Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Go Check Out the Bursting Dam
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 08, 1999
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The Game: The Arizona Wildcats (6-4, 3-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference) take their penultimate road trip of the year to Corvallis, Ore., and a key game against the Oregon State Beavers (6-3, 3-3) on Saturday, Nov. 13. Kickoff in 35,362-seat Reser Stadium is set for 7:15 p.m. (8:15 Tucson time). The game will be cablecast live nationally by Fox Sports Net, with Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey and James Lofton calling the play. A capacity crowd is expected.

Some Game Themes: ... The Beavers, bowl-qualified, have a chance to win seven games for the first time in 32 years... Arizona, meantime, needs a victory to become bowl eligible and secure a winning season... The game could go a way toward determining the league's individual rushing champion, with the top two rushers, OSU's Ken Simonton and UA's Trung Canidate. But those guys are being chased by ASU's J.R. Redmond and Oregon's Reuben Droughns... Quarterbacks should figure in the game's equation. There's a matchup of Smiths -- the league's top total offense QB -- Jonathan Smith of OSU -- and the top passing efficiency QB -- UA's Keith Smith, and UA brings Ortege Jenkins into the mix...

The Series: Arizona leads the series, 19-2-1 and has won the last eight meetings. The Cats won last year's match up, 28-7, in Corvallis. Arizona is 9-2-1 against OSU in the state of Oregon including a victory in Portland in 1984.

The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 13th year at Arizona (90-56-4) and 23rd overall (153-102-7). He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii. Tomey is 9-1-1 against Oregon State, all while at Arizona. Oregon StateDennis Erickson (Montana State 69) is in his first year at OSU (6-3) and 14th year overall (119-43-1).Tomey last coached against Erickson when the Cats beat the Miami Hurricanes in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl, although Erickson's 1991 and 1992 Canes beat UA. The coaches split a pair in Tomey's first two years in the league when Erickson was at WSU. Erickson is 1-2 against UA in Pac-10 games. Tomey's Hawaii clubs beat Idaho twice when Erickson was the head coach in the early 1980s.

Cats Last Week: Washington came to Tucson and took control of the Rose Bowl race with a 33-25 victory over the Cats, putting Arizona in a must-win situation for bowl consideration this week at OSU or in its final game at Arizona State on Nov. 27. In an otherwise evenly played game, the telling moments came in the Huskies' fourth-quarter, 17-play drive of 80 yards for a score to go up 26-17. The drive took 9 minutes and 13 seconds off the clock and forced UA to abandon its typical run-pass mix. Ortege Jenkins' 55-yard pass to Marvin Brown for a score pulled UA within two at 19-17 and The Cats had an opportunity to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, 24-19, but a 15-yard run for a score by UA's Trung Canidate was called back because of an illegal formation. That was one of 10 UA penalties for 65 yards (Washington wasn't so perfect, with 9 flags for 81 yards), but it cost the Cats some huge potential momentum. Arizona had a season-low 59 offensive plays, but kept up its reputation by averaging 7.1 yards per play and totaling 417. That broke a string of five 500-yard games, but the important factor was on the scoreboard. UA suffered three turnovers two interceptions by Keith Smith, one leading to a 25-yard scoring drive, and one by Ortege Jenkins, which was returned 29 yards for an immediate score. The Cats had no takeaways for the second consecutive week. UA's Trung Canidate kept a personal streak going by rushing for 100 or more yards in his eighth consecutive game, a UA record topping Wildcat legend Art The Cactus Comet Luppino (1954). Dennis Northcutt caught eight passes for 112 yards and broke Luppino's all-time all-purpose yardage record. UA linebacker Marcus Bell might have been more noteworthy for his season-high 18 tackles, but the Cats couldn't stop the Huskies when they had to in the fourth quarter. UW made the most of Maurice Shaw's 75 tough yards on 29 carries and also benefitted from some accurate throws by QB Marques Tuiasosopo. More on the Match Up; Noting the Beavers...
Few things are clear in the Pac-10, but Oregon State is 7-3 in its last 10 games, a mark better than any Pac-10 team. The 6-3 record this year cements its first winning season in 29 years and gives the Beavs a chance to do all kinds of things. OSU shrugged off the albatross of the NCAA's active streak of non-winning football seasons with its victory over California last week. The Beavers last winning season was at 6-5 in 1970... The Beavers, further, are tied with UW and Oregon with three-game winning streaks... OSU sophomore tailback Ken Simonton has been among national leaders in rushing all year (10th this week, at 124.1 per game), despite an injury setback at UCLA (thigh bruise) which limited him in that game and against WSU. Against California, probably the league's best defense, he managed 134 yards on 31 carries to retake the Pac-10 rushing lead from UA's Trung Canidate. He also became OSU's all-time rushing leader at 2,145 yards... OSU quarterback Jonathan Smith has been a hot hand in the total offense department under Dennis Erickson's spread offense scheme, but some success all boils down to one aspect: the Beavers set a new single-season scoring record against Cal, with 288. That makes them 21st nationally at 32.0 per game (UA is not far behind at 29.2)... J. Smith has helped lead OSU to 300 passing yards per game, second-best in the league. Smith has passed for more than 300 yards in five of his 15 games played as the regular QB... OSU has some return threats, a problem for UA in some games. T.J. Houshmanzadeh is 18th nationally in punt returns at 12.77 (second in the Pac-10 to Northcutt) and Robert Prescott is 8th nationally with a 27.71 kickoff return average...

