Arizona Football

Arizona Wildcats Helmet Stickers: 13 earned against California


— Making the Grade: Wildcats end 2012 with 78 helmet stickers, an average of six a game
11 stickers earned against NAU
14 stickers earned at UNLV
8 stickers earned against UTSA
2 stickers earned at Washington
6 stickers earned at USC
5 stickers earned against Utah
7 stickers earned at Colorado
— The Wildcats have 66 stickers after beating California

How did Arizona fare in its 33-28 win over California on Saturday?


— For the third time this season, Arizona did not turn the ball over. That also happened against NAU and USC. The mark is incredible against the Trojans inasmuch as USC leads the Pac-12 in total defense.

— The UA intercepted two Jared Goff passes giving the Wildcats a plus-6 in turnovers this year (eight turnovers against 14 for opponents). The UA has won 20 consecutive games in which it has a turnover margin. The Wildcats are 4-2-2 in the turnover battle this season.

— The Wildcats earned a helmet sticker in consecutive weeks for producing at least 10 plays of 12 yards or more. They tallied 12 against Cal after achieving 14 in the previous week at Colorado. In the first six weeks of the season, the UA achieved this mark only twice against UTSA and USC.

— For the seventh consecutive game, Arizona managed four drives of at least eight plays. They resulted in three touchdowns and a loss of possession on downs at the Cal 2 in the first quarter.

— The UA earned a helmet sticker for its safety (a team defense score) in the first quarter.

— Arizona’s defense forced Cal into seven three-downs-and-out situations, a season high.

— Finally, Arizona’s special teams played well, with the Wildcats downing a punt at the Cal 9, placekicker Jake Smith nailing a 53-yard field goal and Jared Baker returning a kickoff 28 yards to the Cal 43.


The Wildcats earn cat claws for the 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:


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