Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats to Enjoy Open Date Oct. 2
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 27, 1999
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The Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference) have their first open date of the year Oct. 2. UA will return to action Oct. 9 at home against the Southern California Trojans. The Cats have one more open date this season -- Nov. 20 -- prior to the season finale at Arizona State. USC (2-1, 0-1) plays host to Oregon State this week.

Some Game Themes:
What will the Cats do in the open week? Monday, as usual, is an off day for the players.
Tuesday - no practice
Wednesday - 3:30 practice
Thursday - 3:30 practice
Friday - 6:30 a.m. practice
Saturday - No practice
Sunday - return to game week, 6:30 p.m. practice

The Series:
Arizona prepares for its next opponent -- at home vs. USC on Oct. 9. Arizona trails in the Southern California series, 19-4, and has not beaten the Trojans since a 38-7 victory in Tucson in 1993. UA has one other victory in Arizona Stadium, in 1991, and has beaten USC twice in Los Angeles. The Trojans won the last game, a 14-7 victory in the Coliseum in 1996.

The Coaches:
-- Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 13th year at Arizona (87-54-4) and 23rd overall (150-100-7). He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii. Tomey is 3-8 lifetime vs. USC including one loss while at Hawaii. Southern California -- Paul Hackett (UC-Davis '69) is in his second year at USC (10-6) and fifth overall (23-26-1). It will be Hackett's first game as a head coach vs. Arizona, though he was a member of two USC staffs which beat UA in 1979 and 1980.

Last Week:
Arizona used its two-minute offense to drive 80 yards in eight plays for a touchdown as timed expired to beat Washington State, 30-24, and gain a Pac-10 road victory in Pullman. Keith Smith's 42-yard pass against a 20 mile-per-hour wind on a "home-run" play nestled into the hands of freshman receiver Bobby Wade, one of the half-dozen players in the corner of the endzone. WSU had tied the score at 24-24 with four minutes remaining and both teams had short-lived drives before Arizona took possession at its own 20 with 1:56 on the clock. Smith ran twice for 11 yards and completed three of four passes for 28 yards before the Cats lined up for the final Hail-Mary throw with five ticks left. In all, Arizona ran 93 offensive plays in the game, using 38-plus minutes of possession, and posted an even 500 yards -- 249 rushing and 251 passing. The kicking game played a key role in the contest. UA punter Chris Palic's running rugby punt -- with his "off" left foot and against the wind -- was good for 44 yards to bail UA out of a 4th-and-21 hole at its own 9 yard-line and force WSU to start its last drive from inside its own territory. UA's Mark McDonald missed four field goals (three from beyond 40 yards). Dennis Northcutt's 68-yard punt return earlier set up UA's go-ahead score at 17-10. Neither team suffered a turnover. Northcutt checked in with another 200-yard all-purpose game (5-107 rec, 3-86 PR, 1-15 rush). Trung Canidate had a career-high 34 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Wade caught five balls for 100 yards. Smith had his best rushing total (54 yards) in a year. UA held WSU to 54 offensive plays, though the Cougs did gain a solid 5.9 yards per attempt. Arizona's 60 rushing attempts was its highest since the 1993 Cats ran 80 times (and passed once) against Oregon. The 93 offensive plays is No. 2 in UA history behind 98 against Utah in 1974.

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