For the second straight game, Arizona broke out a new uniform combination. The Wildcats wore red helmets, white jerseys and red pants Saturday in their 31-13 Pac-12 opening loss to UW.
The UA has now worn four different helmets in as many games this season.
Here’s a handy chart to keep track of all the looks the Wildcats have sported over the past 10 games.
Opponent Jerseys Helmets Pants Outcome
UTSA Red White Blue Win, 38-13
UNLV White Blue Blue Win, 58-13
NAU Blue Copper Blue Win, 35-0
Nevada Blue Red Red Win, 49-48
Arizona State Red Red Red Loss, 41-34
Utah White White Blue Win, 34-24
Colorado Blue White Blue Win, 56-31
UCLA White White Red Loss, 66-10
USC Red White Red Win, 39-36
Washington Red White White Win, 52-17
A few good men
Tommy Stoeser had one of the toughest assignments of the day Saturday.
Stoeser, a student assistant in the UA’s video department, was stationed above the Husky Stadium videoboard in the east end zone.
He had no cover or shelter during the game in rainy and windy conditions. Temperature at kickoff was 60 degrees with a steady mist and 20 mph winds. It got increasingly cooler, wetter and windier throughout the game.
“I hope I don’t drown,” a smiling Stoeser said before the game.
In all, the UA video department had five cameramen on duty for Saturday’s game.
Anthony Sabatino was stationed on the field on the UA sideline. Brandon Gonzalez was in the west end zone and had a bit of a cover on the video deck in the second tier of stands, though it didn’t help much when it was raining sideways in the first half.
Tim Cummins and Brian Riden had the most cover; they were above the press box on the video deck.
Three of the cameras are used for the coaches; two are used for highlights.
Overheard in the press box
“Welcome to Seattle, where it’s a bigger deal if it’s not raining than if it’s pouring.” — a Washington reporter, welcoming a few members of Arizona’s traveling party
Richards, Pettinato back
Junior defensive end Dan Pettinato and sophomore wide receiver David Richards both made their first appearances of the season on Saturday after missing the first three games with injuries.
Pettinato, who was sidelined while recovering from ACL surgery, played on a handful of drives. He split time with senior Sione Tuihalamaka at the end spot opposite Reggie Gilbert.
Richards played mostly on third downs but didn’t record a catch. Richards missed the first three games with a foot injury that led to offseason surgery.
The big number
Washington’s Bishop Sankey and Ka’Deem Carey combined for 70 carries and 293 yards Saturday.
Bow Down vs. Bear Down
Husky Stadium underwent a $280 million renovation in the offseason after playing last season at CenturyLink Field — home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
There are several new features of the stadium, including a new football facility in the west end zone, the removal of the track that surrounded the field and new seatbacks.
There’s also plenty of new signage at the stadium. Among the new branding at Husky Stadium were two giant “Bow Down” banners around the light stands in the east end zone. Washington’s fight song is “Bow Down to Washington.” The song was written in 1915 by Lester Wilson; he earned $25 for winning a songwriting contest.