Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: We’re at No. 4 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 4 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with three years ago. The best No. 4 according to Gimino is cornerback Darryll Lewis (1987-90). Lewis was the 1990 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back, and went on to an All-Pro NFL career.

Lewis, a second-round pick in the 1991 NFL draft, had some of the more memorable games for a defender in Arizona history in 1990. This picture shows his 70-yard interception return for a touchdown against UCLA in the final minutes of the game, giving Arizona a 28-21 victory in Pasadena. Lewis intercepted two passes, returning one 52 yards for a touchdown, and made the game-saving tackle in a 22-17 victory over Oregon. On a fourth-and-goal play from the 1, Ducks quarterback Bill Musgrave rolled to his right and made a dash for the corner of the end zone. Lewis came from the back of the end zone, and leveled a hit on Musgrave that turned the quarterback sideways and out of bounds inside the 1. “It’s absolutely the last play of the game, it’s absolutely do or die … I mean, what a play,” Arizona coach Dick Tomey said.


For the third straight year, 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 4 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 …

— Another top No. 4 for the Wildcats was running back Chucky Levy. He ran for 142 yards including a 68-yard scoring dash and earned Fiesta Bowl offensive MVP in Arizona’s 29-0 victory over Miami.

— Wearing No. 4 for Arizona this year are two seniors — wide receiver David Richards and linebacker Antonio Smothers. Richards played in all 14 games as a reserve receiver last year and hauled in 23 receptions for 211 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 9.2 yards per catch and 15.1 yards per game and set game highs for receptions (seven) and yards (61) vs. USC. … Smothers, a Scottsdale Community College transfer last season, played in nine games on special teams as a reserve linebacker.

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