Kickoff: 4 p.m.
Radio: 1290 AM (Brian Jeffries, Lamont Lovett)
First Meeting: 1927 (
Last Meeting: 2005 (
All-Time Series Record: UCLA leads 18-10-1
Notes on the Series: Arizona will head to Pasadena for the second time in the last three years ... The Wildcats have hosted UCLA in Tucson in four of the last five meetings between the two ... Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak to the Bruins when it upset undefeated and No. 7-ranked UCLA 52-14 in Tucson last season ... Arizona’s longest winning streak in the all-time series is two straight (1989-90) .. UCLA’s longest winning streak is four in a row, accomplished three times (1971-78, 1985-88 and most recently 2000-04) ... From 1990 to 1997 UCLA and Arizona traded wins each successive season ... Arizona’s largest margin of victory in the all-time series was last season’s 38-point win ... The Bruins largest margin of victory over the Cats, a 40-point win, came in a 54-14 win in Pasadena in 1991 ... Arizona is 2-7-1 all-time against UCLA at the Rose Bowl and last won there in 1999 (33-7) ...
Some Game Themes
The Wildcats turn to the road for a couple of weeks, starting in
Six minutes do not a game make, but a second-quarter flurry taking that long proved all important as
So. QB Willie Tuitama’s 308 yards passing were the second-most in his young career (335 at Oregon State, 2005) and his 41 attempts tied his career high ... Tuitama spread the wealth, completing at least one pass to nine different receivers against the Huskies. His previous best for pass distribution was eight different players in his first career game against
A Quick Look at UCLA
The Bruins welcome the Wildcats to the Rose Bowl with a 3-1 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Pac-10 ... UCLA regrouped after allowing 15 fourth-quarter points in a loss to
T’N’T appears primed and ready to explode. The combination of So. QB Willie Tuitama and WR classmate Mike Thomas has gotten back on track after a slow start to the year. Hampered by an ankle sprain, Thomas collected just nine passes for 80 yards in
The Final 15
Through five games this year, the Wildcats have already matched their 2005 season total for fourth quarter points. With a three field goals, including Nick Folks game-winning 48-yarder against BYU in the season opener, and two TDs (with PATs),
Linebackers Spencer Larsen (40) and Ronnie Palmer (33) are atop UA’s tackles chart, a nice trend compared to a year ago when safety Darrell Brooks had 48 tackles after five games. Add in linebacker Dane Krogstad’s 23 hits and the trio has a total of 96 tackles. Their combined good health was a hoped-for steady factor this year after they combined to miss 14 contests in 2005. Larsen enters the week of play fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of eight tackles per game, Palmer comes in tied for 11th in the conference (6.6) and Krogstad at No. 41 (4.6).
It’s Starting to Feel Like Holmes
It took him a couple of games to acclimated, but junior college transfer Louis Holmes is beginning to show why he was one of the most sought-after JC prospects in the country. In UA’s first three games this season, Holmes posted eight total tackles, an average of 2.6 stops per game. Over the last two, Holmes has recorded 11 tackles (5.5 TPG), including eight solo stops, a sack and a PBU. His emergence has allowed the UA coaching staff to move Sr. Marcus Smith inside to help offset some injuries among the defensive tackles.
22 and Counting
Senior WR Syndric Steptoe extended his streak to 22 straight games with at least one catch with five receptions for 85 yards and a TD last Saturday against
Two More For 100
Sr WR Syndric Steptoe is two receptions away from 100 for his career. The four-year letterwinner caught nine passes his freshman season, 30 as a sophomore, 37 as a junior last season and has a team-high 22 this year for a career total of 98. Step appears to be a lock for the all-time top 10 at UA, as he needs just six more catches this season to equal Vance Johnson’s No. 10 all-time ranking of 104 receptions (1981-84). Steptoe, who is averaging 4.4 receptions per game this year, is on pace for 129 catches in his Wildcat career, which would place him fifth all-time at UA.
A Spring in his Step
Senior team captain Syndric Steptoe has proven to be a pain for the opposition throughout his career in his role as wide receiver/kick returner. His 130 all-purpose yards against
Step’s All-Purpose Yards
Syndric Steptoe leads the team with seven of the Wildcats’ 15 plays of 20 yards or longer ?- all pass receptions from Willie Tuitama. His longest is a 48-yard catch against BYU, while Chris Henry has the longest play of the year, a 54-yard run also against BYU. Chris Jennings had runs of 41, 30 and 30 yards to his credit (the first two vs. SFA, the last vs. LSU). None of the 15 plays were scores. The longest rushing touchdown is a 10-yarder by
Third Down Blues
There is no question - the Cats need to get better on third down, and a little yardage on first and second down would certainly help.
Well actually it’s Nick, but with the way the senior kicker has boomed the ball in the past, maybe a name change is in order. The multi-talented kicker is headed for a season of double duty as the place kicker and punter for the Wildcats. His season debut against BYU certainly showcased his talents as he connected for a career-best three field goals (30, 22, 48), including the game-winner with one second remaining, while also booting four punts for a net average of 56 yards per kick. His 75-yard punt against the Cougars was a career-long and pinned BYU on its own 5 yard-line.
Known for having a big leg on field goals (career-long 53 yards) and kickoffs (67 career touchbacks), his punting prowess came out of necessity for the Wildcats. After punter Danny Baugher went down with a season-ending knee injury in the Wildcats’ seventh game last year, Folk took over the punting duties to go along with his normal place kicking chores. As the “fill in” punter, all Folk did was post a net average of 44.7 yards per kick (Baugher, a finalist for the 2005 Ray Guy Award, average 47.5 net yards per punt), hit a season-high 61-yarder and place eight of his 22 kicks inside the opposition’s 20 yard-line.
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No Return Policy
Senior PK Nick Folk has taken the words “kickoff return” completely out of the opposition’s vocabulary. On 17 kickoffs this season, Folk has seen just two of them returned, and one was a squib kick at the end of the BYU game on Sept. 4. Since ending the 16-13 win over the Cougars, Folk has kicked off 12 times over UA’s last four games, and has seen all 12 of them go through the end zone as unreturnable.
One of the Few
Senior Nick Folk is one of eight players on the Division I-A level that handles all of the kicking duties - kickoffs, field goals, PATs and punting - for his team. A look at how Nick stands up against his “brethren”.