Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Close Homestand versus Ducks
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 18, 1999
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The Game:
The Arizona Wildcats (5-2, 2-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference) play a critical (isn't it always so?) Pac-10 game at home against the Oregon Ducks (3-3, 1-2) under the lights on Saturday, Oct. 23. Kickoff in 56,500-seat Arizona Stadium is set for 7:15 p.m. The game will be cablecast nationally by Fox Sports Net with Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey and James Lofton describing the play. It's Arizona's Family Weekend. A crowd in excess of 52,000 is expected.

Game Tickets:
Single-game tickets range from $7 to $41 depending on location and purchase plan. McKale Center Ticket Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Game-day tickets are sold at the Stadium's southeast side from 10 a.m. until halftime. Call 621-CATS.

Some Game Themes: ... A game which could keep Arizona tied for second place... The Ducks need one to stay their course and have yet to win on the road in 1999... The Ducks come off a bye week... An even series over the years... Two teams with similar emphasis, though UA leads the league in rushing. Oregon has thrown 217 times and has 211 rushing attempts... UO's 37 points per game and Arizona's improving offensive power UA is 12th nationally in total offense... Games in the series typically hinge on physical play...

The Series: Arizona and UO are tied in series, 12-12. The Cats convincingly won the game last year, 38-3, but the Ducks won the previous four contests. Arizona has an 8-4 mark in games played in Arizona Stadium.

The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 13th year at Arizona (89-54-4) and 23rd overall (152-100-7). He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii. Tomey is 4-5 against the Ducks, all while at Arizona. OregonMike Bellotti (UC-Davis 73), fifth year at UO (33-20) and 10th year overall (56-45-2). Bellotti is 3-1 against Arizona.

Last Outing: 100 years of football, and 100-yard rushers. Well, actually stretch it some: Arizona rushed for 396 yards -- its highest total since 1981 and overcame a tough UTEP club, 34-21, on the occasion of Arizona's Football Centennial. Trung Canidate became UA's fourth 3,000-yard career rusher by spearheading the effort with 202 yards on 27 carries, including a 60-yard touchdown run, the eighth of his career of 60 or more yards. It was his 13th career 100-yard game, two shy of the UA record held by Art the Cactus Comet Luppino, whose jersey was enshrined at halftime. Arizona had to win the game with some verve, as UTEP jumped to a 14-0 lead just minutes into the second quarter. But Trung ripped off his long TD run and UA strong safety Greg Payne returned an interception 34 yards for a score to tie it. Ortege Jenkins, who took the reins after the fifth play of the game when Keith Smith went down with a rib injury, then marched UA 62 yards in nine plays, capped by his TD toss to H-back Eli Wnek. The Miners tied it again late in the third quarter, but UA ground out 60 yards on the ground in an answering 66-yard scoring drive and then Jenkins sparked the final points production with a 52-yard run to set up the Cats last score. Arizona gained more than 500 yards (553) for the third consecutive game, tying a school single-season record. UA had to overcome 10 penalties and a number of missed opportunities dropped touchdown passes, underthrown potential scores and some good plays by the other guys, who averaged 6.1 yards per play. Dennis Northcutt accumulated 193 all-purpose yards on four catches for 76 yards, three punt returns for 49 yards and three reverses for 68 yards. He moved into No. 3 on the UA's all-time career all-purpose chart. Jenkins ran for a career-high 83 yards on 11 carries and would have eclipsed the 100-yard mark were it not for two sacks. The Cats held UTEP to only two third-down conversions, including a late goal-line stand which might have given the Miners an opportunity for an onsides kick had they punched it in. Arizona performed well enough in the kicking game to start average possession at its own 29, compared to UTEP starting at its 21. Linebacker Marcus Bell led the Cats with nine tackles, two for losses. UA's linebacking corps contributed 32 total tackles.

More on the Match Up; Ducks Notes...
Oregon is looking to snap a seven-game road losing streak. Arizona's 38-3 victory over the Ducks on Halloween last year was No. 2 in the string... UO tailback Reuben Droughns' rib injury against USC Sept. 25 had him leave that game with 23 yards, then he missed the Ducks' game at Washington and followed that with 43 yards at UCLA -- yet he is one of the league's most feared runners and is a guy certain to draw Arizona's attention... Inside linebacker Peter Sirmon leads the Ducks with 59 tackles, has forced two fumbles, blocked a kick, intercepted a pass and tackled runners behind the line eight times. As a soph in 1997, Sirmon had 10 tackles to help UO beat Arizona, 16-9, in the season opener, with five hits for losses, a fumble return for 34 yards and two sacks, earning him Pac-10 defensive player of the week... UO has nine interceptions in six games, compared to Arizona's three in seven contests, with eight different players snagging a pick. Middle linebacker Matt Smith returned one interception 81 yards for a touchdown against UCLA... The interception yards and some nifty kick return figures by Michael Fletcher and others have given Oregon a whopping hidden-yardage total of 1,008... Junior quarterback A.J. Feeley has thrown 13 touchdown passes. UA's duo of Keith Smith and Ortege Jenkins has tossed for 12 TDs...

