2011 Arizona Wildcats Football • O cial Game Notes • Game 8 at Washington • Oct. 29 • 7:30 p.m. (PDT) • Seattle, Wash. • TV: FSN
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Arizona has a closed locker room policy after games. There isno player availability on the eld immediately after the game.Head coach Mike Stoops will address the assembled mediaonly after his postgame radio show responsibilities have beencompleted both at home and on the road. Coach Stoops willaddress the media prior to any player comments.At home games, individual players and coaches will be madeavailable to media members for postgame interviews in theMedia Room near Gate 15 only through request and approvalof the media relations and coaching stas. On the road, thelocker room situation will dictate postgame protocol. Pleaseconsult the UA SID sta members.
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Weekly Press Conference in McKale Center Room 106
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Weekly Pac-12 media teleconference
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Arizona Last Week
Arizona went out and played some ball from the onset, scoring six touchdowns on its rst six possessions to put thegame out of reach before halftime in a 48-12 victory over UCLA. The Cats won the toss, took the ball and didn’t lookback. UA picked up a pair of turnover TDs with 60-yard drives in that mix, plus put together four drives of around 80yards. As denitive, place kicker John Bonano tacked on all six PAT kicks to give him seven consecutive (one at OSU)makes and cement his new grip on the kicking chores. (He later socked eld goals of 41 and 21 yards on his rstcareer attempts to put 12 total points on the board.) Early keys besides UA’s oensive persistence were answeringthe Bruins rst-quarter touchdown drive (which cut it to 14-7) with a long UA scoring drive, and otherwise holdingUCLA to 19 plays and 114 yards total on its other rst-half possessions. At the break the Cats had 416 yards in oenseto 177 by UCLA. In the end, Arizona scored six touchdowns on six red zone forays, converted 10 of 16 third downs andone fourth down, and rushed for a season-high 254 yards. Nick Foles backed it up with 291 throwing yards and threetouchdowns -- all to Juron Criner -- while the Cats featured ve dierent running backs in shotgun, spread, pistol,twin and other formations. Defensively the best news was the scoreboard, holding UCLA to as few points as it didagainst Northern Arizona. The Bruins picked up two of their markers on a safety with six minutes left in the game andUA’s second unit on the eld. The win snapped a ve-game losing streak and snapped a string of 10 consecutive lossesto FBS schools. All the numbers aside, the game’s outcome and process proved that college football’s an emotionalgame: you have to have some and if you do, good things can happen. Ten days after their head coach was dismissed,the Wildcats played without caution.
Arizona - Tim Kish (Otterbein ‘76), interim head coach (1-0)
... This is Kish’s rst assignment as a head coach.The 36-year veteran of the college ranks has coached at Pac-12, Big Ten (Illinois, Northwestern), the Ohio prep ranks,Mid-American Conference schools (Ball State, Bowling Green State, Ohio) and a service academy (Army). He has beenon Mike Stoops’ Arizona sta as linebackers coach each of the latter’s eight years in Tucson, the last two as co- ordefensive coordinator. Kish played college ball as a DB at Otterbein, and later earned a master’s degree from BowlingGreen. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1976. Hehas been on the defensive side of the ball all but one year in his college career, the 1982 season as QBs coach at BallState. He and his wife, Angela, have two daughters and a son. His eldest, Megan, is a student at Ohio State. Wash-ington -
Steve Sarkisian (BYU ‘97), third year at Washington (17-15)
and third year overall as a head coach. Aformer WAC Oensive Player of the Year (‘96) as a quarterback, he started his coaching career mentoring the positionat El Camino College in 2000, and then spent three and four seasons at USC sandwiched around a QB coach job forthe Oakland Raiders in 2004. His last two seasons in Los Angeles (2005-08) were as oensive coordinator. He’s beenon that side of the ball throughout his coaching career. He is 1-1 against Arizona with the victory coming in Seattle in2009.
UA defensive coordinator Tim Kish’s ll-in work as a head coach (following the Oct. 10 dismissal of Mike Stoops) isunusual but not exclusively so. The acting job is a second for the Wildcats in the past decade. Then AD Jim Livengoodremoved John Mackovic from head coaching duties on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003 after UA opened the season with a 1-4record. He appointed defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz to take over the program for the duration of the season.Hankwitz, now defensive coordinator at Northwestern, led UA to a 1-6 nish for the program’s lowest mark in themodern era, 2-10 (.0167). (The 1957 club under Ed Doherty, 1-8-1, had a lower winning percentage (.015). A fewmonths after Mackovic’s ouster, Mike Stoops was appointed. A search by UA Athletics Director Greg Byrne for hissuccessor is well under way.
Sleepless In Seattle
It started with the “Leap by the Lake” in 1998 and continued over a decade later with the “Immaculate Interception”in 2009. Indeed, Arizona-Washington games in Seattle have produced some edge-of-your-seat, down-to-the-wireexcitement that have made some sleepless nights for fans of both schools. The last seven matchups in Seattle haveseen the Huskies win four games, while the Wildcats hold a 223-216 overall scoring edge. The Huskies’ four wins haveall come by four points or less, while the Wildcats have 10-point, seven-point and three-point margins in their favor.
Ortege Jenkins’ head-over-heels ip into the endzone with only a few ticks of the clock remaining is one of the iconicplays in Arizona football history and gave UA a 31-28 victory that was one of the highlights in a 12-1 season in 1998.Then two years ago, the Wildcats seemingly had a comfortable fourth quarter lead after Alex Zendejas kicked a eldgoal to give UA a 33-21 advantage with 4:22 remaining. But Jake Locker led a quick-strike attack that cut the decitto 33-28. On UA’s ensuing possession, Nick Foles checked a run-pass option into a seemingly safe wide receiver screenpass, but some outside pressure forced Foles to change the angle of his pass to Delashaun Dean. The ball skippedo the Husky Stadium eld turf near the very spot Dean’s foot was planted and ricocheted into the hands of MasonFoster, who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown (and UW’s subsequent two-point conversion), capping a 15-pointswing in 18 seconds. O cials upheld the call on the eld as an interception, but some replay evidence indicated theball likely hit the turf. Either way, it was another thrilling chapter in the series history in Seattle. Here’s how the lastseven games have gone (* winning score):
ARIZ WASH ARIZ WASH
Against the Huskies
In recent years, Arizona has been able to put up some impressive oensive numbers against Washington. In the lastfour meetings (2007-10), the Wildcats have averaged 43.3 points and 478 totals oense yards per game against theHuskies. The breakdown has been 148 yards on the ground compared to 330 through the air, all averaging out to 6.5yards per play.