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Friday, October 7, 2005
photo Bear Down Blitz: Cats' epic task: besting No. 1 Trojans

Two-time defending national champions. No. 1 team in the nation. Winner of 26 straight games.

Trying to find a lead descriptive phrase for the Southern California football team isn't hard. Deciding which one to use is.

But as the Arizona football team heads to Los Angeles to take on the Trojans tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net, Wildcats head coach Mike Stoops has decided to use a different, more simple title - Pacific 10 Conference opponent. [Read article]

photo UCLA alum Thompson returns to McKale with memories

The last time Dijon Thompson stepped on the McKale Center court he watched Bobby Knight and Texas Tech end his collegiate career in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The time before that, he saw former Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire drill a 3-pointer from the cactus to beat his Bruins before a frenzied Wildcat crowd.

The Suns rookie swingman, a second-round draft pick from UCLA acquired in a draft-day trade, brings his McKale winless streak to the same floor tomorrow at 7 p.m. when the Suns play an intrasquad scrimmage open to the public. [Read article]

Volleyball duels with Devils today

The No. 12 Arizona volleyball team visits its neighbors to the north today when the Wildcats trek up Interstate 10 to meet ASU at 7 p.m. in Tempe.

Arizona head coach Dave Rubio said that although the Sun Devils (6-8, 1-3 Pacific 10 Conference) do not boast a winning record, ASU has its best squad in recent years.

"This is a much better team," he said. "This is the best team they've had in a while. Even though their record doesn't reflect how good they are, I think they're a pretty good team." [Read article]

Opponent Analysis: USC's running game a double-edged sword

A running back who can rush for 100 or more yards on a weekly basis is something any college football coach would welcome. Two such backs on the same team is an occurrence almost unheard of.

Unless, of course, you're USC.

The Trojans boast one of the nation's most dangerous two-pronged rushing attacks in juniors Reggie Bush and LenDale White.

In four USC wins this season, the duo has averaged 122.8 yards and 109.2 yards on the ground, respectively, while scoring six touchdowns apiece. [Read article]

photo Goal Rush: Wildcats begin Pac-10 play tonight against Oregon

It may be in the same schedule, but once the Pacific 10 Conference soccer season begins, no team cares who beat whom in non-conference play.

"The mindset is that this is a completely different part of the season," said Arizona senior midfielder Jennifer Klein. "At the beginning, it's open to anybody. No team is really standing out above anyone else."

Pac-10 competition begins today for the Wildcat soccer team when it faces Oregon at 7 p.m. at Murphey Stadium. [Read article]

By the Numbers: Mighty Men of Troy

You may already know this, but the Southern California Trojans enter this game as winners of their past 26 games.

They've won 22 straight at home - but you knew that.

You probably know that in Pacific 10 Conference play, the Trojans have won 17 straight overall and 15 in a row at home.

But here are some things you may not know heading into tomorrow's Arizona-USC game:

  • The mighty Trojans have not only been ranked for the past 36 games, they've been in The Associated Press top 10 for each contest - not to mention being in the AP top five for 38 of the last 40 polls. Oh, yeah - they've also been the No. 1 team in the land for 22 straight polls. [Read article]

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