Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: No. 35

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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 35 days (or five weeks away from today).

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 35 is “Jackrabbit Joe” Hernandez, who helped the 1961 team (8-1-1) be one of the best in school history. He scored 12 touchdowns, seven by receiving in 1960.

— The No. 35 listed for Arizona presently (the school has yet to release the 2015 roster with incoming recruits) is redshirt sophomore cornerback Isaiah Strong of Phoenix Shadow Mountain High School.

— Arizona’s most prolific passing quarterback, Nick Foles, played 35 games over three seasons in his Wildcat career. He holds the Arizona record with 10,011 yards, which will be seriously threatened by sophomore quarterback Anu Solomon.

— Hernandez’s teammate in 1961, quarterback Eddie Wilson, holds the school record with 35.3 yards a complcetion against Colorado State that season. He completed six passes for 212 yards.

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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 35 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 …

"Jackrabbit" Joe Hernandez was part of one of Arizona's best backfields with quarterback Eddie Wilson and fellow tailback Bobby Thompson (University of Arizona photo)

“Jackrabbit” Joe Hernandez was part of one of Arizona’s best backfields with quarterback Eddie Wilson and fellow tailback Bobby Thompson (University of Arizona photo)

— Arizona scored a school-record 35 points in a quarter twice before the Wildcats broke that mark last year in the 49-45 win over Cal that was capped by the Hail Mary touchdown pass. The Wildcats erupted for 36 points in the fourth quarter against the Golden Bears.

Wallace Smith’s 98-yard kickoff return against Whittier in 1935 was the longest for Arizona until Chris McAlister returned one 100 yards against UCLA in 1996.

— Defense, or lack thereof, can cost you your job. Synonymous with the early firings of John Mackovic in 2003 and Mike Stoops in 2011 were the record amount of points allowed in each season. The school-record is 35.8 points allowed in 2003 and No. 2 is the 35.4 given up per game in 2011.

— The 1935 team ranked No. 1 nationally allowing only 128.2 yards per game.

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