Arizona Coach Dick Tomey:
Tomey, a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees, 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 has led Arizona to 22 victories in its last 26 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 90-56-4 record and in his 23rd year overall he is 153-102-7. He has a 59-23-2 slate at Arizona Stadium and a 31-32-2 road record. His Pac-10 record is 57-42-4, making him No. 8 on the all-time list of winningest Pac-10 coaches by conference victories. He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii, making him only the third coach in history to achieve the mark at two schools (Bear Bryant at Alabama and Kentucky, George Welsh at Virginia and Navy). Tomey's 7-1 league mark in 1998 and his 6-2 slates in 1993 and 1994 are Arizona's top three Pac-10 season records. Under Tomey, Arizona players have won six major national awards the 1990 Thorpe Award (Darryll Lewis), the 1993 Outland Trophy/FWAA Bronko Nagurski/UPI Lineman of the Year (Rob Waldrop), the 1994 Lou Groza Award (Steve McLaughlin) and the 1998 Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year (Chris McAlister). Under his guidance the Wildcats were ranked in the polls for 20 consecutive periods until Sept, 20.

Winningest Pac-10 Coaches (league victories only):
6. John Robinson (USC, 1976-82, 1993-97)	63-23-10
7. Larry Smith (UA 1980-86, USC 1987-92)	63-34-4
8. Dick Tomey (Arizona 1987-)			57-42-4

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:
LB Scooter Sprotte had back troubles in practice two weeks ago and missed the UCLA/Washington games. He is doubtful for OSU. DT Keoni Fraser sprained an ankle in the first half at UCLA and missed the second half, the re-sprained it vs. UW. He is doubtful for OSU. Fraser broke a bone in his left hand against Oregon and had a cast put on at halftime and returned to action. His backup, J.J. Joppru, bruised a rib vs. UW and is questionable. Special teams' player Zaharius Johnson sprained his right ankle vs. Oregon and missed the UCLA trip. He's probable for OSU. DE Austin Uku missed the Oregon and UCLA games with a right ankle sprain and is probable. Starting wide receiver Brad Brennan aggravated a hamstring injury against Stanford and is a candidate for a medical hardship season, with limited play in only two games. He had missed the TCU and MT games. Backup WR Malosi Leonard had orthoscopic knee surgery Sept. 3 and missed TCU/MT but returned for the SU game. Juco transfer OL Kevin Barry had surgery Sept. 15 on his right foot and will redshirt. Redshirt freshman cornerback David Hinton had shoulder surgery Aug. 26 and will miss the season. Lost starts due to injury: (11): (FS Rafell Jones at TCU/MT; WR Brad Brennan at TCU/MT; SS Greg Payne at PSU; FB Jim Wendler at TCU; QB Keith Smith vs. MT; CB Leland Gayles vs. MT/SU; DT Keoni Fraser vs. MT; DT Idris Haroon vs. MT.

