1979 Arizona Wildcats football team

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1979 Arizona Wildcats football
Arizona Wildcats logo.svg
Fiesta Bowl, L 10–16 vs. Pittsburgh
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1979 record6–5–1 (4–3 Pac-10)
Head coach
Home stadium Arizona Stadium
Seasons
  1978
1980  
1979 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 USC $601  1101
No. 11 Washington 520  930
Arizona 430  651
Oregon 430  650
California 540  660
Stanford 331  551
Arizona State340  660
UCLA 340  560
Washington State 260  380
Oregon State 170  1100
  • $ Conference champion
  • † – Arizona State later forfeited 5 wins (3 in conference) due to NCAA sanctions [1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third and final season under head coach Tony Mason, the Wildcats compiled a 6–5–1 record (4–3 in Pac-10, third), lost to Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl, [2] and outscored their opponents, 244 to 243. [3] [4] The team played its home games on campus at Arizona Stadium in  Tucson.

Contents

Arizona's statistical leaders included Jim Krohn with 1,094 passing yards, Hubert Oliver with 1,021 rushing yards, and Tim Holmes with 319 receiving yards. [5] Linebacker Sam Giangardella led the team with 112 total tackles. [6]

Mason was dismissed in April 1980 in the wake of an alleged corruption scandal involving the program. [7] [8] [9]

Personnel

1979 Arizona Wildcats football team roster
PlayersCoaches
Offense
Pos.#NameClass
QB 5Jim Krohn (C)Sr
  Hubert Oliver
Defense
Pos.#NameClass
Special teams
Pos.#NameClass
K Brett Weber
K Bill Zivic
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Game summaries

at Arizona State

Brett Weber kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Wildcats their first win in Tempe since 1961. [10] Weber’s kick was known to Wildcat fans as “The Kick”. [11]

vs. Pittsburgh (Fiesta Bowl)

In their first bowl game since 1968, Arizona attempted a late rally against Pittsburgh, but ultimately came up short. [12] The Wildcats would not return to the Fiesta Bowl again until 1994.

Season notes

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  11. "The Kick: Wildcats sink Sun Devils with field goal on final play". Arizona Daily Wildcat . November 26, 1979.
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