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#19 OKLAHOMA STATE (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) @ ARIZONA (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Date: Sept. 8 | Time: 7:30 p.m. MST
Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona Stadium -- 51,811)
Television Broadcast: Pac-12 Networks
TV Broadcasters: Kevin Calabro (pxp), Glenn Parker (analyst), Ryan Nece (sideline)
UA Radio Network: 1290 AM Tucson (UA flagship)
Radio Broadcasters: Brian Jeffries (pxp), Lamont Lovett (color analyst), Dana Cooper (sideline analyst)
UA Spanish Radio: 990 AM Tucson; Samuel Sandoval (pxp), Marco Rincon (color analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM 199, Sirius 93 (UA Radio); Sirius 94 (OSU radio)
National Radio: Sports USA (John Ahlers and Gary Barnett)
Arizona-Oklahoma State Series History
All-Time Series: Oklahoma State leads, 5-3
First Meeting: 1931 (Oklahoma State 31, Arizona 0 at Oklahoma State)
Last Meeting: Sept. 8, 2011 (Oklahoma State 37, Arizona 14 at Oklahoma State)
Some Game Themes: An early-season litmus test for two programs going through contrasting stages ... Rich Rodriguez and his UA squad get a first chance at a ranked opponent, an opportunity to make a claim for instant relevancy on the national landscape ... Meanwhile, Mike Gundy and the Cowboys have an established program, one coming off a BCS bowl victory, but are still anxious to know if they are in re-load or re-build mode after the departure of some decorated players ... The Cats needed every snap, including overtime, to win their opener, while the Cowboys had things wrapped up after a 35-point first quarter in an 84-point romp last week. Despite a 60-point difference in scoring, both offenses churned out more than 600 yards of offense... Two schools meeting for the third time in as many years after recent Cowboy victories in Stillwater (2011) and at the 2010 Alamo Bowl ... Cowboy signal caller Wes Lunt, a true freshman, makes his first start against an FBS opponent, one the road nonetheless .... UA counters with a fifth-year senior in Matt Scott, but it will be only his sixth career start and just second in a new offensive system ... Defensively, UA's 3-3-5 had a steady debut, in fact rather convincing after halftime, but faces its first big time challenge against one of the nation's most prolific offense programs in recent years ... Surely the Cats will need to capitalize when it finds itself in the red zone after a 1-for-4 effort against Toledo. It would also behoove the home side to stop the Cowboys, who were proficient in a 9-for-9 success rate ... Vital, too, will be turnovers, something UA looks to cleanup after losing the battle 3-1 against the Rockets ... The Wildcats debut on the newly launched Pac-12 Networks.
The Coaches: Arizona - Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia '86), first year at Arizona (1-0) and 18th as a head coach overall (121-84-2). Rodriguez was introduced as the 30th head coach of the UA football program on Nov. 22, 2011. He carries Division I records of 1-0 at Arizona, 60-26 at West Virginia (2001-2007) and 15-22 at Michigan (2008-10). He began his head coaching career at Salem (W.Va.) University in 1988 and then coached at Glenville State (W.Va.) from 1990-96. Rodriguez's West Virginia teams were Big East Champions in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 while appearing in two BCS bowls, the 2005 Sugar Bowl with a victory over Georgia for an 11-1 record and a victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl to finish 10-2 shortly after Rodriguez had left for Michigan. Oklahoma State - Mike Gundy, eighth year at OSU (60-30), eighth year as a head coach. Gundy's 11-2 mark in 2010 was the school's fourth 10-victory season in its history, and his 2011 squad followed up with a 12-1 season capped with a Fiesta Bowl victory, and he was named the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year. He has taken the Cowboys to sox consecutive bowl games, a school-best streak. His background is offensive football including a four-year stint as coordinator at OSU before his ascension to the head job, and his career as a Cowboy quarterback.
