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UA football: Wildcats, Washington will play on Fox

2013-09-17T00:00:00Z 2013-09-17T00:33:17Z UA football: Wildcats, Washington will play on FoxBy Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats are taking their game to the national stage.

Fox announced Monday that it has selected the UA’s road game at Washington on Sept. 28 for its national broadcast. The game will kick off at 4 p.m.

The showdown with the No. 17-ranked Huskies will mark Arizona’s first daytime kickoff of the season. The Wildcats’ previous three games all started at 7 p.m. or later.

It’s also the first time the Wildcats have been chosen for a Fox national broadcast since last year’s 54-48 overtime loss at Stanford. Overall, Arizona is 42-55-2 in nationally televised games.

Before last year’s Stanford game, Arizona hadn’t appeared on Fox since it beat Arizona State 28-16 in Tempe in 1997.

Washington is 2-0 after a home win over Boise State and a victory over Illinois in Chicago. The Huskies host an FCS opponent — Idaho State — on Saturday.

Arizona is on a bye this week after beating UTSA 38-13 on Saturday to improve to 3-0 for the second straight season.

“It’s going to be nice to have an open date to clean some stuff and get ready for a very good Washington team,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said Saturday.

The two teams hooked up at Arizona Stadium last season, and the Wildcats rolled to a 52-17 win for their first Pac-12 victory of the season. Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Huskies. He would go on to lead the nation in rushing.

This year, Washington junior Bishop Sankey leads the nation in rushing yards per game at 184.5. His average is more than 20 yards better than Paul James of Rutgers, who is second at 164.3.

Sankey rushed for 208 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries against Illinois in the Huskies’ 34-24 win. Arizona held Sankey to 87 yards on 19 carries last season.

Extra points

• With an off week, Rodriguez didn’t hold his weekly news conference Monday. He will meet with reporters after tonight’s practice, where he may update the status of a couple of players who left Saturday’s win early.

• Free safety Jourdon Grandon exited in the second half and didn’t return. Jamar Allah took his spot. It wasn’t clear what Grandon’s injury was, but after the game Rodriguez said this: “I’ll have to see what happened when he got taken out there…hopefully he’s OK.”

On Monday, Grandon was named honorable mention defensive back of the week by the College Football Performances Awards. The junior from Avondale had six tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in Saturday’s win. He was also nominated for the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, but that went to UCLA’s Anthony Barr.

• Starting offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele also left the game early with an apparent leg injury. He was replaced by sophomore Lene Maiava. Ebbele was hurt in the first half and returned for a series, but didn’t play in the second half.

• Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion was named the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week and teammate Trevor Romaine won the special teams award after the Beavers’ 51-48 overtime win at Utah. It’s the first time this season a UA player didn’t take home a weekly award from the conference. UA safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant was recognized in the first week and kicker Jake Smith last week.

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330.

On Twitter @DSBerk

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