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Arizona (2-5, 1-4) @ Washington (5-2, 3-1)
Date: Oct. 29 Time: 7:30 p.m. (MST)
Location: Seattle, Wash. (Husky Stadium -- 72,500)
Television Broadcast: FOX Sports Net TV Commentators: Craig Bolerjack (pxp), Joel Klatt (analyst) and Petros Papadakis (sideline)
UA Radio: Arizona Radio Network, 1290 AM Tucson
UA Radio Broadcasters: Brian Jeffries (pxp), Lamont Lovett (color analyst), Dana Cooper (sideline analyst)
ESPN Radio (national broadcast): Kevin Calabro (pxp), TBA color analyst
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 85, XM 85 (UW radio)
All-Time Series: Washington leads 17-9-1
First Meeting: Nov. 4, 1978 (UW 31, UA 21 at Seattle)
Last Meeting: Oct. 23, 2010 (UA 44, UW 14 at Tucson)
Streak: Arizona has won three of last four
Some Game Themes
Arizona works to maintain momentum gained in its 36-point victory (48-12) over UCLA last week... UA sees if the Price (Keith, UW QB) is right after vanquishing the Prince (Kevin, UCLA QB)... Arizona QB Nick Foles ventures onto turf where he last threw for 384 yards in a 39-for-53 outing that came up short when one of the tosses bounced off a dude's foot (or the ground) for a pick-six and the winning points... Did the UCLA game truly snap Arizona out of the coulda-shoulda funk it endured in its last dozen FBS games?.. Will interim coach Tim Kish's "let's have fun" sense of purpose keep Arizona loose? Can the Dawgs maintain their 4-0 mastery at home?.. Meantime, the Cats try to win a league game on the road for the first time since last October (at UCLA, 2010)... Washington plays for bowl eligibility while Arizona plays for the lifeline that could give it that opportunity down the road... The Cats get their fourth and final look at the Pac-12 North... Two of the nation's active career receiving touchdown leaders face off (UW's Kearse with 28, UA's Criner with 27)... It's Homecoming weekend on the University of Washington campus, setting the Cats up for their own alumni fete a week hence in Tucson against Utah... Is another thrilling finish in store between a pair of schools that have produced some instant classics in Seattle over the last decade-plus?
Arizona went out and played some ball from the onset, scoring six touchdowns on its first six possessions to put the game out of reach before halftime in a 48-12 victory over UCLA. The Cats won the toss, took the ball and didn't look back. UA picked up a pair of turnover TDs with 60-yard drives in that mix, plus put together four drives of around 80 yards. As definitive, place kicker John Bonano tacked on all six PAT kicks to give him seven consecutive (one at OSU) makes and cement his new grip on the kicking chores. (He later socked field goals of 41 and 21 yards on his first career attempts to put 12 total points on the board.) Early keys besides UA's offensive persistence were answering the Bruins first-quarter touchdown drive (which cut it to 14-7) with a long UA scoring drive, and otherwise holding UCLA to 19 plays and 114 yards total on its other first-half possessions. At the break the Cats had 416 yards in offense to 177 by UCLA. In the end, Arizona scored six touchdowns on six red zone forays, converted 10 of 16 third downs and one fourth down, and rushed for a season-high 254 yards. Nick Foles backed it up with 291 throwing yards and three touchdowns -- all to Juron Criner -- while the Cats featured five different running backs in shotgun, spread, pistol, twin and other formations. Defensively the best news was the scoreboard, holding UCLA to as few points as it did against Northern Arizona. The Bruins picked up two of their markers on a safety with six minutes left in the game and UA's second unit on the field. The win snapped a five-game losing streak and snapped a string of 10 consecutive losses to FBS schools. All the numbers aside, the game's outcome and process proved that college football's an emotional game: you have to have some and if you do, good things can happen. Ten days after their head coach was dismissed, the Wildcats played without caution.
