Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats' and Dawgs in Homecoming Tilt
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 01, 1999
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The Game:
The Arizona Wildcats (6-3, 3-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference) play their final home game of the season, playing host to the Washington Huskies (5-3, 4-1) on Saturday, Nov. 6. Kickoff in 56,500-seat Arizona Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m. (MST). The game will be televised regionally on ABC-TV with Keith Jackson, Dan Fouts and Todd Harris calling the play. The game is a feature of Arizona's 83rd Homecoming celebration and a capacity crowd is expected. It's also UA's Senior Day, with pre-game introductions of those players who complete their eligibility this year. UA has a 49-27-5 mark in Homecoming games including its 1992 victory over Washington, 16-3.

Some Game Themes:
... A Pac-10 shakedown game featuring the team with its own destiny in hand -- UW -- and a club scrapping to hang in the upper division and see what plays out... Neither team has qualified for a bowl, but these two look like decent picks .. A nifty match of passing and running capabilities by quarterbacks on both sides... Two fine offensive teams -- combined they had 1,258 yards last week -- so probably the game will be decided by defense and special teams... One of the newest and youngest Pac-10 coaches against the league elder...

The Series:
Arizona trails in the series, 10-4-1. The Cats won last year's matchup, 31-28, in Seattle. Arizona is 2-3-1 in games played in Arizona Stadium. In case you don't remember, look at any 1998 highlights reel for the storied Ortege Jenkins' flip which helped Arizona win at the end of last year's game. Arizona last beat Washington in a game played in Tucson in 1992, 16-3.

The Coaches:
--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 13th year at Arizona (90-55-4) and 23rd overall (153-101-7). He is the winningest coach at both Arizona and Hawaii. Tomey is 4-5-1 against Washington, all while at Arizona. Arizona was 0-5 against the Huskies prior to his arrival in Tucson. WashingtonRick Neuheisel (UCLA 84), first year at UW (5-3), fifth year overall (37-17). This will be Neuheisel's first meeting against Arizona, though he played on UCLA teams which were 1-1-1 against the Cats and coached on Bruin clubs which were 4-3 vs. UA.

Cats Last Week:
Arizona cinched its belt five nine minutes into the game and held UCLA to this on its possessions the rest of the way nine consecutive punts and another drive lost on downs. It played out similarly on the scoreboard, as the Cats used 588 yards in total offense to blend some slick stuff with some smash mouth and end the evening with a 33-7 victory in the Rose Bowl. Arizona's defenders tied a school record with nine quarterback sacks to help limit the Bruins to -31 yards rushing, their worst outing since the early 1990s and just a few yards off Arizona's school record (-33 it pinned on Stanford in 1992). UA's pass rush and steady play elsewhere on defense had the Bruins complete nine of their 14 possessions with drives of 11 yards or less. One reason was that the Cats broke up 13 passes to go with the run-stopping and pass-rushing effort. Meantime, UA rushed for 307 yards and three scores and Keith Smith completed 17 of 29 passes for 281 yards and another. Another good sign freshman walk-on placekicker Sean Keel chipped in two field goals to triple UA's output for the season. Defensive tackle Joe Tafoya led the Cats with three sacks among his six tackles, while Marcus Bell (as usual) led the club with eight total tackles. J.J. Joppru, taking over at interior tackle for an injured Keoni Fraser, added two sacks. With a 20-7 halftime lead, UA turned to the running game in the second half and Trung Canidate posted his seventh consecutive 100-yard game (school record), picking up 148 yards on 25 totes. He also tied the school record with his 15th career century-mark game earning a piece of Art The Cactus Comet Luppino's record from 1953-56. The Cats' 500-yard offensive game was UA's fifth consecutive a school and Pac-10 record.

More on the Match Up; Noting the Huskies...
Few things are clear in the Pac-10, but one of them is that Washington is one of the league's hottest teams and now in possession of that one crucial factor self destiny; if the Huskies win out, they're in the Rose Bowl... The Dawgs punched Stanford for 670 yards Saturday in total offense to beat SU 35-30 and pull within half a game of the lead but gain the tiebreaker with the Cardinal... QB Marcus Tuiasosopo led the way with a UW-record 509 yards in total offense against the Cardinal, passing for 302 and running for 207... But, the Card tagged 481 yards on the Huskies, one reason UW (and most league teams) are in the lower third of NCAA total defense listings... Look for something to be determined in the big-play department: Washington's defense has allowed just six rushes of more than 25 yards; Arizona has 17 such runs by Trung Canidate, Dennis Northcutt, Leo Mills, Lance Briggs and QBs Keith Smith and Ortege Jenkins. UA has 30 passing plays of 25 yards or more, too... LB Lester Towns has returned to form after a foot injury slowed him a year ago. He has eight hits for losses... Marques Tuiasosopo threw for a second consecutive 300+ game against Stanford, the firsty Husky to do so in nearly 30 years... His completion percentage has hovered near the magical 60 percent mark all year... He's accounted for seven fourth-quarter touchdowns this year, rushing or passing. Arizona's Keith Smith has accounted for four late scores and Ortege Jenkins two... The Huskies have found it difficult to get to the opposition's quarterback, with only nine sacks in eight games (though they put Todd Husak in trouble a bunch last week). UW had 51 to lead the league a year ago...

