Arizona Wildcats football coach Mike Stoops just finished his seventh season … and for the first time he had fewer Pac-10 victories than the previous season.
Starting from the bottom at Arizona, Stoops’ conference victories have gone like this: 2, 2, 4, 4, 5, 6, 4.
Overall, he’s 27-34 in league play.
Before last season, I compiled all the main game stats from his conference games and threw then into an Excel sheet and examined the results. I have updated that data with the 2010 games.
Despite the overall losing record in league games, he’s basically at par in terms of points — Arizona has scored 1,534 points and allowed 1,532.
The Wildcats have gained 21,575 yards in those conference games and yielded 22,398.
Stoops has played seven of the league teams every year, missing Stanford in 2004 and Washington State in 2005 before the Pac-10 went to a full round-robin schedule.
If not for Gilbert Harris’ fumble with 1:19 left against Washington State in the 2004 game, Stoops would be 6-0 against the Cougars. The fumble, which occurred as the Cats were trying to run out the clock (and not taking a knee) led to a touchdown and 20-19 win for WSU.
Other than the Cougars, Stoops has owned UCLA.
He is 5-2 against the Bruins, including the stunning 52-14 victory in 2005. UCLA entered the game 8-0 and ranked seventh in the nation, but Arizona rolled to 519 yards in Willie Tuitama‘s second career start.
In seven games against UCLA, Stoops’ defense is allowing only 280.3 yards per game and has held the Bruins under 300 yards in five consecutive games.
Some other highs and lows from Stoops’ Pac-10 years:
–Most yards: 583, vs. UCLA, 2010
–Most yards allowed: 724, vs. USC, 2005 (a victory which the Trojans vacated because of NCAA sanctions involving Reggie Bush).
–Most rushing yards: 317, vs. Washington State, 2005
–Most rushing yards allowed: 389, vs. Oregon, 2010
–Most passing yards: 510, vs. Washington, 2007
–Most passing yards allowed: 436, vs. Oregon State, 2005. (Matt Moore was 32 of 43 for 436 yards, although all that was undone by six interceptions as UA won 29-27.)
–Record in games decided by seven points or less: 10-16
–Record in one-point games: 1-4
Stoops vs. the Pac-10
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