A look back at Arizona’s old red football uniforms (and helmets)by Anthony Gimino on Aug. 16, 2010, under Sports
I stumbled across a couple of YouTube clips that feature game highlights from Arizona’s early Pac-10 days, including USC’s 1980 victory over the Wildcats.
That was the last season in which Arizona wore red helmets, and it was the only season in which they wore helmets of any color with that particular “A” logo.
It was the first season of the Larry Smith coaching era in Tucson.
Once you get by the USC cheerleaders in the KOLD-TV highlight clip, you’ll see highlights of Marcus Allen‘s big day in the second-ranked Trojans’ 27-10 victory. I had never seen highlights of this game (or much from this era), and, seeing that the video had only 30 views on Sunday night, you probably hadn’t either.
As an historical note, it was USC’s first-ever appearance in Tucson.
(More video after the jump)
Lucky for us, the same person — Shaun Donahue, who must be this guy who runs this production company — posted another KOLD-TV news clip, this one from 1979 that shows highlights from the Arizona-Stanford game (see below).
The Cardinal won 30-10 behind quarterback Turk Schonert, with help from his freshman backup. A kid named John Elway.
Arizona’s Reggie Ware gets the best of Elway on one play, stepping in front of a receiver for an interception. Later, in the video clip, Elway hits Stanford great Ken Margerum for a touchdown pass.
Take note of the 1:39 mark of the video. That’s where KOLD is showing the 1979 Homecoming queen, who is presented her tiara at halftime by the 1978 Homecoming queen. The latter person would be Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose, who has been a fixture in the athletic department for more than three decades and served as interim athletic director for about five months until Greg Byrne was hired in May.
Anyway, I think this is interesting stuff. Have any more, Shaun?