UA-OSU Last Meeting: Arizona took a foray into Big 12 territory and left Stillwater, Okla., knowing that Oklahoma State's then-No. 9 ranking was for real after a 37-14 loss before a Thursday night ESPN national audience on Sept. 8, 2011. The Cowboys took the opening kick and drove 88 yards in nine plays to set an early tone underscored by a 41-yard run from Joseph Randle and then switched it up after a stop to drive 80 yards behind the passing of Brandon Weeden and catching of Justin Blackmon. Another stop and another 70-yard drive left OSU up 21-0 just minutes into the second quarter. After that, the game was even but the hole was too deep for Arizona to climb out of. Weeden finished with 42 completions in 53 tries for 397 yards and two scores (both to Blackmon, who snared a dozen passes for 128 markers). Randle rushed 15 times for 121 yards and two scores. UA's Nick Foles matched Weeden, completing 37 of 51 tosses for 398 yards, but hit for only one touchdown, a fourth-quarter 54-yard bomb to Dan Buckner. Buckner filled in for missing Juron Criner (appendectomy earlier in the week) admirably, catching 10 passes for 142 yards, while teammate Austin Hill also eclipsed the century level with eight grabs for 128 yards. OSU took a dimension from the Wildcat attack, holding the Cats to 41 net rushing yards on 21 totes, while blasting through holes and around guys for 197 rushing yards of their own. Nineteen players caught at least one of the 104 passes in the game, which says something about the quality of the quarterbacks and their ability to move their teams. The turnover battle was even, with backup safety Mark Watley picking off a Weeden throw in the red zone, and Cowboy safety Daytawion Lowe knocking a ball loose from Hill to take the ball away from UA inside the OSU 40 yard-line. The game also featured 11 penalties by Arizona and 10 by OSU, but in a 1,000-yard offensive game the Cowboys' ability to run the ball (6.4 ypc) was a defining factor. The loss dropped UA to 1-1 and helped Oklahoma State grab a firmer hold on its Top 10 ranking at 2-0.
Last Week: Arizona opened the Rich Rodriguez era with a 24-17 overtime victory against Toledo. The end result was positive, and despite the nail-biting finish, there was plenty of reason for optimism for the Wildcat faithful. At the forefront of the optimism is surely 624 yards of total offense, a consistent and at times explosive performance that ranks statistically as the second-best single game output in school history. But yards aren't points, and from that perspective the Cats mustered only 17 of them in regulation. Turnovers, ill-timed penalties and missed field goals cost the Cats drives and left them just 1-for-4 in the redzone in the initial game. Fortunately, the newly unveiled 3-3-5 defense surprised some critics with a solid debut, especially in the second half. After yielding 226 first-half yards and 14 points, UA stifled the Rockets in the second half, surrendering just a field goal and holding UT to a lowly 0-for-7 on third down attempts. Three Wildcats finished with double-digit tackles, led by the return of Jake Fischer (missed 2011 with an ACL injury) who had 13 tackles, and former walk-on Jared Tevis, who collected 12 stops in his first career start. Switching back to the offensive side, Matt Scott was brilliant, though not flawless, in his start under center. He finished with a 387-yard passing night and the third-highest total offense output by a Wildcat, and the numbers could have been more outstanding if not for a couple missed opportunities and one poor throw that was intercepted. Even so, he had a career-day, as did running back Ka'Deem Carey, whose 83-yard scoot in the third quarter gave the Cats a lead they failed to relinquish. It was Carey's first career 100-yard day on the ground, and he was joined by receivers Dan Buckner and Austin Hill who topped the century mark in receiving yards. The kicking game gave the Cats a couple hang-your-head moments, including John Bonano's missed game-winning attempt at the end of regulation, but the resourceful bunch quickly regrouped for a convincing overtime period and well-earned victory.
Fischer Named Pac-12 Defensive POW: On Monday, linebacker Jake Fischer was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. After missing the 2011 season with an ACL injury, Fischer collected a career and game-high 13 tackles to help lead Arizona to a 24-17 overtime victory against Toledo in his first game since injury. Fischer registered a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble as the Wildcat defense limited an explosive Toledo offense to just 17 points. Fischer's performance highlighted a dominant second half of defense for the Wildcats. The UA defense held the Rockets to just three points and 132 yards of offense after halftime. Included was a stifling 0-for-7 third down conversion rate. In the overtime, Fischer and the Wildcat defense closed the game by stopping the Rockets on downs. The overtime win was UA's first since 2000. Fischer, who made his ninth career start, previously had career-highs of seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. His forced fumble on Saturday was the first in his career.
