Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: No. 36

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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 36 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 36 is Gilbert Harris (2002-05), a fullback/tailback who had a cup of coffee with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006.

— The No. 36 listed for Arizona presently (the school has yet to release the 2015 roster with incoming recruits) is freshman walk-on kicker Ollie Graybar from Reno, Nev.

— Arizona has scored the uncommon amount of 36 points in a game only four times, the last a 36-29 win over Idaho in 2001.

Ka'Deem Carey played 36 memorable games in his Arizona career

Ka’Deem Carey played 36 memorable games in his Arizona career

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For the third straight year, AllSportsTucson.com 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 36 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. That game was presented at No. 38. 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 …

Ka’Deem Carey played 36 games in his illustrious career from 2011-2013. He set the Arizona career rushing record of 4,239 yards and rushing touchdown total with 48. He also averaged a school-record 152.3 all-purpose yards a game in his career.

— Workhorse running back Ontiwaun Carter carried the ball 36 times for 224 yards against Colorado State in 1994. The rushing total is the sixth-most in school history.

— The fewest rushing touchdowns per game in Arizona history was .36 in 1992, when the Desert Swarm defense was born.

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