Arizona (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) vies for its first conference victory at No. 18 Stanford (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) on Saturday. The game will be televised nationally on FOX at Noon (PDT).
Oct. 1, 2012
Arizona (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) at No. 18 Stanford (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12)
Game Notes (PDF)
Date: Oct. 6 Time: Noon (PDT)
Location: Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford Stadium -- 50,000)
Television Broadcast: FOX (national)
TV Broadcasters: Craig Bolerjack (pxp), Joel Klatt (color), Petros Papadakis (sideline)
UA Radio: Arizona Radio Network, 1290 AM Tucson
UA Radio Broadcasters: Brian Jeffries (pxp), Lamont Lovett (color analyst), Dana Cooper (sideline analyst)
Satellite Radio: XM: 199 Sirius 92 (Stanford radio call)
Some Game Themes: The calendar has turned for two once-unbeaten teams set to face off after disappointing ends to college football's opening month ... Each side opened the season 3-0 with feather-in-their-cap victories over nationally ranked foes, but neither was able to remain unscathed as the initial weeks of the rigorous Pac-12 Conference slate commenced ... For Arizona, it continues to face an unrelenting schedule, one that has it playing a top-25 opponent for the third consecutive week and the fourth time in the last five weeks ... The Cardinal return home after a tough road loss at Washington that dropped it out of the top-10 and into the No. 18 spot, a number the Wildcats are familiar given recent contests against then-No. 18 Oklahoma State and also then-No. 18 Oregon State at the time of the meetings ... It's another physical, hard-nosed opponent for the Wildcats, whose depth will surely be tested on both sides of the ball ... On paper, the matchup appears to be Arizona's offense (third in the Pac-12, 538.2 ypg) against Stanford's defense (third in the Pac-12, 316.5 ypg). But the X's and O's may be just as curious the other way around as Stanford ranks No. 10 in the conference in total offense (326.3 ypg) against UA's No. 10 total defense (451.2) ... Can the Cats rekindle their early-season form that featured a potent, but more consistent offensive attack and a ball-hawking, bend-but-don't-break defense? Will the Cardinal assert itself on the ground the way it has in recent seasons against Arizona? And how will the Wildcats handle playing in the early bird special of college football? A noon start is a full seven hours earlier than their previous five games this season ... So set your alarms, grab some breakfast grub and get ready for the October edition of Pac-12 football.
Against The Top 25: With a 59-38 victory over then-No. 18 Oklahoma State on Sept. 8, Arizona has defeated a ranked team in the AP Top-25 poll in eight of the last nine seasons. The 59 points and 21-point margin of victory were convincing, especially when taking into account the initial 14-0 deficit. In 137 previous games against top-25 opponents, Arizona had topped the 50-point barrier just once - a 52-14 thrashing of No. 7 UCLA in 2005. The highest-ranked foe to go down in the last nine seasons was then-No. 2 Oregon, 34-24, in Tucson on Nov. 15, 2007. Historically, Arizona is 40-99-1 against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll.
The Coaches: Arizona - Rich Rodriguez(West Virginia '86), first year at Arizona (3-2) and 18th as a head coach overall (123-86-2). Rodriguez was introduced as the 30th head coach of the UA football program on Nov. 22, 2011. He carries Division I records of 3-2 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. Stanford - David Shaw (Stanford `95), second year at Stanford (14-3) and second year as a head coach. He was offensive coordinator on the Farm for the previous four seasons under then-head coach Jim Harbaugh and has been an offensive coach since 2001 after starting his career as an outside linebackers coach at Western Washington in 1995. He spent nine seasons as an NFL assistant. He lettered as a Cardinal receiver in 1991-94.