Arizona - Tim Kish (Otterbein '76), interim head coach (1-0)... This is Kish's first assignment as a head coach. The 36-year veteran of the college ranks has coached at Pac-12, Big Ten (Illinois, Northwestern), the Ohio prep ranks, Mid-American Conference schools (Ball State, Bowling Green State, Ohio) and a service academy (Army). He has been on Mike Stoops' Arizona staff as linebackers coach each of the latter's eight years in Tucson, the last two as co- or defensive coordinator. Kish played college ball as a DB at Otterbein, and later earned a master's degree from Bowling Green. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1976. He has been on the defensive side of the ball all but one year in his college career, the 1982 season as QBs coach at Ball State. He and his wife, Angela, have two daughters and a son. His eldest, Megan, is a student at Ohio State. Washington - Steve Sarkisian (BYU '97), third year at Washington (17-15) and third year overall as a head coach. A former WAC Offensive Player of the Year ('96) as a quarterback, he started his coaching career mentoring the position at El Camino College in 2000, and then spent three and four seasons at USC sandwiched around a QB coach job for the Oakland Raiders in 2004. His last two seasons in Los Angeles (2005-08) were as offensive coordinator. He's been on that side of the ball throughout his coaching career. He is 1-1 against Arizona with the victory coming in Seattle in 2009.
UA defensive coordinator Tim Kish's fill-in work as a head coach (following the Oct. 10 dismissal of Mike Stoops) is unusual but not exclusively so. The acting job is a second for the Wildcats in the past decade. Then AD Jim Livengood removed John Mackovic from head coaching duties on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003 after UA opened the season with a 1-4 record. He appointed defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz to take over the program for the duration of the season. Hankwitz, now defensive coordinator at Northwestern, led UA to a 1-6 finish for the program's lowest mark in the modern era, 2-10 (.0167). (The 1957 club under Ed Doherty, 1-8-1, had a lower winning percentage (.015). A few months after Mackovic's ouster, Mike Stoopswas appointed. A search by UA Athletics Director Greg Byrne for his successor is well under way.
Sleepless In Seattle
It started with the "Leap by the Lake" in 1998 and continued over a decade later with the "Immaculate Interception" in 2009. Indeed, Arizona-Washington games in Seattle have produced some edge-of-your-seat, down-to-the-wire excitement that have made some sleepless nights for fans of both schools. The last seven matchups in Seattle have seen the Huskies win four games, while the Wildcats hold a 223-216 overall scoring edge. The Huskies' four wins have all come by four points or less, while the Wildcats have 10-point, seven-point and three-point margins in their favor. Ortege Jenkins' head-over-heels flip into the endzone with only a few ticks of the clock remaining is one of the iconic plays in Arizona football history and gave UA a 31-28 victory that was one of the highlights in a 12-1 season in 1998. Then two years ago, the Wildcats seemingly had a comfortable fourth quarter lead after Alex Zendejas kicked a field goal to give UA a 33-21 advantage with 4:22 remaining. But Jake Locker led a quick-strike attack that cut the deficit to 33-28. On UA's ensuing possession, Nick Foles checked a run-pass option into a seemingly safe wide receiver screen pass, but some outside pressure forced Foles to change the angle of his pass to Delashaun Dean. The ball skipped off the Husky Stadium field turf near the very spot Dean's foot was planted and ricocheted into the hands of Mason Foster, who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown (and UW's subsequent two-point conversion), capping a 15-point swing in 18 seconds. Officials upheld the call on the field as an interception, but some replay evidence indicated the ball likely hit the turf. Either way, it was another thrilling chapter in the series history in Seattle.
Against the Huskies
In recent years, Arizona has been able to put up some impressive offensive numbers against Washington. In the last four meetings (2007-10), the Wildcats have averaged 43.3 points and 478 totals offense yards per game against the Huskies. The breakdown has been 148 yards on the ground compared to 330 through the air, all averaging out to 6.5 yards per play.
Quick Nick Notes
They're elaborated on elsewhere in this missive (see page 6 of this release for career/single season charts) but here are some quick records-watch blurbs. Senior quarterback Nick Foles is on pace to establish Arizona records for season passing yards, pass completions and passing attempts, among others. He has 227 completions (No. 5), 281 attempts (12 shy of No. 4) and 2,546 yards (No. 4), with five regular-season games remaining. His 18 TD throws (tied No. 7) also project to challenge Willie Tuitama's UA record of 28.His completion percentage of .709 would be a record if it held up, besting Keith Smith's .685 mark in 1998. He needs 11 more TDs throws to eclipse Tuitama's career mark of 67 touchdown throws from 2005-08. He needs 989 more passing yards to surpass Willie's UA record of 9,211. All remarkable numbers for a guy who's played in 30 Arizona games, a couple of those as a backup.