UA vs. Ranked Foes: Arizona clubs have beaten a ranked team in seven of the last eight seasons, with the highest ranked foe to go down the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, 34-24, in Tucson Nov. 15, 2007. Historically, Arizona is 39-97-1 against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll.
September Starts: The opening month often times sets the tone for the rest of the season, and that has held true for the Cats in recent years. The 2011 campaign began with a 1-3 month of September en route to a 4-8 final record. In the three prior seasons, UA posted a combined 10-2 record en route to three consecutive bowl berths. This year, UA (1-0 in Sept.) tries to benefit from four home games out of five total contests in the opening month. Rich Rodriguez boasts an impressive 32-7 (.816) record in the month of September in his 11 seasons as a head coach of FBS programs at West Virginia, Michigan and now Arizona. His teams have gone to bowl games in seven of those years, including two BCS berths.
Home Cookin': Arizona will host eight home games at Arizona Stadium, which is undergoing one of its most significant refurbishment phases in its 84-year history. The Wildcats have not hosted eight home games in a season since 1988, when the squad won five home contests in a 7-4 campaign. Arizona is 22-11 at home over the last five seasons.
Just For Fun: It's only one game, but here's where the Cats stack up statistically in some select categories: - Matt Scott's 387 passing yards rank No. 4 in the nation. - Dan Buckner's 10 receptions is tied for No. 4 in the nation. - Ka'Deem Carey's 147 yards rank No. 13 in the nation. - Jake Fischer's 13 tackles is tied for No. 12 in the nation. - Fischer and Marquis Flowers each rank tied for No. 19 with 2.5 tackles for loss. - Flowers' 1.5 sacks is tied for No. 14 in the nation. - UA's 624 yards of total offense ranks No. 6 in the nation. - UA's 237 rushing yards ranks No. 25 in the nation. - UA's 387 passing yards ranks No. 5 in the nation. - UA's 33 first downs rank tied for No. 4 in the nation.
Scott Stands Out: Quarterback Matt Scott was brilliant last Saturday, completing a career-best 30 passes on a career-high 46 attempts (65.2%), while adding 74 yards on 14 carries in the game to set a new career high with 461 yards of total offense - third-most in single game history at the school. Scott, who redshirted the 2011 season, finished the game with 10-yard and 30-yard touchdown passes, as he spread the ball around to five different receives. Dan Buckner and Austin Hill, who made a diving catch on the 30-yard scoring strike, each had 100-plus yard games. Scott improved his career record to 5-1 as a starter.
Matt's The Man: Matt Scott, a senior a year ago who sat to utilize his redshirt season, enters his fifth season at Arizona as the undisputed starting quarterback. A native of Corona, Calif., Scott has played in 23 games and made six starts for the Wildcats over the years (5-1 record). As a true freshman backup to Willie Tuitama in 2008, Scott saw action in six games. The following year he battled current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and won the starting job out of camp. Scott started the first three games of that `09 season, winning two of three contests. Foles earned the start in the fourth game and never relinquished the starting role, though Scott saw action in nine of the games. Scott was the backup again in 2010, but a knee injury sidelined Foles for the better part of three games, and Scott was nearly flawless in his place. Scott came off the bench to guide the Cats to a 24-7 win at Washington State, then engineered 500-plus yard offensive outputs in victorious starts against Washington (44-14) and on the road at UCLA (29-21).
Ka'Deem Breaks Out: In his first career start, Ka'Deem Carey did not disappoint. The sophomore running back earned a career-high 20 carries and broke the 100-yard mark for the first time, gaining 147 yards. The local product from Canyon del Oro High School showed his unique blend of tough inside running ability and take-it-to-the-house burst. Of his 20 totes, 19 combined for 74 yards (just under 4.0 ypc), but the highlight was his 73-yard dash through the heart of the Toledo defense for a touchdown. It easily surpassed UA's longest run from the entire 2011 season (34 yards by Daniel Jenkins in final game against Louisiana) and was the longest run for a Wildcat since Keola Antolin's78-yard score against Washington on Oct. 23, 2010, at Arizona Stadium.
