Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Face Rose-Contending No. 10 Beavers
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 07, 2000
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    The Game: The Arizona Wildcats (5-4, 3-3 in the Pacific-10 Conference play host to the No. 10- ranked (both polls) Oregon State Beavers (8-1, 5-1) on Saturday, Nov. 11. Kickoff in 56,002-seat Arizona Stadium is set for 8:24 p.m. MST. The game will be a national cable production of Fox Sports Net, with Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey and Lewis Johnson describing the play. A crowd of 45,000 is expected. It's Arizona's 84th annual Homecoming.

    Some Game Themes: The Beavers need a victory to force a showdown with Oregon for a potential Rose Bowl bid Nov. 18, while Arizona needs a victory to become bowl eligible and stay in the league's upper division Two teams that feast on turnoversThe Cats face a fifth ranked team, and are 1-3 in such contests this season The Cats face a team pushing for a historical season as the Beavers have not recorded a season with one loss or fewer since the 1941 club went 7-1-1. The 1939 team was 9-1-1, OSU's best finish The Cats defend the home turf: Oregon State has never won in Tucson

    The Series: Arizona leads by a 19-3-1 mark and has played to an 7-2-1 mark in the last 10 games. But OSU won last year to cement its bowl chances, beating the Cats 28-20 in Corvallis. Arizona is 10-0 in games played in Tucson. The series dates to 1966 when OSU beat UA 31-12 in Portland.

    The Coaches: Arizona--Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) is in his 14th year at Arizona (95-62-4) and 24th overall (158-107-7). He is the coaching victories leader at two schools -- Arizona and Hawaii. He is 9-2-1 against OSU, all while at Arizona. Oregon State-Dennis Erickson (Montana State '69), second year at OSU (15-6), 15th overall (128-46-1). Erickson is 1-0 against Arizona while at OSU and 4-2 overall vs. Arizona including a 2-1 mark while at Miami and a 1-1 mark at Washington State.

    Last Week: at Washington - Huskies 35, Wildcats 32
    Arizona took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter at Seattle but saw the edge evaporate as No. 8 Washington outscored UA 22-7 and found a way to beat the Cats, 35-32. The game was marked by an offensive resurgence from Arizona (471 net yards), but after being stifled for only 19 plays in the first half of play, the Huskies moved the ball thereafter and finished with 407 markers of their own. A telling drive was UW's winning march, after Arizona had taken a 32-28 lead on Leo Mills' 51-yard scoring run with 4:48 remaining. Led by quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, the Huskies took three and a half minutes off the clock and 11 plays to move 67 yards for the go-ahead score. On 3rd-and-9 at the UA 11 yard-line, Arizona had a sack near the 20, but was called for an inadvertent face-mask penalty, moving the ball to the 4 yard-line. Two plays later, Tui optioned his way into the end zone for the winning touchdown. Arizona drove from its own 29 to the Washington 33 with seconds remaining, to set up a potential tying field goal. But Sean Keel's 51-yard attempt was blocked and time expired. Mills set a career high with 29 rushes for 185 yards, plus returned two kickoffs for 63 yards and caught a pass for 34 yards. His 282 all-purpose yards gave him the ninth-best single-game total in Arizona history, not bad for a tailback in his first career start. UA started with a flourish, with 301 net yards and 19 first downs in the first half, but could only post a 16-10 lead at the break. Arizona reached the Washington 27 on one drive, but QB Ortege Jenkins was sacked for a 12-yard loss, then a pass completion was fumbled by Clarence Farmer and recovered by UW to thwart the UA scoring opportunity. Bobby Wade caught a team season-high seven passes for 76 yards but neither he nor his teammates could find open room near the goal line. He did, however, do so with a 60-yard score on a punt return. Keel kicked field goals of 36 and 38 yards (and missed from 45) prior to his last try at the end of the game. The loss was UA's third consecutive, by a combined 10 points. Noting the Beavers and the Match-up The Beavers are assured of a consecutive bowl appearance, the first two-year holiday travel performance in school history OSU and Arizona have been neck and neck most of the year in NCAA Division 1-A turnover margin. The Beavs are +11 and Arizona is +13 in turnover margin. OSU has 16 interceptions and Arizona has 15 Junior tailback Ken Simonton became the first player in Pac-10 history to be a 1,000-yard rusher as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He's 7th all-time in Pac-10 history with 3,802 yards and could pass UA's Trung Canidate (3,824) with a couple of typical runs. Simonton's season total of 1,288 yards leads the Pac-10 by about 30 yards per game over the nearest competitor. He had his career-long run against California Saturday, a 64-yarder Oregon State's defense, however, has been a huge key to its success. The Beavers are No.23 nationally in total defense and are No. 9 (90.9) in rushing defense, just ahead of Arizona QB Jonathan Smith has tossed 11 touchdown passes in the last five games, with only three picks The Beavers have a two-game road winning streak The Beavers are 8-1 for the first time in school history. The 1939 club was 7-1-1 after nine games and finished 9-1-1 OSU is 8-0 at home in 1999-2000 and finishes up the year next week at home against Oregon

