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Arizona Wildcats helmet-sticker update: Season-low two tallied in Pac-12 title game

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QB Jerrard Randall led Arizona in rushing against Oregon

QB Jerrard Randall led Arizona in rushing against Oregon

This is the kind of game Arizona had in the Pac-12 football title game last Friday: The players of note for the Wildcats when it comes to the helmet-sticker categories are a third-string quarterback, punter and true freshman kickoff returner.

Drew Riggleman, the Pac-12’s second-team All-Pac-12 selection, earned the Wildcats one of their season-low two stickers against Oregon in the 51-13 defeat at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. His last punt inside the 10-yard line (to the 8) in the fourth quarter earned one of the stickers.

The other was also on special teams as returner Tyrell Johnson returned two kickoffs past the 40-yard line, both the 41 in the first and fourth quarters. Johnson had the impressive returns after coach Rich Rodriguez stuck with him following a fumble on his first kickoff return that led to an Oregon field goal.

The Wildcats’ offense was shut down with only 10 first downs which translated to no stickers for 10 plays of 12 yards or more (Arizona only had five) and the defense did not earn a sticker (Scooby Wright and Co. were held to without a sack).

Third-string quarterback Jerrard Randall was responsible for four of Arizona’s five plays of 12 yards or more, all on runs. Backup quarterback Jesse Scroggins accounted for the other big play with a 69-yard pass to Cayleb Jones against broken coverage in the third quarter.

Starting quarterback Anu Solomon could not produce a play of more than 12 yards in the first half before staying on the sideline in the second half with a boot on his right foot.

Randall, a junior transfer from LSU and Northeast Mississippi Community College, rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown to conclude the game. With what he showed against Oregon in the second half, Arizona’s staff should get him on the field in some capacity against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl and beyond.

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HELMET STICKER RESULTS
HS: Helmet stickers

DATE VS W/L UA OPP HS Tot Avg.
8/29 UNLV W 58 13 10 10 10
9/4 at UTSA W 26 23 9 19 9.5
9/13 Nevada W 35 28 4 23 7.7
9/20 California W 49 45 7 30 7.5
10/2 at Oregon W 31 24 8 38 7.6
10/11 USC L 26 28 6 44 7.3
10/25 at Wash. St. W 59 37 9 53 7.6
11/1 at UCLA L 7 17 4 57 7.1
11/8 Colorado W 38 20 10 67 7.4
11/15 Washington W 27 26 7 74 7.4
11/22 at Utah W 42 10 11 85 7.7
11/28 ASU W 42 35 9 94 7.8
12/5 Oregon L 13 51 2 96 7.4


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HELMET STICKER CRITERIA

The Wildcats earn cat claws for the Arizona helmet if they achieve these following marks. This helmet will be updated weekly as the Wildcats attempt to fill the helmet with the cat claws:

POSTSEASON

Goal Oregon Boise State
Win
Pac-12 win
Win turnover margin
Score 24 points in win
No turnovers
10 plays 12 or more yards
4 drives 8 or more plays
55% 3rd/4th down conv
No sacks allowed
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win
Defensive score
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball
Force at least 3 turnovers
At least 3 sacks
5 penalties or less
Recover onside kick
Force/recover fumble on kickoff
Tackle kickoff returner inside 20
Fake punt results in 1st down
Punt inside 10-yard line CatClaw
Force/recover fumble on punt
Kickoff return past 40 CatClaw
Punt return more than 20 yards
Block punt
Successful fake FG attempt
FG 45 or more yards
Block kick

LAST SIX REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

Goal WSU UCLA COLO WASH UTAH ASU
Win CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Pac-12 win CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Win turnover margin CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Score 24 points in win CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
No turnovers CatClaw
10 plays 12 or more yards CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
4 drives 8 or more plays CatClaw CatClaw
55% 3rd/4th down conv CatClaw
No sacks allowed
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win CatClaw
Defensive score CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs CatClaw
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball CatClaw
Force at least 3 turnovers CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
At least 3 sacks CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
5 penalties or less CatClaw CatClaw
Recover onside kick
Force/recover fumble on kickoff
Tackle kickoff returner inside 20 CatClaw CatClaw
Fake punt results in 1st down
Punt inside 10-yard line CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Force/recover fumble on punt
Kickoff return past 40
Punt return more than 20 yards CatClaw
Block punt CatClaw
Successful fake FG attempt CatClaw
FG 45 or more yards CatClaw
Block kick

FIRST SIX REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

Goal UNLV UTSA NEV CAL ORE USC
Win CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Pac-12 win CatClaw CatClaw
Win turnover margin CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Score 24 points in win CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
No turnovers CatClaw CatClaw
10 plays 12 or more yards CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
4 drives 8 or more plays CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
55% 3rd/4th down conv CatClaw
No sacks allowed CatClaw
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win CatClaw
Defensive score
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs CatClaw CatClaw
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball
Force at least 3 turnovers
At least 3 sacks CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
5 penalties or less
Recover onside kick CatClaw CatClaw
Forced/recovered fumble on kickoff
Tackle kickoff returner inside 20 CatClaw CatClaw CatClaw
Fake punt results in 1st down
Down punt inside 10-yard line CatClaw CatClaw
Force/recover fumble on punt
Kickoff return past 40
Punt return more than 20 yards CatClaw
Block punt
Successful fake FG attempt
FG 45 or more yards CatClaw
Block kick

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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