Some Game Themes
The Cats (3-7, 2-5) took a week off with a final bye on Nov. 19, and geared up for the Big Game at
Last Time Out
Quick Hits From
- QB Willie Tuitama threw two TD passes for the fourth straight game.
- Tuitama attempted the most (41) and completed the most passes (22) in his young UA career.
- WR Anthony Johnson pulled in a career-best seven passes.
- WR Syndric Steptoe caught at least one pass for the 16th straight game.
- K Nick Folk booted a career-high 61-yard punt.
The Wildcats and Sun Devils ?- The All-Time Series
In a series that dates back even longer then Arizona has been a part of the United States (hence the “Territorial Cup”), 1899 to be exact, the UA owns a 44-33-1 advantage over ASU in 78 meetings with its neighbor to the north ... Arizona has won seven of the past 12 games between the two, including a 34-27 victory over the No. 18-ranked Sun Devils in Tucson last season, but ASU is 4-2 over the last six meetings ... Arizona is 9-13-1 all-time in games played in Sun Devil Stadium ... Since becoming members of the Pacific-10 Conference in 1978-79, Arizona owns a 16-10-1 lead in series ... Should UA earn a second straight victory over Arizona State, it would match the longest winning streak for either school since the Wildcats won three straight between 1993-95.
The No. 18-ranked and bowl-bound Arizona State Sun Devils rolled into
Noting the Sun Devils
The Sun Devils enter the game hungry for a second-straight bowl berth ... Checking in with a 5-5 overall record, ASU will need a win over Arizona to make its bowl hope a reality ... The Devils boast a high caliber offense that ranks among the best in the nation in total offense (518.1 yds/game) and passing yards (376.8 yds/game) ... ASU is averaging an impressive 37.4 points per game ... Defensively, the Devils are surrendering an average of 471 yards per game an allowing 29.9 points.
“What's the Big Deal?”
Arizona is in the middle of the national pack in drawing 6.8 penalties per game, rated No. 52 in Division I-A with an average of 55.3 yards penalized per game. Ten schools with the same or fewer victories are rated better. ASU is one of the division's most penalized teams, having drawn 82.1 yards per game (No. 115) in penalties, on an average of 9.4 flags per contest. Three squads have more penalties --
When Push Comes to Shove
One factor might be fun to watch this week -- how ASU's capability on third down, rated No. 7 nationally and second in the Pac-10 at 49.7 percent, works against the best third-down conversion defense rating in the league.
On The Injury Front
The Wildcats appear to be nearly at complete strength heading into the ASU game. LB Dane Krogstad is still questionable with a knee injury suffered against USC and WR Mike Thomas will look to make a go of it despite a hand injury suffered two weeks ago against
Saving the Best For Last
As is the hope,
2004 & 05 in Sept. & Oct.
2004 & 05 in Nov. Record
203.4 Total Offense
A Season’s Worth Of Improvements
Having already matched last year’s win total, the 2005 Wildcats have also improved in a number of other categories over last season’s team.
+13.3 First Downs
+68.2 Total Offense
Getting To the Point
In 10 games this season,
Take Your Pick
The Cats' defense employs some young players, with only senior starters in safety Darrell Brooks and end Copeland Bryan. It's made for a learning curve that will pay dividends but has sometimes yielded chunks of yardage. UA has surrendered more than 400 yards four times, more than 600 twice and more than 700 yards once. The season average of 412 yards per game rates in the bottom 25 percent of Division I-A. That's skewed by the Trojans' 724 yards Oct. 8, in a game that basically was close for 50 minutes, and 654 yards by a team the Cats beat --
A similarity from a year ago... Entering the 2004 ASU game,
Something Clicks in the Rivalry Game
UA junior receiver Mike Jefferson of
Brooks is Breaking Off
3 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF 2003
3 PBU, 1 FR, 1 INT 2004
9 PBU, 1 FF, 1 INT 2005
1 PBU, 2 FF, 2 INT Totals
16 PBU, 5 FF, 2 FR, 4 INT
Cope Comes On
UA senior defensive end Copeland Bryan joined the team in the fall of 2001 as a recruited walk-on in August. Five years later he's No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in the Pac-10 with .94 sacks per game as the Cats' top edge rusher. He missed two full games and most of the
Running for 1,000
Senior running back Mike Bell needs 165 yards on the ground in his final game as a Wildcat to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the first time at
Mike Bell’s Four Year Career
Not Taking the Fifth
With 153 yards on the ground against UCLA on Nov. 5, senior Mike Bell became just the fifth player in school history to eclipse the career 3,000 yard rushing mark. He needs 51 more yards in his final UA game to pass Hubie Oliver for fourth on the all-time list.
Trung Canidate (1996-99)
3,824 yards (604 att.) 2
Ontiwaun Carter (1991-94)
3,501 yards (805 att.) 3
Art Luppino (1953-56)
3,371 yards (513 att.) 4
Hubie Oliver (1977-80)
3,096 yards (649 att.) 5
Mike Bell (2002-Present)
3,046 yards (651 att.)
Hitting The Century Mark
Including a 153-yard effort against UCLA on Nov. 5, senior running back Mike Bell has rushed for 100 or more yards in a game 10 times in his career. When doing so, he has amassed 1,459 rushing yards, 11 TDs and averaged 6.7 yards per carry.
Mike Bell’s 100-yard Games
Date Opponent (Result) Att Yards TDs Avg. Aug. 30, 2003 UTEP (W, 42-7) 13 119 1 9.2 Oct. 25, 2003 at Cal (L, 42-14) 19
Aug. 30, 2003
UTEP (W, 42-7)
Oct. 25, 2003
at Cal (L, 42-14)