Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats, Bruins Meet On Thursday Night
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 17, 2011
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Oct. 17, 2011

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Game 7: UCLA at Arizona

Date: Oct. 20     Time: 6 p.m. (MST)
Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona Stadium -- 56,100)
Television Broadcast: ESPN, ESPN 3D and ESPN3
TV Commentators: Rece Davis (pxp), Craig James (analyst), Jesse Palmer (analyst), Jenn Brown (reporter)
UA Radio: Arizona Radio Network, 1290 AM Tucson
UA Radio Broadcasters: Brian Jeffries (pxp), Lamont Lovett (color analyst), Dana Cooper (sideline analyst)
UA Spanish Radio Broadcasters: Francisco Romero (pxp), Marco Rincon (analyst)
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 91, XM 91 (UA radio call); SIRIUS 85, XM 85 (UCLA radio call)

Arizona-UCLA Series
History All-Time Series: UCLA leads, 19-14-2
First Meeting: 1927 (UA 16, UCLA 13 at Tucson)
Last Meeting: 2010 (UA 29, UCLA 21 at Pasadena)
Streak: Arizona has won four straight

Some Game Themes

Arizona's semi-fresh beginning, under new direction after the Oct. 10 dismissal of Coach Mike Stoops mid way through his eighth year... Tim Kish works to put a national signature on the Wildcats' approach to the second half of the 2011 season... Will Arizona draw strength from his 36 years of experience, and play well? Will events of last week sap the Wildcats' collective emotions? Tune in and watch (ESPN) in 3-D... The Cats battle to end a five-game losing streak and eight-game league-loss string dating to last year, with its last victory in conference games coming Oct. 30, 2010, against none other than UCLA... A match of two well-rested teams coming off byes... UCLA works to ride some momentum after its victory over WSU Oct. 8 and move above .500 in its quest for bowl eligibility. The Bruins could move into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 South with a victory... The first of the last for UA, which probably has to win out to earn a chance at a fourth consecutive bowl appearance... The Cats get another schedule-quirk double: UCLA will be the fourth team UA has played twice in its last 10 conference games... It's Arizona's nearly-every-snap Nick Foles against UCLA's revolving-door QB, Kevin Prince... Two teams on some straight lines in two key categories -- per-game scoring (UA 27/UCLA 26) and points allowed per game (UCLA 32/Arizona 37)... Arizona takes on a defensive challenge against a proficient running team. The Bruins rate among league leaders at 195 yards per game while UA is last in rushing defense... Foles and his deep receiving corps face a squad rated ninth in the league in pass efficiency defense... The Wildcats welcome -- or don't -- national attention from ESPN in a 3-D broadcast. Arizona's current FBS losing streak involved eight broadcasts by the ESPN/ABC family.

Last Time
Out Arizona enjoyed a bye week Oct. 15 to split its season in two halves... At Oregon State on Oct. 8, UA's defense held the Beavers to some manageable production, but found some ways to self-destruct with a pair of interceptions and some special teams play that was anything but, in losing to Oregon State, 37-27. The Cats missed a mid-range field goal, had a punt blocked and returned for a score, missed an extra point, gave up a 13-yard pass by the OSU punter on 4th-and-3, fumbled a rolling kickoff for a lost ball to lead to a field goal and had a hurried rugby punt stay on UA's side of the field to lead to OSU's final score. Two Nick Foles' interceptions led to 10 OSU points, to otherwise spoil a decent outing by the senior, who completed 31 of 45 passes for 378 yards and a score. His counterpart, Sean Mannion, was more effective with two TD throws among 32 completions (267 yards), and the Beavers got a 3-for-4 effort on field goals by Trevor Romaine. Arizona, seemingly out of it at 30-6 with seven minutes left in the third period, rallied behind Foles and an interception returned for a score by Wildcat corner Shaquille Richardson to cut the lead to 30-27 with a dozen minutes left in the game. The kicking game put its stamp on the affair again, as an OSU punt bounced away from UA return man Richard Morrison and trickled for 63 yards to the UA 5 yard-line. Three incompletions later, the short rugby punt by Kyke Dugandzic deep in UA's territory set the Beavers up at the Wildcat 43 yard-line and Mannion completed five passes including a two-yard TD throw. The Cats drove the length of the field behind Foles' passing to set up a 1st-and-goal at the OSU 4 yard-line, but couldn't punch it in in four tries. Overall the Cats had a season-high four turnovers to negate 431 yards in offense, while the Beavs managed a solid 408 and overcame their two turnovers (both INTs by Richardson). Safety Adam Hall returned for UA after missing five games (spring knee surgery) and checked out with a game-high 10 tackles including two for losses. OSU rushed for 128 net yards led by Jovan Stevenson with 99. Dan Buckner had eight catches for 144 yards and one score to lead the UA receiving corps.