How the Cats Measure Nationally
Here are some top 25 national (and Pac-10) 
statistical rankings for Arizona:
Category (figure)	NCAA	Pac-10
Team Punt Ret (16.1)	3rd	1st
Total Offense (469.5)	5th	2nd
Team Rushing (219.4)	14th	1st
Dennis Northcutt:
  Punt Ret (16.5)	4th	1st
  Rec PG (7.20)	        12th    1st 
  Rec YPG (119.9)	3rd	2nd
  All-Purp (186.2)	3rd	1st
Trung Canidate(122.3)	12th	2nd	rushing
Keith Smith (138.3)	19th	1st	pass efficiency
(O. Jenkins (148.3)	-6th	1st	but 28 att shy)

Red-Zone Offense and Defense
The Cats have not been convincing. 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). Still, UA shown the tendency to score from anywhere on the field. On first-and-goal opportunities, Arizona does a better job. 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:	
39 trips, 21 TD, 3 FG	
1st-and-Goal: 17 (14 TD)
Opponents in the Zone:	
34 trips, 21 TD /6 FG	
1st-and-Goal: 17 (11 TD, 1 FG)

Turnover Woes
Turnovers destroy. UA gave Washington field position at its 25 for a quick score and watched another interception returned 29 yards for a score. Those two factured in an eight-point loss. Arizona was slowly improving its turnover margin until a 3-0 deficiencies against UCLA and Washington. The Cats are -8 with two games remaining. The Cats need some takeaways. 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 19, Opponents 11	Season ratio: -8	
1999 Miscue points:	
Arizona 44, Opponents 71   (Includes turnover-, 
safeties, blocked kicks- possessions)

Dennis Delivers
WR/punt returner/sometime cornerback Dennis Northcutt has demonstrated it's worth it to get him the ball. He's five catches shy of a new UA single-season receptions record. He set the school single-season receiving yardage mark against UW at 1,199. He's 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 (223), just tied the record set by Darrin Nelson of Stanford from 1977-81. Dennis is No. 3 with 207. Dennis (1,199) and Walters (1,020) each became 1,000-yard receivers recently. Like Walters, Northcutt has value in other spots on the field. In 110 touches this season he has averaged 16.9 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 40 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 elsehwere on this site.

Dennis' 1999 Digits:
12 rushes, 72 receptions, 21 punt returns, 5 kickoff returns = 110 touches, 1,199 yards

The Canidate's 1,000-Yard Club:
Who knows, but senior tailback Trung Canidate has a 1,000-yard club which might be pretty exclusive. With his 74-yard touchdown run against Washington, Canidate became a 1,000-yard rusher on career touchdown runs alone. For the record, he's rushed for 24 touchdowns and 1,009 yards on those carries in his three years as a tailback. It's because he has 13 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 3,445.

Marcus' Marks:
Senior linebacker Marcus Bell notched his 100th tackle of the season with his 18 total against Washington. That's 10.0 per game and gives him a back-to-back century-mark season to go with his Pac-10 best 139 last season. He's a busy player against the Huskies: he has 39 tackles in Arizona's last two games against Washington. He wasn't feasting on add-on assists last week, either. He had 12 solo tackles.

The Penal Code
The Cats were flagged 10 times for penalties against UW, their sixth game of the year in double-digits. One of them cost what would have been a 15-yard Trung Canidate run for the go-ahead and possibly momentum-gaining TD on the third play of the fourth quarter. UA missed the subsequent field goal try and Washington went on its 9-minute drive to effectively eat the quarter. Arizona has had two games with more than 100 yards in penalties vs. Middle Tennessee (14-126) and UCLA (10-110). Unfortunately, the 9.4 penalties per game rate of the 1999 team would be a school record, eclipsing the 8.6 per game penalty mark of the 1993 Arizona club (95 in 11 games). The school mark for most yards penalized in a season is 831 in that 1993 season (75.5 per game). The mark per game is 79.6 by the 10-game 1970 team. Arizona currently has 94 penalties for 729 yards and might put some marks in the books if not disciplined in the final two games.

