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Arizona Wildcats football
2015 Arizona Wildcats football team
University of Arizona Block A.svg
First season 1899
Athletic director Greg Byrne
Head coach Rich Rodriguez
4th year, 26–14 (.650)
Other staff See Coaching staff section
Home stadium Arizona Stadium
Stadium capacity 56,029 [1]
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Tucson, Arizona
Conference Pac-12
(2011–present)
Division Pac-12 South Division
(2011–present)
All-time record 595–437–33 (.574)
Postseason bowl record 9–10–1 (.475)
Playoff appearances 0
Playoff record 0–0
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 6 (1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993)
Division titles 1 (2014)
Consensus All-Americans 14[2][3]
Current uniform
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Colors

Cardinal and Blue

          
Fight song Fight! Wildcats! Fight!
Mascot Wilbur the Wildcat
Marching band The Pride of Arizona
Rivals Arizona State Sun Devils
New Mexico Lobos
Website arizonawildcats.com

The Arizona Wildcats football team is the football team of the University of Arizona, located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The team competes in the Pacific-12 Conference at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level. The team is currently coached by Rich Rodriguez. Recently, the Wildcats were the Pacific-12 Conference South Division champion for the first time in franchise history to play in the 2014 Pacific-12 Football Championship Game, though they lost to Oregon.

History[edit]

Head coaching history[edit]

The current head coach of Arizona Wildcats football is Rich Rodriguez who hired in 2012.

Years Coach Record
1899 Stuart Forbes 1–1–1
1900–1901 William W. Skinner 7-2
1902 Leslie Gillette 5-0
1904 Orin A. Kates 3-1-2
1905 William M. Ruthrauff 5-2
1908–1909 H. B. Galbraith 8-1
1910–1911 George F. Shipp 8-1-1
1912 Raymond L. Quigley 2-1
1913 Frank A. King 2-2
1914–1930 Pop McKale 81–32–6
1931 Fred Enke 3–5–1
1932 August W. Farwick 4-5
1933–1937 Tex Oliver 32–11–4
1938 Orian Landreth 3–6
1939–1948 Miles W. Casteel 46–26–3
1949–1951 Robert Winslow 12–18–1
1952–1956 Warren B. Woodson 26-22-2
1957–1958 Ed Doherty 4-15-1
1959–1966 Jim LaRue 41–37–2
1967–1968 Darrell Mudra 11–9–1
1969–1972 Bob Weber 16–26
1973–1976 Jim Young 31–13
1977–1979 Tony Mason 16–18–1
1980-1986 Larry Smith 48-28-3
1987–2000 Dick Tomey 95-64-4
2001–2003 John Mackovic 10-18
2004 Mike Hankwitz 1-6
2004–2011 Mike Stoops 41–50
2011 Tim Kish 3-3
2012–present Rich Rodriguez 26–14

Early coaching history (1899–2004)[edit]

Coach Skinner

The football team began at the University of Arizona in 1899 under the nickname "Varsity". Stuart Forbes became the first head coach of Arizona football history and the team compiled a 1–1–1 record.[4] From 1900 to 1901, William W. Skinner served as head football coach at the University of Arizona.[5] While there, he also studied geology. He guided Arizona to 3–1 and 4–1 records, respectively.[5] On Nov 7, 1914, the team traveled to the west coast to play Occidental, then one of the reigning gridiron powers in California. Occidental won 14–0. Arizona later received the name "Wildcats" after a Los Angeles Times correspondent, Bill Henry, wrote that "The Arizona men showed the fight of wildcats".[6] Pop McKale was a very successful high school coach in the Tucson area when he was hired at UA.[7] In 1921, Drop-kicker/receiver Harold "Nosey" McClellan led the nation in scoring with 124 points. Wildcats finished the regular season 7–1, and were invited to UA's first bowl game, the East-West Christmas Classic in San Diego, to play powerhouse Centre College of Kentucky; Arizona lost the game 38–0. The Wildcats did not compete in football in 1918 due to World War I. On October 18, 1926 UA quarterback and student body president John "Button" Salmon died from injuries sustained in a car wreck. His final words, spoken to coach "Pop" McKale, were: "Tell them.....tell the team to Bear Down."[8] Soon thereafter, the UA student body adopted "Bear Down" as the school's athletic motto. On October 18, 1929, Arizona opened up Arizona Stadium for college football play. They won their first game against Caltech with a shutout score of 25–0. McKale retired after sixteen seasons at Arizona. The McKale Center, the University of Arizona's home basketball venue, was opened in 1973 and named in McKale's honor.[7]

Fred Enke replaced McKale as head coach of the Wildcats and in one season as head coach, he posted a record of 3–5–1[9] before getting demoted to assistant coach. Gus Farwick served as the head football coach at the University of Arizona in 1932, compiling a record of 4–5[10] before his resignation. Tex Oliver coached the Arizona Wildcats to a 32–11–4 record in five seasons.[11] During that stretch, his teams never had a losing season.[11] Oliver's "Blue Brigade" played an expanded, more nationwide schedule, and Arizona produced their first All-Americans under Oliver. The team's 1938 record of 8–2 was a school best to date.[11] Oliver resigned after the 1937 season to accept the head football coach position at Oregon.[12]

Orian Landreth replaced Oliver and struggled in his one season as head coach, compiling a 3–6 record[13] before he was fired. That season was the first losing season for the Wildcats in several years. Miles Casteel came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach at Michigan State. In his eight seasons (Arizona did not field football teams in 1943 or 1944 due to World War II), Casteel compiled a 46–26–3 record and led the Wildcats to the first bowl berth in three decades in his final season, a loss in the 1949 Salad Bowl to Drake.[14] Robert Winslow served as Arizona's head football coach for three seasons, posting a record of 12–18–1, with the team improving every year under his tutelage, going 2–7–1, 4–6 and 6–5 in Winslow's three years.[15] Winslow resigned after three seasons.