Against the Cowboys: Two of the stars from last Saturday's season opener seek to duplicate their performances against Oklahoma State, a foe they had big performances against in 2011. Austin Hill hauled in seven receptions for 137 yards, highlighted by a 30-yard diving catch for a touchdown against the Rockets. It was the sophomore's second career 100-yard receiving game, which conveniently came against this week's opponent, Oklahoma State, in 2011. In Stillwater, Hill caught eight passes for 128 yards, including a career-long 48-yarder. Senior Dan Buckner equaled his career high with 10 receptions last week, collecting 116 yards. A year ago, he established his career high with 10 grabs against Oklahoma State, including a 54-yard score.
Dual-Threat: Senior QB Matt Scott showed off his arm (387 passing yards) and his legs (74 rushing yards) in the opener against Toledo. On 113 career carries, he's accumulated 706 rushing yards in 23 games (six starts). That's a heady 6.2 yards per carry. A healthy and productive senior season under the guidance of Rich Rodriguez, who has coached electric running QBs Dennard Robinson (Michigan) and Pat White (West Virginia), will put Scott in position to challenge some of the top modern running totals by UA quarterbacks.
One For The Record Books: The Wildcats collected 624 yards of total offense (387 pass, 237 rush) on 88 plays in the season-opener against Toledo. It was good enough for the second-most yards of total offense in a single game in program history, trailing only the 691 yards gained against New Mexico in 1969. The Cats have only three other 600-plus yard games to their credit, including in 1982 against Pacific (610 yards), in 1998 against Arizona State (607 yards) and in 1956 against South Dakota State (606 yards).
Halftime Adjustments: Arizona found itself trailing Toledo, 14-10, at halftime last week. The Rockets had gashed the Cats' defense for 226 yards on 53 plays (4.3 ypp), due in large part to a staggering 10-of-15 conversion rate on third downs. After halftime, it was a completely different story. The UA defense limited the Rockets to just three points and 132 yards of offense on 41 plays (3.2 ypp). The key was shutting out Toledo on third downs (0-of-7 after halftime) and putting pressure on the Toledo quarterbacks. Austin Dantin and Terrance Owens were a combined 8-of-18 for just 51 yards in the third, fourth and overtime periods combined. Linebacker Marquis Flowersregistered 1.5 sacks in the second half, while Sione Tuihamaka combined for 0.5 sack with Flowers.
200-Yard Rushing Games: The Wildcat rushing attacked racked up 237 yards on 41 carries (5.8 ypc) last Saturday against Toledo. It was just the second time in the last 18 contests that the Wildcats gained over 200 yards (264 yards vs. UCLA in 2012). Perhaps it is no coincidence that immediately prior to those 18 games, UA rushed for 200-plus yards in back-to-back games with Matt Scottas quarterback in 2010. In consecutive starts against Washington (Oct. 23) and at UCLA (Oct.30), Scott engineered Wildcat offenses that churned out 234 yards and 264 yards, respectively. Added with Saturday's effort, the Cats have rushed for 200-plus yards in each of Scott's last three starts.
100-Yard Rushing Games: With a coaching change, it's easy to forget trends that may carry over from the previous season. So it is understandable to forget that the Wildcats rushed for 101 yards in their win at Arizona State and tallied 121 yards against Louisiana in their final two games last year. Combined with a 237-yard effort last Saturday, the Cats have rushed for 100-plus yards in three consecutive games for the first time since doing so in five straight games in 2010 (Oct. 9 through Nov. 6). Dating back to 2006, Arizona is 30-11 when rushing for 100 or more yards in a game.
Push Them Back: Arizona's defense registered eight tackles for loss and a pair of sacks against Toledo, both relatively modest numbers but certainly positive figures for the Wildcats who are still learning the intricacies of a new scheme. Consider that in 2011, UA totaled 10 sacks on the entire season, and only reached eight tackles for loss on one occasion (nine in season opener vs. NAU). Junior linebacker Jake Fischer, who missed last season with an ACL injury, led the defensive charge against the Rockets with 2.5 tackles for loss and 13 stops overall. Marquis Flowers, a former safety turned linebacker, recorded 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Defensive lineman Sione Tuihalamakashared one of the sacks with Flowers.
Local Products: Among the stars of UA's 24-17 overtime win against Toledo were several Wildcats who played their high school ball in the Tucson area. Running back Ka'Deem Carey (73-yard TD run, 171 all-purpose yards) and safety Jared Tevis (12 tackles, 2 PBU) each earned their first career starts at Arizona last Saturday. The pair starred at Canyon del Oro High School and helped the Dorados to a 4A-I state title in 2009. Meanwhile, linebacker Jake Fischer, who prepped at rival Ironwood Ridge High School, collected a game and career-high 13 tackles, including 2.5 for loss.
