Oct. 30, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Ten Reasons to Attend the Football Game Nov. 7...
1. Serendipity. Arizona is ranked for the first time since 2000. The last time the Cats won as a ranked team, they beat Washington State, 53-47, in Tucson.
2. Homecoming. The event comes around every year, but it's a special occasion - and most notably a long weekend of events held throughout the University community. This is Arizona's 93rd Homecoming celebration. Additionally, five new members of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame will be cited at the game - coach Lute Olson, golfer Lorena Ochoa, baseball's J.T. Snow, pole vaulter Amy Linnen and golfer Chris Nallen.
Safety Cam Nelson talks UA football...
3. Kick time. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m., a marvelous hour for November football in Tucson. The 10-day forecast says sunny skies and just around 80 degrees at kickoff. Compared to the chill of cool temperatures in Tucson this week, it looks like you can count on a comfortable afternoon in Arizona Stadium Nov. 7.
4. Offense. The Cats are rated highly in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision weekly statistics in one category for sure - moving the ball. Arizona is averaging almost 450 yards per game - currently the second-best mark in program history - and they come through the air and on the ground, for any discriminating football taste.
LB Sterling Lewis meets the press
5. The Scoreboard. The Cats are averaging 35 points per game at home in the last two seasons. Arizona has won 11 of its last 13 home games by putting up points.
6. Defense.The Cats have shown the ability to stop opposing attacks, especially at home. Arizona has given up an average of just two touchdowns per game to opponents in recent years at Arizona Stadium. In its last game, safety Cam Nelson earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. He's among several playmakers on the unit all eager to start the final stretch of games in solid fashion.
7. Opportunity. Arizona fans have two chances left to see the Cats at home - the WSU game and a Nov. 21 contest against Oregon. TV coverage is okay, but nothing beats the Arizona Stadium atmosphere. Plus, help support Arizona's seniors in their final two home games. UA's guys are nice people: check out the videos on this page.
8. Colors. Which combination will the Cats wear? Blue jerseys over while pants? Red over white? Red over blue? Blue over blue? Red over red? Blue over red? Don't count on the last one - the Cats never have worn blue jerseys and red pants together. Quarterback Nick Foles' favorite is blue over blue, while roommate and receiver David Douglas picks red over white as his choice for competitive wear.
9. Bowl Bound? A victory would make Arizona bowl-eligible for the third time under Mike Stoops. Six Pac-10 teams with six or more victories are assured of bowl berths in the Rose, Holiday, Sun, Emerald, Las Vegas and Poinsettia Bowls. A year ago the Cats' victory at WSU on Nov. 8 was the clincher. Will it happen again, against the same team...?
10. Tickets. There are still good seats left. Call 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-2287 to get yours now. The price range can accommodate any budget.
Offensive guard Vaughn Dotsy at weekly news conference
Note...Oh, and this is another reason -- It's reported that Wilbur the Wildcat's 50th birthday coincides with Homecoming Weekend. (The use of the nickname "Wildcats," of course, dates back to Nov. 8, 1914, when William M. Henry wrote in the Los Angeles Times that the UA varsity "showed the fight of wild cats..." Shortly thereafter the student body, in a general assembly, voted to adopt 'Wildcats' as the school mascot. Live caged cats and various incarnations of Wilbur appeared much later.)