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Release: 06/08/2006
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BATON ROUGE--The Southeastern Conference has released a portion of its football television schedule and the Arizona at Louisiana State game on Sept. 9 will be carried live on ESPN2.

The selection puts the Wildcats and head coach Mike Stoops on the air nationally in back-to-back non-conference weekends. Arizona opens its season Sept. 2 in Tucson against Brigham Young in a game to be shown by TBS Sports. At the end of the month, the Cats' Pac-10 opener in Arizona Stadium against Southern California will be shown in a split-national game by ABC Sports.

In other scheduling news, the Nov. 25 game in Tucson against Arizona State has been set for 4 p.m. in Arizona Stadium and a Fox Sports Net national cablecast. Earlier schedules had various other times listed.

LSU tunes up for the Arizona game in opening its second season under Les Miles Sept. 2 at home in Tiger Stadium against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Arizona-LSU game will kick at 5:30 p.m. CDT (3:30 p.m. MST).

The Tigers last met Arizona in Tucson in 2003, winning in a runaway, 59-13, early in its 13-1 co-national championship season. LSU won the BCS title game in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma, 21-14, a month after Arizona hired then defensive coordinator Stoops away from the Sooners staff.

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22-Year Flashback

Tiger Stadium, aka 'Death Valley'
Arizona played in Baton Rouge in the other series game, dropping a narrow last-minute decision, 27-26, under Larry Smith early in the 1984 season. The 2-1 Wildcats were facing a 12th-ranked 1-0-1 Bill Arnsparger Tigers' club.

The last two of four Max Zendejas' field goals pulled UA to within the final margin, and the Cats had the ball and driving in LSU territory, with a howling crowd of its 78,052 on its feet.

On 4th-and-4 from the LSU 43 yard-line with 18 seconds remaining, Wildcat quarterback Alfred Jenkins rolled left to pass, scrambled, and then fumbled out of bounds after gaining a yard. LSU took over with nine seconds left... and took a knee. Game over.

UA safety Allan Durden returned an interception a then UA-record 96 yards for a score early in the game, which also was marked by 145 yards rushing by LSU star Dalton Hilliard.

Game Notes... UA players loved the game atmosphere in "Death Valley" a week after a near-neutral site game in Portland against Oregon State. In Baton Rouge, Arizona led 20-13 at halftime, had a chance to win at the end, acquitted itself as a physical big-play team -- and still got hooted off the field as time expired... All-Pac-10 linebacker Lamonte Hunley led Arizona with a remarkable 11 solo hits and 11 assists for 22 total tackles... Durden had 13 tackles to go with his big play. Sophomore linebacker Byron Evans and senior OLB Steve Boadway had eight apiece. It was well before UA's vaunted Desert Swarm, but no less a defensive powerhouse UA team, holding opponents to 75 yards rushing, best in the Pac-10 and third nationally... Zendejas missed the team's charter flight out of Tucson and had to reach Baton Rouge by commercial air hours after the team's arrival... Durden's interception return before an SEC audience helped him win first-team All-America honors a year later. The play, however, stood as an Arizona record for a scant two seasons, before then UA junior safety Chuck Cecil ripped off one of the treasured big plays in Arizona history with a 100-yard interception return for a score to help UA beat No. 4 Arizona State in 1986...  Arizona's 1984 depth chart had a number of guys who eventually played in the pros -- Vance Johnson, David Adams, Curt DiGiacomo, Phil Freeman, Jon Horton, Charlie Dickey and Jeff Fairholm on offense; and Evans, Hunley, Boadway, Cecil ,Joe Drake and George Hinkle on defense; plus Zendejas... UA's staff that year included Smith, Moe Ankney (DC, DB), Steve Axman (OC/QB), Gary Bernardi (TE), Marc Lunsford (WR), Bob Palcic (OL), Clarence Shelmon (RB), Tom Roggeman (ILB), Chris Allen (OLB) and Bob April (DL). The graduate assistant staff included current New Orleans Saints assistant Terry Malone and Louisville assistant Kevin Wolthausen...

2006 Arizona Football Schedule 

Date

Opponent

Location

Time (MST)

TV

 Sat, Sep 02

 Brigham Young

Tucson

  7:15 p.m.

  TBS Sports

 Sat, Sep 09

 LSU

at Baton Rouge, La.

  3:30 p.m. (MST)

  ESPN2

 Sat, Sep 16

 Stephen F. Austin

Tucson

  Tent. 7 p.m.

 

 Sat, Sep 23

 Southern California

Tucson

  5 p.m. MST/PDT

  ABC Sports

 Sat, Sep 30

 Washington

Tucson

  Tent. 7 p.m.

 

 Sat, Oct 07

 UCLA

at Pasadena, Calif.

  Tent. 12:30 PDT

 

 Sat, Oct 14

 Stanford

at Palo Alto, Calif.

  TBA

 

 Sat, Oct 21

 Oregon State (Family Weekend)

Tucson

  Tent. 4 p.m.

 

 Sat, Nov 04

 Washington State

at Pullman, Wash.

  TBA

 

 Sat, Nov 11

 California (Homecoming)

Tucson

  Tent. 4 p.m.

 

 Sat, Nov 18

 Oregon

at Eugene, Ore.

  TBA

 

 Sat, Nov 25

 Arizona State

Tucson

  4 p.m. (MST)

  Fox Sports Net

 

 

 

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