Coach Woodson

In 1954, under coach Warren Woodson, who came to Arizona from Hardin-Simmons, the Wildcats were led by starting halfback Art Luppino. He went on to lead the nation in rushing, scoring, all-purpose running, and kickoff returns.[16] Luppino became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing twice.[16] He also tied for the national title in all-purpose running and was third in scoring.[16] Woodson was replaced after five seasons and a 26–22–2 record[17] and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1989. Ed Doherty came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.[18] In two seasons, Doherty compiled a record of 4–15–1[19] before getting fired. Doherty is the only person to serve as head football coach at both Arizona and archrival Arizona State. Jim LaRue, formerly running backs coach at Houston, was hired to take over the Arizona Wildcats football program as head coach after Doherty's firing. LaRue's 1961 team finished 8–1–1 and finished the season ranked #17 in the final AP Poll.[20] After that season, Arizona joined the Western Athletic Conference and LaRue's teams posted records of 5–5, 5–5, 6–3–1, 3–7 and 3–7 before LaRue was fired, largely because of the sub-par on-the-field performances but also pressure from fans and alumni.[20][21]

Coach Mudra

Darrell Mudra came to Arizona from North Dakota State and breathed life into a seemingly lifeless Arizona football program.[22] His first team posted a record of 3–6–1 but in his second year, Mudra's Wildcats posted a record of 8–3, capped with a loss in the 1968 Sun Bowl, only the Wildcats third bowl appearance in school history and first since 1949.[23] Mudra left Arizona after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Western Illinois.[24] His final record is 11–9–1.[22] Mudra was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000.[22] Bob Weber was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach following Mudra's departure.[25] Under Weber, the Wildcats were 16–26, with their best season being a 5–6 1971 season.[26] Weber failed to post a winning season as Arizona's head coach and was fired after four seasons. Jim Young, formerly defensive coordinator at Michigan, was hired to turn around the downtrodden Wildcats football program.[27] Improvement came immediately, as Young's team surprised the nation with an 8–3 record in his first season.[28] Young's Wildcats went on to post records of 9–2 in 1974 and 1975, the latter ending with a #13 and #18 ranking in the Coaches' and AP Polls, respectively.[28] In a rebuilding year, Young's team posted a 5–6 record in 1976 to cap Young's mark of 31–13 in four seasons.[28] Young departed Arizona after the 1976 season to accept the head football coach position at Purdue.[29] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999. Tony Mason came to Arizona from Cincinnati.[30] Under Mason, the Wildcats went 5–7, 5–6 and 6–5–1 for a grand total of 16–18–1.[31] In Mason's third and final season, the Wildcats played in the Fiesta Bowl, a game they lost.[31] Mason retired as head coach after three seasons.[32]