Last Week: Arizona stormed back from a 17-0 first-half deficit to take a 21-17 lead in the third quarter, then spent the remainder of the second half trading scores with No. 18 Oregon State, which rallied and held on for a 38-35 victory at Arizona Stadium. Matt Scott threw for a career-high 403 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough. Or perhaps it was too soon. Scott's 7-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hill with 5:34 left in the game put the Wildcats on top 35-31. However, that was more than enough time for Sean Mannion, who had 433 yards of his own, and the Beavers' offense, which put together a composed 10-play, 75-yard drive capped by the go-ahead and eventual game-winning score - a nine-yard pass to Connor Hamlett with just 1:09 left. With a pair of timeouts and down just a field goal, the Cats had plenty of time to tie or win the game, but Scott was intercepted by Rashaad Reynolds with 43 seconds left to seal the game. The turnover was one of two in the second half for the Wildcats, a vital factor for sure. The Beavers turned the ball over just once and racked up 613 yards of offense while owning a 36:41 to 23:19 advantage in time of possession. The two sides combined for 1,158 yards of offense and each averaged at least 7.0 yards per play. With 115 yards and two scores, Ka'Deem Carey topped 100 rushing yards for the third time on the season, plus he added a career-best 68 yards on pass receptions. Dan Buckner hauled in 119 receiving yards and one touchdown to give the Cats a second player with 100-plus yards of all-purpose yardage. The Beavers did one better, as running back Storm Woods (203) and receivers Markus Wheaton (168) and Brandin Cooks (149) each surpassed the century mark. Oregon State defeated Arizona for the third straight year. It was also the Beavers' sixth-straight win at Arizona Stadium, with the last three such victories being decided by seven total points.
2011 Stanford at Arizona: Arizona played Stanford toe-to-toe for one half, then could not thwart the Cardinal balanced attack as 21 second-half points led No. 6 SU to a 37-10 victory over the Cats in Arizona Stadium. The toe factor might have made it tighter early, with a missed field goal as the first half expired left UA trailing, 16-10, and another miss to cap a decent UA drive at the start of the second half cost it a chance at a three-point game and some momentum. Stanford piled up 242 rushing yards and Heisman hopeful Andrew Luck threw for 325 and a pair of scores at a whopping rate of 10.5 yards per attempt. UA's Nick Foles (239 yards) and Bryson Beirne (43) had some success moving the ball through the air, but SU held the Cats to 51 net rushing yards by snaring either Foles or RBs 10 times behind the lines for 54 yards in losses. The Cats finished with a modest 333 total yards and their resulting quotient -- just the 10 points. After Arizona's 11-play, 79-yard drive for a second-quarter TD, it had two drives of around 50 yards for the missed field goals by Jaime Salazar and no other drive of more than 40 yards the rest of the way. The Cardinal, however, had the horses to put together the punctuation marks -- three near flawless drives of 81, 80 and 91 yards for TDs in the second half. Stanford's power formations -- often three tight ends -- set up numerous runs by Stepfan Taylor (22-153) or 14 catches by the big guys or fullback Ryan Hewitt. Arizona welcomed back receiver Juron Criner after his Sept. 5 appendectomy, with the senior snaring six receptions for 48 yards and the Cats' lone TD. Busy at the second level, UA safety Marquis Flowers turned in 16-tackle performance. A national audience (ESPN) witnessed the No. 6 team in the country looking every bit the part, and SU rose to No. 5 a day later.
Back-to-Back-to-Back: For the third consecutive week, Arizona faces a ranked opponent. The Wildcats are hoping the third time will be a charm. Two weeks ago, then-No. 3 Oregon shut out Arizona, 49-0, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. Last week, then-No. 18 Oregon State left Arizona Stadium with a 38-35 victory in tow. Now the Wildcats face a Stanford squad ranked No. 18. Interestingly, it will be the third time this season that the Wildcats will play the current No. 18 team in the Associated Press Top 25. On Sept. 8, 2012, Arizona upset then-No. 18 Oklahoma State, 59-38, at Arizona Stadium. The current stretch of three straight games against ranked teams is the first time the Wildcats have done so since facing No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Stanford and No. 10 Oregon in successive weeks last September.
Carey The Load: Sophomore running back Ka'Deem Carey is emerging as one of the Pac-12's top offensive players. The 5-foot-10, 197-pounder from Tucson's Canyon del Oro High School possesses a blend of power and burst that makes him a force in nearly all situations on the field. He leads the squad with a career-high 538 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, while ranking fourth on the club with 152 yards and another score through the air. To boot, he's not afraid to mix it up as a blocker in pass protection. Coaches describe him as a guy who "loves the game of football", a true football player that gives maximum effort and production regardless of score, time or situation.