The Coaches
Arizona - Tim Kish (Otterbein '76), interim head coach. 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. UCLA - Rick Neuheisel (UCLA '84), fourth year at UCLA (18-25), 12th year overall as a head coach (84-55). A former walk-on Bruin who led UCLA to a Pac-10 title as a senior quarterback, he began his coaching career as a volunteer in Westwood in 1986. He was an assistant at UCLA from 1988-93. He was head coach at Colorado from 1995-98 (33-14) and at Washington from 1999-02 (33-16). His record against Arizona is 4-3.

Mike Stoops at Arizona
Mike Stoops (Iowa '86) served as head coach at Arizona from 2004 until last week. He was in his eighth year at Arizona (41-50) and overall as a head coach. His record in league games was 27-38. Stoops had Arizona in the national rankings for 11 weeks in 2010 and took three consecutive teams to bowl games, matching the school's best string. He coached national award winners and a combined 33 All-Pac-10 players at Arizona. His Arizona teams beat ranked teams each of his first seven seasons in Tucson and posted an 0-3 mark in such games this season. Arizona's football attendance flourished in his tenure averaging 53,155 per game entering this season, among the Pac-12's best of-capacity (92%) figures. Arizona's football APR mark improved each of the past six years. He developed 16 Arizona players selected in the NFL Draft. He was defensive coordinator at Kansas State and Oklahoma from 1996-2003 before his UA appointment and has been on the defensive side since his coaching start in 1986. Stoops was 5-2 against this week's opponent, UCLA.

Stoops vs. Ranked Teams
Stoops' Arizona clubs beat a ranked team each of his previous seven seasons in Tucson, with an 0-3 mark this year (Oklahoma State, Stanford, Oregon). The highest ranked foe his UA teams had beaten was the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, 34-24, in Tucson Nov. 15, 2007. Overall the Wildcats were 9-24 against ranked squads in his tenure, and 3-12 against teams in the Top 10. Historically, Arizona is 39-97-1 against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll.

Caretaking Coaching
UA defensive coordinator Tim Kish's stint as interim head coach following the Oct. 10 dismissal of Mike Stoops is somewhat unusual, but 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 Stoops was appointed

Toughest Schedule
According to Jeff Sagarin's NCAA Football ratings, Arizona's schedule ranks as the toughest in the nation through seven weeks. It's no excuse for a five-game losing streak, but it still serves as a notable fact. Putting aside UA's season-opening victory over FCS foe Northern Arizona, the Wildcats' five FBS opponents have a combined record of 23-7. Three of those teams are ranked in the top nine sports of the AP Top 25 poll this week, with Stanford and Oklahoma State boasting undefeated records. As the Wildcats look ahead, two more ranked teams - Washington (No. 22) and Arizona State (No. 24) - are on the slate in the final six regular season games.

