Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m.
Site: Tiger Stadium (Cap. - 92,400) -
TV: ESPN2 (Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham, Dave Lamont)
Radio: 1290 AM (Brian Jeffries, Lamont Lovett)
First Meeting: 1984 (LSU 27 -
Last Meeting: 2003 (LSU 59 -
All-Time Series Record: LSU leads 2-0
Current Streak: LSU has won both meetings between the two
Notes on the Series: 2006 will mark just the second trip for Arizona to Baton Rouge (1984) ... The Wildcats dropped a one-point decision (27-26) to the No. 13-ranked Tigers the last time the two schools met in Louisiana. Trailing by one, Arizona drove the ball to the LSU 43 yard-line with 18 seconds left in the game, but QB Alfred Jenkins lost the handle on a 4th and 4 attempt for a fumble to hand the Tigers the ball and eventually the game ... The last time Arizona played LSU (2003), the Tigers earned a share of the national title with USC. That year, Arizona and Auburn were the only two schools to face both eventual national champions during the regular season ... Arizona’s game against LSU is just the seventh all-time for the Wildcats against a school from the SEC. UA is 1-4-1 all-time against SEC schools, with the lone victory coming against Auburn in 1976 in Tucson (31-19).
Some Game Themes...
After the nice appeal of a full crowd at home, the Cats get an introduction to SEC hospitality as demonstrated in the ambience of Tiger Stadium, one of the nation’s largest college football venues, also known as “
The kicking game dominated, and
Taking It to the End
Nick Folk’s game-winning field goal with one second left in the fourth quarter in the season opener against BYU on Sept. 2 was the latest in a game the Wildcats have rallied for a victory in regulation since Bobby Wade caught a 42-yard pass from Keith Smith with no time remaining on the clock at Washington State on Sept. 25, 1999 (Arizona won a three-overtime game against WSU in Dick Tomey’s final season as head coach in 2000).
BYU Quick Hits
Senior Nick Folk’s 30-yard field goal in the first quarter not only handed Arizona an early 3-0 lead, but also marked the fourth straight game that the Wildcats have scored on their opening possession dating back to last season (TD vs. UCLA on 11/5/05, TD vs. Washington on 11/12/05, FG at Arizona State on 11/25/05, FG vs. BYU on 9/2/06) ... Folk, who booted the game-winning FG from 48 yards out with one second left, tallied a career-best three scoring kicks in the game (30, 22, 48) ... Chris Henry’s 54-yard run in the third quarter was the longest in his career and his 63 yards rushing in the game were most in single game in his career ... Senior WR Syndric Steptoe (6 rec., 93 yards vs. BYU) extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 18 straight contests ... Steptoe’s 93 yards receiving were the second-most in a single game in his career and his six receptions were one away from his career single-game high (7 vs. Arizona State, Nov. 28, 2003) ... Junior LB Spencer Larsen recorded his second-most tackles in a single game with 12 total stops (career best 17 TT at Oregon State in 2005) ... CB Wilrey Fontenot had a career-best with two PBU ... The 24 yards rushing surrendered to the Cougars were the fewest in a contest since giving up only 10 yards on the ground to USC in a 35-15 win over the Trojans in 2000. The previous low in the two-year Mike Stoops Era was 28 rushing yards by
Getting a Taste
Including three starters, 13 Wildcats saw their first career action against BYU on Sept. 2. On offense, redshirt freshmen Blake Kerley, Daniel Borg and Eben Britton all earned starting roles in the trenches along the offensive line, while running backs Chris Jennings (Jr.) and Xavier Smith (RS-F) both filled in behind starter Chris Henry. True freshman H-back Earl Mitchell also participated in his first contest for the Cats. On the other side of the ball, junior Louis Holmes made his presence felt on the D-line along with RS frosh Donald Horton. Horton’s classmates Xavier Kelly and Corey Hall both saw the field for the first time, while Devin Ross and Cam Nelson showed enough moxie as true freshmen to appear in the game for UA.
