No. 15 Oregon (6-1, 3-1) at Arizona (1-5, 0-3), 4:07 p.m. (MST) Saturday, Oct. 22, 56,000-seat Arizona Stadium. Radio: Host Communications/KCUB 1290 AM, KHYT 107.5 FM, KQTL 1210 AM (Spanish).
A delayed, on-demand video webcast will be available online through www.arizonaathletics.com beginning at 10 p.m. (MST) Saturday for subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium online multimedia service. Subscribers can also listen to live audio of the radio broadcast. The cost for All-Access is $6/month for audio only, and $9/month for audio and video. Free live statistics of the game are also available.
Note: The delayed webcast will not be available immediately following the game due to Pac-10 broadcast restrictions.
Some Game Themes
Athletic Academic Chapions
At half time of the Oregon-Arizona game, the athletics department will honor 163 student-athletes -- 34 percent of the Wildcats in all sports -- for their scholastic prowess. These students achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the most recently completed school year, 2003-04. In addition, 10 student-athletes will be recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade averages. They are: Steve Fleming, football; Stevie Fanning, gymnastics; Candace Abrams, softball; Zach Ferguson, swimming & diving; Carl Hagman, tennis; Debbie Larocque, tennis; Christopher Ogle, track & field; Aaron Powell, track & field; Megan Cassidy, track & field; and Michi Hirakawa-wong, track & field.
Statistics don't lie, but the paperwork was deceiving after
Quick Hits From Stanford
- Arizona’s opening drive of the game was the longest scoring drive this season in terms of plays (15) and time of possession (6:25).
- The contest marked just the second game this season that
- WR Syndric Steptoe caught four passes in the game to extend his consecutive games with at least one reception to 13 straight.
- WR Mike Thomas caught a career-best eight passes in the contest.
- RB Gilbert Harris rushed for a season-high 56 yards.
- P Danny Baugher recorded his sixth game this season with at least one punt over 50 yards.
- K Nick Folk’s three kickoffs were all touch backs, making the Stanford game the third this season that an opponent was denied an opportunity to return a kickoff.
- Gilbert Harris’ TD in the first quarter was the first rushing TD for
- The contest against Stanford marked the first this season that UA did not have a passing TD (save the shut out loss at
The Cats and The Ducks ?- The All-Time Series
The Ducks and Cats meet up for the 31st time ... Oregon holds an 18-12 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last six straight and 10 of the last 11 ... The six straight victories is the longest winning streak for either team in the series ... The series is tied 8-8 when the games are played in Arizona Stadium ... This season marks Oregon’s sixth trip to the Old Pueblo in the last eight years
Oregon rolled up 492 yards of total offense and jumped out to a 28-0 lead in a two-TD victory over the Wildcats at Autzen Stadium last year ... Returning QB Kellen Clemens finished the game 21 for 30 for 336 yards and a TD, while RB Terrence Whitehead rushed for 74 yards and three scores for the Ducks ... Arizona QB Richard Kovalcheck made his first career appearance in relief of Kris Heavner and engineered a pair of late TD drives, including a 21-yard TD pass to Brad Wood for Wood’s first career reception
Noting the Ducks
No. 15 Oregon rolls in to Tucson with a 5-1 overall record and a 3-1 mark in league play ... This will be the Ducks’ second trip to the desert southwest this moth after traveling to and defeating Arizona State in Tempe on Oct. 1 ... The Ducks boast the fifth-best passing offense in the nation, averaging 340.1 yards through the air this season ... Combined, Oregon’s offense rates as the 13-best nationally in total offense with an average of 487.3 yards per game and is 18th-best in scoring with an average of 36.4 points per game ... QB Kellen Clemens ranks 15th nationally with a passing efficiency rating of 153.06 ... Receiver Demetrius Williams is eighth in the NCAA with a 110.3 receiving yards per game average ... On the other side of the ball, the Ducks are 47th in total defense (352.4 ypg) and 53rd in scoring defense (25.0 ppg).
Defense Bounces Back
A week removed from giving up the most yards in a single game in school history (724 at USC), the
The much-maligned rush defense held the Cardinal to 58 yards on the ground, the second-lowest total in the Stoops Era and the fewest in a game since Washington State rushed for just 28 yards on Sept. 25, 2004. It was the fourth sub-100 yards rushing surrendered under Stoops.
The pass defense, ranked second in the Pac-10, gave up 137 yards through the air, which ties for the second-best effort this year (133 vs. NAU, 137 at Cal) and ties for the third-best under Stoops (116 vs. Wisconsin 9/18/2004).