Some Similarities
The Cats and Bruins share some interesting, if not unusual, statistical similarities. Here's a look at a few: First downs allowed - The UA and UCLA defenses have each allowed 23.7 first downs per game this season, which is tied for No. 112 nationally ... Red zone defense - The Wildcats' defense has allowed opponents to score 91-percent of the time in the red zone (No. 111 in nation), while the Bruins' foes have scored 92-percent of the time (No. 113 in nation) ... Turnover margin - Both Arizona (five gained, seven lost) and UCLA (eight gained, 10 lost) are minus-2 in the turnover column, which ranks tied for No. 84 nationally ... PAT Attempts - Arizona has missed five PAT kicks (14-of-19), while UCLA has missed four tries (15-of-19) ... Sluggish starts - Arizona has been outscored 55-17 in the first quarters of games this season, while UCLA has faced a cumulative 37-14 deficit ... Time of possession - Arizona has held the ball for an average of 28:13 in each game, while UCLA has possessed the ball an average of 28:40 ... Sacks - The Wildcats have just three quarterback sacks all season (No. 120 in the nation) and the Bruins have just five (No. 115 in the nation).

Field-Goal Goals
Make them, consistently, is the goal. Arizona (2-6) and UCLA (4-6) have combined to miss six field goals in 12 tries. The Cats could trot out a third attempter, normal kickoff specialist John Bonano. He was successful on his lone placement kick this year, a PAT at Oregon State, and is 2-0 after making good on a PAT against WSU last year. He has not attempted a field goal in his career. He's played 26 games in three seasons after walking on in 2009 and has been the kickoff man since. Bonano should be the PAT man in the UCLA game after some point-after woes by Alex Zendejas (6-for-10) and Jaime Salazar (7-for-8). Those two have combined for a 2-for-6 mark on field goals this year and that puts Bonano in that picture as well.

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 201 completions (No. 6), 281 attempts (15 shy of No. 12) and 2,255 yards (No. 10), with six regular-season games remaining. His 15 TD throws (No. 11) also project to challenge Willie Tuitama's UA record of 28..His completion percentage of .715 would be a record if it held up, besting Keith Smith's .685 mark in 1998. He needs 14 more TDs throws to eclipse Tuitama's career mark of 67 touchdown throws from 2005-08. He needs 1,280 more passing yards to surpass Willie's UA record of 9,211. All remarkable numbers for a guy who's played in 29 Arizona games, a couple of those as a backup.

3,000 Club
QB Nick Foles needs 745 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) reach 3,000 once. Foles' 2011 campaign (2,255) currently is No. 10 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.

More on Offense-Defense
Mike Stoops' legacy at Arizona remains to be determined, but competitve offense surely could be a part. The 2010 Cats had more offensive yards than any in school history, 5,712, although the per-game average (439.4) was below the school-record 471.9 set in 1999. Among the 12 highest per-game averages five of Stoops' years (assuming this one tracks out) will be on the list. The 2011 figure of 454.8 ypg would be second-best if it held up.

Catching Quintet
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 26 catches or more led by junior Dan Buckner with 33 (487 yards). The others, senior Gino Crump (30-284), senior David Douglas (29-300), senior David Roberts (29-277) and senior Juron Criner (26-340). Buckner's also on top among those with 14.8 yards per catch, although redshirt freshman Austin Hill (14-209) has the top per-catch figure with 14.9 yards per grab. Criner (3), Buckner/Hill/Richard Morrison/Roberts (2 each) lead the way in scoring receptions, while a total of nine players have caught passes for touchdowns. RB Keola Antolin (13-99, 1 TD) could top his season high of 28 receptions (2010) out of the backfield, where teammates Ka'Deem Carey (7-77) and Taimi Tutogi (5-51) also have scoring receptions.

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 12 redshirt freshmen -- OT Mickey Baucus (starter), OT Fabbians Ebbele (starter), DT Aiulua Fanene, safety/nickel back Jourdon Grandon (formation starts), receiver Austin Hill (has started), OG Carter Lees (has started), DE Dan Pettinato, WR Tyler Slavin, OT Trent Spurgeon, DT Kirifi Taula (has started), safety (and special teams) Jared Tevis and receiver Garic Wharton (KOR starts.).

True Freshmen Starters
Arizona's defense has featured at least on true freshman in the starting lineup in each game 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. 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.

