Kickoff: 4 p.m.
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Some Game Themes...
UA gets another crossroads test in its climb back to respectability, with a shot at a .500 record in late October for the first time since 2000...
The story lines were varied but the bottom line was all
Stanford Quick Hits
Quarterback Kris Heavner saw his first game action since Nov. 2004 ... Devin Ross went 32 yards on his first career kickoff return to open the game ... Arizona’s 13 passing attempts against Stanford last weekend were the fewest in a game since Oct. 7, 2000, when the Wildcats passed just 13 times in a 31-15 win over No. 18 USC in Los Angeles ... Arizona’s three running backs, Chris Jennings, Chris Henry and Xavier Smith, combined for 236 yards on 45 carries, an average of 5.2 yards per pop ... Henry’s 18-yard TD scamper in the first quarter eclipsed Jennings’ 16-yard TD rush earlier in the game as the longest scoring play for the Wildcats in 2006 ... The UA defense racked up a season-high six sacks in the contest ... Senior Marcus Smith recorded a pair of sacks, tying his career-best set against Washington in 2003 ... Arizona opened the game with TD on its first drive, marking the first time since Nov. 15, 2005, against Washington that it has found the endzone on the opening drive ... It also marked just the second time in seven games this season that the Wildcats have come away with points on their first touch (FG against BYU on Sept. 2).
A Dominant Defensive Effort
The Arizona defense limited Stanford to just 32 offensive plays in the game (14 in the first half, 18 in the second half) and four first downs (2 in the first half, 2 in the second) ... The four first downs allowed narrowly missed the Arizona school record of three which has happened three times ... The 52 yards gained by Stanford in the entire contest were the fewest for the Cardinal in school history ... It was also the fewest yards surrendered by a UA defense to a Pac-10 opponent in school history, surpassing the 79 yards given up to Oregon State in 1981 ... The Cardinal’s minus six yards rushing marked the first time UA has held an opponent to negative rushing yards since limiting UCLA to -31 yards in 1999 ... Stanford’s longest drive in the game, time-wise, consisted of six plays for nine yards over 3:24. The Wildcats had six drives the lasted at least that long. Stanford’s longest drive, yards-wise, was three plays for 13 yards in the first quarter that ended with a fumble ... The UA defense held Stanford to a 3:23 time of possession in the second quarter. The Cardinal ran three plays for -7 yards in the frame ... Aside from the interception return for a TD, Stanford did not possess the ball inside of
A Quick Look at
The Beavers head to
Sharing the Duties
The week prior to
Saddle Up and Ride
Lest one think it was a total anomaly, the last time
In this week's NCAA statistical rankings,
It’s Better Then It Looks
After being held to no sacks against Washington and UCLA the previous two weekends, the
There aren’t too many third-string QBs out there that can boast that they’ve started 14 career Division I games. UA’s Kris Heavner is one that can do just that. Should injured starter Willie Tuitama (concussion) and backup Adam Austin (knee) not be able to go on Saturday against
That’s 5-for-5, Thank You
Sr. QB Kris Heavner completed all four of his passing attempts for 11 yards against Stanford after replacing the injured Adam Austin in the second quarter. Dating back his last appearance against
Pac-10 Odds and Ends
While passing a very modest 13 times against Stanford last weekend, the Wildcats certainly made good when putting it up in the air. Arizona’s 76.9 completion percentage (10-for-13) in the contest is the best for any conference school in a game this season ... The Stanford game also placed UA as the top school in fewest yards allowed (52), fewest yards per play by an opponent (1.6) and the fewest first downs allowed (4) by a Pac-10 school this season ... The Cardinal’s 19 rushing attempts, 13 passes attempted and eight passes completed are tied for the second-fewest by a Pac-10 team ... The Wildcats also own the best punting average in a game this season when Nick Folk and Kyle McQuown teamed up for a 52.0 average against BYU in the season-opener ... Individually, Chris Jennings’ 201 yards rushing against Stephen F. Austin is the second-most yards on the ground by a Pac-10 running back in a game this year, and his two rushing TDs against the Lumberjacks is tied for the most by a conference rusher ... Nick Folk’s four FG tries against BYU in the season opener is tied for the most by a Pac-10 PK this season ... His 52-yard FG against Washington is the second-longest in the conference this year ... Folk’s nine punts and his 408 yards punted against Washington are atop the conference charts and his 56.0 average against BYU is the best for any Pac-10 punter.