Arizona Coach Dick Tomey:
Tomey, a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees, has led Arizona to 21 victories in its last 24 games. A 1998 national Coach of the Year finalist of the Football Writer's Association of America and Football News, Dick Tomey led Arizona to its best record in history, competing the year 12-1 and ranked No. 4 in the polls. UA became only the fourth team in 83 seasons of Pac-10 football to win 12 games. Beyond that, a more important honor was receiving a University of Arizona Provost's Award for outstanding accomplishment in teaching. He is the first coach in Arizona history to receive the honor, which are garnered by a special few and always in the interest of academic and personal excellence. Tomey is the dean of Pac-10 coaches and has seen 25 head coaches paraded at the other conference schools during his tenure. In his 13th year in Tucson he carries an 89-54-4 record and in his 23rd year overall he is 152-100-7. He has a 59-21-2 slate at Arizona Stadium and a 30-32-2 road record. His Pac-10 record is 56-40-4, 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) 63-43-10
7. Larry Smith (UA 1980-86, USC 1987-92) 63-34-4
8. Dick Tomey (Arizona 1987-)		 56-40-4
   Rich Brooks (Oregon 1977-94)	         56-79-2

Cats in the Polls
Three schools west of the Mississippi are in the AP Top 25 this week and UA isn't one of them (Texas, BYU, Kansas State), despite winning 21 of its last 24 games. UA entered the season ranked No. 4 by Associated Press and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Cats dropped from the polls Sept. 20, after 20 consecutive periods as a ranked team. This year's opening ranking was the Cats' second highest. The 1983 team was No. 3 in both polls in the first week of September. Arizona's two final top 10 rankings from 1993-1998 are the most for any Pac-10 team. This week UA received enough votes to climb to 28th in AP and 29th in the ESPN/USA Today polls.

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

Injury Report: QB Keith Smith hurt his ribs on the fifth play vs. UTEP and is questionable. DL James Lewis had a stomach problem prior to the UTEP game and did not play. He is questionable for Oregon. DE Austin Uku sprained an ankle against UTEP and is questionable. 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 (17.6)	3rd	1st
Total Offense (448.3)	12th	3rd
Team Rushing (209.7)	17th	1st
Dennis Northcutt:
  Punt Ret (19.4)	2nd	1st
  Rec PG (6.9)	14th	2nd
  Rec YPG (125.0)	5th	2nd
  All-Purp (189.5)	3rd	1st
Keith Smith (146.4)	9th	1st	pass efficiency
(Ortege Jenkins 151.7	5th	1st, 
10 attempts shy of qualifying)

Red-Zone Offense and Defense: The Cats have mixed success in the red zone but have shown tendencies to score from anywhere on the field. On first-and-goal opportunities, Arizona does a better job. 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 red zone possessions it came away with a field goal and two touchdowns).

Arizona in the Red Zone:	
26 trips, 16 TD		1st-and-Goal: 14 (12 TD)
Opponents in the Zone:		
22 trips, 17 TD / 2 FG	1st-and-Goal: 10 (7 TD, 1 FG)

Sudden-Change Possessions... UA needs work here but there are some good signs. 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 Horns' fumble. UA managed the only turnover points in the game at Penn State -- its lone touchdown came following a mid-field fumble recovery. However, the Nittany Lions blocked a punt on the first play of the second quarter to get superb field position at the UA 16 yard-line and subsequently kicked a field goal.