Losing Streaks in Perspective 
You had to ask... The Cats face UCLA battling to end a five-game losing streak. The school mark for woes is eight games, set by John Mackovic's 2003 club which snapped that one with a 27-22 victory in Tucson against Washington. Arizona Coach Mike Stoops has endured losing streaks of seven (the following year in 2004), five (in 2005) and five (to close last year). UA has lost its last 10 games against FBS opponents, sandwiched around a season-opening victory against FCS rival Northern Arizona this year. Six of those games were against ranked teams -- and duplicated: Stanford (No. 10 in 2010, No. 6 in 2011), Oregon (No. 1 in 2010, No. 10 in 2011) and Oklahoma State (No. 14 in 2010 and No. 9 this year). Left on the docket this year are games against potentially ranked teams in Washington (4-1 entering games against Colorado and Stanford beforehand) and current No. 18 Arizona State. UA's worst previous FBS-games only skein was a six-game losing streak in 2005 (around another game against NAU). Another: seven losses around a North Texas victory ion 2002. Arizona's current Pac-10/12 losing streak of eight games is two games short of the school-record piece of pain of 10 conference losses spanning the 2000 and 2001 seasons, and one more than the most-previous high of seven straight conference losses spanning the 2003-2004 seasons.

Cloth-Covered Bean Bags
A typical game for UA this year has involved eight penalties for 62 yards. Do that against UCLA and Arizona would have more penalties in its first seven games than it's had in three different full seasons (56 in 2004 and 53 in 2008) under Mike Stoops. The Cats have 49 penalties for 375 yards. UA was flagged six times in Corvallis, its second-best outing of the year after a 3-penalty Stanford game. Stoops' teams have had fewer penalties than opponents in all but one season, 2010.

Hall Pass
Safety Adam Hall made his first 2011 appearance at Oregon State after off-season knee surgery following spring ball. It's been a long way back for the 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, but he was ready. His instinctive style has been missing. He just plays football. He made the tackle after a rushing gain of two yards on the first play of the contest. On the next possession, he made two tackles and forced a fumble. On the next possession he had two tackles, one for a six-yard loss. Etc. He posted a game-high 10 tackles, his second-best career figure behind an 11-hit outing at Oregon in 2010. If his endurance is up, he'll be a factor against UCLA.

Pouring Molasses
Arizona's five-game losing streak carries deficits, in order, of 21-0 at Oklahoma State, 10-0 against Stanford, 14-0 against Oregon, 17-0 at Southern California and 14-0 at Oregon State. UA needs to find the trigger and pull the thing to get some momentum. UA had a 21-14 stretch in the second half against the Ducks, a 21-14 stretch against USC and a 21-0 stretch at Oregon State, but the margins were too late. Conversely, in today's game you might not be able to stop teams from moving the ball, but you have to get a stop here and there when momentum's there to be had. After closing to within a score at USC the Cats gave up a quick 79-yard drive. After closing to within three points at Corvallis, the Cats did get a stop, but a serendipitous punt (a rolling grubber of 63 yardsr) pinned them deep and a weak UA punt (30 yards) helped set up a momentum-shifting short drive by the Beavs. The Wildcats need a quick start, some stops, and some luck.

A Swarm is 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 22 freshmen, 10 of them the true variety. It's not going to hurt the next Arizona coach.

Chunk Plays
One of the goals for Arizona's defensive improvement will be to limit long plays by opponents. Through six contests, the Wildcats have yielded 40 total offensive plays (14 rushing, 26 passing) of 20 or more yards, which is just one shy of the 41 plays allowed in the entire 2010 season. That's an astonishing seven plays per game of 20 yards or more, for an average of at least 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 27 plays of 20 or more yards through the air in the first five 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 two rushing plays have gained 20 or more yards - both 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.

From Start To Finish
Since 2004, Arizona has proved to be a pretty dominant team when it starts fast. Consider that the Wildcats are 27-6 (8.18) 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 18 of its last 19 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 18-3 in such games, including a streak of 13 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.