QB Nick Foles needs 454 passing yards to post a 3,000-yard level in a season, accomplished only four times. He did it a year ago with 3,191 passing yards. Willie Tuitama (record 3,683 in '07 and 3,088 in '08) did it twice and Jason Johson (3,327 in '02) reached 3,000 once. Foles' 2011 campaign (2,546) currently is No. 4 on the chart. Mike Stoops was thought of as a defensive coach but between Tuitama and Foles his quarterbacks will own five of the top 10 single-season passing yards totals in Arizona history.
According to Jeff Sagarin's NCAA Football ratings, Arizona's schedule ranks as the toughest in the Pac-12 and the sixth-toughest in the nation to date. It's no excuse for a five-game losing streak that the Cats snapped last week, but it still serves as a notable fact. Added together, Arizona's five losses have come against teams with a combined 28-7 record. Three of those teams are ranked in the top seven spots of the AP Top 25 poll and BCS standings this week, with Stanford and Oklahoma State boasting undefeated records.
Staring at the Stats
Arizona improved its scoring average to 30 points per game for the first time since the season opener after its 48 markers against UCLA. Assuming it's within reach of doing so here on out, the 2011 club would become only the third Arizona team since 1998 (33.7) to do so. The other was the 36.6 figure posted in 2008. In fact, since matriculating with the Pac-10 in 1978 only one other Arizona team -- the 1983 Larry Smith squad (32.1) finished with a scoring average above 30 points... Arizona's red-zone factor of 72% touchdowns contrasts with last year's figure of 72% scores in the red zone... Time of possession average for UA and opponents is close to one minute overall, with the bad guys holding a 30:42 to 29:18 edge... Arizona has settled into a groove with more running focus, but still tracking toward a potential school-record for season yards-per-play. The team is at 6.3 and the record is 6.5 posted in 1999 by Keith Smith/Ortege Jenkins at QB, and school record-holders Trung Canidate (RB) and Dennis Northcutt (WR)... UA's current passing yardage of 2,617 (2,546 by Nick Foles), is already its No. 9 season figure during its Pac-10/12 years. All nine of those have come since 1998 and seven of them have come in the past 11 seasons. The current total of 233 completions is No. 6 all-time for UA... The Cats set a school mark with 23.6 first downs per game last year. This year the average is 26.0 after seven games... Despite a season-low crowd of 46,565 on a Thursday night with kickoff at rush hour last week, UA is averaging 51,000 fans per game, close to 90 percent of capacity at Arizona Stadium...
It wasn't in L.A. but it was against UCLA. Two Arizona players had 100 receiving yards against the Bruins -- Juron Criner (10-103) and Gino Crump (9-103). Criner also scored three touchdowns to take sole possession of the No. 2 career spot in career TDs with 27. He passed Dennis Northcutt (24) and is within three of the Arizona record held by Theopolis "T" Bell who had 30 from 1972-75 in Jim Young's prolific UA offenses. Crump's receptions and yardage were his career bests. Arizona had two other receivers notch dual 100-yard games earlier this season -- Dan Buckner (10-142, TD) and Austin Hill (8-128) at Oklahoma State. Other 100-yard receiving games came this year for Criner against NAU (6-151), David Douglas against Oregon (7-120) and Buckner at Oregon State (8-144). Despite those numbers probably the best overall receiving game came in the loss at USC when nine Wildcats had three or more receptions and QB Nick Foles completed single passes to three other guys.
Criner Back In Form
After a couple quiet weeks by his standards (and hindered by some nagging injuries), Juron Criner returned to form last Thursday against UCLA. He collected his second 100-yard game of the season (eighth of career) to go with three touchdowns. The three scores pushed him into sole possession of the No. 2 spot on the UA all-time touchdown receptions chart. Next on the list is the top spot held by Theopolis "T" Bell, who had 30 in his career from 1972-75. See page seven of this release for a complete recap of where Criner stands on some selected UA career and single season receiving lists.