1999 Turnovers:		Arizona 11, Opponents 8		
Season ratio: -3	
1999 Miscue points:	Arizona 37, Opponents 52   
(Includes turnover-, safeties, blocked kicks- possessions)

Dennis Delivers WR/punt returner/cornerback Dennis Northcutt has demonstrated he's a worthy recipient of the ball. In 75 touches this season he has averaged 18 yards per play. He had 193 all-purpose yards against UTEP, just missing a fourth 200-yard game in 1999. He tied the Pac-10 record vs. the Miners by catching a pass in 37 consecutive games dating to the Oregon State game in his 1996 freshman season (John Jackson of Southern California from 1986-89). He notched 208 all-purpose yards against WSU, his third 200+ game of the year. 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 (

Dennis' 1999 Digits:
8 rushes, 48 receptions, 14 punt returns, 5 kickoff returns = 75 touches, 1,330 yards

A Few Notes
...Arizona has moved up some big rungs in the nation's Top 25 in total offense with its three consecutive 500-yard games. The team is averaging 448 yards per contest and ranks 12th nationally... The back-to-back-to-back spree is a school record, and ties three Wildcat clubs for most 500-yard games in a season coach Warren Woodson and the Cactus Comet Art Luppino days in 1954, Jim Young and the Bruce Hill/T. Bell 1975 club, and Tomey's team a year ago with much of the current personnel... Arizona's steadily improving running game ranked 17th nationally is one big reason for the offensive success. The Cats are aveaging 209.7 yards rushing per game...

...While Arizona's passing yardage (238 ypg) might be modest by some standards, the passing efficiency by the top QBs represents No. 3 and No. 4 on the UA single-season chart if they held up. Both figures are in the nation's top 10. For that matter, the 238 yards per game would be Arizona's third-highest per-game total in its 100 years of football...

...Trung Canidate's long scoring run (60 yards) against UTEP gave him 11 of 45 yards or more in his career. Some short-yardage, goal-line duty this year (performed last year by Kelvin Eafon) has dropped the average on his 20 career touchdown runs to 42.7 yards. Still rather amazing... Canidate shows up on the Arizona career all-purpose chart at No. 9, with 3,510 yards. He's the only modern exclusively running back guy in that mix his only return yardage in his career stems from blocking a punt as a freshman special teams player and recovering it for a score 13 yards later... His 202 yards 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...

...Dennis Northcutt (48 receptions) has a great shot at entering his name for the third time on UA's single-season receptions chart. He's already at No. 2 with 63 in 1988, and No. 4 with 58 in 1997. Three more catches and he's at No. 9. No other Arizona receiver appears even twice on the list... Not to make any comparisons, but UA true freshman wide receiver Bobby Wade, who's had four starts as he learns the trade this year, has 13 receptions. 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, with 5 balls for 100 yards...

...Senior offensive tackle Manu Savea leads the team with 20 pancake blocks and 66 knock-downs. Junior guard Marues McFadden is next with 17 pancakes and 57 knock-downs. Soph guard Steven Grace--16/57, junior center Bruce Wiggins14/47, and freshman tackle Makoa Freitas10/20. Wiggins has consistently graded the best, with a high of 90 percent vs. UTEP and an 89 grade vs. USC. Others' highest marks: Savea84% vs. USC, Grace85% three times, McFadden83% Middle Tennessee, Freitas87% MTSU...

...Keith Smith's 243-yard passing effort against Southern California was the second 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... Then along comes Ortege Jenkins in the next game, vs. UTEP, and rattles off his career-best rushing total. 83 yards. The Cats do enjoy some weaponry at the position... Jenkins nailed Wade in stride for a potential 36-yard TD vs. the Miners, but the latter dropped it...

...Fourth down may not be what it used to be. In seven games opponents have gone for it 16 times against the Cats, making 11 for a superb 69%. UA, meantime, has converted two of six 4th-down tries... The Cats have stopped opponents 68 times on third down (26-94), a 28 percent rate... UA has made 45 of 107 conversions, a 42% rate, and has improved in the department...

...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...

...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 276 career carries for 1,062 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...

...UA's seven sacks against USC is its best since the believed school record of nine against Northeast Louisiana last year... DaShon Polk and Idris Haroon each had two against the Trojans and helped double the team output to 15 for the year...

...Arizona 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, Arizona blocked eight kicks including two against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. Including bowl games, since 1990 Arizona has blocked 33 punts, field goals or PAT tries. 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.

...Keith Smith is 13-1 as the quarterback of record in his last 14 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 18-9 as the first guy out there under center... Ortege Jenkins is 9-4 in his 13 career starts... Jenkins has done a good job in improving his percentage, to .632 after last year's final mark of .493. Smith's current .635 percentage is better than his career mark of .608, which if stands would be a school record...