    Arizona Coach Dick Tomey:
    Tomey, 62, a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees and the NCAA Football Rules Committee, is in his 14th season at UA. He is the all-time victories leader at Arizona and the University of Hawaii. Tomey is No. 8 on the all-time list of Pac-10 conference coaching victories and the leading active coach. He has nine winning seasons and two .500 years in his tenure at Arizona, plus has taken seven teams to bowl games. One more victory would make his team bowl eligible this year. He has been a feature of Arizona football while 27 counterparts have been head coaches at the other nine Pac-10 schools. He is the only coach in school history to win a Provost's Award for outstanding accomplishments in teaching. Tomey's leadership and recruiting ability have helped Arizona attract players who earned 17 All-America honors during the last decade, plus Arizona had 60 players in the professional ranks during the 1990s. His players have won four Pac-10 defensive Player of the Year awards, five Morris Trophy awards for top league lineman and six major national awards -- Thorpe Award, Outland Trophy, Bronco Nagurski Award, UPI Lineman of the Year, Lou Groza Award and the Mosi Tatupu Award. He is No. 9 among active Division I-A coaches in career victories. Tomey is one of only three coaches to be the all-time victories leader at two schools, joining Bear Bryant (Kentucky/Alabama) and George Welsh (Navy/Virginia). He has suffered only three losing seasons in 23 years as a head coach.

    Injury Report:
    Starting FS Jarvie Worcester (shoulder at UW) is doubtful for OSU. Starting OL Reggie Sampay (ankles), TB Larry Croom (ankle) and KOR Gary Love (foot) are questionable for OSU. Starting DE Idris Haroon (pectoral) missed a start at UW but played. Starting C Bruce Wiggins (ankle) missed five games but returned to action at Washington, as did starting TB Clarence Farmer (ankle) in a limited role. Starting LT Makoa Freitas (foot) had surgery Oct. 12 after missing three games and is out for the year. Starting LG Steven Grace, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1999, missed the Utah/SDSU/Stanford games with a shoulder injury (aggravated vs. Ohio State) and had surgery Oct. 3. He is out for the year. Backup DE Austin Uku (shoulder) missed the WSU/Oregon/UCLA games and is doubtful for UW. Missed starts because of injury: 18 - LG Grace (3), WR Brennan (3), C Bruce Wiggins (5), OT Makoa Freitas (3), WR Wade (1), OT McFadden (1), Haroon (1), Farmer (1).

    Arizona Captains
    Team members elected players to represent offense, defense and special teams as 2000 Arizona football captains. Defensive end Joe Tafoya, a senior from Pittsburg, Calif., quarterback Ortege Jenkins, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., and outside linebacker/kicking teams player Adrian Koch of Tucson, Ariz., were selected by their teammates late in October.

    Ten Spot
    A football season is a sequential thing - no one is quite sure how winning or losing a game at a specific point can affect the team's work in the next game(s). So who knows what might be had Arizona come up with a few more points in the last three games - all lost in the last minute on a combined 10 points. Nonetheless, the Cats have had chances to win in every game they've played this year. Arizona's four losses have come by a combined 20 points. In league play, that's put the Cats in a tie for fourth place, with an opportunity to finish as high as a tie for second.

    Tough, Oh Yeah
    Senior defensive end Joe Tafoya has been playing with a sore shoulder this year, and ignoring it. He had six tackles including one for a loss at Washington. He had seven tackles against UCLA including one for a loss. At Oregon he had eight hits including one for a loss and knocked down two passes to help Arizona keep in the game with strong defense. This year he has two scoring plays - jarring hits on sacks which caused fumbles that Arizona recovered for scoop-and-score returns of 10 yards (Adrian Koch at Utah) and 32 yards (Idris Haroon at Stanford). He returned to his natural position this year after spending some time as an interior tackle in 1999. In nine games he has 46 tackles (11 for losses), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, three sacks and four passes batted away. In the opener he had two sacks and two tackles for loss among eight hits, knocked down a fourth-down pass on 4th-and-goal at the 2 yard-line, and one sack caused a fumble which UA returned for a score. The Utah work earned him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for Sept. 5.