100-Yard Targets
If the Wildcats wanted to, they could spread out SIX receivers who have a 100-yard game on their résumé. Juron Criner is the headliner of the group and has seven 100-yard receiving games in his career. Against Oregon, senior David Douglas tallied 120 yards on seven grabs for his first career 100-yard game. Earlier this year against Oklahoma State, redshirt freshman Austin Hill and transfer Dan Buckner (who had to sit out the 2010 season) racked up 279 combined yards as each collected their first 100-yard receiving day for the Wildcats. They joined David Roberts (138 yards at Washington in 2009) and Terrence Miller (116 yards against USC in 2010) as targets that have 100-yard games in their careers.

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 receiver David Roberts' 118 career receptions rank No. 9 all-time at Arizona. He is one shy of matching Richard Dice, who had 119 from 1993-96 ... David Douglas' 120 yards against Oregon pushed him over the 1,000-yard barrier for his career. With 115 receptions, Douglas is No. 10 in school history, narrowly trailing current teammate David Roberts... 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 264 yards behind Jim Upchurch (1972-74).

Career Tracker Here's a quick look at where some notable Wildcats rank nationally among active career leaders in respective statistical categories.

- Keola Antolin's 436 career carries are 19th-most for active players
- Juron Criner's 160 career receptions are 19th-most for active players.
- Juron Criner's 2,243 career receiving yards are 20th-most for active players.
- Juron Criner's 24 career receiving touchdowns are 7th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 747 career pass completions are 7th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 7,932 passing yards are 9th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 54 passing touchdowns are for 13th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 66.9% career completion percentage is 6th-best for active players
- Nick Foles' 273.5 career passing yards per game is 8th-best for active players
- Nick Foles' 25.8 career completions per game is 5th-best for active players
- Nick Foles' 1,116 career pass attempts is 8th-most for active players
- Nick Foles 38.5 pass attempts per game is 4th-most for active players
- Nick Foles' 7,276 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.

No, it does not stand for some sort of exam; rather, it stands for missed point after touchdowns. It has been a theme for Arizona this season (combined five missed/blocked PATs), but also for UCLA, which has four of its own miscues on the believed to be easiest kick in football. One thing it has led to for the Wildcats is going for two in an effort to make up for missed kicks earlier in games. Nick Foles has successfully converted three two-point conversions this year through the year. Interestingly that puts him in a tie for third nationally among players with the most career two point conversions. Counterpart Kevin Prince has four career conversions in his time at Arizona.

Bonano's Turn
Arizona is expected to start its third place kicker of the season, this time turning to senior John Bonano. Twice recognized on the conference's all-academic squads, Bonano has served as UA's kickoff specialist over the last two seasons. He has a strong leg that has produced 13 touchbacks so far this season - tied for 13th-most in the nation. He hasn't been asked to do place kicking duties in his career because Alex Zendejas handled the job in recent years and Bonano was thought to have some accuracy issues. However, Zendejas and juco transfer Jaime Salazar both have struggled in the first half of the season on field goal tries (combined 2-for-6) and on PAT tries (five combined misses/blocks). After a Zendejas PAT and field goal were missed at Oregon State, Bonano was called on to try his first career PAT in the fourth quarter. He converted it and now gets the first shot going forward against the Bruins. He could be a weapon for the Wildcats, because with some confidence, he has a strong leg that could boost UA's kicking game from outside the red zone.

Building For The Future
In the summer of 2011, Arizona Athletics completed work on a new video board for the south end zone at Arizona Stadium and has begun plans for the North End Zone Complex. The new video board measures 113' wide by 47' high -- 6.5 times larger than the existing board and will be one of the largest in all of college sports. The North End Zone Complex will include 5,000 upgraded end-zone seats, and among them 420 premium loge-level seats. Arizona football staff offices will move from McKale Center to a four-level, 185,000-square-foot operations center that includes football-specific strength and conditioning facilities, a sports-medicine suite for student-athlete care and treatment, a team dining hall, coaches' offices, team locker rooms, small group and auditorium meeting spaces, and equipment and laundry rooms.

Up Next
Arizona hits the road to take on its last Pac-12 North division foe of the season when it plays at Washington in Seattle on Saturday, Oct. 29. The game has been selected for a national television broadcast by FOX Sports Net beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PDT).

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