 in the air... Last year, the duo was a big part of an offense that averaged 444.9 yards of total offense per game, which was a school record and the 18th best mark in the land for 1998... This season, they have helped Trung Canidate get seven consecutive 100-yard rushing days as the Cats go into Saturday's Washington game... In the WSU win, they help Arizona run for 279 yards and were on the field for 93 plays, while helping establish a time of possession margin of 38:26-to-21:34...The Middle Tennessee game saw the Arizona gameplan focus on establishing the run, and they did just that, running for a season-high 265 yards on 46 carries... The offensive line did not give up any sacks as well... The Cats rushing total of 113 yards against Stanford could have been higher, if not for the minus-63 yards quarterback Ortege Jenkins suffered, mostly on six sacks... They have been looked to for upper class leadership throughout 1999 to make up for the loss of a some of key parts of the blocking from 1998 who are all playing in the NFL this year -- guard Yusuf Scott (Arizona Cardinals), tackle Edwin Mulitalo (Baltimore Ravens), tight end Mike Lucky (Dallas Cowboys) -- and blocking back Paul Shields, who is with the Indianapolis Colts.

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