- Ranks No. 3 in Pac-12 and tied for No. 17 nationally with 107.6 rushing yards per game.
- His 538 rushing yards are tied for 11th-most in the nation (FBS).
- Has three 100-yard rushing games in 2012 (Toledo, Oklahoma State, Oregon State).
- Eight touchdowns (seven rushing, one receiving) are tied for seventh-most in nation.
- Ranks tied for No. 3 nationally with seven rushing plays of 20+ yards.
- Ranks tied for No. 15 nationally with 15 rushing plays of 10+ yards.
- Ranks No. 20 nationally with 706 all-purpose yards.
Matt's The Man: Quarterback Matt Scott, who redshirted in 2011, is putting together a stellar senior season, if statistics are any indication. The Corona, Calif., native entered 2012 with five previous career starts and is now a 10-game starter (7-3 record) as a Wildcat. He possesses a complete repertoire of skills at the quarterback position, including ability to make all the throws on the field and hurt defenses with his legs.
Tracking Matt: Quarterback Matt Scottis nearing several career statistical milestones. The senior signal caller is 91 passing yards shy of 3,000 for his career. If and/or when he reaches the 3,000-yard mark, he'll be the 14th player to do so at Arizona. Scott needs 140 rushing yards to reach 1,000 markers for his career tally. And Scott needs 231 yards (throwing or passing) to reach 4,000 total offense yards. Here's a look at where Scott's current season stats rank nationally:
- Leads Pac-12 and ranks No. 5 nationally with 1,608 passing yards.
- His 141 pass completions lead Pac-12 and rank tied for No. 3 nationally.
- His 1,836 total offense yards lead Pac-12 and are second-most nationally.
- Leads Pac-12 and ranks No. 3 nationally with 69 pass plays of 10+ yards.
- Tied for Pac-12 lead and tied for No. 10 nationally with 21 pass plays of 20+ yards.
Pac-12 Player of the Week: Punter Kyle Dugandzic was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. Against Oregon State, Dugandzic punted five times for a total of 234 yards - a 46.8 yard average. He landed a single-game career-best four punts inside the 20-yard line and his career-long of 70 came at a crucial moment in the game with OSU leading UA, 24-21, late in the third quarter and pinned the Beavers on their own five-yard line. On the next drive, Oregon State gave up a fumble that was recovered by an Arizona defender to set up Arizona's go-ahead score (28-24). Dugandzic also served as the holder on all five of kicker John Bonano's made PATs. His punting average of 44.89 yards per kick ranks No. 3 in the Pac-12 and No. 18 in the NCAA.
Pass Happy: Matt Scott and the Arizona offense continue to put up impressive numbers in the pass game. Scott ranks No. 5 nationally and leads all Pac-12 quarterbacks with 1,608 passing yards, and the Wildcats rank No. 6 nationally and are second in the Pac-12 with 343.8 passing yards per game. Compare that to former head coach Mike Stoops' first season (2004) when Arizona passed for just 1,876 yards in 11 games. This year, Arizona's opponents are finding success through the air as well, totaling 1,422 yards on the season (248.4 per game). Combined, you have 3,141 passing yards during five Arizona football games to date.
Slow Starts: Arizona would like nothing more than to get off to a fast start at Stanford this week. It's something the Wildcats have failed to do seemingly all season. In fact, the Wildcats have scored just 20 of their 174 total points and are being outscored 28-20 in the first quarters of games this season. In their last three games against FBS teams, the Wildcats have trailed at the end of the first quarter in each, including 14-10 against Oklahoma State, 7-0 against Oregon and 7-0 against Oregon State.