Coach Smith

Larry Smith, previously head coach at Tulane, was hired to take over the Arizona football program after Mason's retirement.[33] His first season was Arizona's third in the Pac-12 Conference. Smith put great emphasis on in-state recruiting, built up the rivalry game with ASU, and focused the team on what he called "running and hitting". His first team went 5–6, including a 44–7 blowout loss to ASU; it would be his only losing season at Arizona. The highlight of the season was a 23-17 upset of 2nd ranked UCLA (the Bruins were poised to become #1 as top ranked Alabama had lost earlier in the day).[34] The team improved to 6–5 during his second season, highlighted by a major 13–10 upset of #1 USC on the road.[35] Under his leadership, the Wildcats became competitive in the conference, began dominating the rivalry with the Sun Devils, and culminated with consecutive bowl appearances in the 1985 Sun Bowl, where a tie with Georgia gave the Wildcats an 8–3–1 record, and the 1986 Aloha Bowl, where a victory over North Carolina allowed the Wildcats to finish with a 9–3 record in his final season.[34] Smith's tenure with the Wildcats ended with a 48–28–3 record. Seven Arizona players earned All-America honors during his tenure, including two-time consensus All-American linebacker Ricky Hunley and All-Americans linebacker Lamonte Hunley (Ricky's younger brother), Morris Trophy-winning center Joe Tofflemire, safety Allan Durden, placekicker Max Zendejas, linebacker Byron Evans, and safety Chuck Cecil. Over twenty of Smith's Wildcats players went on to play professionally.[34] Smith departed after the 1986 season to accept the head football coach position at USC.[36] Dick Tomey came to Arizona from Hawaii.[37] During his tenure, he coached five future NFL first-round draft choices, 20 All-Americans, and 43 Pac-10 first team players. His best teams were in the mid-1990s, highlighted by a tenacious "Desert Swarm" defense. He led Arizona to the only two ten-win seasons in school history, highlighted by a 12–1 campaign in 1998, in which they finished fourth in both major polls, the highest ranking in school history. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were drubbed in the 1999 season opener against Penn State and never recovered; Tomey resigned after the 2000 season.[38] His 95 wins are the most in Wildcats history. In 1992, Coach Tomey's "Desert Swarm" defense was characterized by tough, hard-nosed tactics. UA led the nation in scoring defense and nose guard Rob Waldrop is a consensus All-American. In 1993, the team had its first 10-win season and beat the Miami Hurricanes in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl by a score of 29–0. It was the bowl game's only shutout in its then 23-year history. In 1994, Arizona was ranked #6. However, Arizona was stunned by Colorado State and the rest of the season went down along with it, continuing a streak of not being selected for the Rose Bowl. Arizona to this day, is the only team in the original Pac-10 that has never played in the Rose Bowl Game. In 1998, the team posted a school-record 12–1 season and made the Holiday Bowl in which it defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[39] Arizona ended that season ranked fourth nationally in the coaches and Associated Press poll. The 1998 Holiday Bowl was televised on ESPN and set the now-surpassed record of being the most watched of any bowl game in that network's history. In 2000, Tomey's Wildcats suffered a season-ending 30–17 loss to Arizona State, the Wildcats' primary arch-rival. Dick Tomey resigned under pressure after fourteen seasons as head coach of the Wildcats.[40] The Wildcat football declined in wins and went on a bowl game drought over the next several years. Former Illinois and Texas head coach and at that time ESPN football analyst John Mackovic was hired to replace Tomey.[41] He served a disastrous tenure as head coach during this period; Mackovic alienated his players and never posted a winning record in two and one-half seasons in Tucson, with a 10–18 record (a .357 winning percentage).[42] Midway through the 2002 season, Mackovic told tight end Justin Levasseur that he was a disgrace to his family. This and other incidents led 40 players (including future Pro Bowler Lance Briggs) to hold a secret meeting with school president Peter Likins. The players complained about Mackovic's constant verbal abuse, such as an ugly tirade after a loss to Wisconsin. Mackovic offered a public apology to his players, the university and fans.[43][44] However, whatever goodwill that he'd managed to restore quickly evaporated a season later; quarterback Nic Costa said that despite a very talented roster, many players had lost their love for the game due to Mackovic's brusque manner. Five games into the 2003 season, Mackovic was fired and replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz.[45] School officials said they had to act because it was obvious the Wildcats would not win with Mackovic at the helm.[46]

Mike Stoops era (2004–2011)[edit]

In 2004, four years after Tomey's firing, Arizona hired Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops to take over the Wildcat program.[47] Under Stoops, Arizona started 6–18;[48] his job was in critical danger and his margin for error was very thin. However, in his third season in 2006, Stoops led the Wildcats to an improved 6–6 record,[48] the first non-losing season for the school since 1998 when the Wildcats went 12–1. In 2008, the Wildcats earned their first bowl berth in a decade, defeating BYU by a score of 31–21.[49] In 2009, the Wildcats earned their second straight bowl berth and a second straight eight-win season.[48] On November 21, 2009, the Oregon Ducks came to Arizona Stadium in a game that would decide which team went to the Rose Bowl. ESPN's College GameDay crew dubbed it as the game of the week and ventured down to Tucson to cover it. After a back and forth battle, the Oregon Ducks won in double overtime 44–41 to clinch the Rose Bowl bid.[50] Arizona was defeated 33–0 by Nebraska in a rematch of the 1998 Holiday Bowl.[48][51] Following the Holiday Bowl, offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes left the Wildcat program to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech,[52] and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, a brother of Mike, became the defensive coordinator at Florida State.[53] To replace them, Mike Stoops promoted Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell to co-offensive coordinators, while promoting Tim Kish to be co-defensive coordinators with Greg Brown, who was hired from Colorado. L Midway through his eighth season, Stoops was fired as head coach on October 10, 2011, after starting the season 1–5 (the sole victory was against FCS Northern Arizona).[54] Including the prior season, the Wildcats under Stoops had lost 10 consecutive games against FBS opponents, with their last victory over a FBS team taking place nearly a year earlier on October 30, 2010, against UCLA. Tim Kish, the team's defensive coordinator, was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[55] (Stoops returned to the Sooner program soon thereafter as defensive coordinator; Kish, who had known the Stoops brothers for many years, followed Stoops and joined the Sooner staff as the linebackers coach.)[56]

Rich Rodriguez era (2012–present)[edit]

Rich Rodriguez

On November 21, 2011, Arizona announced the hiring of Rich Rodriguez, at that time a CBS Sports analyst and formerly head coach at Michigan and West Virginia, to replace Stoops.[57] Rodriguez is considered a pioneer of a no huddle, run-oriented version of the spread offense, although a pass-first version was already being implemented by others.[58][59][60] He first developed this offensive approach at Glenville State and refined it during his stops at Tulane with Shaun King, at Clemson with Woodrow Dantzler, and at West Virginia most notably with dual-threat quarterback Pat White. This strategy features frequent use of the shotgun formation. Rodriguez is also credited for inventing the zone read play run out of the shotgun formation. According to his contract, Rodriguez was scheduled to earn $1.45 million in his first year, $1.5 million in his second, $1.6 million in his third, $1.7 million in his fourth and $1.8 million in his fifth season for a total of $9.55 million over a span of five years.[61] The contract also includes an extra $300,000 per year from Nike, as well as bonuses for academic achievement, BCS rankings, season ticket totals and bowl appearances. There are extra bonuses for milestones such as playing in the BCS title game, playing in any other bowl, and for winning the Pac-12.[62] Rodriguez' hiring ended a 41-day search for a head coach which started after Mike Stoops was dismissed after eight seasons as Wildcat head coach. Following West Virginia's victory in the 2012 Orange Bowl, Mountaineers defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who coached under Rodriguez during his tenure there, departed WVU's staff to join Rodriguez' staff as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator.[63] An official announcement, and Casteel's formal introduction to the Tucson media, was made on January 13, 2012. Casteel is considered one of the top defensive coaches in the nation, and considered master of the 3–3–5 "odd stack" defense.[64]