    Wade a Deep Threat
    Sophomore wide receiver Bobby Wade had a season-high seven receptions at Washington, plus a punt return of 60 yards for a touchdown. Three catches came on 3rd-and-long, one went 16 yards on 4th-and-10. He gives Arizona one of its best options in the open field. He's the team leader in receptions and receiving yards with 34 and 521, plus has three receiving TDs. He has scoring plays of 60, 75 and 14 yards on receptions. Last year as a true freshman he caught 30 passes for 454 yards and four scores. His punt return average is 10.3 yards on 19 tries.

    O.J. Down the Stretch
    Quarterback Ortege Jenkins' four-year career at Arizona comes to a close in a short while and it will be interesting to see how the fifth-year senior responds. He rebounded from a nightmarish four interceptions the previous week against UCLA to throw for 206 yards, run for 45 yards and help lead Arizona to 471 offensive yards against No. 8 Washington. He moved into the No. 5 spot on Arizona's all-time career total offense chart. Against UCLA he ran for a career-high 104 yards, but suffered the four picks and the Cats lost. The UCLA game pushed him over the 5,000-yard plateau in career total offense. The 2000 season is his first as the sole proprietor of the QB position, and it's been an interesting ride. He's weathered some injury adversity on the line and kept Arizona a position to win each game. After three years of sharing duties with Keith Smith, Jenkins has been under center for all but a handful of snaps performed with backup Jason Johnson. At Oregon he completed five passes for 52 yards on a 90-yard field in the final drive to help UA move within striking distance of the potential winning score. Against WSU he threw for three scores and ran for another and finished with 236 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. Against SDSU he completed 19 passes for 200 yards and a TD - the third-most completions in his career. He is one of 23 senior QB candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Jenkins was a 1997 Pac-10 freshman record holder (19 TD throws), a 1998 big-play icon (somersault TD at Washington) and a 1999 thrower with 61 percent accuracy and a 144.72 efficiency rating. Jenkins' 5,352 career total offense yardage is No. 5, and his 4,865 career passing yards is No. 6. He has 41career touchdown passes, No. 5 on the UA chart and five short of tying a record set by Tom Tunnicliffe 17 years ago in 1983. He would need slightly more than 700 yards in total offense to move past 1973-75 quarterback Bruce Hill (6,054) into the No. 4 spot in all-time UA career total offense. He needs 266 yards to pass Hill and move into the No. 5 spot in career passing yards.

    Michael J. the Fox
    Redshirt freshman cornerback Michael Jolivette has learned on the job and done a fine job of taking over UA's field cornerback spot in his first year of play. He's 12th nationally with five interceptions despite missing most of the Oregon game and bits of the UCLA game after getting hit in the mouth by the top of a helmet at Eugene. The entire team had five interceptions in 1999 and the defense has 15 this season. His INT in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter gave Arizona a shot at winning the game in regulation against WSU. Earlier, his jarring sack on a blitz caused a fumble that Alex Luna picked up and raced 17 yards for a score. This was a week after he was named Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his two interceptions at USC. Arizona's outlook in the secondary looks promising with none of the rotation players a senior.

    Picks of the Litter
    Arizona's secondary has 10 of the team's 15 interceptions and has broken up 55 other passes. Jolivette leads the way with five. Sophomore strong safety Brandon Nash intercepted his second pass at Washington and has been a steadying force in the secondary as a third-year player who redshirted last year following a shift from wide receiver. Nash has broken up seven passes and notched three sacks, plus blocked a punt. Junior transfer corner Jermaine Chatman also has two interceptions and redshirt freshman corner David Hinton has one. Considering that only sophomore free safety Jarvie Worcester had starting experience (seven starts in 1999), the backfield has done a fairly good job. Junior letterman Anthony Banks had some 1999 snaps at corner, and has done a good job in emergency duty filling in for injured players in second halves at Oregon and Washington when UA's secondary did good enough jobs to force opponents to run. Redshirt freshman safety Clay Hardt and SS Zaharius Johnson have seen plenty of special teams' action (as do all of the DBs).