Cats Making Yardage In Chunks
It's known that the Cats have outstanding offensive firepower. At 470 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. The problem against Washington was getting enough plays. UA had a season-low 59 plays yet managed 417 total yards (7.1 per play).

Blocking Kicks
Peter Hansen (6-foot-8 erstwhile quarterback, now WR/TE and middle jumper on kick-block units) blocked his fourth career kick against UW and second in as many games when he swatted a 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 and wing span... The UW knock was Arizona's fifth blocked kick of the season and 13th in the last two years. The team was credited with one 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 34 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. 3,029	Dennis Northcutt, 1996- (192 rec/23 tds)
2. 2,509	T Bell, 1972-75 (153 rec/30 tds) 
3. 2,415	Jon Horton, 1983-86 (136 rec/16 tds)

Arizona Career Rushing Yards List 1. 3,501 Ontiwaun Carter, 1991-94 2. 3,445 Trung Canidate, 1996- 3. 3,371 Art Luppino, 1953-56

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. 5,516 Keith Smith, 1996-

Arizona Career Reception List 1. 207 Dennis Northcutt, 1996- (2,917 yds/23 tds) 2. 153 T Bell, 1972-75 (2,509 yds/30 tds) 3. 136 Jon Horton, 1983-86 (2,415 yds/16 tds) 4. 119 Richard Dice, 1993-96 (1,957 yds/17 tds)

Arizona Career Total Offense Leaders 1. 7,336 Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980-83 2. 6,598 Keith Smith, 1996- 3. 6,307 Alfred Jenkins, 1983-86

Arizona Career TD Passes 1. 46 Tom Tunnicliffe, 1980-83 2. 45 Bruce Hill, 1973-75 3. 43 Dan White, 1993-95 4. 40 Keith Smith, 1996-99 5. 33 Ortege Jenkins, 1997-

Arizona Career All-Purpose Yardage 1. 5,005 Dennis Northcutt, 1996- 2. 4,963 Art Luppino, 1953-56 3. 4,943 Theopolis T Bell, 1972-75 4. 4,343 Vance Johnson, 1981-84 5. 4,023 Ontiwaun Carter, 1991-94 6. 3,981 Trung Canidate, 1996-

A Few Notes
...Sophomore tight end Brandon Manumaleuna has 16 receptions for 230 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...

...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 runs from other running backs. True freshman Lance Briggs ripped off a 48-yard scoring run at UCLA on a play he bounced outside, then cut back up the gut. Freshman Leo Mills later added a 35-yard dash and junior Leon Callen chipped in a 21-yard burst...

...Canidate's long scoring run (74 yds) against Washington gave him 13 of 45 yards or more in his career. He had a 60-yarder against UCLA a week earlier. More short-yardage and goal-line duty this year (performed last year by Kelvin Eafon) has dropped the average on his 24 career touchdown runs to 42.0 yards -- rather amazing... Canidate shows up on the Arizona career all-purpose chart at No. 6 (above). He's the only modern exclusively RB guy in that mix his only return yardage stems from blocking a punt as a freshman special teams player and recovering it for a score 13 yards later... His 202 yards rushing against UTEP was the 7th best in UA history. His 288 against Arizona State last year is the No. 1 rushing game in Wildcat annals... Canidate might be one of the few guys in the game with TD runs from every increment of 10 yards 1, 11, 28, 38, 48, 54, 67, 75, 80, 96 just to cite a few....

...Welcome to the club... 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). Still, it's a decent start for a new player. He's 5-5 on PAT tries. 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 in two recent games against the Los Angeles schools 7 against USC and a school-record tying 9 against UCLA helped give the team 28 total this season after a pretty slow start in the department. UA had only one against Washington. Some increased pass pressure has helped UA's total defense figure drop from nearly 400 yards allowed per game after five contests, to the current 365 mark... Defensive tackle J.J. Joppru had two sacks against UCLA and has eight tackles from an interior position in his last two games... The nine sacks vs. USC tied a mark set against Northeast Louisiana last year...

