Coach Rich Rodriguez & the Arizona Wildcats are gearing up for UTEP this Friday in a nationally-televised game on ESPN. Here's a sportscast with Rich Rod on Monday after meeting with the media and talking about some of the criticism aimed at Arizona's quarterbacks:
Here's more from the Wildcats after their tough, 3-point loss to Houston:
Here's some raw footage (click below) of Tucson youth football kids suiting up at halftime in front of thousands of fans at the Arizona vs. Houston game. It all went down at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, September 9th. The Dolphins represent Naranja Park in Oro Valley, while the Rams play at Rodeo Park on Tucson's South side.
Here are some "fun facts" on the Cats as they gear up for their bus ride to El Paso, compliments of Arizona Athletics:
» Arizona renews a rivalry with former WAC and Border Conference foe UTEP.
» The Wildcats have won 12 straight in this series, only five meetings have occurred since UA left the WAC in 1977 (most recent meeting was 42-7 UA win in 2003 in Tucson).
» Since last playing on the road at UTEP in 1977, UA has twice played in the Sun Bowl (1985 and 1992).
» Arizona is 47-60-4 in road openers, including 3-2 under Rich Rodriguez.
» Under Rodriguez, UA is 18-3 in non-conference games with a 4-0 mark in true road games (6-2 away from home).
» Arizona’s roster features 48 players in their first or second year in the program. The Cats have used 8 first-time starters.
» UA has played 24 freshman, including 14 true freshman, in the first two games.
» Junior S Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles has three interceptions in the first two games, matching his career tally prior to 2017.
» This week’s trip to El Paso is the second-shortest (of six) for the Wildcats this season. Only the ride to Tempe is shorter.
» UA’s defense pitched a second-half shut outlast week (two points via safety). The last time UA shut out an FBS opponent in the final two quarters was Oregon St. in 2015.
» Freshmen have totaled 59 of UA’s 128 tackles (46.1%) through two games.
» The Cats have picked off multiple passes (five total) in consecutive games for the first time since 2013.