    Oh, Leo
    Sophomore tailback Leo Mills had his second game of extensive duty at Washington and put up some solid numbers, rushing 29 times for 185 yards and two scores. One, a 51-yarder, gave Arizona a 32-28 fourth-quarter that looked like it might hold up. He also returned two kickoffs for 63 yards and had a nifty 34-yard catch-run to give him 282 all-purpose yards, No. 9 on UA's all-time single-game chart. The game marked his first career start. He, freshman Clarence Farmer and soph Larry Croom share UA tailback duties. Mills had 129 yards on 19 carries against Washington State earlier.

    Agricultural Days
    Freshman tailback Clarence Farmer had his third 100-yard game of the year against UCLA, with 107 on a season-high 33 carries. He's the second true freshman in Arizona history to have three 100-yard games in a year, following a 1991 performance by Ontiwaun Carter. Farmer's season total of 523 yards (118 rushes) is the sixth highest total by a freshman and second to Carter's 577 among true freshman. The last UA true freshman to run for 100 yards in a game was Leon Callen (22-116) vs. UCLA in 1996. Farmer and Leo Mills share time with sophomore Larry Croom in the backfield. Croom scored UA's lone TD at Eugene on a 58-yard pass play from Ortege Jenkins. Farmer had back-to-back 100-yard games against Stanford (18-116) and USC (22-134), and picked up 51 tough yards against the Cougars. Against San Diego State, he averaged 7.3 yards per pop for 95 yards on 13 carries. True freshman Anthony Fulcher saw his first action at Stanford, playing on kickoff units and rushing twice, and could see action down the stretch because of an ankle sprain to Croom at Washington.

    Wigged Out No Longer
    Senior center Bruce Wiggins missed action in five games, then returned to action at Washington. It was obvious he makes a difference. As the starter for two-plus seasons, his loss had an effect on UA's offense, as did the losses of starting left guard Steven Grace and starting left tackle Makoa Freitas. Wiggins had started 28 consecutive games before the misses, and played in seven games as a reserve center and tackle in 1997. Arizona's offensive production during his tenure has been superlative and he consistently has graded well in the trenches. But UA used a new offensive line in its first five league games and the newcomers helped. True freshman center Reggie Sampay started for Wiggins, Darren Safranek started for Makoa Freitas (out for the year), Aaron Higginbotham started two games for Grace before he got the flu and right tackle Marques McFadden started for him, and Makai Freitas started for McFadden at right tackle. Right guard Kevin Barry has been a constant. McFadden moved to left tackle at Washington, while Sampay played left guard. It's been a mix-and-match season which should help next year when Wiggins and McFadden are gone. Line coach Charlie Dickey and QB Ortege Jenkins get credit from Tomey for helping the new guys play well. The new line was tested by the league's top-rated defense at Oregon and allowed eight sacks. Before that the group allowed only six sacks in three games - 2 vs. WSU, 4 at USC, 0 at Stanford. UA kept UCLA to one sack last week and held the Huskies to two sacks.

    Even Keel
    Sophomore Sean Keel has given Arizona a place kicking weapon it needs - consistency. He was 2-for-4 (good from 36 and 38) at Washington but both misses were long - 45 and 51 yards. The latter was blocked as time expired, the first such indignity Arizona has suffered since Oregon blocked a try in 1997. The Cats had another kicking faux pax at UW: the Huskies blocked one of keel's PAT tries, which hadn't happened since an odd game in 1995 when California blocked three. Keel knocked a 42-yarder against UCLA to extend UA's fourth-quarter lead. He knocked a 34-yarder at Oregon to pull the Cats to within four points at the half. His 52-yard field goal attempt vs. WSU hit the upright, but proved his range is good. He's hitting at .692 accuracy and gives UA a dependable source of points. Arizona's success in the red zone - 15 touchdowns in 27 trips - reduces Keel's opportunities, which is good. He's made nine of 13 tries 23 of 24 PAT kicks. He knocked a 29-yard field goal at USC. He stepped up and booted field goals of 33 and 35 yards at Stanford. He added a 41-yard make against SDSU (and missed a 36-yard effort). He booted a 44-yard field goal on his first try of the year at Utah. After UA's 6-19 season in that regard in 1999, Keel's working on a 14-21 (.667) career mark. The Utah kick was the longest of his career.

