Making the Grade: Arizona Wildcats earn four helmet stickers in loss to Oregon State






Arizona has 26 cat-claw helmet stickers through five games:
4 vs. Toledo
9 vs. Oklahoma State
8 vs. South Carolina State
1 vs. Oregon
4 vs. Oregon State

NOTES FROM THE HELMET CRITERIA BELOW

a-Arizona had 16 plays of 12 or more yards.
b-Sophomore Trevor Ermisch tackled Oregon State’s Malcolm Marable at the OSU 15-yard line on a kickoff return.
c-Arizona downed two punts inside the 10-yard line, one at the 3 and the other at the 5.


Curious as to why Arizona does not have helmet stickers like they did during the Larry Smith years? An Arizona spokesman told the USA Today in a 2006 article that too many of the helmet stickers “looked stupid” on the helmets.


Arizona now ranks No. 103 out of 120 FBS teams in pass defense, allowing 284.4 yards per game. At least the Wildcats are not the worst in that category in the Pac-12. Colorado (No. 111, 309.8), Washington State (No. 112, 310.6) and Oregon State (No. 113, 312.3) rank lower.


Arizona safety Jared Tevis Tweeted on his Twitter account (shown to the left on this page) about his injury that kept him out of the second half against Oregon State: “It’s looking like a bad sprain. I’ll keep everyone updated after the X-ray. But like Schwarzenegger #illbeback”


With the loss, Arizona is now 0-5 in the Pac-10 and Pac-12 era following a shutout loss. The Wildcats showed more resolve against the Beavers than previous years, however, after getting blanked. The average margin of defeat in the four previous games after a shutout was 38-14.

HELMET STICKER CRITERIA
How did Arizona fare in its 38-35 loss to Oregon State on Saturday?

The Wildcats will earn cat claws for our Arizona helmet if they achieve these following marks in games this season. 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:

FIRST SIX GAMES

Goal TOL OKST SCST ORE OSU STAN
Win X X X TBD
Pac-12 win TBD
Win turnover margin X TBD
Score 24 points in win X X X TBD
No turnovers X TBD
a-10 plays 12 or more yards X X X X TBD
4 drives 8 or more plays X TBD
55% 3rd/4th down conv X TBD
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win X TBD
Each defensive score X1 TBD
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs X TBD
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball TBD
Force min of 3 turnovers X X TBD
Recover onside kick X1 TBD
Forced/recovered fumble on kickoff TBD
b-Tackling kickoff returner inside 20 X1 X1 X1 TBD
Fake punt results in 1st down TBD
c-Down punt inside 10-yard line X2 TBD
Forced/recovered fumble on punt TBD
Kickoff returned past 40 TBD
Punt return more than 20 yards TBD
Blocked punt TBD
Successful fake FG attempt TBD
Each FG 45 or more yards X1 TBD
Blocked kick TBD

LAST SIX GAMES

Win UW USC UCLA COL UTAH ASU
Pac-12 win TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Win turnover margin TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Score 24 points in win TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
No turnovers TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 plays 12 or more yards TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 drives 8 or more plays TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
55% 3rd/4th down conv TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Each defensive score TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Force min of 3 turnovers TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Recover onside kick TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Forced/recovered fumble on kickoff TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Tackling kickoff returner inside 20 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Fake punt results in 1st down TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Down punt inside 10-yard line TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Forced/recovered fumble on punt TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Kickoff returned past 40 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Punt return more than 20 yards TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Blocked punt TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Successful fake FG attempt TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Each FG 45 or more yards TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Blocked kick TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner



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