The frustrating part of bowl season is waiting for your team to play. Bowling Green vs. South Alabama from Montgomery is great and all, but it’s nothing compared to watching your guys take the field one last time.
At least there’s time to knock out a couple things on the to-do list. Like updating the Arizona Wildcats football record book!
It seems like every time we do this the list gets longer. I guess that’s what happens when you follow a 10-win team. To the updates!
With Arizona’s legacy on defense it’s about time we get some defensive stats on here. Linebacker Scooby Wright’s sack total this year is better than that of any Wildcat not named Bruschi.
The Nagurski / Bednarik / Lombardi winner and unanimous All-American only had half a sack last season (how’s that for year-over-year improvement?) so he’s not yet on the UA career top 10 list. Wright, however, has a shot at jumping all the way to second all-time with another big year in 2015.
Rushing Yards, Season
With 71 yards in the Fiesta Bowl Nick Wilson would pass Art Luppino twice to own the fourth-best single-season total in UA history.
Rushing Yards, Game
Wilson’s game against Utah was the ninth-best in school history and just three yards shy of the all-time Arizona record for a road game.
Rushing Touchdowns, Season
Wilson has 15 rushing touchdowns, the fifth-highest single-season total – and the school record for a guy named Nic(k). Nick-with-a-K needs one more TD to tie Kelvin Eafon from the 1998 team that went 12-1.
Pass Completions, Season
Quarterback Anu Solomon has had a freshman campaign for the ages. His 285 pass completions have him tucked between Nick Foles’ sophomore and junior seasons. With 17 completions in Glendale, the Cats’ current signal-caller would pass Matt Scott for the third-most completions in a season.
Passing Yards, Season
Solomon’s 3,458 passing yards are good for the fourth-highest total in a season at Arizona. He needs 226 yards to make 2014 the second-most prolific year for a Wildcat QB.
Passing Touchdowns, Season
With two more touchdown through the air Solomon would break the school record for passing TDs in a season. The mark is currently shared by Foles and Willie Tuitama.
Passing Touchdowns, Game
Anu matched his five touchdown throws against Cal with another handful versus Washington State to give him two of the eight best TD-tossing days by Arizona passers.
Austin Hill’s 45 receptions this season have him No. 7 among Arizona’s career pass-catchers. With a big Fiesta Bowl he could pass David Douglas and T Bell to move into the top five.
Receiving Yards, Career
Hill’s career yardage total is also good for seventh in UA history.
Receiving Touchdowns, Career
The lucky sevens continue for Hill who is tied with Richard Dice with 17 career scoring grabs.
Arizona’s leading receiver this season is sophomore Cayleb Jones. His 65 receptions put him in a three-way tie for ninth on Arizona’s single-season list. It would take a monster bowl performance to catch Mike Thomas for eighth.
Receiving Yards, Season
Jones is the 13th Wildcat to net over 900 receiving yards in a season.
Receiving Touchdowns, Season
The Texas transfer’s nine TD catches are tied for the eighth-best UA single-season total but Jones still has a shot at the school record. Two scores would tie him with Bell, Thomas and Juron Criner for the most receiving touchdowns in a year.
Longest Punt Returns
DaVonte’ Neal left his mark on the season with an 81-yard punt return against WSU, good for a tie for the 10th-longest punt return in school history.
Uniform Combination Database
Blue helmets have officially been announced for the game against Boise State and Fiesta Bowl materials say Arizona will be in red jerseys. The Cats are 6-5 all time wearing Blue-Red-Blue (last used in the Washington win this year) and 2-4 in Blue-Red-Red (the USC loss this year). My vote is for Blue-Red-White. It has a 4-5 mark but hasn’t been used since 2009 and it’s on a two-game winning streak.
Edit: The Cats are going with Blue-Red-Red, the Vegas Bowl look (that hasn’t had any success since then):
— Dario Lizarraga (@azfamdoc) December 22, 2014
Bowl games do count in the official stats (that wasn’t always the case) so the 2014 Wildcats have one last chance to add to what has already been a statistically stunning season.
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