Big Plays: If you like big plays, then last Saturday's Oregon State-Arizona game was one for you. The contest featured 21 offensive plays that went for 20 or more yards, led by 13 for the Wildcats and eight for the Beavers. Individually, 12 different players had a 20-plus yard play. For the Wildcats, that included running back Ka'Deem Carey who had a 47-yard pass reception and rushes of 24 (TD) and 23 yards. Receivers Tyler Slavin (32 and 20 yards), Dan Buckner (31, 29, 26 and 24 yards), David Richards (22 yards), Richard Morrison (21 yards) and Austin Hill (21 yards) combined for nine 20-plus yard plays through the air. Quarterback Matt Scott added a 21-yard rush on the ground. On the season, Arizona has 30 offensive plays that have gone for 20-plus yards, led by Carey and Hill, who have eight apiece. Carey has scores of 73 yards, 25 and 24 on the ground, while Hill has a 30-yard through the air.
600-Yard Games: Before the season started, Arizona football games had produced just a dozen 600-yard total offense games by the Wildcats or their opponents. After five weeks, there have already been four such occurrences this season. Arizona rolled up 689 yards against South Carolina State (Sept. 15) and 624 yards against Toledo (Sept. 1), the second and third-most single-game offensive outputs in program history. However, UA's opponents have also notched a pair 600-yard games. Oklahoma State racked up 636 yards in a loss on Sept. 8, while Oregon State totaled 613 yards in last week's victory. Those are the fifth and eighth-highest single game performances by opposing teams against Arizona.
Rushing Game: Arizona has rushed for 100 yards in four of its first five games in 2012, just a season removed when it did so in just five games last fall. The Wildcats have 972 yards on the ground, an average of 194.4 yards per game (No. 3 in Pac-12). That's a significant improvement over last season's 94.5 per-game tally, which finished ranked second to last in the Pac-12 and No. 114 nationally. In fact, this year's rushing total (972) is nearing last year's 12-game total of 1,134 yards. Running back Ka'Deem Carey leads the club with 538 yards, while quarterback Matt Scott ranks second with 228 yards.
Big Play Guy: Sophomore receiver Austin Hill has emerged as Arizona's go-to receiver for big plays. The versatile 6-foot-3 target can play in the slot or split out, making him a mismatch for opposing defense. In five games, Hill leads the team with 31 receptions for 443 yards and three touchdowns. He has an impressive 14.3 yards per reception tally, boosted by a plethora of big plays. In fact, Hill has 18 plays of 10-plus yards on the season, including five of 30-plus yards, which is tied for ninth-most among all FBS players. Hill's 88.6 receiving yards per game are good enough for No. 29 nationally and No. 5 in the Pac-12.
Pass to Buck: Senior Dan Buckner is quietly putting together a productive season as one of the team's top options in the passing game. The 6-foot-4 receiver is tied with Austin Hill for the team lead in receptions (31), and narrowly trails in the yardage count (422 yards). Buckner has scored a touchdown in each of the last two games, including last week against Oregon State when he hauled in six catches for 119 yards - his second 100-yard game of the year. Of his 31 total receptions, 21 have gone for 10-plus yards, which is tied for sixth-most among all FBS players.
A Budding Star: Converted safety Marquis Flowers continues to develop as a linebacker, a position he was switched to about a week before the start of the season. At 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, Flowers is Arizona's biggest linebacker and ranks as team's leader with 2.5 sacks. Flowers is also second with 5.5 tackles for loss and third on the squad with 38 total tackles. He has added three pass breakups and has forced one fumble. Flowers had a season-high 11 tackles against Oregon State last week, and now faces a bruising Stanford attack in which he registered a career-high 16 tackles against as a safety last September.
Newbies: With senior receiver Terrence Miller sidelined with an injury the last two weeks, the Wildcats have turned to a pair of younger players for production. Redshirt freshman David Richards has started each of the last two games in place of Miller, and has nine catches for 78 yards in those contests. On the season, Richards has 11 grabs for 92 yards. Meanwhile, sophomore Tyler Slavin has emerged as a productive backup, collecting 152 yards on 14 receptions this season. Those numbers are tied with running back Ka'Deem Carey for fourth-best on the squad.