    Blocking It
    The aforementioned blocks in the paragraph above sunk a dagger into UA's prideful kicking units and had a bearing on the outcome of the Washington game. Previously all five blocked kicks in UA games came at the hands of the Cats. Adrian Koch did it at Oregon. Peter Hansen and Antonio Pierce did it at USC. Koch's was a punt and the other two blotted out PAT tries. Koch's set up an Arizona field goal. Pierce's spoiled USC's bid for momentum and Hansen's came with scant minutes left in the game and emphasized UA's 60-minute effort. Strong safety Brandon Nash got his second career blocked punt against San Diego State, a play that culminated in Andrae Thurman's 34-yard return for a score. Hansen blocked a field goal at Utah in the season opener. He has seven career blocks. He is 6-foot-8, has a good reach and has a recorded a 39-inch vertical leap. Last year he had three of the six kicks Arizona blocked, then went and lettered on Arizona's basketball team. The Cats had 14 blocks in 1998-99 and appear to be in tune for 2000. Another on the squad who has blocked a kick is DE Joe Tafoya (FG, Middle Tennessee State, '99). Arizona has 42 blocks in the past 11 years.

    Brad's a Staple
    Senior wide receiver Brad Brennan caught a 43-yard pass on the first play of the game at Washington to underscore why he was the team leader in yards per catch in 1998 and 1999 - he gets open and catches the ball when it's there. At Oregon, he tied his career high with six catches for 90 yards and 36 percent of the Cats' first downs. He caught a 41-yard pass against UCLA to set up a score. The Cats employ a number of threats in the receiving corps. Sophomore WR Bobby Wade had a UA season-high seven catches at Washington. Wade had a season-high 112 yards on six receptions. Andrae Thurman had a six-catch game this year. Malosi Leonard made the catch of the night vs. WSU, leaping for an 11-yard connection on 3rd-and-9 in overtime to give Arizona a shot at the winning score. Brandon Marshall has some deep balls to his credit. Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is a big key to Arizona's running game and an outstanding receiver who hasn't had much thrown his way. Backup H-back Mike Detwiler had his first career catch against the Cougars, a one-yard scoring toss to help UA send the game into overtime. Meantime, wide receiver Gary Love, a redshirt freshman who sees considerable action on kicking units, earned Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after the WSU game, during which he kept busy with six kickoff returns for 145 yards and two tackles on the punt and kickoff units. Lance Relford also has seen game action at receiver for UA. Tight end James Hugo plays about 20 percent of the snaps in 'heavy' formations.

    Stop the Run
    Arizona ranks 10th nationally in rushing defense and much of that comes from improved depth up front and an emphasis on the concept. It obviously will be a focus against Oregon State's emphasis and Ken Simonton. Washington broke loose with some second-half option wrinkles to total an opponent season-high 211 yards. UCLA managed 54 net yards and held DeShaun Foster to 78 net yards and 2.7 per tote (29 carries). Oregon kept at it and totaled 137 net yards, but it took 45 tries (3.0 per) to get it done. WSU did some good things in the second half to finish with 101 net yards, the same figure as Ohio State, the other team to rush for more than 100 against UA this year. UA held USC to 10 net rushing yards. The Cats held Stanford to 68 net yards. Both USC and Stanford had 1st-and-goal opportunities and had to settle for field goals. Oregon had a first down at the Cats' 14 yard-line and had to settle for a field goal try (missed). The team leaders in tackles for loss are guys up front - DE Joe Tafoya (11) and DT Anthony Thomas (10). UA had 42 tackles by its defensive linemen in the Oregon and UCLA games, including 23 tackles at Oregon. The Cats had 19 tackles from its defensive linemen against San Diego State and helped lead another goal-line stand, turning SDSU away from a 1st-and-goal at the UA 1 yard-line without any points (missed FG). UA also did a good job keeping Aztec star Larry Ned's yardage (29 carries, 85 yards) mostly in between the 30s. In his first start since 1998 (redshirted last year), Thomas had five hits including three for losses against SDSU. Tafoya, Thomas, DE Idris Haroon and DT Keoni Fraser have started most of the year. DT Ben Alualu and DE Alex Luna started the UW game, while DT Young Thompson and DE Johnny Jackson also have seen action. Until the Washington game UA had allowed only four rushing TDs. The Huskies scored four times via the ground.

