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Some Game Themes
Arizona hosts a Big Ten opponent for the second straight year (Wisconsin, 2004) and will square off against a Big Ten opponent for the 13th time in the last 16 seasons ... Arizona goes for back-to-back victories for the first time since 2002 ... Arizona is looking to knock off a second straight ranked opponent after defeating No. 18-ranked Arizona State last November ... The Cats take on a ranked opponent who throttled them in the last meeting, a 59-7 yawner in West Lafayette two Septembers hence. Enough Cats (on the current roster were there to remember (more on this later)... Mike Stoops adds to the non-cupcake scheduling he was handed with a third ranked non-conference opponent in five such games... UA works to gain momentum before a pair of rugged Pac-10 road contests at Cal and USC... The Boilers might as well spend the night -- the team plane gets back to
Last Time Out
Quick Hits From
- The 298 yards of total offense in the first half were the most for a UA team in the first 30 minutes of a game since posting 368 yards against NAU in 2002 (35 games).
- Mike Bell rushed for over 100 yards in a game for the eighth time in his career.
- With the 122 yards against NAU,
- Anthony Johnson caught his first career TD pass in the second quarter.
- Linebacker Dane Krogstad recorded his first career sack against the Lumberjacks in the first quarter.
- Danny Baugher’s 64-yard punt in the second quarter was the longest of his career. Baugher’s 59.5 yard punting average against the Lumberjacks was a school record, eclipsing the 54.9 mark Sergio Vega put up against UCLA in November 1980. Vega, though, had seven kicks to Baugher’s two. UA’s team record in that category (minimum of 5 punts) is that Vega-led effort, keyed by an 80-yard punt.
- QB Richard Kovalcheck matched his career game-high for yards passed set against
The Boilermakers amassed 580 yards of total offense while limiting UA to 174 in a 59-7 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium in
Noting the Boilers
Purdue opened its season last weekend with a 49-24 win over Akron at Ross-Ade Stadium ... The Boilermakers amassed 478 yards of total offense against the Zips, balancing it with 211 yards on the ground and 267 via the pass ... They scored 14 points in the first and second quarters and put the game away with 21 points in the final frame after getting blanked in the third ... The Purdue defense, which returns all 11 starters from last season, gave up 385 total yards to Akron, mostly through the air as the Zips passed for 362 yards ... Purdue excelled in third down situations in its only game thus far, converting 11 of 18 chances for a 61 percent success rate ... QB Brandon Kirsch, who took over the starting role after the graduation of new Chicago Bears QB Kyle Orton, was effective in his first game this season, completing 22 of 34 passes (65%) for 252 and two TDs ... WR Dorien Bryant was a favored target for Kirsch, snatching nine passes for 70 yards. Teammate Dustin Keller pulled in both scoring passes from Kirsch ... Purdue utilized a host of different running backs, but got the most out of the trio of Jerod Void, Brandon Jones and Kory Sheets who teamed up to rush for 187 yards on 33 carries and two TDs.
The Stoops Boys vs. Purdue
Both Mike and Mark Stoops are familiar with upcoming Big Ten opponent Purdue. As a four-year letter winner at
A Conversion Conversion
1st-and-10, Do it Again
Off to a Fast Start
Richard Kovalcheck has been just that in his last three games. Dating back to the
Kovalcheck’s Last Three Games
TDs Nov. 26, 2004
3 Sept. 2, 2005
2 Sept. 10, 2005
UA’s Record - 2-1
Hitting The Century Mark
As noted earlier, senior running back Mike Bell has rushed for 100 or more yards in a game eight times in his career. When doing so, he has helped lead UA to a 5-3 record while amassing 1,148 rushing yards, nine TDs and averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Mike Bell’s 100-yard Games
Avg. Aug. 30, 2003
UTEP (W, 42-7)
9.2 Oct 25, 2003
at Cal (L, 42-14)
9.6 Nov. 1, 2003
4.2 Nov. 8, 2003
Washington (W, 27-22)
8.5 Sept. 4, 2004
NAU (W, 21-3)
4.1 Oct. 9, 2004
at UCLA (L, 31-17)
6.4 Nov. 26, 2004
Arizona State (W, 34-27)
6.0 Sept. 10, 2005
NAU (W, 31-12)
UA’s Record 5-3
Mike Bell’s two-game game effort of 221 yards on 42 carries against Utah and NAU this season has given him a 5.3 yards per carry average and marked the 10th and 11th times in his 38-game career he has averaged five or more yards per carry. The senior tailback has accounted for 78 percent of the Wildcats’ rushing yards gained this season (221 of 291).