Man In The Middle: Junior Jake Fischer has been a stalwart middle linebacker in Arizona's new 3-3-5 defensive scheme implemented this season by defense coordinator Jeff Casteel. Fischer, who missed the 2011 season with an ACL injury, leads all Pac-12 players and ranks No. 17 nationally with 49 tackles after five games. That's just a tackle shy of 10 per game for the slightly undersized 6-foot, 215-pounder. Don't tell that to Fischer, though, who has shown a nose for the ball early in the season. Fischer has 3.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. He was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following a career-high 13-tackle season debut against Toledo on Sept. 1.
Yes, Sir: One of the bright spots for the Wildcats on defense has been the emergence of redshirt freshman linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson. As a walk-on, Jackson ranks fourth on the team in tackles (36) and third in tackles for loss (4.5). Jackson registered a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss last week against Oregon State, including his first career sack. He set his career-high for tackles a week earlier with 10 stops at Oregon.
Red Zone Improvement: After being shut out in a 0-for-6 effort in the red zone at Oregon (Sept. 22), the Wildcats were much improved last week against Oregon State as they were 4-for-5 with four touchdowns. However, the one miss was costly. Trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, the Wildcats put together a drive that moved the ball inside the Beavers' 10-yard line. But after a first-and-goal, an intentional grounding penalty put the Wildcats behind the chains and they missed a 41-yard field goal attempt. Sure enough, those three points proved to be the winning margin for Oregon State. Red zone scoring continues to be an area UA will look to improve. The Wildcats rank No. 114 in the FBS with a 63.6 percent success rate in the red zone and have scored touchdowns on just 51.5 percent of their red zone trips. Meanwhile, Stanford has allowed just four red zone touchdowns all season, among the top-14 nationally for fewest allowed.
Moving The Chains: Arizona continues to lead the nation in offensive first downs, as it is tied this week with Nevada with 155 first downs to date. The Wildcats, who set a school record with 43 first downs against South Carolina State on Sept. 15, are averaging 31.0 chain-movers per game. That clip is nearly a half-dozen first downs more per game than the 2011 Wildcat squad that set a new school record for per-game production (25.8 first downs per game).
Swarming Secondary: Arizona is tied with Oregon for the national lead with 40 passes defended. Indeed, the back level of Jeff Casteel's 3-3-5 defense has given opposing quarterbacks fits all season long, something that may not stand out when you are giving up 284 yards through the air per game. But the Wildcats have broken up the most passes of any team (35), led by cornerback Shaquille Richardson's nine PBUs. Arizona also has five interceptions, including three by opposite corner Jonathan McKnight. Opposing teams are completing just 56.3 percent of their passes against Arizona, the third-lowest percentage among Pac-12 teams.
McKnight's McPicks: Sophomore cornerback Jonathan McKnight has three interceptions, including one returned for a 48-yard score against Oklahoma State, to tie for sixth-most nationally to date. McKnight, who missed all of 2011 with an ACL injury, also has 22 tackles and three pass breakups in his first season as a starter.
Nose For The Ball: Sophomore "Bandit" Jared Tevis has emerged as one of the playmakers on the UA defense, and after suffering an ankle injury against Oregon State, his availability may be in question this week. A former walk-on from nearby Canyon del Oreo high school, Tevis earned a scholarship after impressing coaches in the spring. Now Tevis ranks second on the team in three categories, including tackles (42), interceptions (2) and passes broken up (5). He has a team-leading three forced fumbles. Coaches have called him perhaps the best player on the UA defense early in the season, so his presence would be missed as it was last week in the second half.
Step Right Up: When Jared Tevis went down with an ankle injury against Oregon State, the Wildcats turned to redshirt freshman Patrick Onwuasor. A former receiver who switched to safety during fall camp, Onwuasor saw his first significant duty as a defender after emerging as a playmaker on special teams coverage units early in the season. Onwuasor finished Saturday's game with eight tackles, including six solo stops. Onwuasor leads the team with six tackles on kickoff and punt coverage.
Third Down Defense: One area the Wildcats are working to improve is on third down defense. Arizona currently ranks No. 79 in the nation surrendering first downs at a 41-percent clip. The benefit of third down defense is it stops drives and gives the ball back to Matt Scott and the Wildcat offense, which will face one of the nation's best third down defense teams this week. Stanford has allowed just two third down conversions in two games (24.2 percent), good enough for No. 4 in the nation.