...Arizona's victory over UCLA Oct. 30 gave Arizona its second season in which it has beaten the two L.A. schools. The Cats did it 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 last week, though the Cats missed two field goals and had a TD called back.... 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 and that's the school record for such 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 later sacking QB Ortege Jenkins early in the third quarter is an opponents single-game record... The three safeties does set an Arizona opponents season record...

...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 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 24 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 team is averaging 470 yards per contest and ranks 5th nationally... The 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 and record, eclipsing last year's 444-yard mark... To illustrate how this stacks up, and how difficult it might be to keep up the pace: should UA average its current 470 during its last four games, it would approach a Pac-10 season record with more than 5600 yards in total offfense, breaking the mark of 5524 by the Ryan Leaf-led 1997 WSU Cougar attack...

...Arizona's steadily improving running game ranked 14th nationally is one big reason for the offensive success. The Cats are averaging 219 yards rushing per game... Trung Canidate leads the way with 122 yards per contest, good enough for 12th nationally... Trung (5.9) 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 (7.2)...

...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. 6 (Smith) on the UA single-season chart if they held up. Both figures are in the nation's top 20 (though Jenkins is shy of qualifying for the list because of attemps). 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 (72 receptions) has entered his name for the third time on UA's single-season receptions chart. He's at No. 2 with this year's mark, No. 3 with 63 in 1988, and No. 5 with 58 in 1997. The Arizona single-season record is 76 by Jim Greth in 1966... No other Arizona receiver appears even twice on the list...

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

...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 and Tomey has said he'll see more spot play in the secondary throughout the year... Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna was in at defensive tackle in a goal-line package against Oregon. He's played the position in a few other games...

...Keith Smith became a 1,000-yard rusher with his 87 yards on 9 carries against Southern California career, that is. For a QB, that's not too bad. He has 287 career carries for 1,096 yards. A quick look at Arizona's career record for modern quarterback rushing (not kept faithfully over the years) turned up Ronnie Veal (1988-91) with 1,405 yards as the leader. Smith passed Jim Krohn (987 yards from 1976 to 1979) with his output against USC... Smith, by the way, had 23 rushes for 184 yards in his two career games against the Trojans an average of 8.0 per tote... A quick look by the Pac-10 office shows OSU quarterbacks Tim Alexander (1,405) and Terry Baker (1,503) likely other conference rushing QBs of note...

...Keith Smith is 14-2 as the quarterback of record in his last 16 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 19-9 as the first guy out there under center... Ortege Jenkins is 9-5 in his 13 career starts... Jenkins has done a good job in improving his percentage, to .606 after last year's final mark of .493. Smith's current .601 percentage is right on his career mark of .608, which if stands would be a school record...

...UA's offensive line has allowed the Cats' signal caller to be sacked 26 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... The nine sacks UA had against UCLA is an Arizona Pac-10 games record...

...UA opponents' average rushing yardage 138 yards seems like a misprint for many who remember Desert Swarm of the early to mid-90s. But that's down from 196 per game just 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.. 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 (207), receiving yards (3,029 yards) and all-purpose yards (5,005)... Overall on the year, he has 72 receptions for a school record 1,199 yards and seven touchdowns (119.9 ypg/NCAA's No. 3 mark)... His season reception total is No. 2 on the UA single season charts (he needs five more receptions to surpass the No. 1 mark -- 76, Jim Greth, 1966)... Northcutt has caught a pass in a Pac-10 record 40 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 186.2 all purpose yards per game (No. 3 in this 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 Receiving Games (12)
9-6-99	at TCU		10-257 yds	3 TD
9-12-98	at Stanford	5-160 yds	1 TD
9-19-98	Iowa		5-157 yds	1 TD
10-23-99 Oregon		9-140 yds	1 TD
9-18-99	Stanford	8-139 yds	2 TD
10-18-97 Washington	10-135 yds	0 TD
10-30-99 UCLA		7-121 yds	0 TD
10-4-97	San Diego State	6-121 yds	2 TD
10-9-99	USC		8-121 yds	1 TD
11-6-99	Washington	8-112 yds	0 TD
9-25-99	Washington St.	5-107 yds	0 TD
10-10-98 UCLA		8-103 yds	0 TD