In his first season, Rodriguez took the Wildcats to the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, where they defeated Nevada.[65] The Wildcats finished the 2012 campaign with a (8–5, 4–5 Pac-12) record.[65] In his second season, Rodriguez took the Wildcats to the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl, where they defeated Boston College.[66] The Wildcats finished the 2013 campaign with a (8–5, 4–5 Pac-12) record. In 2014, Rich Rodriguez led the Wildcats to a 10-3 regular season, behind generally solid team performance, including efforts from freshman QB Anu Solomon, sophomore LB Scooby Wright (who earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year among other honors), senior RB Terris Jones-Grigsby and freshman RB Nick Wilson.The Wildcats won the Pac-12 South Division, the first divisional championship in program history, advancing to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where they were defeated by the Oregon Ducks, 51-13.[67] The Wildcats then played in the first College Football Playoff appearance, netting a berth in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, the school's third major-bowl appearance, where they faced the Boise State Broncos. Arizona lost the game to Boise State, 38–30. The Wildcats finished the 2014 season with a record of 10–4 (7–2 Pac-12), achieving only the second 10-win regular season in program history; the Wildcats also finished the season ranked #17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #19 in the AP Poll. In his fourth year as the head coach,.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Arizona
Alma Mater
Rich Rodriguez Head Coach 4 West Virginia (1986)
Calvin Magee Associate Head Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs 4 South Florida (1990)
Rod Smith Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 4 Glenville State (1997)
Jeff Casteel Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers 4 CALU (1993)
Matt Caponi Safeties 4 Mount Union (2005)
Tony Dews Wide Receivers 4 Liberty (1996)
Bill Kirelawich Defensive Line 4 Salem (1969)
David Lockwood Cornerbacks 4 West Virginia (1989)
Jim Michalczik Offensive Line 3 Washington State (1988)
Charlie Ragle Tight Ends, Special Teams 4 Eastern New Mexico (1998)
Matt Dudek Director of On-Campus Recruiting and Player Personnel 4 Pittsburgh (2003)
Mike Parrish Assistant Athletic Director, Football Operations 4 West Virginia (2006)
Billy Kirelawich Assistant Director of Operations 4 West Virginia (2008)
Jahmile Addae Operations Coordinator 3 West Virginia (2005)
Andrew Warsaw Operations Coordinator 3 West Virginia (2009)
Chris Allen Associate Athletic Director, Director of Strength and Conditioning 4 West Virginia (2000)
Parker Whiteman Director of Skill Development 4 Shepherd (2006)
Vincent Amey Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 3 Arizona State (1998)
Frank Davis Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 4 South Florida (2009)
Ovid Goulbourne Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 3 West Virginia (2009)
Miek DiAngelo Defensive Graduate Assistant 3 Baldwin Wallace (2006)
Reed Willams Defensive Graduate Assistant 3 West Virginia (2009)
Lee Coleman Offensive Graduate Assistant 3 Northwestern (2010)
Cory Zirbel Offensive Graduate Assistant 4 Michigan (2009)
Miguel Reveles Intern 3 La Verne (2010)

Current Roster[edit]

Records, championships, and notable games[edit]

All-time record[edit]

At the completion of the 2014 season, Arizona's all-time win/loss/tie record is 595–437-33.

Conference championships[edit]

Dating back to their days in the Pacific Coast Conference, Arizona has claimed at least a share of sixth conference titles.

Arizona Conference Championships
Season Conference Coach Conference Record Overall Record
1935 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tex Oliver 4–0 7–2
1936 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Oliver 3–0–1 5–2–3
1941 Western Athletic Conference Miles W. Casteel 5–0 7–3
1964dagger Pacific Coast Conference Jim LaRue 3–1 6–3–1
1973dagger Western Athletic Conference Jim Young 6–1 8–3
1993dagger Pacific-10 Dick Tomey 6–2 10–2
Conference Championships 6
dagger Denotes co-champions

National Championships[edit]

Undefeated seasons[edit]

Divisional Championships[edit]

In 2011, the Pacific-10 Conference added Colorado and Utah, bringing the membership total to 12 teams, leading to the creation of the Pacific-12 Conference. At that time, the conference split into two six-team divisions, north and south and created a Conference Championship Game. The champions of each division face off in the Conference Championship Game, with the team with the highest conference record hosting the game. In 2014 the Wildcats won the South Division in their first game of the season, becoming the first team to win the Pac-12 South Division outright.

Arizona Divisional Championships
Season Division Coach Conf Record Overall Record Championship Game Result Opponent
2014 PAC-12 South Rich Rodriguez 7–2 10–2 L 13–51 Oregon
Division Championships 1
† Denotes co-champions

Note: bold years indicate outright conference titles ***Co-Championship, shared with UCLA, who defeated Arizona by 20 points in their only head-to-head matchup. Arizona has yet to win an outright Pac-10/12 conference championship.