...Trung Canidate's 123.7 yards per game rushing compares to his 1998 figure which led the Pac-10 -- 110.9... Stiff competition appears up north where Ken Simonton carries a 150.8-yard average for Oregon State... Canidate has a better per-carry figure (5.9) than Simonton (4.9)...

...Soph WR Malosi Leonard made two big receptions of 38 and 44 yards against USC. Said coach Dick Tomey: There are all these Mach 2 receivers out there, and Malosi, a big guy, makes the two longest catches of the game... Leonard caught one on first down and the longer one on 3rd-and-8 to heat up a scoring drive...

...As has been the trend, UA linebacker Marcus Bell leads the team in tackles (60), considerably ahead of the next guy, whip linebacker DaShon Polk (38)... Polk's the team leader with eight tackles for loss...

...UA's quarterbacks and offensive linemen have allowed the Cats' signal caller to be sacked 22 times, compared to 21 last year and 25 the year before. Coaches have credited (or dis-) the QBs themselves on a number of occasions for simply not getting rid of the ball...

...Coach Dick Tomey benched two starters for team discipline reasons against Washington State -- linebacker Scooter Sprotte and free safety Rafell Jones. They haven't won back their starting positions, though each has worked back into that potential. Depth has improved, with Antonio Pierce at ILB and Jarvie Worcester at FS each making strides as the starter in games since...

...UA opponents' average rushing yardage 153 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 two weeks ago, thanks to the -20 job UA did against Tailback U on Oct. 9. The Trojans suffered 13 tackles for losses -- seven of those sacks. All running backs and receivers had negative plays. UA tackle Joe Tafoya led the way with three tackles for loss (1 sack)... That was the first and only game this year that 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. 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...

...Sophomore tight end Brandon Manumaleuna has 13 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown (his career first, vs. Middle Tennessee), plus another catch for a two-point conversion. 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 two safeties TCU recorded against Arizona tackling RB Sprotte on the game's second play and later sacking QB Ortege Jenkins early in the third quarter is believed to be an opponents record...

...Keith Smith set a school record (minimum 20 attempts) by posting an .810 completion percentage mark against Penn State (17-21), besting a Tom Tunnicliffe performance (21-27, .780) against Pacific in 1982...

...H-back/fullback Jim Wendler was awarded a medical-hardship final year of eligibility after a series of appeals to the NCAA (based on an illness he had during his first year at the Air Force Academy)...

Dennis the Menace
* Wide Receiver Dennis Northcutt - A Biletnikoff Award and All-American candidate, this senior who began his career as a running back and defensive back, is Arizona's all-time reception leader with 183 catches and the UA's all-time receiving yardage leader with 2,656 yards... Overall on the year, he has 48 receptions for 826 yards and six touchdowns (118 ypg)... He has caught a pass in a school record 37 consecutive games, dating back to the Oregon State game in 1996, tying the Pac-10 record which he shares with John Jackson of USC (1986-89)... He also 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... One of the top all-purpose men in the country as well, he averages 190.0 all purpose yards per game... On the UA career all-purpose yardage list, he ranks No. 3 with 4,473 yards... 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 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 22 receiving touchdowns (also has one rushing TD and one punt return for a TD) to go with 2,656 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 are No. 4 on the single season chart and his 63 receptions are No. 2... He caught 58 passes as a sophomore, a total that is No. 4 on the single season list... Was the Pac-10's all-purpose yardage leader last season with 1,647 yards... He returned 38 punts for 437 yards and 11 kickoffs for 219 yards... As a redshirt freshman in 1996, he had two interceptions against Illinois, which was one pick short of a freshman record... Took one of the interceptions back for a 63-yard touchdown... That season also saw him go on to haul in a touchdown reception at California, making him the first Arizona player to score both an offensive and defensive touchdown in the same year since 1975.

