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1998 Arizona Wildcats football team

The 1998 Arizona Wildcats football team represented University of Arizona during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the first 11-win season in school history and the best conference record to date. Had UCLA not lost its last regular season game, Arizona would have made its first ever appearance in the Rose Bowl this year, as UCLA would have gone to the National Championship game had they won, and Arizona would have gone to Pasadena as the Pac-10 runner up.

1998 Arizona Wildcats football
Arizona Wildcats logo.svg
Holiday Bowl champion
Holiday Bowl, W 23–20 vs. Nebraska
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1998 record12–1 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coachDick Tomey (12th season)
Offensive coordinatorDino Babers (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorRich Ellerson (2nd season)
Home stadiumArizona Stadium
(Capacity: 57,803)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 8 UCLA $   8 0         10 2  
No. 4 Arizona   7 1         12 1  
Oregon   5 3         8 4  
USC   5 3         8 5  
Washington   4 4         6 6  
Arizona State   4 4         5 6  
California   3 5         5 6  
Oregon State   2 6         5 6  
Stanford   2 6         3 8  
Washington State   0 8         3 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 38:00 PMat Hawaii*No. 24ESPN2W 27–638,745
September 1212:30 PMat StanfordNo. 21KTTUW 31–1430,096
September 197:00 PMIowa*No. 16FSNW 35–1152,634
September 245:00 PMat San Diego State*No. 16ESPNW 35–1623,811
October 37:00 PMat No. 20 WashingtonNo. 14FSNW 31–2871,469
October 107:15 PMNo. 3 UCLANo. 10
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, Arizona
FSNL 28–5258,738
October 171:00 PMat Oregon StateNo. 16W 38–1530,231
October 247:00 PMNortheast Louisiana*No. 14
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, Arizona
KTTUW 45–739,218
October 314:30 PMNo. 12 OregonNo. 13
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, Arizona
FSNW 38–344,931
November 77:00 PMWashington State No. 10
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, Arizona
FSNAZW 37–2747,761
November 144:30 PMat CaliforniaNo. 9KTTUW 27–2336,500
November 274:30 PMArizona StateNo. 7
FSNW 50–4257,953
December 306:00 PMvs. No. 14 Nebraska*No. 5ESPNW 23–2065,354
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time

Game summariesEdit

Arizona StateEdit

Arizona State at #7 Arizona
1 234Total
Arizona St 15 7614 42
Arizona 7 19177 50

Arizona's Trung Canidate rushes for a school record 288 yards.

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Chris McAlister Cornerback 1 10 Baltimore Ravens
Edwin Mulitalo Guard 4 129 Baltimore Ravens
Ronnie Smith Defensive back 5 168 Arizona Cardinals
Mike Lucky Tight end 7 229 Dallas Cowboys

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ReferencesEdit