1996 Arizona Wildcats Football Team
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1996 Arizona Wildcats Football Team
1996 Arizona Wildcats football
Arizona Wildcats logo.svg
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1996 record5-6 (3-5 Pac-10)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorHomer Smith (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorLarry Mac Duff (10th season)
Home stadiumArizona Stadium
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Arizona State $   8 0         11 1  
No. 16 Washington   7 1         9 3  
Stanford   5 3         7 5  
UCLA   4 4         5 6  
Oregon   3 5         6 5  
California   3 5         6 6  
USC   3 5         6 6  
Arizona   3 5         5 6  
Washington State   3 5         5 6  
Oregon State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their tenth season under head coach Dick Tomey, the Wildcats compiled a 5-6 record (3-5 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10, and outscored their opponents, 310 to 280.[1][2]

The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. On November 23, 1996, the team drew a record crowd of 59,920 to Arizona Stadium to watch a 56-14 loss to Arizona State. As of September 2016, this remains the Arizona Stadium attendance record.[3] The Wildcats allowed 450 rushing yards in the loss to the Sun Devils.[4] The highlight of the Arizona State game for the Wildcats was a 98-yard interception return, the second longest in program history, by Mikal Smith.[5]

Team records set during the 1996 season included: three interception returns for touchdown in a game (vs. Illinois); eight touchdowns allowed in a game (vs. California); 16 touchdowns scored in a Pac-10 game (vs. UCLA); 659 yards of total offense allowed in a Pac-10 game (vs. California); and 450 rushing yards allowed in a Pac-10 game (vs. Arizona State).[6]

The team's statistical leaders included Keith Smith with 1,450 passing yards, Gary Taylor with 564 rushing yards, and Jeremy McDaniel with 607 receiving yards.[7] Linebacker Chester Burnett led the team with 124 tackles.[8]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
August 31UTEPW 23-340,388
September 7at IowaL 20-2168,267
September 14Illinois
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson
W 41-043,012
September 21at No. 24 WashingtonL 17-3173,414
October 5Washington State
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson
W 34-2647,405
October 12at USCL 7-1451,088
October 26Oregon State
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson
W 33-743,716
November 2at CaliforniaL 55-56 (4OT)35,000
November 9at OregonL 31-4940,721
November 16UCLA
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson
W 35-1747,171
November 23Arizona State
L 14-5659,920

Roster

Season summary

Arizona State

References

  1. ^ "1996 Arizona Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Arizona Football 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). University of Arizona. 2016. p. 109. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ 2016 Media Guide, p. 97.
  4. ^ 2016 Media Guide, p. 89.
  5. ^ 2016 Media Guide, p. 86.
  6. ^ 2016 Media Guide, pp. 82-84.
  7. ^ "1996 Arizona Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ 2016 Media Guide, p. 86.

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