Arizona Wildcats earn 11 helmet stickers in victory over NAU

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Arizona junior safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant returned a 23-yard interception for a touchdown and recorded seven tackles (one for lost yardage) in the UA's 35-0 win over NAU last night

Arizona junior safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant returned a 23-yard interception for a touchdown and recorded seven tackles (one for lost yardage) in the UA’s 35-0 win over NAU last night

— Although it was a routine win for Arizona with three impressive touchdown runs and an interception return for a touchdown, the Wildcats topped last year’s high mark of 10 helmet stickers against USC. Arizona earned 11 against the Lumberjacks mostly because of defensive plays and special-teams coverage performances that were lacking most of last season.

— The Wildcats scored on a defensive play, which happened only once last year against Oklahoma State on a Johnathan McKnight interception return for a touchdown. Tra’Mayne Bondurant returned one 23 yards last night for a touchdown.

— Arizona also did not commit a turnover, which happened only once — against Oklahoma State — last season. The UA held NAU to 13 points or less. That happened only once a year ago against South Carolina State in a 56-0 victory. Last but not least, the UA defense forced NAU into punting in five possessions of three-downs-and-out. That happened only against South Carolina State last year.

— The special teams struggled overall with Drew Riggleman averaging only 33 yards a punt and Jake Smith missing a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter. The coverage of punts and kickoffs, however, were ideal. Arizona kept NAU inside the 20 on two kickoffs and Riggleman pinned the Lumberjacks at their own 5 in the third quarter with a 55-yard punt.

— On the negative side, the Wildcats last night had only six plays of 12 or more yards and produced only two drives of eight or more plays. Half of those six plays of 12 or more yards were touchdown runs by Daniel Jenkins (91 yards), B.J. Denker (30 yards) and Javelle Allen (61 yards). Last season with Matt Scott at quarterback, the UA had 11 games in which they had at least 10 plays of 12 more yards. The UA also had eight games in which they produced four drives of eight plays or more.

NOTES FROM THE HELMET-STICKER CRITERIA BELOW
a-The Wildcats did not turn the ball over and NAU threw three interceptions.
b-Tra’Mayne Bondurant returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

HELMET STICKER CRITERIA
How did Arizona fare in its 35-0 win over NAU on Friday?

The Wildcats earn cat claws for the Arizona helmet if they achieve these following marks. This grading system is stringent. The Wildcats must achieve their goal. If it states the UA must achieve “more than” a certain mark, they must pass that mark. This helmet will be updated weekly as the Wildcats attempt to fill the helmet with the cat claws:

FIRST SIX GAMES

Goal NAU UNLV UTSA WASH USC UTAH
Win X
Pac-12 win
a-Win turnover margin X
Score 24 points in win X
No turnovers X
10 plays 12 or more yards
4 drives 8 or more plays
55% 3rd/4th down conv
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win X
b-Each defensive score X1
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs X
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball
Force min of 3 turnovers X
Recover onside kick
Forced/recovered fumble on kickoff
Tackling kickoff returner inside 20 X2
Fake punt results in 1st down
Down punt inside 10-yard line X1
Forced/recovered fumble on punt
Kickoff returned past 40
Punt return more than 20 yards
Blocked punt
Successful fake FG attempt
Each FG 45 or more yards
Blocked kick

LAST SIX GAMES

Goal COLO CAL UCLA WSU ORE ASU
Win
Pac-12 win
Win turnover margin
Score 24 points in win
No turnovers
10 plays 12 or more yards
4 drives 8 or more plays
c-55% 3rd/4th down conv
Hold opp to 13 points or less in win
Each defensive score
Opp at least 5 3-and-outs
Stop opp inside 10 w/UA getting ball
Force min of 3 turnovers
Recover onside kick
Forced/recovered fumble on kickoff
d-Tackling kickoff returner inside 20
Fake punt results in 1st down
Down punt inside 10-yard line
Forced/recovered fumble on punt
Kickoff returned past 40
Punt return more than 20 yards
Blocked punt
Successful fake FG attempt
Each FG 45 or more yards
Blocked kick


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