Oct. 28, 2012
TUCSON - After Saturday's 39-36 win over then-No. 10 USC, the University of Arizona football team is back in the Associated Press Top-25, sitting at No. 24, for the first time since Sun., Sept. 16 after the 56-0 win over South Carolina State when the Cats were ranked No. 22. Arizona is also receiving votes for the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25.
UA (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) defeated its second AP Top-25 opponent of the season (then-No. 18 Oklahoma State on Sept. 8) and 2012 marks the first time since 2008 that the Wildcats defeated two ranked teams in the same season (No. 25 California and vs. No. 17 BYU). The victory over the Cougars was in the Las Vegas Bowl, leaving the 2006 season as the last time UA knocked off a pair of ranked foes in the same regular season (at No. 25 Washington State and No. 8 California). Arizona has now defeated two AP Top-25 teams in the same season at home for the first time since 1992 (23-3 victory over No. 11 UCLA and 16-3 upset of No. 1-ranked Washington).
In the AP Top-25 poll, Arizona sits at No. 24. UA is one of six Pac-12 schools listed with Oregon at No. 2, Oregon State at No. 13, Stanford at No. 15, No. 18 USC and No. 25 UCLA. With the Bruins also back in the top 25, the Wildcats will face their sixth ranked opponent of the season on Saturday.
In Saturday's win over the Trojans, senior quarterback Matt Scott racked up 469 yards of total offense with four total touchdowns and Wildcats rallied from a 15-point deficit. Scott was 27-for-50 passing for 369 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, while carrying the ball 15 times for 100 yards with a score on the ground.
Junior linebacker Marquis Flowers led the defensive effort with two interceptions for 14 yards and a forced fumble to go with his seven tackles. The unit recorded two sacks for a loss of seven yards and a total of four tackles for a loss of 13 yards. Sophomore safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant paced the squad in tackles with 11 while also recovering a fumble.
Arizona hits the road on Sat., Nov. 3 for a matchup at UCLA. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.