Top Targets: Matt Scott looked quite comfortable with his top receivers, spreading 29 of his 30 completions to just four receivers (one reception for RB Ka'Deem Carey). Dan Buckner led the way 10 total grabs, but Austin Hill hauled in seven catches for a career-high 139 yards. Hill produced one of the top plays of the week in college football with his stretched-out diving reception for a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Terrance Miller, who snared the game-winner in overtime on a 10-yard pass, tallied 80 yards on six catches, while Richard Morrison gained 44 yards on six receptions.
To-Do List: Even with 624 yards of total offense, a dominating second half on defense and a thrilling win, there is plenty for the Wildcats to clean up ... UA turned the ball over three times, including twice when receivers fumbled trying to stretch steady gains into more yards ... The Cats scored just once on four redzone trips .... Matt Scott misfired on a couple shots over the middle of the field to receivers breaking in the clear, and he careless floated a ball back across the field for an interception in the fourth quarter ... UA was penalized seven times for 56 yards, but the timing of the infractions hurt the most. Daniel Jenkins and Richard Morrison each had rushing scores called back due to penalty, and UA's defense committed a pair of personal fouls to help set up Toledo's go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter ... As good as the defense was in the second half, it still allowed 10-of-15 third down conversions in the first half alone, and Shaquille Richardson was beat for a 59-yard scoring play ... Kicker John Bonano, steady down the stretch a year ago, missed a pair of field goals in the second half, including the game-winning try at the end of regulation from 25 yards.
Quick Kicks: Quarterback Matt Scott punted for the first time in his career against Toledo, and it was the first time in a long while for a UA signal caller to do so. Facing fourth-and-three at its own 46, UA left the offense on the field but simply snapped to Scott in a deep shotgun formation. Scott pooched the ball down field nicely and had a chance for the ball to be downed inside the 5-yard line, but UA's receivers were unable to prevent it from rolling into the endzone for a touchback. Either way, it was a 54-yard punt, 34-yard net for a QB. The last UA non-punter/kicker to punt in a game was linebacker Derek Earls, who had a 34-yarder against Arizona State on Dec. 2, 2010. Prior to that, running back Kevin Schmidtke had two punts for 109 yards in 1995. A few years earlier, receiver Terry Vaughn punted one time for 60 yards in 1991. That same year, quarterback Bill Prickett punted once for 50 yards.
Yards Per Facts: Arizona's offense averaged 7.1 yards per play against Toledo, its most since gaining 7.9 yards per play in the 2011 season-opener against Northern Arizona ... Defensively, UA limited the Rockets to 3.8 yards per play. The Cats had gone 23 games since the last time they held an opponent under 4.0 yards per play (2.7 ypp vs. The Citadel, Sept. 11, 2010) ... UA also held Toledo to just 4.2 yards per pass attempt, the lowest since holding The Citadel to 1.5 yards per pass in 2010. The last time UA held an opponent under 5.0 yards per pass in a game was 15 games ago, against USC (4.9 ypp) on Nov. 13, 2010.
Chain Gang: The Cats and Rockets kept the chain gang busy last weekend with 57 combined first downs. Arizona accounted for 33 of those chain-movers, which came close to a couple of the top marks in school history. Last year, a Nick Foles-led passing attack chopped up a USC defense for a school-record 37 first downs in the Coliseum. That supplanted the 34 first downs against New Mexico in 1969 that had been the standard for decades. Interestingly, that 1969 game still stands as the school record for total offense (691 yards), keeping the 624 yards gained against Toledo at No. 2 on the single-game charts.
Starting Debuts: Six Wildcats made their first career starts on defense, including Dominique Austin (5 tackles, 1 PBU), Tevin Hood (1 tackle) and Reggie Gilbert (4 tackles, 0.5 sacks) along the defensive front. Sir Thomas Jackson (7 tackles) started at linebacker, while Jared Tevis (12 tackles, 2 PBU) and Jonathan McKnight (3 tackles) made their first starts in the secondary. Marquis Flowers (10 tackles, 1.5 sacks) started 10 games at safety a year ago, but his starting debut at linebacker. Offensively, running back Ka'Deem Carey (147 rushing yards, TD) earned his first start.
