There are echoes in the way the Arizona defense is playing and what the players are saying.
Said cornerback Robert Golden after the 10-9 victory over Cal: “We just went out and played with our hair on fire.”
Said cornerback Trevin Wade, asked about how he describes the way the defense is playing: “I just think we play hard and with our hair on fire.”
Hair on fire?
What is this, 1993? Is Dick Tomey the head coach? Is the Desert Swarm defense on the field for the Wildcats?
What’s old is new again. Arizona has picked up on a Tomey-ism from back in the day — much like his everyday vow that his teams were going to “fight like the dickens” — and the defense is, surprisingly, living up to the program’s long-held defense-first tradition.
Just to be clear: This UA defense isn’t Desert Swarm, which set the bar so high as to discourage almost any comparison.
The 1992 Wildcats, for example, allowed only 8.9 points per game, the lowest average for any Pac-10 team since 1967. The 1992 Arizona defense yielded a mere 30.1 rushing yards per game, the best mark since the Pac-10 began tracking the stat in 1954.
Although this defense has given up more rushing yards in four games (405) than the 1992 team did all year (331), it ain’t shabby.
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