Putting on the Hits
Senior safety Darrell Brooks is moving closer to UA's top 20 chart for career tackles after his six-hit effort against NAU. Brooks has 224 total tackles. No. 20 on the list is nose guard John Sanguinetti (1974-77) with 270. Two defensive backs are on the chart -- safeties Chuck Cecil (7th with 392) and Jeff Hammerschmidt (19th with 279). The leader is former middle linebacker Ricky Hunley with 566 -- an average of 12.9 per game over his four year career from 1980-83. Brooks has averaged 75 tackles in his last two seasons and with that production this year he would surpass former linebacker Chris Singleton with 282 for the 17th-best career total in UA history.
In The Second Year
Mike Stoops is looking to join predecessors Larry Smith and Dick Tomey as the two
1977* - 5-7, 3-4
1980 - 5-6, 3-4
1987 - 4-4-3, 2-3-3
2001 - 5-6, 2-6
2004 - 3-8, 2-6 1978 - 5-6, 3-4
1981 - 6-5, 4-4
1988 - 7-4, 5-3
2002 - 4-8, 1-7
2005 - 1-1, 0-0
Start Me Up
The Wildcats have a number of players on both sides of the ball with considerable starting experience on the resumes. Led by senior free safety Darrell Brooks’ 32 starts, the UA defense has seven different players with 11 or more career starts (SS Lamon Means 28, DE Marcus Smith 19, DE Copeland Bryan 14, DT Paul Philipp 13, CB Antoine Cason 13 and CB Wilrey Fontenot 13). On offense, lineman Kili Lefotu paces the Cats with 31 career starts, including 10 in 2004. Others with significant starting experience include RB Mike Bell (27), OL Peter Graniello (12) and WR Syndric Steptoe (12).
Run-G.M.C. Season Totals
Nick Can Kick
A year ago at this time, the
Thanks For Coming
Since Mike Stoops has taken over, the interest in
Back Home Again In
Well not really, but
Replay Comes Into Play
Beginning this season the Pac-10, along with nine other Division I conferences, will have instant replay on questionable plays on the field. The head coaches in the Pac-10 will have no say on whether a play should be reviewed or not, instead the conference will assign an observer in the press box that will make the calls. “Indisputable video evidence” must be present in order for a call to be overturned by the replay official in the booth. There is no limit on the number of plays that can be reviewed by the observer during the course of a contest.
Reviewable plays are as follows:
- A runner breaking the plane of the goal line.
- Pass complete/incomplete.
- Runner/receivers/interceptor in or out of bounds.
- Recovery of a fumble.
- Touching of a pass by an ineligible receiver.
- Touching of a pass by a defensive player.
- Ruling on forward pass/fumble.
- Forward or backward pass thrown from behind the line of scrimmage.
- Runner not ruled down.
- Forward progress in relation to first-down marker.
- Touching of a kick.
- Number of players on a field.
- Resetting of the game clock after a reversal.
Non-reviewable plays are: Holding, offsides, illegal blocks, illegal formations, encroachment, pass interference, personal fouls, facemask, taunting/excessive celebration, false starts, roughing the passer/kicker, fighting participants.
A Change of Clothes
The Wildcats wore a new set of duds in its season opener at
Wildcats Picked To Finish Eighth
Noting The Net
Punting, that is. New NCAA guidelines for 2005 involve a reality of the kicking game for the first time. Say a punter pops a kick that was snapped from the opponents' 48-yard line into the endzone for a touchback. The kicker gets a 48.0 average for the effort. But the ball, of course, gets placed on the 20-yard-line. The team net punting for the play (without any return) is 28.0 yards. The new rule will reflect the actual net yards on the change of possession, although the extra yardage still gets tacked on the kicker’s average. Any return yardage also would figure into the equation. Teams with punters who can stick as many possible kicks ?'inside the 20’ (possession starts inside that line) without crossing the goal line for touchbacks will have a higher team net punting figure than one whose kicker blasts a 48 yarder instead of a 45 yarder in the above situation. (Assuming that punt coverage is good, too.)
No Let Up On The Schedule
Just like the previous two seasons,