Stanford's 11 first downs were the opponent low in Mike Stoops' tenure, checking in under the 15 that
10-4, Good Buddy
Not. Opponents have fumbled the ball 10 times this year, and
A season removed from leading the nation in fumbles recovered, the Wildcats have found their affair with the takeaway much different in 2005. Heading into the
Hang on to the Pigskin
UA's five turnovers against Stanford were its most since it had five against
Sophomore QB Richard Kovalcheck needs about 500 passing yards to hit UA's single-season passing yards chart. He has 1304 and Bruce Hill (1974) sits at No. 10 with 1814... Hill, part of the Cats' "1-2-3" prolific backfield of that day (jersey numbers 1 for Hill, 2 for halfback Willie Hamilton and 3 for fullback Jim Upchurch) also is No. 10 with 133 completions that season. Kovalcheck has 119... RK's completion percentage of 57.2 percent would stand as the No. 7 figure in UA single-season history... Pac-10 defenses are good. Kovalcheck threw for 793 yards and seven TDs in non-conference games, then has tossed for 511 with three TDs in the three league contests. He's also been intercepted six times in Pac-10 games and unfortunately with 10 total could hit the inauspicious 'passes had intercepted' chart where five players are tied for No. 9 with 14. Still, few remember Tom "Terrific" Tunnicliffe's 56 career picks -- they instead dote on his 46 career TD throws and his get-whacked-get-up demeanor as a four-year QB from 1980-83...
Mike Bell (2,661 career rushing yards) has quietly moved his way into the top five rushers in school history. In his final five regular season games this year he needs 436 more yards to move past Hubie Oliver and into fourth on UA’s all-time rushing yards list.
1. Trung Canidate (1996-99) 3,824 yards (604 att.)
2. Ontiwaun Carter (1991-94) 3,501 yards (805 att.)
3. Art Luppino (1953-56) 3,371 yards (513 att.)
4. Hubie Oliver (1977-80) 3,096 yards (649 att.)
5. Mike Bell (2002-Present) 2,661 yards (584 att.)
Step by Step
A couple more kickoff returns and Syndric Steptoe will set the UA career standard. He has 60 for 1,235 yards in his three seasons, including a season-record 28 as a freshman. The career record is 62 by Arizona Sports Hall of Famer Theopolis "T" Bell from 1972-75.
Tossing to Thomas
Freshman wide receiver Mike Thomas had a career-best eight catches against Stanford and pushed his team-best season totals to 31 grabs for 394 yards. That also gave him one more catch than UA's most prolific frosh receiver, Bobby Wade, who had 30 receptions for 454 yards in 1999. He also passed another former freshman (RS) in the process, Jon Horton. UA's all-time receiver, Dennis Northcutt, played two ways as a freshman and finished with only eight grabs. Here are the top freshman pass catchers in UA annals.
Year Mike Thomas
2005 Bobby Wade
1999 Jon Horton
1983# Terry Vaughn
1990 Theo Bell
1972 ^Vance Johnson
1981 Lamar Lovett
1991# ^Chuck Levy
1991# ^Darryll Lewis
1987# Tim Holmes
(^RB; #redshirt frosh)
Lassoed by Larsen
UA sophomore linebacker Spencer Larsen returned to extended action for the first time since 2002 last week. In the interim was a two-year Mormon Mission to
The linebacking corps has taken a bunch of hits this year, so much so that
Bootin Danny Baugher
Ray Guy Award nominee Danny Baugher has almost single handedly eliminated opposition punt returns all together this season. Since the second quarter of the
Record Breaking Baugher
Already the career punts leader at
Probably the national announcers should learn how to pronounce the name. Or maybe Danny should re-spell his name 'Bogger.' Whatever. UA punter Danny Baugher is making it look like he'll at least remake the
Wood Approaching Wade
TE Brad Wood’s five touchdowns are the most by a UA receiver in a single season since current Chicago Bear Bobby Wade hauled in eight scoring passes in 2002. At his current pace, Wood needs to score 1.2 TDs per game in the final five contests in the regular season to tie Theopolis “T” Bell for the school single season TD reception record of 11 set all the way back in 1974.
Single Season Touchdown Receptions
Total Receptions Theopolis “T” Bell
53 Keith Hartwig
54 Dennis Northcutt
58 Jeremy McDaniel
58 Jim Greth
76 Richard Dice
56 Dennis Northcutt
88 Bobby Wade
62 Bobby Wade
93 Brad Wood
If you build it, they will come
A program with promise, that is. In three games,
Putting on the Hits
Senior safety Darrell Brooks is moving closer to UA's top 20 chart for career tackles making a team-high 51 stops in UA’s first six games this year. Brooks has 258 total tackles in his four-year career. 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.
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’ 36 starts, the UA defense has six different players with 16 or more career starts (SS Lamon Means 32, DE Copeland Bryan 17, DT Paul Philipp 16, CB Antoine Cason 17 and CB Wilrey Fontenot 17). On offense, lineman Kili Lefotu paces the Cats with 35 career starts, including 10 in 2004. Others with significant starting experience include RB Mike Bell (31), OL Peter Graniello (16), WR Syndric Steptoe (16) and OL John Abramo (12).
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 n