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Let's take a look at some of the numbers here for Arizona.  Unfortunately, Arizona sucks at these here series of tubes.  They don't have their stats in an easily cut and pastable form.  So, it comes out all jumbled.  We attempted to clean it up a bit, but it didn't work too well. Don't blame us!  Blame their internet dude, who is also most likely Willie Tuitama!  They rely on that guy for SO much!

We have the game tomorrow, so I thought we could look at some of the players to keep an eye on.  Players like Willie Tuitama and Delashaun Dean. 

All numbers are from this pdf.

Arizona 2008 Football 
Arizona Overall Team Statistics (as of Oct 11, 2008)
All games
Team Statistics ARIZ OPP
SCORING 241 100
Points Per Game 40.2 16.7
FIRST DOWNS 135 81
R u s h i
n g 50 42
P a s s i
n g 77 33
P e n a l
t y 8 6
RUSHING YARDAGE 929 823
Yards gained rushing 1066 946
Yards lost rushing 137 123
Rushing Attempts 215 200
Average Per Rush 4.3 4.1
Average Per Game 154.8 137.2
TDs Rushing 14 5
PASSING YARDAGE 1550 746
A t t - C o m p - I n t 199-131-2 159-88-8
Average Per Pass 7.8 4.7
Average Per Catch 11.8 8.5
Average Per Game 258.3 124.3
TDs Passing 14 4
TOTAL OFFENSE 2479 1569
Total Plays 414 359
Average Per Play 6.0 4.4
Average Per Game 413.2 261.5
KICK RETURNS: #-Yards 19-409 30-580
PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards 19-379 9-73
INT RETURNS: #-Yards 8-197 2-33
KICK RETURN AVERAGE 21.5 19.3
PUNT RETURN AVERAGE 19.9 8.1
INT RETURN AVERAGE 24.6 16.5
FUMBLES-LOST 13-5 13-4
PENALTIES-Yards 24-192 33-270
Average Per Game 32.0 45.0
PUNTS-Yards 19-804 40-1711
Average Per Punt 42.3 42.8
Net punt average 37.4 33.3
TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 3 1 : 0 4 2 8 : 5 5
3RD-DOWN Conversions 38/79 28/84
3rd-Down Pct 48% 33%
4TH-DOWN Conversions 1/6 2/3
4th-Down Pct 17% 67%
SACKS BY-Yards 9-39 12-74
MISC YARDS 0 0
TOUCHDOWNS SCORED 31 10
FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS 8-9 10-11
ON-SIDE KICKS 0-0 0-0
RED-ZONE SCORES 28-31 90% 13-14 93%
RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS 22-31 71% 7-14 50%
PAT-ATTEMPTS 31-31 100% 10-10 100%
ATTENDANCE 154074 128460
Games/Avg Per Game 3/51358 3/42820
Neutral Site Games 0/0
Score by Quarters 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total
Arizona 54 98 34 55 0 241
Opponents 24 29 20 27 0 100

 

Well, by all accounts, Arizona is having a great season.  241 points scored to 100 given up.  135 first downs to 81 given up.  Of course, that's when you crush teams 70-0 (Idaho) and then lose to 2 teams by a combined 7 points (UNM and Stanford).  So, looking at the stats you'd think this is the second coming of USC, but, in reality, it's more about running up the score on bad teams.

Now, to be fair, you have to change the atmosphere in Arizona.  Tedford did the same thing in 2002 when we were starting to improve.  And Stoops is trying to save his job.  Note how their red zone efficiency is pretty good.  They score 90% of the time with 71% TD rates.  Their opponents do score more of the time (93%), but only 50% TD rates. 

So, they are bending, but not breaking.  Hopefully, this weekend, they break!

 

Passing gp-gs effic comp-att-int pct yds td lg avg/g
Tuitama, Willie 6 - 6 152.15 124-188-2 66.0 1466 13 52 244.3

 

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Willie Tuitama via grfx.cstv.com

Doesn't it seem like Willie T has been there FOREVER?  Always slated as the guy to take Arizona to the promised land, he is finally a senior.  Always with the promise, always with the concussions.  150+ efficiency rate.  66+ completion percentage.  13 TDs already.  All great numbers for perhaps one of the best QBs in the Pac10 right now.  But given the kwality of competition, you have to ask yourself whether he can replicate this against SydGOD and the PAIN TRAIN.  Let's hope not!

Rushing gp-gs att gain loss net avg td lg avg/g
Grigsby, N. 6 - 6 106 635 21 614 5.8 9 55 102.3
Scott, M. 4 - 0 16 137 12 125 7.8 1 36 31.2
Smith, X. 5 - 0 24 96 1 95 4.0 3 12 19.0
Antolin, K. 5 - 0 25 67 1 66 2.6 1 6 13.2

 

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Nic Grigsby via grfx.cstv.com

Although a few other players have carries here and there, Nic Grigsby is the workhorse for this year.  Averaging over 100 yards a game, he has 106 carries on the year.  He average 5.8 yards a carry, certainly a good number.  Given that the rest of the rushers have less than 75 combined carries, Grigsby is their main guy.  If we can stop him, we should be able to contain their running game.  Grigsby is clearly good, though. 