A Canidate For Fall Seasons
* Running Back Trung Canidate - A Doak Walker Award and All-American candidate, this speedster enters the Oregon State game with a school-record eight consecutive 100-yard games, upping his career 100-yard game total to 16, which sets a new UA career record (it was 15 set by Art Luppino from 1953-56)... In this eight-game span, Canidate has run for 1,031 yards (147.2 ypg)... He has 753 yards in his past five games... On the year, he has carried the ball 202 times for 1,223 yards (122.3 ypg), which is 12th in this 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 1,223 yards this year is the No. 4 single season mark in school history (he had 1,220 last season)... Last week, he became the second all-time leading rusher in school history with 3,445 yards and now needs just 57 yards to surpass 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 553 career rushes, as opposed to Carter, who had 805 career carries... Is the 22nd back in Pac-10 history to rush for 3,000 or more yards and is currently 10th on the all-time rushing chart, trailing Carter, who is No. 9... His 105 yard day against Washington last week was aided by a 74-yard touchdown run, which was the 13th 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 24 career touchdown runs have averaged 42.0 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.

Trung Canidate's Career Touchdown Runs (24)
Yards		Opponent	Year
  96	San Diego St (UA record)1997
  80	Arizona State		1998
  75	Washington State	1998
  74  	Washington		1999
  71	Oregon		        1998
  67	UCLA		        1998
  66	Arizona State		1998
  66	Alabama-Birmingham	1997
  60	Oregon		        1999
  60	UTEP		        1999
  54 	California		1998
  48	Arizona State		1998
  45	Washington State	1998
  38	Iowa		        1998
  37	Washington		1998
  28	California		1997
  19	UCLA		        1999
  11	USC		        1999
    4	Washington State	1999
    3	UCLA		        1999
    3	New Mexico		1997
    2	Washington State	1999
    1	Washington State	1999
    1	Iowa		        1998

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 100 this season... He had the third-highest tackle total of his career last week 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 a season-high 14 tackles in the Oregon game, including one for a loss... He had nine tackles and two for a loss against UTEP to lead the team... 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 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 372 total tackles in his career (244 solos/128 assists)... Football News 1999 preseason All-America first team.

Marcus Bell's Top Tackle Games
21	Arizona State (11-27-98)
21	at Washington (10-3-98)
18	Washington (11-6-99)
14	Oregon (10-23-99)
13	Stanford (9-18-99)
13	at San Diego St. (9-24-98)
12	at Arizona State (11-28-97)
11	7 times, last vs. WSU (11-7-98)

The K in the O
* Quarterback Keith Smith - The senior part of the Arizona two-headed quarterback rotation with Ortege Jenkins, Keith Smith entered the season after setting Arizona completion records in two of the past three years... This year, he is 97-of-167 (58.1%) and has thrown for 1,447 yards and eight touchdowns... He is the UA's No. 2 career leader for total offense (6,598 yards) and No. 4 for passing yards (5,516 yards)... Coming off a 5-for-14 passing performance against Washington... Had two interceptions... 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 Hail Mary pass on the last play of the game at Washington State was caught by freshman Bobby Wade, giving the Cats a 30-24 win -- it was named the Compaq Collegiate Play of the Week... He finished the day 12-of-25 for 190 yards and one TD to go with 54 rushing yards on 13 carries... He sat out the Middle Tennessee win after re-aggravating an ankle sprain against TCU -- he injured the ankle during the second half of the season opener at Penn State, but practiced the entire following week and started against the Horned Frogs... In the TCU win, he was 12-of-16 for 174 and two touchdowns, including the gamewinner -- a 30-yarder to Dennis Northcutt with 2:10 left in the contest... Against Penn State, he started and was on target throughout the day, completing 17-of-21 passes for 128 yards... He completed his first nine passes in a row... Against Stanford, he was 4-of-9 for 80 yards, as Jenkins got the start and the majority of the work... He completed a school-best 68.5% of his passes last season (113-of-165) and during his sophomore campaign, he completed passes 60.6% of the time (117-of-193)... His pass efficiency rating of 174.17 last year is also a school record and if he would have had just 15 more attempts, that would have been the nation's No. 2 mark -- this season he is currently No. 8 with a rating of 145.8... A second team All-Pac-10 pick last year... Pin-point passer and elusive rusher as well... Has rushed for 1,082 yards in his career and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground... Offensive MVP of the 1998 Holiday Bowl, as he completed 11-of-19 passes for 147 yards and one TD, while rushing for 25 yards.