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 90-55-4 record and in his 23rd year overall he is 153-101-7. He has a 59-22-2 slate at Arizona Stadium and a 31-32-2 road record. His Pac-10 record is 57-41-4, 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-)			57-41-4

Cats in the Polls
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. In the AP poll UA was ranked: 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 last week and missed the UCLA game. He is doubtful for UW. DT Keoni Fraser sprained an ankle in the first half at UCLA and missed the second half. He is doubtful for Washington. Fraser broke a bone in his left hand against Oregon and had a cast put on at halftime and returned to action. Special teams' player Zaharius Johnson sprained his right ankle vs. Oregon and missed the UCLA trip. He's probable for Washington. 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 (16.7)	3rd	1st
Total Offense (475.3)	5th	3rd
Team Rushing (228.6)	14th	1st
Dennis Northcutt:
  Punt Ret (17.3)	3rd	1st
  Rec PG (7.11)	12th	1st 
  Rec YPG (120.8)	3rd	2nd
  All-Purp (190.3)	2nd	1st
Trung Canidate 124.2	11th	1st	rushing
Keith Smith (145.8)	8th	1st	pass efficiency

Red-Zone Offense and Defense:
The Cats have decent success in the red zone but have 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:	
35 trips, 20 TD, 2 FG	1st-and-Goal: 17 (14 TD)
Opponents in the Zone:		
31 trips, 20 TD /4 FG	1st-and-Goal: 16 (10 TD, 1 FG)
Sudden-Change Possessions...
UA was slowly improving its turnover margin until a 3-0 deficiency last week at UCLA. The Cats are -5 with three games remaining. Against UCLA, though, UA 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 following a mid-field fumble recovery. However, the Nittany Lions blocked a punt to lead to an easy-drive FG.

1999 Turnovers:	Arizona 16, Opponents 11		
Season ratio: -5	
1999 Miscue points: Arizona 44, Opponents 57   
(Includes turnover-, safeties, blocked kicks- possessions)

Dennis Delivers
WR/punt returner/cornerback Dennis Northcutt has demonstrated he's a worthy recipient of the ball. 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'll emerge from 1999 as the second 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 of 223 set by Darrin Nelson of Stanford from 1977-81. Dennis is No. 3 with 199. Dennis (1,087) and Walters (1,020) each became 1,000-yard receivers last week. Like Walters, Northcutt has value in other spots on the field. In 98 touches this season he has averaged 17.5 yards per play. His running is superb, with a 17.7 yard average on 10 carries, helped by an 80-yard reverse for a score past 11 defenders against the Ducks. 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 against UCLA by catching a pass in 39 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 elsewhere on this site.

Dennis' 1999 Digits:
11 rushes, 64 receptions, 18 punt returns, 5 kickoff returns = 98 touches, 1,719 yards

A Few Notes
...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 (60 yards) against Oregon gave him 12 of 45 yards or more in his career. He had a 60-yarder against UTEP a week earlier. More short-yardage and goal-line duty this year (performed last year by Kelvin Eafon) has dropped the average on his 23 career touchdown runs to 40.6 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....

...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 27 total this season after a pretty slow start in the department. Increased pass pressure has helped UA's total defense figure drop from nearly 400 yards allowed per game after five contests, to the current 367 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 one reason is that Arizona thumped em both...

...Arizona's scoring output of 30 points or more in five successive games doesn't seem like a huge deal. 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...

...Peter Hansen (6-foot-8 erstwhile quarterback, now WR and middle jumper on kick-block units) blocked his third career kick at UCLA when he spoiled the Bruins' opening drive by thwacking a field goal try with his vertical prowess and wing span... That was Arizona's fourth blocked kick of the season. The team was credited with one block when Oregon's Josh Frankel hit a low liner awry. 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. 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... The four field goals (5 attempts) by Frankel tied an Arizona opponents' record for most in a game...

...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...

...UA kicker Sean Keel saw his first collegiate action at UCLA and knocked in field goals of 31 and 33 yards, plus was perfect on three PAT kicks. The job appears to be his... 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...