24 and Counting
Senior WR Syndric Steptoe extended his streak to 24 straight games with at least one catch with five receptions for 21 yards last Saturday at Stanford. His streak is second only to USC junior Dwyane Jarrett (30 straight games) among active Pac-10 players. Dating back to the Washington State game on Sept. 25, 2004, Steptoe has hauled in at least one pass in all 24 games he has played in (he missed an Oregon State game twice during his streak due to injury). Step has caught 96 passes for 1,204 yards and five TDs over the 24 games. He is averaging four catches per game, and 12.5 yards per reception. Steptoe’s last game played without a catch was Sept. 18, 2004 against
Among the Best at
Sr WR Syndric Steptoe’s five receptions at Stanford last weekend pushed him further into the top 10 all-time at
A Spring in his Step
Senior team captain Syndric Steptoe has proven to be a pain for the opposition throughout his career in his role as wide receiver/kick returner. His 140 all-purpose yards against UCLA last weekend marked the 16th time in his career he has racked up 100 or more all-purpose yards in a contest. With 3,559 career all-purpose yards on 251 total plays (14.2/play), Step is now No. 11 all-time at UA, surpassing Hubie Oliver’s 3,404 all-purpose yards that he racked up from 1977-80. To crack the all-time top 10, Step needs 140 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
Linebackers Spencer Larsen (54) and Ronnie Palmer (37) are among UA’s leaders on the tackles chart, a nice trend compared to a year ago when safety Darrell Brooks had 56 tackles after seven games. Add in linebacker Dane Krogstad’s 29 hits and the trio has a total of 120 tackles. Their combined good health was a hoped-for steady factor this year after they combined to miss 14 contests in 2005. Larsen enters the week of play tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.7 tackles per game, while Palmer comes in tied for 30th in the conference (5.3).
The Final 15
Through seven games this year, the Wildcats have already matched their 2005 season total for fourth quarter points. With a three field goals, including Nick Folks game-winning 48-yarder against BYU in the season opener, and two TDs (with PATs),
No Return Policy
Senior PK Nick Folk has taken the words “kickoff return” completely out of the opposition’s vocabulary. On 19 kickoffs this season, Folk has seen just three of them returned, and one was a squib kick at the end of the BYU game on Sept. 4. Since ending the 16-13 win over the Cougars, Folk has kicked off 14 times over UA’s last five games, and has seen all 12 of the 14 go through the end zone as unreturnable.
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 is 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 four punts for a net average of 56 yards per kick. His 75-yard punt against the Cougars was a career-long and pinned BYU on its own 5 yard-line.
Known for having a big leg on field goals (career-long 53 yards) and kickoffs (67 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.
One of the Few
Senior Nick Folk is one of seven players on the Division I-A level that handles all of the kicking duties - kickoffs, field goals, PATs and punting - for his team. A look at how Nick stands up against his “brethren”.
KO Nick Folk, Arizona
24-19TB John Deraney, NC State
26-9TB Chris Gould, Virginia
27-14TB Greg Johnson, Texas
34-10TB Matt Lasher, Ohio
30-7TB Ryan Succop, S. Carolina
30-12TB Sam Swank, Wake Forest
Nick Folk Named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week
Senior Nick Folk was named the Sept. 4 Pac-10 ST POW after booting a career-best three field goals, including the game-winner from 48 yards out in the waning moments, in Arizona’s 16-13 win over visiting BYU in front of a capacity 58,450 fans at Arizona Stadium on Sept. 2. The senior accounted for 10 of UA’s 16 points in the contest, connecting on field goals of 22, 30 and 48 yards on the night and adding one PAT. Folk handed the Wildcats their sixth-straight home-opening win when he capped off the night with his game-winning kick with one second remaining in the fourth quarter. The last second 48-yard game-winner tied for the third-longest FG in Folk’s four-year career at UA. In addition to his game-changing place-kicking duties, Folk replaced an ineffective Kyle McQuown as the team’s punter in the first half, and averaged a very impressive 56 yards per punt on four kicks, including a fourth quarter career-long 75-yard boot that placed the Cougars at their own five yard-line. On kickoffs, three of Folk’s five kicks went into the endzone for touchbacks, and BYU averaged just 12.5 yards per return on the two kicks they attempted to bring out.
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Junior college transfer RB Chris Jennings has made such an impression on the