All-time bowl record[edit]

Arizona is the only school of the original PAC 10/12 to never have participated in a Rose Bowl; the conference's major bowl game.[68] This is a partial list of the five most recent bowl games that Arizona has competed in. For the full Arizona bowl game history, see List of Arizona Wildcats bowl games

Including the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, Arizona has played in ten consecutive bowl games, its longest streak.

Arizona played in no BCS bowl games during the existence of the BCS (1998-2013).

Season Date Bowl Winner Loser
1921 December 26, 1921 Christmas Centre 38 Arizona 0
1949 January 1, 1949 Salad Drake 14 Arizona 13
1968 December 28, 1968 Sun Auburn 34 Arizona 10
1979 December 25, 1979 Fiesta Pittsburgh 16 Arizona 10
1985 December 16, 1985 Sun Arizona 13 Georgia 13
1986 December 28, 1986 Aloha Arizona 30 North Carolina 21
1989 December 31, 1989 Copper Arizona 17 NC State 10
1990 December 25, 1990 Aloha Syracuse 28 Arizona 0
1992 December 31, 1992 Sun Baylor 20 Arizona 15
1993 January 1, 1994 Fiesta Arizona 29 Miami 0
1994 December 27, 1994 Freedom Utah 16 Arizona 13
1997 December 20, 1997 Insight.com Arizona 20 New Mexico 14
1998 December 30, 1998 Holiday Arizona 23 Nebraska 20
2008 December 20, 2008 Las Vegas Arizona 31 BYU 21
2009 December 30, 2009 Holiday Nebraska 33 Arizona 0
2010 December 29, 2010 Alamo Oklahoma State 36 Arizona 10
2012 December 15, 2012 New Mexico Arizona 49 Nevada 48
2013 December 31, 2013 AdvoCare V100 Arizona 42 Boston College 19
2014 December 31, 2014 Fiesta Boise State 38 Arizona 30

Overall bowl record: 9–10–1 (19 bowl games)

All-time record vs. current Pac-12 teams[edit]

Updated through the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season.

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits violations) against the current football members of the Pacific-12 Conference as of the completions of the 2015 season.

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Meeting Most Recent Meeting
North Division
California 16 14 2 .531 Won 3 1978 2014
Oregon 16 25 0 .390 Lost 1 1931 2014
Oregon State 21 14 1 .597 Lost 3 1966 2015
Stanford 14 14 0 .500 Lost 3 1979 2015
Washington 11 19 0 .367 Won 1 1978 2015
Washington State 26 14 0 .650 Won 1 1963 2015
North Division Totals 104 100 3 .498
South Division
Arizona State 48 39 1 .551 Won 1 1931 2015
Colorado 4 13 0 .235 Won 3 1931 2015
UCLA 14 22 1 .392 Lost 3 1971 2015
USC 8 30 0 .211 Lost 2 1979 2015
Utah 18 20 0 .474 Won 2 1936 2015
South Division Totals 92 124 2 .427
Conference Totals 196 224 5 .989

All-time Conference record[edit]

Official record against all current and former conference opponents of the Arizona Wildcats football program. In their 120–121 year history, the University of Arizona has been a member of the Pacific Coast Conference, Athletic Association of Western Universities, and the Pacific-8, Pacific-10 and currently the Pacific-12 Conferences. The History section of the Pacific-12 Conference article provides a membership history of the Pacific-12 Conference.

No longer conference opponents
Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Conference Meeting Most Recent Conference Meeting
Arizona State 48 39 1 .551 Won 1 1931 2015
California 16 14 2 .531 Won 3 1978 2014
Colorado 4 0 0 1.000 Won 4 2011 2014
Idaho 10 2 0 .833 Won 8 1951 2008
Montana 4 1 0 .800 Won 5 1938 1956
Oregon 16 25 0 .390 Lost 1 1931 2017
Oregon State 21 14 1 .597 Lost 3 1966 2015
Stanford 14 14 0 .500 Lost 3 1979 2015
UCLA 14 22 1 .392 Lost 3 1971 2015
USC 8 30 0 .211 Won 1 1961 2015
Utah 4 0 0 1.000 Won 4 2011 2015
Washington 11 19 0 .367 Won 1 1978 2015
Washington State 26 14 0 .650 Won 1 1963 2015
Total Conference Record 175 194 5 .475

Rankings Finishes[edit]

College Football Playoff final rankings[edit]

The Arizona Wildcats football team finished in the Top 25 in the first College Football Playoff final rankings and both the Pre-season and Final rankings for the Associated Press Poll (AP Poll) and Coaches' Poll for the Arizona Wildcats.The College Football Playoff Rankings began in 2014.[69]

  • 2014 - 10
  • 2015 - NR

Preseason and final polls[edit]

The Arizona Wildcats football team has never been ranked #1 in the Pre-season AP Poll and the Pre-season Coaches' Poll. The Arizona Wildcats football team has never finished the season ranked #1 in the Final AP Poll. The Wildcats has not ranked #1 in the Final Coaches' Poll The Wildcats also never finished #2 in the Final Associated Press Poll and the Final Coaches Poll.

