Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: We’re at No. 22 and counting

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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 22 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 22 was Art Luppino, who is one of Arizona’s most legendary players. The Cactus Comet (pictured above in the No. 22) led the nation in scoring, rushing, kickoff returns and all-purpose yards in 1954. He again led the country in rushing in 1955. Luppino, who is 80, resides in Oceanside, Calif.

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Art Luppino’s 3,381 yards rushing was an Arizona career record for 38 years until Ontiwaun Carter gained 3,501 from 1991-94.

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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 22 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 …

— Luppino’s No. 22 is retired so nobody on Arizona’s roster wears it.

— Luppino amassed a school-record 166 points in 1954 by scoring 24 touchdowns and making 22 PATs.

Ka'Deem Carey, who eclipsed some of Art Luppino's rushing records at Arizona,  holds the school record of 22 games with at least 100 yards rushing

Ka’Deem Carey, who eclipsed some of Art Luppino’s rushing records at Arizona, holds the school record of 22 games with at least 100 yards rushing

Ka’Deem Carey holds the school record with 22 games of at least 100 yards rushing.

— From 2011 to 2012 — Nick Foles to Matt Scott — the Wildcats put together a school-record string of 22 games with at least one touchdown pass.

Max Zendejas’ 22 field goals in 1985 was a school record until Steve McLaughlin made 23 in 1994.

— Arizona has scored the uncommon amount of 22 points in a game only 15 times, the last time in 1999 in a 50-22 loss to Stanford.

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