Choosing to Run
Arizona ran the ball 46 times for a whopping 254 yards last week, including positive yardage from quarterback Nick Foles, in averaging 5.5 yards per carry. In the preceding three games the Cats had 87 rushing attempts for 264 total yards against Oregon, USC and Oregon State. The focus against the Bruins was for balance -- those rushing yards and 319 passing for a second 500-yard outing (also at USC) this year. Keola Antolin had 77 yards against UCLA on eight totes, a nifty 9.6 yards per carry, Taimi Tutogi added 32 markers and two scores and freshman Ka'Deem Carey totaled 9-67 and a touchdown to help UA with its best rushing effort of the season.
Arizona's young offensive line -- two freshmen (redshirt), a soph and two juniors -- has been improving steadily, with no indication of proof more evident than the average of 30 first downs each of the past three contests. UA had 37 against USC, 23 against OSU and 32 against UCLA for 92 total in those games. Arizona has had less than 20 first downs in only one game this year, 19 against Stanford. The Cats have had more first downs than opponents in four games -- the last three and against NAU in the season opener. Conversely, holding the opponents down will help. UCLA had an opponents' season-low 15 first downs, one behind NAU (16) in the opener. Oregon had the most against UA this year, 29.
True freshman Tramayne Bondurant started at one of the linebacker spots for Arizona against UCLA and turned in a game-high (tying, with UCLA safety Dietrich Riley) eight tackles. It was easily his career best. Bondurant played most of the secondary positions in camp, special teams in all the games and was an answer as UA played some flex defense against the Bruins. He might fit in the picture this week somewhere else in the secondary but his speed and physical style put him in the picture for a good spell.
Digging a Hole
After trailing by 21-0 at Oklahoma State, 10-0 against Stanford, 14-0 against Oregon, 17-0 at USC and 14-0 at Oregon State before UA could stick a score on the board, the Wildcats came out, won the toss-took the ball and drove in succession to take their own 14-0 lead. After the Bruins put a drive together, Arizona answered with four more drives for a halftime lead of 42-7. You might say UA got the message about starting fast. The good thing about the UCLA drives were that they covered 80, 76, 80, 63, 79 and 59 yards -- no gimmes. The last two came after a missed field goal and a Bruins fumble but still required some chain-moving and time of possession. Arizona's longest possession in the UCLA game came in the second half, a 4:17 span to close out the game.
A typical game for Arizona involves drawing eight penalties for 65 yards. UA has 57 flags for 448 yards. That's more in seven games than the Cats drew in two different seasons under Mike Stoops -- 56 in 2004 and 53 in 2008. The last team to draw some real ire was John Mackovic's final UA team with 87 penalties for 768 yards in 2003. Dick Tomey's 1998 team (12-1) drew a Pac-10 era high 96 penalties for a high of 881 yards.
Zoning In and Zoning Out
The game in Seattle features some red zone similarities. Both Arizona and Washington have scored 24 times in red zone trips, but UA has two more (29) attempts than UW (27) for a rating difference of 57th and 23rd. The Cats and Dawgs are tied at No. 78 in red zone defense, with UA giving up 31 scores in 37 penetrations and Washington allowing 30 scores in 35 trips, both 86%. On offense Arizona has scored 10 rushing touchdowns and 11 passing TDs and three field goals in its red zone forays while the Huskies have scored four rushing touchdowns and 17 passing TDs and three field goals. Each team has allowed 13 rushing scores by opponents who've ventured inside the 20 yard-line.
Senior wide receivers David Douglas (#85) and David Roberts (#81) have quietly put together a pair of similarly consistent careers as Wildcats. Each has played in 44 games and each has 118 receptions. Coincidence or not, the receivers have etched their names into the school's career receptions list. The 118 grabs ranks as the ninth-best tally in program history. Each is a reception shy of matching Richard Dice's (1993-96) who had 119 catches as a Wildcat.
