Nov. 21, 2008
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TUCSON – Kickoff is nearing for Arizona’s showdown against No. 21 Oregon State, which is set to take place in Arizona Stadium at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 22.
Saturday’s game features two of the top teams in the Pac-10, including the nationally ranked Beavers (7-3, 6-1) who control their own destiny to the Rose Bowl. A win in Tucson and a win against Oregon would mean that the Beavers earn the conference’s automatic berth in the Rose Bowl thanks, in part, to an early October upset of USC, which also has one conference loss.
The Wildcats (6-4, 4-3), on the other hand, welcome a third consecutive nationally ranked opponent to Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats upset then-No. 25 California on Oct. 18, 42-27. A week later, Arizona took then-No. 6 USC to the wire, before falling in a defensive battle, 17-10.
Arizona has won eight of the last 11 games in front of its home crowd, including a 4-1 mark in Arizona Stadium this season. Fans have been treated to some exciting football in the historical stadium this season, as the Wildcats are averaging over 42 points per game, while holding opponents to just 14.8 points per game.
Should the Wildcats be fortunate enough to come away with a victory, it would be the sixth time under head coach Mike Stoops that Arizona defeated a ranked opponent at home and the seventh overall. The Wildcats have upset nationally ranked Arizona State (2004), UCLA (2005), Cal (2006), Oregon (2007) and Cal (2008) at home in the last five seasons, and knocked off Washington State on the road in 2006.
One of the common themes in those games has been outstanding crowd support in favor of the Cardinal and Navy. An average of over 53,000 fans have attended the five home wins over Top 25 competition under Stoops, and another large and energetic crowd could go a long way for the Wildcats seeking their seventh win of the season, which they haven’t accomplished since 1998.
There is still time to purchase tickets in some excellent seating sections. Fans looking to purchase tickets can do so before 5 p.m. on Friday at the McKale Center Ticket Office or by calling 520-621-2287. Tickets may also be purchased online here anytime before Noon on Saturday.
The Arizona Stadium Box Office opens for business at Noon on Saturday and will remain open through the start of the game.