1968 Arizona Wildcats football
Sun Bowl, L 10–34 vs. Auburn
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
1968 record8–3 (5–1 WAC)
Head coach
Home stadiumArizona Stadium
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wyoming $ 6 1 0 7 3 0
Arizona State 5 1 0 8 2 0
Arizona 5 1 0 8 3 0
UTEP 3 3 0 4 5 1
Utah 2 3 0 3 7 0
Colorado State * 1 4 0 2 8 0
BYU 1 5 0 2 8 0
New Mexico 0 7 0 0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * Games against Texas Tech and Air Force counted in the conference standings.

The 1968 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1968 NCAA University Division football season. In their second and final season under head coach Darrell Mudra, the Wildcats compiled an 8–3 record (5–1 against WAC opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the WAC, lost to Auburn in the Sun Bowl, and outscored their opponents, 186 to 149.[1][2] The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The team's statistical leaders included Mark Driscoll with 927 passing yards, Noki Fulmaono with 579 rushing yards, and Ron Gardin with 892 receiving yards.[3]

Mudra stepped down as Arizona coach at the end of the season to accept the head coaching position at Western Illinois, and the Wildcats had to find a new coach for the 1969 season.[4]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 21at Iowa State*W 21–12
September 28at New MexicoW 19–8
October 5UTEPW 25–0
October 19BYU
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 19–3
October 26at Indiana*L 13–16
November 2Washington State*
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 28–14
November 9at Air Force*W 14–10
November 16at UtahW 16–15
November 23Wyoming
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 14–7
November 30Arizona State
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ (rivalry)
L 7–30
December 28vs. Auburn*L 10–34
  • *Non-conference game

Game summaries

Arizona State

See also: 1968 Arizona State Sun Devils football team and Arizona-Arizona State football rivalry

Prior to the matchup against Arizona State, Wildcat coach Mudra contacted the Sun Bowl committee about the possibility of having the winner of the Arizona–ASU game play in the bowl game. Wyoming, the eventual WAC winner, had won the conference in the previous two seasons, but lost to Arizona in their head-to-head matchup in 1968 and defeated ASU. As a result, Arizona had a slight better conference record that both Wyoming and ASU and Mudra issued an ultimatum to the Sun Bowl committee that Arizona would either be invited to play regardless of the result of the ASU game or not play a bowl at all. The committee chose the Wildcats to appear in the bowl, much to the anger of ASU and their fans.[5]

In the rivalry game itself, Arizona State shook off the controversy and defeated Arizona in a game that was known to fans as the “Ultimatum Bowl”.[6] ASU was left out of a bowl game due to a lack of bowl games available at the time.

Auburn (Sun Bowl)

Main article: 1968 Sun Bowl

See also: 1968 Auburn Tigers football team

In their first bowl appearance since 1948, the Wildcats took on Auburn from the SEC. After a 10–10 tie at the half, the Tigers broke the game open in the second half on its way to a 34–10 victory.[7]

Season notes

References

  1. ^ "1968 Arizona Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Arizona Football 2016 Media Guide" (PDF). University of Arizona. 2016. p. 106. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "1968 Arizona Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mudra leaves UA to become Western Illinois coach". Arizona Daily Star. January 14, 1969.
  5. ^ "UA picked to play in Sun Bowl at request of committee and Wildcats coach". The Arizona Republic. November 27, 1968.
  6. ^ "Ultimatum Bowl: Wildcats gets crushed by ASU, 30–7". Arizona Daily Star. December 1, 1968.
  7. ^ "Auburn dominates Wildcats in Sun Bowl". Arizona Daily Star. December 29, 1968.