 

Receiving gp-gs no. yds avg td lg avg/g
Thomas, Mike 6 - 6 36 465 12.9 3 52 77.5
Turner, T. 6 - 5 28 362 12.9 1 48 60.3
Dean, D. 6 - 3 28 289 10.3 2 28 48.2
Gronkowski, R. 3 - 3 10 171 17.1 5 37 57.0

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Mike Thomas via grfx.cstv.com

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Terrell Turner via grfx.cstv.com

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Delashaun Dean via grfx.cstv.com

Firstly, we have Marshawn, DeSean, LaShaun, Knowshawn.  And NOW Delashaun!  Of LaShaun?  Hopefully, he's got similar hands.

Mike Thomas has better stats than the other two guys, but all of these top 3 WRs are tough.  They run the spread, so you know that they are going to have top notch receiving threats.  So, unlike the running game, where Grigsby appears to be their #1 guy, Of The Shaun and Terrell Turner are also heavily involved.  They each have 28 receptions on the year, averaging about 60 and 50 yards per game.  Tuitama is a good QB, who likes to spread the ball around.  They've got that spread where they throw tons of WRs at us!  So, keep your eyes on these guys to be making plays on Saturday.  Hopefully, not too many plays, though!

 

Arizona Overall Defensive Statistics (as of Oct 11, 2008)
All games
|--------Tackles--------| |-Sacks-| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS GP-GS Solo Ast Total TFL/Yds No-Yds Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf
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35 Lewis, S. 6-4 29 19 48 4.0-7 . . 2 . 1-0 1 . .
33 Palmer,Ronnie 6-6 15 22 37 5.0-17 2.0-12 . 1 . . . . .
32 Ness, N. 6-6 19 15 34 . . 2-75 2 . 1-0 . . .
20 Nelson, C. 6-6 18 11 29 1.0-0 . . 1 . . 1 . .
23 Hundley, M. 6-6 16 7 23 3.0-10 . 1-7 4 . . . . .
25 McCovy, A. 6-4 10 13 23 0.5-2 . . 1 . . . . .
49 Mitchell, E. 6-6 9 11 20 2.5-8 1.0-7 . 1 . . . . .
83 Reed, D. 6-0 12 6 18 2.5-3 1.0-0 . 1 . . 2 . .
6 Ross, D. 6-5 10 7 17 . . 1-4 7 . . . . .
21 Hall, C. 6-2 9 8 17 1.5-3 1.0-2 . 2 . . . . .
42 Reed, B. 6-6 9 6 15 1.0-5 1.0-5 . 2 1 . . . .
44 Elmore, R. 6-6 8 4 12 4.0-35 2.0-12 1-0 1 . . . . .
8 Tuihalamaka, V. 6-0 7 5 12 0.5-3 . . . . 1-0 . . .
99 Tuipulotu, K. 6-6 7 4 11 1.0-2 . . 1 . . 1 . .
46 Horton, D. 6-0 6 3 9 2.0-12 1.0-6 . . . . . . .
9 Perkins, J. 6-0 4 5 9 . . 1-42 2 . . . . .
1 Golden, R. 6-0 6 2 8 1.0-3 . . . . . . . .
24 Wade, T. 6-1 3 4 7 . . 2-69 1 . . . . .

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Sterling Lewis via grfx.cstv.com

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Ronnie Palmer via grfx.cstv.com

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Nate Ness via grfx.cstv.com

Note that their top 2 tacklers are LBs, always a promising sign for a defense.  Sterling Lewis is the stud here with 11 more tackles than the next guy (Ronnie Palmer).  Also, 10 more solo tackles than the next guy, Nate Ness, a safety.  They clearly blitz a lot as Lewis and Palmer have combined for 9 tackles for loss.  So, those LBs are coming into the backfield. 

A goodly amount of sacks, spread out amongst all players.  Nobody jumps out as a true sack artist.

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Devin Ross via grfx.cstv.com

Note that Devin Ross has 7 pass break ups.  Only 1 fewer than SydGOD.  Not saying that Devin Ross is as good as SydGOD (I sure hope not!), but just something to keep your eye on. 

So, there you go.  A bunch of guys you keep your eyes on in the game against Arizona.  We are all freaked out, because of what happened in 2006.  But when you look at Arizona against decent opposition, they are not so fearsome.  Of course, both of their losses are on the road, while we face them at home.  If 2006 hadn't happened, I think we would feel more confident about this game.  But we are Cal fans, nonetheless.  The key here is stopping Tuitama, who has finally started to show some of the promise that for so long went unlocked and unused.