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Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: No. 43



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Our Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games ranking is shown as a slideshow starting at No. 50 (click on “next” at the upper or lower right to get started) …

Every day we will have data related to the number of days remaining to kickoff — Texas-San Antonio vs. Arizona — on Sept. 3 at Arizona Stadium. That game is only 43 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with three years ago. The best No. 43 is former Arizona slotback Willie Peete, who played for the Wildcats from 1956 to 1959. He later was an Arizona assistant. His son Skip played for Arizona before transferring to Kansas. He coached 17 years in the NFL as an assistant. Another son Rodney starred at Sahuaro, USC and the NFL.

— No current player wears No. 43 for the Arizona Wildcats.

— In Rich Rodriguez’s second stint as head coach of Glenville State from 1990 to 1996, he was 43-28-2. He was 2-8 as Salem University head coach in 1988 and immediately left to be a West Virginia volunteer assistant coach. Good thing for Arizona that he found success at Glenville State, which opened the door to become an assistant at the major-college level with Tulane in 1997.


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For the third straight year, presents the Arizona Wildcats’ Top 50 games in the program’s history.

The ranking corresponds to the number of days left to the opening kickoff for the Arizona Wildcats against Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 3 at Arizona Stadium. We are only 43 days from the start of the 2015 football season.

The ranking each year is based on new research and judgments for all games, not just those from last season. This year, four new games join the ranking, including one played more than 50 years ago that — upon further review — deserves Top 50 status. The No. 1-ranked game last year may not be the No. 1 this year.

You can view the countdown by clicking on the “next” arrow at the upper or lower right …


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Rich Rodriguez's 43 wins in seven years at Glenville State was good enough to propel his career (Pac-12 Networks video screen shot)

Rich Rodriguez’s 43 wins in seven years at Glenville State was good enough to propel his career (Pac-12 Networks video screen shot)

— Arizona scored 43 points in the second half of its miraculous comeback 49-45 victory over Cal, capped by the game-winning Hail Mary pass, last year at Arizona Stadium.

— In Dick Tomey’s 14 years as a head coach at Arizona he produced 43 first-team All-Pac-10 selections.

Mike Stoops can always say he beat John Harbaugh as a head coach. The Wildcats defeated Stanford 43-38 in a thrilling game in 2009 at Arizona Stadium.

— How bleak were things in the John Mackovic years (as if you don’t already)? Arizona averaged only 43.8 yards per game in 2002. That’s not a misprint. Arizona averaged 461.5 yards a game last year entering the Fiesta Bowl.

Bill Demory completed only 43.6 percent of his passes (76 of 174) as senior in 1972, yet he advanced to play a couple of years with the New York Jets.


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