...Freshman receiver Bobby Wade had another good day with 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 21catches, which stacks up well in UA history against 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 has moved up some big rungs in the nation's Top 25 in total offense with its five consecutive 500-yard games. The team is averaging 475 yards per contest and ranks 10th nationally... The spree is 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 475 during its last four games, it would approach a Pac-10 season record with more than 5700 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 229 yards rushing per game... Trung Canidate leads the way with 128 yards per contest, good enough for 11th nationally... Trung (5.9) is third among the top 10 rushers in yards per carry, a category in which he led the nation in 1998 (7.3). This time around he trails LaDanian Tomplinson of TCU (7.2) and Frank Moreau of Louisville (6.0), but is tied with Lamont Jordan of Maryland (5.9) and ahead of Ron Dayne of Wisconsin (5.7)...

...While Arizona's passing yardage (246 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 (though Jenkins is shy of qualifying for the list because of attemps). For that matter, the 246 yards per game would be Arizona's second-highest per-game total in its 100 years of football...

...Dennis Northcutt (64 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 Oregon 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...

...One week, QB Ortege Jenkins (vs. UTEP) rattles off his career-best rushing total -- 83 yards. The next week, against Oregon, he sets his personal best with a 65-yard run for a TD... The Cats do enjoy some weaponry at the position...

...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 284 career carries for 1,101 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 14-1 as the quarterback of record in his last 15 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 25 times, compared to 21 last year and 25 the year before. The Cats did not give up a sack at UCLA... The nine sacks UA had against UCLA is an Arizona Pac-10 games record...

...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 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 four 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...

...Sophomore tight end Brandon Manumaleuna has 15 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns, 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...

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 all-time reception leader with 199 catches and the UA's all-time receiving yardage leader with 2,917 yards... Overall on the year, he has 64 receptions for a career-best 1,087 yards and seven touchdowns(120.8 ypg/NCAA's No. 3 mark)... His season yardage total is already No. 2 on the UA single season charts and there are still three games to go ( he needs 48 more yards to surpass the No. 1mark -- 1,134 yards by Keith Hartwig in 1976)... Northcutt has caught a pass in a Pac-10 record 39 consecutive games, dating back to the Oregon State game in 1996, breaking the old record which was set by John Jackson of USC (1986-89)... With six 100-yard receiving games this season, he has stretched his career total to 11... One of the top all-purpose men in the country, he averages 190.3 all purpose yards per game (No. 2 in this week's NCAA stats)...On the UA career all-purpose yardage list, he ranks No. 3 with 4,856 yards... 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 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 TDs and one punt return for a TD) to go with 2,917 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... 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 (11)
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
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 Washington game with a school-record seven consecutive 100-yard games, upping his career 100-yard game total to 15, which ties the UA career record of 15 set by Art Luppino (1953-56)... In this seven-game span, Canidate has run for 1,031 yards (147.2 ypg)... He has 648 yards in his past four games...On the year, he has carried the ball 191 times for 1,118 yards (124.2 ypg), which is 11th in this week's NCAA stats... It's the 10th time a UA player has rushed for 1,000 or more yards in a season (he had 1,220 last season)... Last week, he became is the second all-time leading rusher in school history with 3,413 yards and now needs just 89 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 542 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 11th on the all-time rushing chart, trailing USC's O.J. Simpson, who is 10th with 3,423 and then Carter, who is No. 9... 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)... 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... His 23 career touchdown runs have averaged 40.7 yards per carry... Ran for a UA record 288 yards on just 18 carries (16.0 ypc) in last year's regular season finale against Arizona State... After missing last season's opener at Hawaii, he still managed to finish as the Pac-10's rushing champion with 1,220 yards... 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 (23)
Yards	Opponent		Year
  96	San Diego State (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	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 Butkus Award Semi-Finalist and on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Award (nation's best defensive player), he leads the team in tackles with 82 this season... Bell led the Pac-10 Conference in tackles last year after racking up 139 hits... 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 354 total tackles in his career (232 solos/122 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)
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 92-of-153 (60.1%)... He is the UA's No. 2 career leader for total offense (6,521 yards) and No. 4 for passing yards (5,434 yards)...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... Smith has thrown for 1,265 yards and eight touchdowns... He was 16-of-26 for 237 yards in the first half alone before Arizona shut the offense downb 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 1,083 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 63-of-104 for 804 yards and eight touchdowns... Has caught six passes for 35 yards, as he has seen time at receiver as well... 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 32 touchdown passes in 31 career games and has been intercepted just 13 times in 489 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 - The senior who was on the Butkus Award watch list at the start of the year, he has 49 tackles this season (33 solos) and is tied with Marcus Bell a Joe Tafoya for a team-high with nine 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 32 games in a row and 148 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 have helped the Wildcats rack up more than 500 total yards for the past five games in a row, setting a new Pac-10 record... The Arizona total offense average of 475.33 is No. 5 in the country... The 588 yards against UCLA last Saturday 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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