Associated Press Poll History[edit]

The AP Poll began in 1936.[70]

  • 1961 - NR, 17
  • 1974 - 17, NR
  • 1975 - 16, 18
  • 1983 - 14, NR
  • 1984 - NR, 15
  • 1986 - NR, 11
  • 1989 - 18, 25
  • 1993 - 14, 10
  • 1994 - 7, 20
  • 1995 - 19, NR
  • 1998 - 24, 4
  • 1999 - 4, NR
  • 2014 - NR, 19
  • 2015 - NR, NR

Coaches Poll History[edit]

The Coaches' Poll began in 1950.[71]

Year Coaches
Final Ranking
1993
9
1994
20
1998
4
2014
17
2015
NR
NR = Not Ranked

Rivalries[edit]

The Wildcats have two main football rivals: Arizona State Sun Devils and New Mexico Lobos. All two rivalries were first contested over 100 years ago, though the series records are disputed in two cases.

Arizona Wildcats rivalries: all-time records
Rivalry Rival Games played First meeting Last meeting Next Scheduled Meeting UofA won UofA lost Ties UofA % Streak Most recent win
Territorial Cup Arizona State Sun Devils 89 1899 2015 2015 @ ASU 48 39 1 (.551) 1 win 2014, 42-35
Kit Carson Rifle New Mexico Lobos 66 1908 2008 N/A 43 20 3 (.674) 2 loss 2008, 36–28

Traditions[edit]

Cardic Cats nickname[edit]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Starting in the 2010 season, Arizona wore new uniforms. They are simplified versions of the uniforms worn from 2005–2009, with the addition of a white helmet with a red-white-blue stripe. The team may use any combination of its two helmets, three jerseys and three pants. On September 29, 2012 the Wildcats unveiled a new copper helmet and for the Territorial Cup game later that season, they unveiled an all-red helmet.

Gameday[edit]

  • The Wildcat Walk, first done in 2010, is one of Arizona's newest tradition. Before every home game, the team's buses take them from their hotel and drop them off several blocks north of the stadium. The fans and the marching band line Cherry Avenue as the team walks to the stadium.
  • During pre-game warmups, the team performs a haka. Starting in 2012, the team will perform the haka in front of the student section, where students will also do the haka.[72]
  • At the beginnings of the second and fourth quarters, the cheerleaders lead the crowd in a synchronized U of A chant. The east side of the stadium yells "U!", the north and south sides yell "of!" and the west side yells "A!"
  • At the beginning of the second half, for the duration of the kickoff, a large block A banner is unfurled and held up by the center of the Zona Zoo.
  • At the end of the third quarter, the team and many members of the crowd hold up four fingers, signifying the beginning of the fourth quarter.
  • In a similar tradition to other schools' mascots, after every Arizona score, Wilbur the Wildcat does as many pushups as the Wildcats have points while the crowd counts his pushups. However, unlike other mascots, Wilbur does his pushups one-handed.
  • At the end of every home game (and every Arizona athletics event when the band is present) the band plays Arizona's alma mater, "All Hail, Arizona!" Students and fans link arms, sway as they sing and jump up and down while singing the last part of the song.
  • After every home game, fans and the band march to the administration building where the band performs a concert for the gathered fans. At the conclusion of the concert, the bell in the student union clock tower (one of the bells recovered from the USS Arizona) is rung, and the band responds by yelling "Bear Down!"

Individual accomplishments[edit]

National Champions
Unclaimed National Champions
Conference Champions 1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993
Undefeated Seasons
Divisional Champions 2014
Heisman Trophy Winners
Final Top 10 (AP) 1961, 1975, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2014
Final Top 10 (Coaches) 1993, 1994 , 1998, 2014
Bowl Victories* 1986, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2012, 2013
  • Years listed for Bowl victories are seasons for which they occurred.

Individual school records[edit]

Rushing records

Passing records

Receiving records

Kickoff return records

Punt return records

Kicking records

Punting records

Attendance and television[edit]

Individual national award winners[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers.[76]

Arizona Wildcats football retired jerseys
No. Player Pos. Career
4 Darryll Lewis CB 1987-90
5 Antoine Cason CB 2004-07
6 Chuck Cecil S 1985-87
11 Chris McAlister CB 1996-98
22 Art Luppino [77] RB 1953-56
28 Steve McLaughlin [78] K 1991-95
68 Tedy Bruschi LB 1991-95
89 Ricky Hunley LB 1980-83
92 Rob Waldrop DT 1990-93

Famous football alumni[edit]

NFL players[edit]

Wildcats in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 269
First round: 45
NFL achievements
Super Bowl Participants: 69
Super Bowl MVPs 2
Pro Bowl Selections: 76
Pro Bowl Coaches: 1

Arizona has sent 269 players to the National Football League since 1951. [79] Eleven players, a school record, were taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, a record tied in 2015.[80] Arizona had 29 players drafted over a three-year period from 2013-2015, the most of any team in the modern draft.[81]

Currently, Arizona has 52 players active in the NFL.[82]

Year Round Pick in round Overall pick Player Team Position
2014 4 17 117 Ka'Deem Carey Bears RB
2014 5 17 157 Shaquille Richardson Steelers DB
2014 6 36 212 Marquis Flowers Bengals LB
2012 3 25 88 Nick Foles Eagles QB
2012 5 33 168 Juron Criner Raiders WR
2012 7 38 245 Trevin Wade Browns DB
2011 2 10 42 Brooks Reed Texans DE
2011 7 12 215 D'Aundre Reed Vikings DE
2010 2 10 42 Rob Gronkowski Patriots TE
2010 3 17 81 Earl Mitchell Texans DT
2007 6 4 178 Nick Folk Cowboys K