Double-Digit Tackles: Jake Fischer (13), Jared Tevis (12) and Marquis Flowers (10) each tallied double-digit tackle totals and combined for 35 stops in last Saturday's game against Toledo. In 2011, the Wildcats had just five double-digit tackle performances all season, two of which were turned in by Flowers, including his career-high 16 hits against Stanford last September. The last time a trio of Cats each had 10 more tackles in the same game was Nov. 10, 2010, at Stanford when Paul Vassallo (11), Robert Golden (10) and Derek Earls(10) each registered double figures.
In The Trenches: Arizona opened 2012 with a familiar starting offensive line (Mickey Baucus, Chris Putton, Kyle Quinn, Trace Biskin and Fabbiens Ebbele). The big fellas started combined for 55 starts a season ago, led by Quinn, Ebbele and Baucus who each started all 12 games. Backup guard/tackle Shane Zink also had three starts last year, giving the Wildcats a total of 64 career starts among their offensive linemen. A pair of young pups - Lene Maiava and Cayman Bundage - made their Wildcat debuts on UA's second possession against Toledo. It's a group line coach Robert Anae feels good about. Anae is in his second season at Arizona, after Rich Rodriguezre-hired the veteran coach from the previous staff.
Graduates: Kudos to offensive linemen Kyle Quinn and Trace Biskin, who each earned their degrees from The University of Arizona last spring. The two completed their undergraduate work in four years, and both begin their final season in the program as fifth-year seniors. Quinn, a 13-game starter at center in his career, graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and is now enrolled in graduate school, exploring a master's degree in educational leadership. Biskin, a 10-game starter at right guard, graduated with a degree in political science and is now enrolled in UA's graduate program, studying international security.
Cats In The NFL: Arizona has 14 former players on NFL 53-man rosters after final cuts were made last Friday. Here's a look at the group: Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago; Eben Britton, OT, Jacksonville; Antoine Cason, CB, San Diego; Juron Criner, WR, Oakland; Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia; Nick Folk, PK, New York Jets; Robert Golden, DB, Pittsburgh; Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver; Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England; Earl Mitchell, DT, Houston; Brooks Reed, OLB, Houston; D'Aundre Reed, DE, Minnesota; Mike Thomas, WR, Jacksonville; Trevin Wade, CB, Cleveland.
Arizona Under First Year Head Coaches: The Wildcats' 29 previous head coaches have enjoyed a fair share of highs and lows during the first season of their tenure at UA. The men who preceded Rodriguez went a combined 103-110-8 in their first seasons and own a 16-10-2 record in the first game they coached. College Football Hall of Fame member Jim Young is the last UA head coach to post a winning season in his first year, going 8-3 in 1973; however, Dick Tomey, UA's all-time coaching wins leader, broke even at 4-4-3 in his first year in 1987.
Building for the Future: The Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, scheduled to open in August 2013, marks a dynamic shift in the Arizona football culture as it will become the centerpiece of the program on the north end of Arizona Stadium. Supported by private funds, including significant leadership gifts from David and Edith Lowell and from Jeff and Sharon Stevens, the $72.3 million project will provide the Wildcats with one of the premier football facilities in the nation. The facility will be a four-floor operations center with strength training, sports-medicine, coaches offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, equipment and facility service areas. The structure will enclose the north end of the stadium and create a full bowl with nearly 4,000 premium spectator seats, including a donor lounge with outdoor seating. Additionally, stairways and elevator towers for the concourse will connect the structure to the existing east and west stadium sections. Restrooms, amenity areas and a cafeteria will also serve the campus community. Arizona Stadium has an official capacity of 51,811 for this season, but once work is completed on the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the venue will near the some 57,000 seats it has held in recent years.
Captains: Head coach Rich Rodriguez will designate game captains throughout the season on a weekly basis. Captains will be named following Thursday practices each game week during the season. For the opener, Matt Scott, Kyle Quinn, Dominique Austin and Kyle Dugandzicrepresented the Wildcats.
Up Next: Arizona will wrap-up its stretch of three consecutive home games to kick off the season when it hosts South Carolina State. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (MST) at Arizona Stadium. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.