Keith Smith's Top-Five Passing Performances
11-2-96	at California (3 OT)	25-35, 418 yds  	3 TD
10-30-99 at UCLA		17-29, 281 yards	1 TD
10-9-99	USC			15-23, 243 yards 	1 TD
9-21-96	Washington		16-29, 228 yds	        2 TD
10-23-99 Oregon			14-28, 225 yards 	3 TD

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

Big Play O.J.
* Quarterback Ortege Jenkins - Arizona's other quarterback in the UA two-man rotation, he has started four games this season... He is 9-4 as the starter of record during his career, though he's helped win a number of other games... On the year, he is 75-of-122 for 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns... 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 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 Hail Mary completion that won the game... He jumped for it, but it went through his arms and into Bobby Wade's for the game winner... He played the majority of the Middle Tennessee game (Keith Smith was held out due to an injury), before giving way to third-stringer Jason Johnson late in the game... Jenkins went 16-of-23 for 118 yards and one touchdown and ran the ball four times for 21 yards, scoring on an 8-yard run that put Arizona up 20-0... Against Stanford, he was 15-of-23 for 200 yards and three touchdowns... O.J. directed Arizona on its only scoring drive of the Penn State game and ended up completing 8-of-14 passes for 104 yards... He also carried the ball 11 times (but his rushing total was only 16 yards because of sacks)... Last season, he threw for 1,011 yards last year and five touchdowns, but was probably best remembered around the nation for his leap and flip into the endzone over three defenders to beat Washington with four seconds left in the game... Top game of 1998 was against UCLA, when he passed for 260 yards and one touchdown... The starting QB in three games last season, while starting another at slot receiver... Worked on his game in the offseason with former Arizona offensive coordinator Homer Smith... Spent 13 days in Smith's hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and worked on the mechanics and techniques that Smith helped develop during Jenkins' first year as the Arizona quarterback (1997)... That season, he began the year as a wide receiver and No. 3 quarterback, but injuries to both Keith Smith and Brady Batten gave him the starting QB nod... Went on to pass for 1,669 yards and 19 touchdowns that season... The 19 touchdowns are the second-best single season total in UA history and a Pac-10 freshman record... Has 33 touchdown passes in 32 career games and has been intercepted just 14 times in 507 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.

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

Arizona's Polk Hero
* Linebacker DaShon Polk - The senior who was on the Butkus Award watch list at the start of the year, he has 54 tackles this season (35 solos) and is tied for second with 10 tackles for a loss... Turned in his best game of the season versus USC, recording five tackles -- three of which were for a loss and two quarterback sacks... Had a game-high three tackles for a loss in the TCU win and accounted for seven tackles on the evening... Was in on six tackles versus Middle Tennessee State... His time against Penn State was limited after missing a portion of the game due to dehydration (he had three tackles)... The flex linebacker in the UA's Double-Eagle flex defensive scheme, he has a tremendous physical presence with great speed on the outside... In the UA's scheme, it is his job to funnel the action to the core of the defense... A second team All-Pac-10 pick last year as a junior, 23% of his tackles were for a loss... Had 56 tackles overall, 13 of which were for a loss... Had 4.5 sacks... Has started the last 33 games in a row and 153 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 only 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... The Arizona total offense average of 469.5 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 228.6 ypg, while averaging 246.8 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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