Seen and heard at Arizona Stadium

2011-09-25T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T13:47:09Z Seen and heard at Arizona Stadium Arizona Daily Star
September 25, 2011 12:00 am

Waldrop honored

One of the Arizona Wildcats' greatest players was honored at the end of the first quarter.

Rob Waldrop, the defensive end from the "Desert Swarm" era, was part of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute.

Standing in the north end zone, he posed alongside Greg Byrne in front of his hall of fame plaque.

The UA will keep the plaque on campus.

In May, Waldrop became the third former UA player to be named to the NFF Hall of Fame, alongside Ricky Hunley and Chuck Cecil. Three former UA coaches - Darrell Mudra, Jim Young and Warren Woodson - are in the hall of fame.

Waldrop's On-Campus Salute is part of a tradition: Since the hall named its first class in 1951, every inductee has returned to campus, usually for a home game, to celebrate.

On Saturday, the Cats played a highlight reel of Waldrop's plays, and the crowd roared.

Waldrop was a two-time All-American and the 1993 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Waldrop, a member of the UA Sports Hall of Fame, had 171 career tackles, 22.5 sacks and 45 tackles for loss.

Waldrop was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994 and played one season in the NFL before joining the Canadian Football League.

He now works as a police officer in the Los Angeles area.

Uni watch

The Arizona Wildcats wore navy helmets, red jerseys and navy pants, a look that hadn't been seen in almost two years.

According to a very sophisticated chart kept by the UA staff - it's a white board with smudges of blue and red dry-erase marker - the Wildcats last wore the combination Oct. 24, 2009.

That day, the UA defeated UCLA 27-13 at Arizona Stadium.

Arizona's leading weapons that day? Quarterback Nick Foles threw for 247 yards, while Juron Criner and Keola Antolin led the team in receiving and rushing, respectively.

For No. 70

Every member of the Ducks' starting offensive line kept a memory of their friend on their biceps.

Written in marker was the No. 70, for senior Ramsen Golpashin, who is likely done for the season with a knee injury.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly doesn't elaborate about injuries - everyone is day-to-day - but it appears, according to The Oregonian, that Golpashin has had reconstructive knee surgery.

He had started the opener at right guard, but was replaced the next week. He hasn't played since and is no longer on the team's two-deep roster.

Kish upstairs

Tim Kish tried a change of location Saturday night.

The UA's defensive coordinator coached from the press box for the first time this season. Kish had spent the first three games on the sideline. His view from upstairs provided a better view of the defense, as well as, we assume, a quieter environment from which to work.

They're fast

LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, two of Oregon's most dangerous weapons, each scored a first-quarter touchdown to race the Ducks to a lead.

The last time the running backs were in Tucson, they were racing. Literally.

They each participated in the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

James missed qualifying in the 100-meter dash by .11 seconds, and said at the time that he "hadn't been practicing at all" and the track was "a different speed."

Tweet of the day

"Anyone in Arizona: who's winning the Arizona and Oregon game, or who won?"

- Twitter message by MoMo Jones, former UA guard who now plays for Iona.

The big number

49

Points averaged by the Ducks in three straight wins against the UA entering Saturday night's game.

Celeb watch

Tony Dungy - who won a Super Bowl as the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, earned a television analyst gig and has emerged as maybe the conscience of the NFL - sat in the corner of Arizona Stadium among Oregon fans.

Wearing a highlighter-yellow hat and T-shirt, he cheered on his son Eric.

Eric Dungy, a freshman wide receiver from Tampa, Fla., caught a touchdown pass last week against Missouri State.

We spotted another television analyst, former UA basketball great Miles Simon, standing on the UA sideline.

Hard hats

Oregon's cheerleaders brought yellow hard hats to Arizona Stadium.

Why? Remember two years ago?

That's when, following the Ducks' come-from-behind, double-overtime victory, UA fans began throwing debris onto the field.

Ducks cheerleader Katelynn Johnson was hit in the head with a water bottle, suffering a concussion.

Afterward, UA athletic director Jim Livengood said UA fans owed Oregon "a huge apology" for what happened.

Uni Watch, Part II

The Ducks, known for their myriad uniform options, wore a relatively modest combination against the Wildcats: green helmets, white jerseys with wings on the shoulder pad area, and green pants.

The Ducks had not worn that combination this season.

The Ducks wore the exact same uniform set in a 24-10 win against UCLA in 2009.

In 2010, according to the "DuckTracker" web site, UO wore a similar get-up in a win against Arizona State, only the jersey numbers were gray and not green.

Emotional

Mike Stoops, visibly upset, ran across the field, past his players and some from Oregon, and to his injured wide receiver.

Austin Hill was hit in the head by an Oregon player on the first drive of the third quarter, and lay motionless on the field. It was, by far, the most frightening-looking injury of the season.

Stoops seemingly wanted a personal foul called on the hit by Oregon safety John Boyett, though replays showed he hit Hill's head legally, with his shoulder pads.

Stoops stood near Hill, spoke with Oregon coach Chip Kelly, barked at an official and eventually went back to his sideline. Hill limped off under his own power, but with a trainer on each side.

Early departure

For the "Color Out," the UA asked fans to wear red, white and blue, depending on where they were sitting inside Arizona Stadium.

At halftime, maybe Zona Zoo fans changed into T-shirts that looked like empty benches. Because the student section - more so that any other place in the stadium - emptied out.

How bad was it?

At the end of each halftime, Zona Zoo holds a banner at midfield, passing it up the rows until it's completely unfurled. Saturday, fans had to inch closer, just to have enough to pass the sign.

By the midway point of the third quarter, less than half the section was still intact. Maybe it was frustration because of the 35-9 halftime score, or the fact that, at 9:30 p.m., there were parties to attend and bars to visit.

Regardless, it wasn't good.

Tweet of the night, Part II

"Don't tag me in no "UA basketball" tweets tonight. I still remember my first year here."

Solomon Hill's Twitter account, showing support for the football team after some UA fans Tweeted about the UA being a basketball school.

The big number

56,096

Announced attendance - and those fans were there, at least in the first quarter - Saturday night. It was technically four fans short of a sellout.

Another big number

2007

The last time, before the third quarter Saturday, that the UA had converted a two-point play. Willie Tuitama found Mike Thomas in a road win at Washington.

- Patrick Finley

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 3 0 0.769
USC 6 3 0 0.667 9 4 0 0.692
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 10 3 0 0.769
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 9 4 0 0.692
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 12 1 0 0.923
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 7 5 0 0.583
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 5 0 0.615
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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