“We’re Going to the Boot”
That’s how UA junior LB and
A Quick Look at LSU
The Bayou Bengals enter the contest with
Saturday’s confrontation in
Let’s Hear It For the D
Sure the Wildcats surrendered 313 total yards to BYU in their season opener on Sept. 2. However when taking into consideration that the Cougars returned eight offensive starters, including All-Mountain West selections John Beck (QB), Curtis Brown (RB) and Jonny Harline (TE), from a squad that averaged 462 yards per game last season, and that UA limited BYU to 24 yards rushing and did not allow a play over 25 yards, suddenly that 313 doesn’t look so imposing. Additionally, the potent Cougar offense - the one that averaged 33 points per game last season and nearly 43 points per game over the final five contests of 2005 - managed just 13 points in the loss to the Wildcats.
Spencer For Hire
Junior LB Spencer Larsen served notice against BYU on Sept. 2 that he is a man to be reckoned with. Tallying a game-high 12 total tackles, he also forced a fumble and was credited with 1 1/2 sacks. Dating back to last season, Larsen is averaging 10 tackles per contest over his last five games played.
Thanks, I’ll Take That
Michael Johnson’s fumble recovery in the first quarter against BYU on Sept. 2 was his fifth takeaway in
It’s Elementary My Dear Watson
It seems that junior Louis Holmes was worth the wait. The top-rated junior college transfer from
A Spring in his Step
Senior Syndric Steptoe has proven to be a pain for the opposition throughout his career in his role as wide receiver/kick returner. His 143 all-purpose yards against BYU in the season opener marked the 13th time in his career, and the fourth straight contest, he has racked up 100 or more all-purpose yards in a contest. With 2,942 career all-purpose yards on 202 total plays (14.7/play), Step is closing in on Hubie Oliver’s No. 11 spot all-time at UA. A bruising power fullback who played from 1977-80, Oliver racked 3,404 all purpose yards on 699 plays. To crack the all-time top 10, Step needs 757 more yards this season to displace No. 10 Eddie Wolgast (1945-48, 3,698 APY). Dennis Northcutt (1996-99) is UA’s all-time leader with 5,392 all-purpose yards.
Step’s All-Purpose Yards
Well actually it’s Nick, but with the way the senior kicker has boomed the ball in the past, maybe a name change is in order. The multi-talented kicker appears headed for a season of double duty as the place kicker and punter for the Wildcats. His season debut against BYU certainly showcased his talents as he connected for a career-best three field goals (30, 22, 48), including the game-winner with one second remaining, while also booting three punts for a net average of 60 yards per kick. His 75-yard punt against the Cougars was a career-long and pinned BYU on its own 5 yard-line. Due to a statistical error (since corrected), Folk was not credited with his first punt of the game, a 44-yarder in the second quarter that ended up at the BYU 1 yard-line. With the correction, Folk qualifies for the national leaders in punts and his 56-yard per kick average is the tops in Division I.
Known for having a big leg on field goals (career-long 53 yards) and kickoffs (55 career touchbacks), his punting prowess came out of necessity for the Wildcats. After punter Danny Baugher went down with a season-ending knee injury in the Wildcats’ seventh game last year, Folk took over the punting duties to go along with his normal place kicking chores. As the “fill in” punter, all Folk did was post a net average of 44.7 yards per kick (Baugher, a finalist for the 2005 Ray Guy Award, average 47.5 net yards per punt), hit a season-high 61-yarder and place eight of his 22 kicks inside the opposition’s 20 yard-line.
Kick Folk By The Numbers
Kick Off Numbers
Folk’s Punting Numbers
Sophomore Signal Callers
Including heralded Willie Tuitama, UA has had a host of second-year QBs stand under center over the years. However, one would have to go back to Keith Smith in 1996 to find a sophomore QB that was “the guy” entering the season and played that way throughout. The list of sophomore QBs to make an impact at