Seen and heard at Arizona Stadium
The Arizona seniors were celebrated for their contributions to the program on Saturday afternoon, and even the rain couldn’t keep the smiles off their mother’s faces.
Leading off the group was student assistant coach Jack Baucus, who was forced to medically retire from the Wildcats before last season.
Marquis Flowers took the traditional senior day walk with his son and family, while Sione Tuihalamaka sported an ornate Tongan headdress. Linebacker Jake Fischer, an Ironwood Ridge High School graduate, closed out the parade with his family.
Hugs all around
Oregon coaches shared a sweet moment on the field before the game.
The entire coaching staff folded into two lines and exchanged hugs, then sprinted off the field as players exited, two-by-two.
The end of the game wasn’t quite as rosy, as Duck players and coaches trudged off the field after UA fans stormed it.
Chandler Hamilton High School teammates Tevin Hood and Tyler Johnstone may have had some fun at the line of scrimmage, but they prepared for it.
The two volleyed back-and-forth on Twitter in the days leading up to the game.
Oregon redshirt freshman defensive back Reggie Daniels also attended Hamilton; Ducks defensive lineman Sam Kamp (Mesa Mountain View), offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena (Scottsdale Chaparral), and running back Kani Benoit (Phoenix Thunderbird) also hail from Arizona.
The big number
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 343 straight passes without an interception before one of the best defensive plays in recent Arizona history. On the Ducks’ first play from scrimmage, Mariota threw a pass to wide receiver Bralon Addison that bounced off Addison and appeared to head out of bounds. Only Arizona defensive back Shaq Richardson popped up from nowhere, tipped the ball back in bounds and into the hands of linebacker Scooby Wright. Mariota’s last interception? To Stanford’s A.J. Tarpley in the Cardinal’s 17-14 win over Oregon on Nov. 17, 2012.
A worthy Canidate
Arizona great Trung Canidate flashed on the video screen and got a huge ovation from the crowd.
It was a farewell of sorts.
Canidate said goodbye to his Arizona career rushing record as Ka’Deem Carey scampered for a 20-yard run in the third quarter, putting him past Canidate’s mark of 3,824 yards.
After a short video honoring Carey, the video board went back to Canidate, flashing a wide smile.
Packing it in
The Zona Zoo got a bit of a boost midway through the game. Perhaps it was Arizona’s 28-9 halftime lead over the Ducks. Maybe it was just the sun.
Either way, the Arizona student section exploded in the second half, with students rushing in to watch perhaps the school’s biggest upset.
For Art’s sake
Canidate wasn’t the only Wildcat running back legend to get overshadowed by Carey on Saturday. Carey’s four rushing touchdowns put him ahead of Art Luppino — the famed “Cactus Comet” — for total touchdowns in Arizona history with 49.
Tweet of the day
“We’re getting out-Oregon’ed. That sucks.” – @AddictedToQuack