Bonano On Target
Arizona made another switch at placekicker as it named John Bonano the starter before the UCLA game. It proved to be a wise choice as Bonano, previously the team's kickoff specialist, connected on all six of his PAT tries and made his first two career field goal attempts (41 and 22 yards). Prior to Bonano taking over, the Wildcats had a combined five missed PATs and were just 2-for-6 on field goals. Bonano attempted - and made - his first career PAT in the fourth quarter at Oregon State earlier this month, which added with 12 points from the UCLA game gives him 13 on the season. He booted three more touchbacks on kickoffs, giving him 16 for the year - the most in the Pac-12 and the 10th-highest total nationally. He was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
Spread the Weatlh
You can look at Arizona's receiving corps -- 13 different players have caught ball -- in a variety of ways. The best look is the spread-the-ball effect wherein quarterback Nick Foles has found five guys with 29 catches or more led by senior Gino Crump with 39 (387 yards, TD). The leader in yards is junior Dan Buckner (36-541, 2 TD), while senior Juron Criner is the scoring leader with six touchdown grabs (36-441). The others are seniors David Douglas (32-326), David Roberts (29-277). Interestingly, redshirt freshman Austin Hill has the highest yards-per-catch tally (15.1) despite having just 15 receptions. Richard Morrison is another speedy option on the inside who has made the most of his 17 grabs (169 yards) as he has two touchdowns. RBs Keola Antolin (14-108, TD) and Ka'Deem Carey (7-77, TD), and HB/FB/TE Taimi Tutogi(5-51, TD) have been targets out of the backfield, too.
Youth Be Served
A lot of teams around the country have played true freshmen this year. Arizona has played a total of 10 in 2011. The Cats have used DT Sani Fuimaono (started), LBs Rob Hankins and Hank Hobson (each with starts), RB Ka'Deem Carey, DBs Tramayne Bondurant and Cortez Johnson (mostly on special teams), DE Reggie Gilbert, TE Michael Cooper, WR Trevor Ermisch (special teams) and Josh Elias (snapper). Arizona also has played 13 redshirt freshmen -- OT Mickey Baucus (starter), OT Fabbians Ebelle (starter), DT Aiulua Fanene, safety/nickel back Jourdon Grandon (formation starts), defensive back Blake Brady (special teams) receiver Austin Hill (has started), OG Carter Lees (has started), DE Dan Pettinato, WR Tyler Slavin, OT Trent Spurgeon, DT Kirifi Taula (has started), and receiver Garic Wharton (KOR starts.). All added up, it's 23 freshmen playing for the Wildcats this season.
True Freshmen Starters
Arizona's defense has featured at least on true freshman in six of the seven games this season. Rob Hankins started at linebacker in UA's first three games, while Sani Fuimaono started at defensive tackle in the Stanford and Oregon games. Earlier this month at USC, Hank Hobson earned his first start at linebacker and collected three tackles. Against UCLA, defensive back Tramayne Bondurant started as a linebacker in UA's flex defense look. True freshman starters are somewhat rare but not unheard of under Mike Stoops at Arizona. In 2004, WR B.J. Dennard started two games, while future Jim Thorpe Award winner Antoine Cason started all 11 contests. In 2005, defensive end Mike Shelton started one game, while future school passing leader Willie Tuitama earned four starts, as did future All-Pac-10 receptions leader Mike Thomas. Future Houston Texans DT Earl Mitchell started seven games in 2006 (although at fullback on offense) and Terrell Turner started in one game. In 2007, future New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski started nine games at tight end for the Wildcats, while running back Nic Grigsby started eight games en route to a nearly 3,000-yard career. The Cats did not start a true freshman in 2009, and cornerback Shaquille Richardson (three games) was the only player to do so in 2010.
A Swarm Was Born
Deja vu. In 1991 Arizona played 19 freshmen -- 10 of them true freshmen -- with a combined 72 starts for the group. It was a 4-7 season marked by field-testing the troops. Among them were four freshmen offensive linemen, some frosh RBs, two freshmen linebackers and some freshmen safeties. The Cats were smothered by a Steve-Emtman-led No. 3 Washington, 54-0 (the siren was wailing that day), and 36-9 by No. 2 Miami. The next year the team, with some experience via the hard knocks, lost at No. 1 Miami by a point (8-7), beat No. 11 UCLA and stunned No. 1 Washington en route to a Sun Bowl appearance in a 6-5-1 year. They called the Cats 'Desert Swarm,' thanks to the first Gulf War and its 'Desert Storm.' A year after that, UA was 10-2 and this time No. 10 Miami went down 29-0 in the Fiesta Bowl. No one's saying the parallels will pan out, but this year Arizona has played 23 freshmen, 10 of them the true variety. It's not going to hurt the next Arizona coach.