    Baked Goods
    Arizona is among national leaders (5th ) in turnover ratio with a 1.44 per-game margin. UA is third nationally with 32 total turnovers gained, second in the country with 17 fumble recoveries, and 11th with 15 interceptions. Physical ball-jarring play was a heavy off-season emphasis. The turnover business, at +13, has been a welcome feature of 2000 Wildcat football. When the ball's on the ground, UA appears to be the team most ready to get it, too. UA has recovered 17 of opponents' 22 fumbles. If it's in the air, the Arizona secondary has shown it breaks on the ball well

    Appreciating A.P.
    Senior inside linebacker Antonio Pierce had seven tackles including one of UA's two sacks at Washington. He had a career-high 13 tackles against UCLA. He is second on the team with 65 hits. He has eight tackles for loss, two sacks, three knocked down passes, a blocked kick, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an overtime-ending interception. The latter play came at the goal line in the WSU game. At USC he led the way with nine tackles, a pass breakup and the blocked PAT kick. His physical play set the tone for the Troy rushing game on the first series - two tackles on USC runs gaining two yards. He notched the first sack at Stanford to set the tone. He and Lance Briggs (team-best 91 tackles) give UA a pair of inside players with hunger for the hit. Shelton Ross is the third 'backer in the Cats rotation and has 16 tackles. The fourth ILB, walk-on Trevor Wilde, had his first career sack at USC and contributes on special teams.

    Sophomore inside linebacker Lance Briggs has 36 tackles in the last three games (11 at Washington, 13 vs. UCLA, 12 at Oregon) to emphasize that he's getting better and better. He's averaging 10 tackles per game. He knocked down two passes at Washington and has five break-ups, best among non-DBs. His move from freshman fullback to a natural linebacker spot was only a question of time. He's the team leader and among the top group in the league with 91 total tackles. He intercepted a pass at Southern California and had another pick against SDSU, tacking on a 17-yard return. He has nine tackles for loss, third on the club. He opened the year strong at Utah with five tackles on the Utes' first nine plays from scrimmage, and finished with a game-high 16 tackles including one for a loss.

    Keeping Points Off the Board
    Arizona is 24th in Division 1-A in scoring defense, largely due to allowing three opponents only three points each. The triple overtime game with WSU saw the Cougs post 47 points, and Washington, UCLA and Ohio State each scored more than 27 in victory. The Cats have allowed only eight rushing touchdowns, one each by Ohio State and USC, two by UCLA and four by Washington. The defense has given up 12 scoring passes (6 by WSU, 2 by Ohio State and Oregon, 1 by USC and UCLA) and seven field goals. Arizona's offense allowed six points on an interception return. Opponents have had 12 1st-and-goal opportunities and 60 of a potential 84 points.

    Bagging It
    UA has 29 quarterback sacks for the season but managed only two against Washington's elusive Marques Tuiasosopo. One was by CB Anthony Banks on a blitz, his first of the year and the other was by LB Antonio Pierce. UA had four against UCLA. A week earlier UA notched three against an Oregon offense which had allowed only five in the previous six games. Two versus the Bruins were by backup DE Alex Luna, who leads the club in sacks. Two of those at Eugene were by safety Brandon Nash on blitz plays and tackle Anthony Thomas and end Alex Luna combined for the other. Three of the sacks have led directly to scores - fumble-jarring sacks and scoop-and-score plays by Joe Tafoya/Adrian Koch at Utah, Joe Tafoya/Idris Haroon at Stanford and Michael Jolivette/Alex Luna against Washington State. Arizona has 19 different players involved in sacking the opposing QB this year. Against Utah, the Cats notched six sacks for minus-63 yards, including two caused fumbles that UA turned into points. Another stopped a fourth-down try with the game still in doubt with 10 minutes remaining. Joining team leaders Luna (3.5), Tafoya (3), Haroon (3) and Nash (3) with sacks are Antonio Pierce (2), Joe Siofele (2), Adrian Koch (2), Jermaine Chatman (2), Anthony Thomas (1.5), Trevor Wilde, Austin Uku, Brandon Nash, Young Thompson, Keoni Fraser, Michael Jolivette, Anthony Banks, Lance Briggs, Zaharius Johnson and Tony Thompson/Johnny Jackson (0.5).

    GAME NOTES Only Florida and Arizona State (33) have more turnovers gained than Arizona in Division 1-A Oregon State has 16 interceptions to rank 16th nationally, just ahead of Arizona The Beavers are 7th in turnover margin at 1.22 OSU's defense ranks 23rd in total defense and first in the league at 314.33 per game

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