Dennis Northcutt's 100-Yard Receiving Outputs 9-6-99 at TCU 10-257 yds 3 TD 9-12-98 at Stanford 5-160 yds 1 TD 9-19-98 Iowa 5-157 yds 1 TD 9-18-99 Stanford 8-139 yds 2 TD 10-18-97 Washington 10-135 yds 0 TD 10-4-97 San Diego State 6-121 yds 2 TD 10-9-99 USC 8-121 yds 1 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 preseason Doak Walker Award candidate, this speedster enters the Oregon game with a school-record tying five consecutive 100-yard games (Jim Upchurch, 1974), upping his career 100-yard games to 13 -- which is two shy of the UA career record of 15 set by Art Luppino... In this span, Canidate has run for 779 yards (155.8 ypg)... He has 396 yards in his past two games... He is coming off his second 200-yard rushing game of his career with a 202 yard output against UTEP last Saturday... He gained those yards on 27 carries, averaging 7.5 yards a pop... He also scored on a 60-yard TD scamper, which was the eight TD run of his career of 60 or more yards... 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)... He is the third all-time leading rusher in school history with 3,161 yards and needs 211 yards to surpass Art Luppino (1953-56) and into second (Luppino has 3,371)... Ontiwaun Carter (1991-94) is the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,501 career rushing yards and is 340 yards ahead of Canidate... Trung needs to average 68 ypg over the course of the Cats' final five games to become the UA career rushing leader... On the year, he has carried the ball 146 times for 866 yards (123.7 ypg)... Is the 22nd back in Pac-10 history to rush for 3,000 or more yards and is currently 18th, trailing UCLA's Skip Hicks who is 17th with 3,140... 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 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... 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 5.9 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... Against Middle Tennessee State, he had his first 100-yard game of 1999... Ran for 102 yards on 16 carries (6.4 ypc)... His 20 career touchdown runs have averaged 42.7 yards per carry... Before the Washington State game this season when he scored on runs of 4, 2 and 1 yards, his TD average was at 51.7 ypc...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 (20)
Yards	Opponent		Year
  96	San Diego St (UA record)1997
  80	Arizona State		1998
  75	Washington State	1998
  71	Oregon		        1998
  67	UCLA		        1998
  66	Arizona State		1998
  66	Alabama-Birmingham	1997
  60	UTEP		        1999
  54 	California		1998
  48	Arizona State		1998
  45	Washington State	1998	
  38	Iowa		        1998
  37	Washington		1998
  28	California		1997
  11	USC		        1999
    4	Washington State	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 candidate, he leads the team in tackles with 60 this season -- 22 more than the No. 2 guy (DaShon Polk - 38)... Bell led the Pac-10 Conference in tackles last year after racking up 139 hits... He had nine tackles and two for a loss last week against UTEP to lead the team... 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 340 total tackles in his career (224 solos/116 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)
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... He looks like he is on target to do it again this season, as he is 61-of-96 (63.5%)... He has thrown for 859 yards and four touchdowns... He had his best game of the season in the 31-24 win over USC, going 15-of-23 for 243 yards and one touchdown... The passing yardage total was the second highest in his career, trailing the 418 he passed for in the triple overtime loss at California as a freshman in 1996... He was injured on Arizona's first drive of the UTEP game and did not play again... He is the Arizona quarterback who you see on the highlight reels after 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... He is the UA's No. 4 career leader for total offense (5,976 yards) and No. 5 for passing yards (4,928)... A second team All-Pac-10 pick last year... Pin-point passer and elusive rusher as well... Has rushed for 947 yards in his career and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground... Offensive MVP of the 1998 Holiday Bowl, as he completed 11-of-19 passes for 147 yards and one TD, while rushing for 25 yards.

Keith Smith's Top-Five Passing Performances
11-2-96	at California (3 OT)	25-35, 418 yds	3 TD
10-9-99	USC			15-23, 243 yards 1 TD
9-21-96	Washington		16-29, 228 yds	2 TD
9-3-98	at Hawaii		17-22, 218 yds	2 TD
9-20-97	at Ohio State		18-37, 210 yds	2 TD

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 three 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 60-of-95 for 759 yards and eight touchdowns... He played all but one drive in the UTEP game after relieving an injured Keith 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 saw time at receiver and caught two passes, while his improvisational skills on the ground helped Arizona keep the chains moving... In the game-winning final drive, he was used as a wide receiver to keep the TCU defense from double-teaming Dennis Northcutt, who in turn, ended up catching the game-winning pass... 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)... 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 32 touchdown passes in 29 career games and has been intercepted just 13 times in 480 career attempts... Thirteen of his 32 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 - Along with Marcus Bell, this senior LB is also on the Butkus Award watch list...Has 38 tackles this season (27 solos) and is tied with Marcus Bell for a team-high with eight 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 30 games in a row and 137 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... Two of the major players in an ever-improving line, Savea, Wiggins and their mates helped the Wildcats rush for 307 yards against a USC that was 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 209.7 ypg, while averaging 448.3 total yards per game... 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 four consecutive 100-yard rushing days as the Cats go into the UTEP battle... 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, was released from the Indianapolis Colts in mid September, picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles for their practice squad, then re-acquired by the Colts.
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