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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
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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:
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