Former NFL players

Year Round Pick in round Overall pick Player Team Position
2011 6 32 197 Ricky Elmore Packers DE
2009 2 7 39 Eben Britton Jaguars T
2009 4 7 107 Mike Thomas Jaguars WR
2008 1 27 27 Antoine Cason Chargers DB
2008 6 17 183 Spencer Larsen Broncos LB
2008 7 5 212 Wilrey Fontenot Falcons DB
2008 7 38 245 Lionel Dotson Dolphins DT
2007 2 18 50 Chris Henry Titans RB
2007 7 14 224 Michael Johnson Giants DB
2007 7 24 234 Syndric Steptoe Browns WR
2006 7 22 230 Kili Lefotu Redskins G
2003 3 4 68 Lance Briggs Bears LB
2003 5 4 139 Bobby Wade Bears WR
2003 6 35 208 Makoa Freitas Colts T
2001 4 34 129 Brandon Manumaleuna Rams TE
2001 7 34 234 Joe Tafoya Buccaneers DE
2000 1 31 31 Trung Canidate Rams RB
2000 2 1 32 Dennis Northcutt Browns WR
2000 4 22 116 Marcus Bell Seahawks LB
2000 7 1 207 Manuia Savea Browns G
2000 7 45 251 DaShon Polk Bills LB
1999 1 10 10 Chris McAlister Ravens DB
1999 4 34 129 Edwin Mulitalo Ravens G
1999 5 35 168 Yusuf Scott Cardinals G
1999 7 23 229 Mike Lucky Cowboys TE
1998 4 15 107 Joe Salave'a Oilers DT
1998 7 16 205 Jimmy Sprotte Oilers LB
1998 7 19 208 Chester Burnett Vikings LB
1997 3 3 63 Frank Middleton Buccaneers G
1997 7 15 216 Armon Williams Oilers LB
1996 3 25 86 Tedy Bruschi Patriots LB
1996 7 13 222 Chuck Osborne Rams DT
1995 3 18 82 Steve McLaughlin Rams K
1995 3 19 83 Sean Harris Bears LB
1995 5 6 140 Mike Scurlock Rams DB
1995 6 3 174 Hicham El-Mashtoub Oilers C
1994 2 9 38 Chuck Levy Cardinals RB
1994 5 25 156 Rob Waldrop Chiefs DT
1994 5 26 157 Roderick Lewis Oilers TE
1994 6 16 177 Brant Broyer Dolphins LB
1993 3 7 63 Ty Parten Bengals DT
1993 5 26 138 Richard Griffith Patriots TE
1993 6 15 155 Darryl Morrison Redskins DB
1993 7 5 173 Keshon Johnson Bears DB
1992 1 27 27 John Fina Bills T
1992 6 10 150 Michael Bates Seahawks WR
1991 2 11 38 Darryl Lewis Oilers DB
1991 12 12 318 Zeno Alexander Lions LB
1990 1 8 8 Chris Singleton Patriots LB
1990 1 11 11 Anthony Smith Raiders DE
1990 3 16 69 Glenn Parker Bills T
1990 6 17 154 John Nies Bills P
1990 10 2 250 Donnie Salum Falcons LB
1989 2 16 44 Joe Tofflemire Seahawks C
1989 3 5 61 Derek Hill Steelers WR
1989 4 21 105 Brad Henke Giants DT
1989 4 27 111 Rob Woods Bengals T
1988 4 7 89 Chuck Cecil Packers DB
1988 11 16 293 George Hinkle Chargers DT
1987 4 9 93 Byron Evans Eagles LB
1987 5 19 131 Ruben Rodriguez Seahawks P
1987 6 8 148 Danny Lockett Lions LB
1987 8 2 197 Stan Mataele Buccaneers DT
1987 9 25 248 Alfred Jenkins Redskins RB
1987 11 9 288 Chris McLemore Raiders RB
1987 12 2 309 David Adams Colts RB
1986 4 18 100 Max Zendejas Cowboys K
1986 12 12 317 Allan Durden Lions DB
1985 2 3 31 Vance Johnson Broncos WR
1985 9 9 233 Joe Drake Eagles DT
1985 10 25 277 John Conner Seahawks QB
1985 11 28 308 David Wood 49ers DE
1984u 2 4 32 Darryl Goodlow Eagles LB
1984 1 7 7 Ricky Hunley Bengals LB
1984 4 5 89 Randy Robbins Broncos DB
1984 6 22 162 John Kaiser Seahawks LB
1984 8 16 212 Brad Anderson Bears WR
1984 9 21 245 Chris Brewer Broncos RB
1984 12 16 324 Byron Nelson Saints T
1983 7 21 189 Chris Schultz Cowboys T
1983 9 16 240 Mark Keel Patriots TE
1983 9 22 246 Al Gross Cowboys DB
1982 11 18 297 Bob Carter Chiefs WR
1983 11 19 298 Frank Kalil Bills G
1983 11 27 306 Gary Gibson 49ers LB
1981 3 10 66 Robert Cobb Rams DE
1981 4 9 92 Mike Robinson Browns DE
1981 10 27 275 Hubert Oliver Eagles RB
1981 11 20 296 Marcellus Greene Rams DB
1980 2 26 54 Cleveland Crosby Browns DE
1980 5 1 111 Mark Streeter Lions DB
1980 6 26 164 Larry Heater Chiefs RB
1977 11 17 296 Charles Nash Browns WR
1977 11 27 306 Keith Hartwig Vikings WR
1976 1 22 22 Mike Dawson Cardinals DT
1976 4 28 120 Theo Bell Steelers WR
1976 6 15 171 Scott Piper Bills WR
1976 13 7 354 Brian Murray Browns T
1976 16 14 445 Dennis Anderson Chiefs P
1975 8 18 200 Mitch Hoopes Cowboys P
1975 9 17 225 Rousell Williams Broncos DB
1975 11 7 267 Vince Phason Chargers DB
1975 13 7 319 Jim Upchurch Saints RB
1975 15 18 382 Willie Hamilton Cowboys RB
1974 15 16 380 Ransom Terrell Browns LB
1973 2 8 34 Jackie Wallace Vikings DB
1973 3 15 67 Bob Crum Browns DE
1973 5 17 121 Bob McCall Bengals RB
1973 6 4 134 Marty Shuford Saints RB
1973 11 24 284 Bob White Steelers DB
1973 12 21 307 Jim Arneson Cowboys G
1973 14 26 364 Greg Boyd Dolphins RB
1972 2 6 32 Mark Arneson Cardinals LB
1972 2 26 52 Charles McKee Cowboys WR
1972 9 18 226 Larry McKee Browns G
1972 16 1 391 Brian Linstrom Bills QB
1971 6 15 145 Bill McKinley Bills DE
1971 13 6 318 John Eggold Jets DE
1971 14 9 347 Willie Lewis Bears RB
1971 14 17 355 Doug Klausen Cardinals T
1970 4 21 99 Ricky Stevenson Browns DB
1970 6 18 148 Ron Gardin Colts DB
1970 11 10 270 Gary Klahr Saints LB
1969 9 14 222 Joe Aluise Bears RB
1968 1 26 26 Bill Lueck Packers G
1968 3 27 82 Paul Robinson Bengals RB
1968 11 1 274 Wally Scott Bengals DB
1968 12 10 310 Ed Caruthers Lions DB
1968 17 7 442 Bill Nemeth Dolphins C
1966 11 2 157 Darrell Hoover Rams RB
1965 9 7 119 Floyd Hudlow Eagles B
1965 13 7 175 John Fouse Eagles E
1964 9 11 123 John Briscoe Browns LB
1962 2 1 15 Joe Hernandez Redskins B
1962 2 10 24 Eddie Wilson Lions QB
1962 3 10 38 Bobby Thompson Lions RB
1961 12 4 158 Walt Mince Rams B
1958 15 5 174 Jack Davis Redskins T
1958 19 11 228 Ed Brown Browns G
1957 30 7 356 Art Luppino Redskins B
1956 4 10 47 John Mellekas Bears T
1956 12 7 140 Max Burnett Packers B
1956 19 2 219 Pete Arrigoni 49ers B
1955 22 9 262 Ernie Lewis Eagles G
1953 20 9 238 Dick Christiansen Giants E
1952 23 8 273 Bill Glazier 49ers E
1951 18 7 214 Eddie Wolgast Lions B
1950 19 11 246 John Smith Rams E
1950 28 9 361 Charley Hall 49ers B
1949 9 6 87 Johnny Smith Rams E
1949 12 7 118 Harry Varner Redskins T
1948 7 2 47 Fred Enke Lions B
1948 16 3 138 Art Pollard Redskins B
1948 28 3 258 Don Corbitt Redskins C
1948 30 5 280 Hilliard Crum Rams E
1946 18 6 166 Boyd Morse Packers E
1943 9 1 71 Jack Irish Lions T
1943 21 4 194 Bob Coutchie Dodgers E
1943 32 2 297 Bob Ruman Steelers B
1942 6 7 47 Henry Stanton Dodgers E
1942 9 5 75 Emil Banjavic Lions B
1941 13 10 120 Roy Conn Redskins T
1941 15 6 136 Johnny Black Giants B
1941 21 1 191 Jack Dungan Giants T
1939 1 10 10 Walt Neilson Giants B
1939 15 9 139 Tom Greenfield Packers C[83]