One of the goals for Arizona's defensive improvement will be to limit long plays by opponents. Through seven contests, the Wildcats have yielded 45 total offensive plays (14 rushing, 31 passing) of 20 or more yards, which is already more than the 41 allowed in 13 games a season ago. That's an astonishing 6.5 plays per game of 20 yards or more, for an average of nearly 140 yards. Sure, the competition has been much stiffer to start the 2011 campaign, but needless to say the Cats needs to find a solution to slowing down opposing teams. Forcing teams to matriculate the ball down the field without the chunk plays will be a good place to start.
Chunk Plays Part II
Nick Foles and the passing attack have totaled 31 plays of 20 or more yards through the air in the first seven games of the season. That's well on the way to eclipsing the total of 46 long pass plays a year ago. In fact, eight different Wildcats have a reception of 20 or more yards so far, including six with a 40-yarder and seven with a 30-yarder. But the Wildcats would also like to find some balance with the run. So far only four rushing plays have gained 20 or more yards - all totes by Keola Antolin. In 2010, UA had 14 rushing plays of 20 or more yards, which leaves the Cats with some work to do if they would like to match that total. But, two 20-plus yarders against the Bruins a week ago is a good start.
From Start To Finish
Since 2004, Arizona has proved to be a pretty dominant team when it starts fast. Consider that the Wildcats are 28-6 (.823) since the start of the 2004 season when holding a lead after the first quarter. That mark is even more impressive in recent seasons, as UA has won 19 of its last 20 contests since the start of 2008 when leading after the opening period (lone defeat came after a 14-7 lead at Oregon in 2010). At home, the Wildcats are 19-3 in such games, including a streak of 14s straight victories dating back to 2007. Away from home, the Cats hold a solid 9-3 (.750) mark with leads after the first quarter. However, trailing or being tied with an opponent is an ominous omen for Arizona as the club is just 14-44 (.241) when tied or trailing after the first quarter since the start of 2004. The Cats are 8-20 (.286) at home and 6-24 (.200) away from home in such games.
Tracking Some Cats
Nick Foles' and Juron Criner's career numbers are well-documented, but here are some notable Cats closing in on other top career marks ... Keola Antolin has 24 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores in his career for a career tally of 162 points scored - tied with Dennis Northcutt's (1996-99) for No. 13 all-time on UA's career scoring chart. Next up is current New York Jets kicker Nick Folk, who had 169 points at Arizona ... Senior place kicker Alex Zendejas has collected 186 points in his career, which is tied for ninth-most in school history ... Senior wide receivers David Roberts and David Douglas have 118 career receptions, which ranks No. 9 all-time at Arizona. They are one shy of matching Richard Dice, who had 119 from 1993-96 ... Antolin became the 13th player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in his career when he surpassed the benchmark against Oregon. He now has 2,125 career rushing yards, good enough for No. 10 in program history. He is now 187 yards behind Jim Upchurch (2,389, 1972-74).
Here's a quick look at where some notable Wildcats rank nationally among active career leaders in respective statistical categories.
- Keola Antolin's 444 career carries are 18th-most for active players
- Juron Criner's 170 career receptions are 18th-most for active players.
- Juron Criner's 2,344 career receiving yards are 18th-most for active players.
- Juron Criner's 27 career receiving touchdowns are 6th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 747 career pass completions are 7th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 8,223 passing yards are 8th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 57 passing touchdowns are for 13th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 66.9% career completion percentage is 5th-best for active players
- Nick Foles' 274.1 career passing yards per game is 7th-best for active players
- Nick Foles' 25.8 career completions per game is 5th-best for active players
- Nick Foles' 1,155 career pass attempts is 8th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 773 pass completions are 7th-most for active players
- Nick Foles 38.5 pass attempts per game is 4th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 7,955 total offense yards are 13th-most for active players
- Trevin Wade's 11 career interceptions are tied for sixth nationally for active players.
- Trevin Wade's 203 interception return yards are third-most for active players.
Arizona returns home to host Pac-12 newcomer Utah in the school's annual Homecoming game at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 5. Game time and possible TV information is expected to be determined this week.