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Cats: Joy from win won't help vs. Bears

2010-09-21T00:00:00Z 2014-09-15T09:12:17Z Cats: Joy from win won't help vs. BearsRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 21, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Adam Grant's phone buzzed with text messages. Nick Foles got props after class.

Mike Stoops was heralded in church by his pastor.

Big wins have their perks; Monday, the 14th-ranked Wildcats did their best to ignore them.

While Arizona's 34-27 victory over Iowa was reason to celebrate, the Wildcats' long season is just beginning. The UA (3-0) will open Pac-10 play Saturday night against Cal; the post-Iowa praise won't help the Cats against the Golden Bears.

"There's always a fine line, with what they read in the paper and everybody patting them on the back," Stoops said. "I'm proud, and I'm happy, but things are still going to be the same. They have to be smart enough and mature enough to say, 'We haven't done anything.' What really counts is next Saturday night, trying to get to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference."

Stoops called the victory, highlighted by a game-winning drive in the fourth-quarter, "a character-building experience.

"But that's all it was," he said.

This year's team, unlike past groups, may be mature enough to handle success.

The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back 8-5 seasons and bowl appearances; third-year players such as Foles, who arrived as a redshirting sophomore in 2008, have won nearly twice as many games (19) as they've lost (10).

Victories, no matter how big, are becoming the expectation rather than a reason to go crazy.

"Last Saturday night, that was great for us, a complete team win," wideout David Douglas said. "Today, it's time to get on to Cal."

Injury update

Starting fullback Taimi Tutogi will miss Saturday's game, and possibly more time, with a left knee sprain.

Wide receiver Juron Criner (turf toe in his left foot) could end up joining him on the sidelines.

Stoops grouped Criner, the Wildcats' leading receiver, with the Wildcats' other "day-to-day" players during Monday's news conference but offered few other details.

Criner missed the second half against Iowa with the toe problem; he did not play in the second half against The Citadel in Week 2 because of a shoulder sprain. Stoops said he's "not too concerned" about the Wildcats' mounting injuries.

"We're going to have enough available players to play well. That's how we do it here," he said. "Juron's certainly a great player, and he makes the system that much better; if he's not available, we'll go to other guys."

Roberts called Criner "a really big threat" and hoped he would be ready to play.

If not, Roberts said, the remaining receivers know what to do.

"It just means that we can't drop the ball, that we step up and make those catches," he said.

Foles, Cobb win awards

Quarterback Nick Foles and kickoff returner Travis Cobb both earned Pac-10 honors, two days after leading the Wildcats to their big win. Foles was named the Pac-10 offensive player of the week, and Cobb earned the conference's special teams award.

Foles, Arizona's second-year starter, led the Wildcats on a nine-play, 72-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter to win the game.

Returning kickoffs, Cobb racked up 144 yards - including a 100-yard return that gave the Wildcats a 21-7 lead in the second quarter.

Arizona was also named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America.

Extra points

• Defensive tackle Willie Mobley is expected to play Saturday; he missed the Iowa game with a leg injury that he suffered when getting cut-blocked by a Citadel offensive lineman in Week 2. Mobley, an Ohio State transfer, is listed as a backup to Lolomana Mikaele at nose tackle.

• The Wildcats' solid showing against the Hawkeyes helped them move up the statistical charts. Through three games, Arizona is ranked third nationally in total defense (220.3 yards allowed per game) and kickoff returns (35.6 yards per return) and sixth in both passing offense (330 ypg) and sacks per game (3.67).

• Arizona's hot start and high ranking should help it on the recruiting trail. Assistant Mike Tuiasosopo, who recruits Los Angeles, said he'll continue to reach out to undecided players.

"Hoepfully, they saw the game. Hopefully, they see where we are," Tuiasosopo said. "This is a good time for us to really get in there and be right in the forefront of their thinking."

Up next

• What: California at Arizona

• When: 7 p.m. Saturday

• TV: Ch 58, FSAZ Plus

• Radio: 1290-AM, 107.5-FM, 990-AM (Spanish)

Arizona's 3-0 starts since 1978

Year Wins over Record Bowl

1983 Oregon St., Utah, Wash. St. 7-3-1 None

1985 Toledo, Wash. St., Cal 8-3-1 Tied Georgia in Sun Bowl

1986 Houston, Colo. St., Oregon 9-3 Defeated N.C. in Aloha Bowl

1990 Illinois, N.M., Ore. 7-5 Lost to Syracuse in Aloha Bowl

1993 UTEP, Pacific, Illinois 10-2 Defeated Miami in Fiesta Bowl

1994 Ga. Tech, N.M. St., Stanford 8-4 Lost to Utah in Freedom Bowl

1998 Hawaii, Stanford, Iowa 12-1 Defeated Nebraska in Holiday Bowl

2001 S.D. St., Idaho, UNLV 5-6 None

2010 Toledo, The Citadel, Iowa ???

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
UCLA 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
ASU 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
Arizona 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
USC 6 3 0 0.667 7 4 0 0.636
Utah 4 4 0 0.500 7 4 0 0.636
Colorado 0 8 0 0.000 2 9 0 0.182

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 7 1 0 0.875 10 1 0 0.909
Stanford 4 4 0 0.500 6 5 0 0.545
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 6 0 0.455
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Washington State 2 6 0 0.250 3 8 0 0.273
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