Future opponents[edit]

Non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2025 2026 2027
UTSA (9/5) vs BYU* (9/3) BYU (9/1) at Hawaii (8/31) Hawaii (9/5) vs BYU† (9/4) at SDSU (9/3) at Hawaii (8/30)
at Nevada (9/12) Grambling St. Houston (9/9) at Houston (9/8) Texas Tech (9/14) at Texas Tech (9/19) SDSU (9/11) Miss. St. (9/10) at Miss. St. (9/9) at BYU (9/12) BYU (9/11)
NAU (9/19) Hawaii (9/17) at UTEP (9/16) UTEP (9/15)

*At University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.[84][85]

†In Las Vegas, Nevada[86]

Pac-12 South[edit]

Arizona plays the other five Pac-12 South schools once per season.

Opponent Even Years Odd Years
Arizona State home away
Colorado home away
UCLA away home
USC home away
Utah away home

Pac-12 North schedule misses[edit]

Each season Arizona will "miss" two schools from the Pac-12 North division: either Cal or Stanford and one of the four northwest schools. This scheduling cycle repeats after eight seasons.[87]

Opponent 2015 & 2016 2017 & 2018 2019 & 2020 2021 & 2022
Stanford Miss Miss
California Miss Miss
Oregon State Miss
Oregon Miss
Washington Miss
Washington State Miss

Venues and facilities[edit]

See also[edit]

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