Making the Grade: Wildcats end season with 78 helmet stickers, a good average of six a game






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The Wildcats have 71 cat-claw helmet stickers through 12 games:
4 vs. Toledo
9 vs. Oklahoma State
8 vs. South Carolina State
1 vs. Oregon
4 vs. Oregon State
5 vs. Stanford
9 vs. Washington
10 vs. Southern California
3 vs. UCLA
7 vs. Colorado
8 vs. Utah
3 vs. Arizona State
7 vs. Nevada


NOTES FROM THE HELMET CRITERIA BELOW

a-The Wildcats had 16 plays that gained at least 12 yards. They had 71 such plays in the last four games against Colorado, Utah, ASU and Nevada.
b-Arizona had four drives of eight plays or more.
c-Nevada had four turnovers, including the fumble on the onside kick that enabled Arizona to score the game-winning touchdown.
d-Marquis Flowers recovered the onside kick with 40 seconds remaining.


Arizona’s seven helmet stickers earned against Nevada gives the Wildcats 78 for the 2012 season. Above standard games (7-0): Nevada, Utah, Colorado, USC, Washington, Oklahoma State and South Carolina State. Average (0-1): Stanford. Below standard (1-4): ASU, UCLA, Oregon State, Oregon and Toledo.


The Wildcats’ three most impressive wins were against USC (10 helmet stickers), Oklahoma State and Washington (nine each). The most forgettable were against Oregon (one helmet sticker) and ASU and UCLA (three stickers each).

HELMET STICKER CRITERIA
How did Arizona fare in its 49-48 win over Nevada on Saturday?

The Wildcats earn cat claws for our Arizona helmet if they achieve these following marks. This grading system is stringent. The Wildcats must achieve their goal. If it states the UA must achieve “more than” a certain mark, they must pass that mark. This helmet will be updated weekly as the Wildcats attempt to fill the helmet with the cat claws:

LAST SEVEN GAMES

Goal UW USC UCLA COL UTAH ASU NEV
Win X X X X X
Pac-12 win X X X X
Win turnover margin X X X
Score 24 points in win X X X X X
No turnovers
a-10 plays 12 or more yards X X X X X X
b-4 drives 8 or more plays X X X X X X
55% 3rd/4th down conv X X
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win
Each defensive score
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball X1 X1 X1
c-Force min of 3 turnovers X X X
d-Recover onside kick X
Forced/recovered fumble on kickoff
Tackling kickoff returner inside 20 X1 X1 X1
Fake punt results in 1st down
c-Down punt inside 10-yard line X1 X1 X1 X1
Forced/recovered fumble on punt
Kickoff returned past 40 X1
Punt return more than 20 yards X1
Blocked punt
Successful fake FG attempt
Each FG 45 or more yards
Blocked kick

FIRST SIX GAMES

Goal TOL OKST SCST ORE OSU STAN
Win X X X
Pac-12 win
Win turnover margin X
Score 24 points in win X X X
No turnovers X
a-10 plays 12 or more yards X X X X X
b-4 drives 8 or more plays X X
c-55% 3rd/4th down conv X X
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win X
Each defensive score X1
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs X
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball
Force min of 3 turnovers X X
Recover onside kick X1
Forced/recovered fumble on kickoff
d-Tackling kickoff returner inside 20 X1 X1 X1 X2
Fake punt results in 1st down
Down punt inside 10-yard line X2
Forced/recovered fumble on punt
Kickoff returned past 40
Punt return more than 20 yards
Blocked punt
Successful fake FG attempt
Each FG 45 or more yards X1
Blocked kick

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner



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