By Ryan Casey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Sunday, November 6, 2005
Fans storm the field after 52-17 upset
As the clock ticked down to triple
zeros Saturday, and the Arizona
football had sealed a 52-17 upset
over No. 7 UCLA, fans at Arizona
Stadium stormed the grass and
celebrated with the players, then
carred senior running back Mike Bell
off the field.
"Our fans have stayed positive
through it all," Stoops said. "It
was nice to win on Homecoming and do
that for the fans."
Bell ran for 154 yards, and
backfield mate Gilbert Harris added
112 more, as the Wildcats rolled
over the Bruins.
"We knew we were going to be
aggresive all the way though the
night," Stoops said. "That was the
major difference in the game."
True freshman quarterback Willie
Tuitama threw for 204 yards on
14-of-24 passing, including two
touchdowns -- one of which went to
fellow freshman Mike Thomas.
Thomas had himself an all-around
game, catching five passes for 104
yards and rushing twice for 24 yards
and a touchdown.
"(The Bruins) were trying to stop
the run every time," Tuitama said.
"I don't know how many yards we
racked up on offense, but it was
The Arizona offense gained 524 yards
in total offense, 320 of which came
on the ground.
The Wildcat defensive and
special-team units got into the
action as well, each reaching the
end zone on spectacular, unexpected
Junior wide receiver Syndric Steptoe
returned a punt 63 yards for his
first career punt return touchdown
with 11:12 left in the third
quarter, and junior linebacker
Marcus Hollingsworth recovered a
fumble in the end zone seven minutes
later to cap Arizona's scoring.
"We're playing a lot of young
players and we're only going to get
better," Stoops said.