Chunk Plays: Arizona ranks No. 6 nationally in total offense, with 2,691 total yards (538.2 per game). A big reason is the Cats have moved the chains at ease, evidenced by a nation-leading 155 first downs to date. Arizona is averaging a steady 6.1 yards per play, boosted by a high volume of 10+ yards plays. In fact, the Wildcats rank No. 2 in the FBS with 102 plays that have gone for 10-plus yards through five games.
Scoring In Perspective: Arizona's 174 points in five games (actually four due to a shutout) are already challenging some season totals from the past decade. Mike Stoops' first UA team scored 164 points over 11 games in 2004, one season after the Wildcats scored 181 in an 11-game 2003 campaign. To his credit, Stoops' teams steadily improved after the lowly '04 campaign and topped out at 476 points in a 13-game season in 2008. In fact, the 36.6 points per game that season was the second-highest average in program history. The 1954 gridiron squad holds the top mark, a 38.5 per game clip. Rich Rodriguez's first team is sitting at 34.8 with two-thirds of the regular season schedule still to come.
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, Arizona opened 3-0 before finishing 3-2 in the opening month. Rich Rodriguez boasts an impressive 34-9 (.810) 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. Where will this year's start put the Cats by season's end? Stay tuned.
Flag Days: Arizona's opponents have seen plenty of yellow in the early stages of the 2012 season. The Wildcats lead all FBS schools in opponent penalty yards (508), a staggering number inflated by a school-record 167 yards against Oklahoma State last month and an additional 107 markers for South Carolina State a week later. Arizona, meanwhile, has been flagged just 26 times for 227 yards (45.4 per game), among the top-50 teams for fewest penalty yards.
In A Snap: Fans are getting their money's worth of football this season watching the Wildcats play. Arizona's five football games have featured 857 snaps, which is the second-most for any team in the country. Marshall has seen 881 snaps in its game to date and is the only team to run more offensive plays than the Wildcats. Arizona has 440 offensive plays, while the Thundering Heard has run 462. Defensively, Arizona has faced 417 plays, while Marshall as seen 419.
In The Trenches: Arizona is quietly gaining experience along the offensive line, though its depth is being challenged. Trace Biskin, a 14-game starter, missed last week's game with an injury, and was replaced by Shane Zink, who made his fourth career start against Oregon State. Against the Beavers, center Kyle Quinn, who has started 18-consecutive games, suffered an ankle injury and was replaced by Addison Bachman, who has proven to be a reliable backup when called upon. Tackles Mickey Baucus and Fabbians Ebbele have each started the last 17 games at left and right tackle for the Wildcats, while guard Chris Putton made his fifth start of the season and 14th career start against Oregon State. Putton is perhaps UA's most versatile lineman, a guy who can slide out to tackle, play either guard spot and even play center. All added up, the Wildcats have 84 career starts among their offensive lineman just a year removed from when Quinn entered the season as the only lineman who had started a game (2010 Alamo Bowl).
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 17-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 14-game starter at right guard, graduated with a degree in political science and is now enrolled in UA's graduate program, studying international security.
Fresh Faces: Arizona has played 10 true freshmen in 2012, a tally that is among the top-20 nationally and tied for second in the Pac-12. Among the Wildcats' true freshmen are defenders Jamar Allah, William Parks, Anthony Lopez, Keoni Bush-Loo, Dakota Conwell, Wayne Capers Jr., Vince Miles, Cody Ippolito and C.J. Dozier. Offensively, lineman Cayman Bundagehas seen playing time at guard. Colorado is the leader in the category in the Pac-12.
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.
Up Next: Arizona will take a welcomed week off as the one and only open date in the schedule presents itself for the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 13. Thereafter, the Wildcats will host home games against Washington (Family Weekend) on Oct. 20 and USC on Oct. 27 to close out the October calendar. Time in television information for those games is expected to be announced on Monday, Oct. 8, and Monday, Oct. 15, respectively, as part of the conference's 12-day selection process.