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CATCH UP ON THE COUNTDOWN BY VISITING: ARIZONA’S TOP 100 INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Only 90 days separate us from the start of Rich Rodriguez’s fifth season at Arizona, when the Wildcats play Brigham Young on Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
As is customary on this Web site, we will count down the days with an interesting element associated with each day. This year the topic is the top 100 individual records in Arizona’s storied football past.
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Among the many Max Zendejas achievements in the Arizona record book is his consecutive-games streak of 18 making a field goal from 1982 to 1984.
Compiling the list was no easy task, but it was feasible to do with the information provided in the record books by the Arizona media relations department, and we appreciate that.
In past years, we have counted down the top games and highlighted players and some of the top plays in Wildcat history. A couple of years ago in our top 100 countdown, we showcased the 1914 team that was responsible for Arizona becoming the “Wildcats”.
Back to this year’s countdown of the top 100 individual records in the 117 years of Arizona football:
Most Consecutive Games Kicking Field Goal, Career: 18, Max Zendejas, 1982-84
In a record 18-game stretch from 1982 to 1984, Arizona coach Larry Smith called upon Max Zendejas to make at least one field goal and Zendejas, as usual, delivered. Zendejas also holds the Arizona record for most games in a career in which he converted a field goal at 38.
The 18-game streak started in Arizona’s 28-18 win over ASU at Arizona Stadium on Nov. 27, 1982, and ended when the Wildcats defeated Oregon 28-14, also in Tucson on Oct. 6, 1984. Zendejas made one field goal against the Sun Devils and two against the Ducks. Zendejas made a field goal in all 11 games during the 1983 season. The only other Arizona kicker to make a field goal in 11 consecutive games in a season was Jason Bondzio in 2007.
ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.