Arizona Wildcats vs. ASU Sun Devils memories: Julius Holt


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Years at Arizona: 1981-82

Position: Linebacker

Holt was an inspirational leader for the Arizona Wildcats after transferring to the UA as a junior college player in 1981. He helped the Wildcats enjoy success early in their Pac-10 existence, playing a key role in Arizona’s upset of No. 1 USC in Los Angeles in 1981 and Arizona’s start of “The Streak” against ASU in 1982. The winning tradition in the Holt household is carrying over to his son Justin, whose Salpointe Catholic team defeated Scottsdale Chaparral last night for the Division II state title.

“It was called the ’82 Sweet Streak’. I remember a very over-confident ASU team coming into the U of A stadium with roses painted on their faces. I also remember hearing our coach (Larry Smith) remind us that this was our house and this is our bowl game and to make it count tonight. He said, ‘Leave nothing to be questioned but much to be remembered’, and I think we did that. I remember the pressure we were able to put on ASU by forcing them to pass because the run game was not working, and our defense was bringing the heat and our offense was making their jailhouse defense pay every time they tried to blitz us. This was a game of fortitude, passion, intensity, commitment and determination for destruction on a very over-confident and disrespectful group of players who thought we were going to roll over. No, not in our house and we let it be known the roses they brought to our stadium were left in our stadium after we beat them. If I’m not mistaken we still lead in the all-time series against ASU in football (47-38-1).”

— Julius Holt

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