1971 Arizona Wildcats football
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
1971 record5–6 (3–3 WAC)
Head coach
Home stadiumArizona Stadium
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 8 Arizona State $ 7 0 0 11 1 0
New Mexico 5 1 0 6 3 2
Arizona 3 3 0 5 6 0
BYU 3 4 0 5 6 0
Wyoming 3 4 0 5 6 0
Utah 3 4 0 3 8 0
Colorado State 1 4 0 3 8 0
UTEP 1 6 0 5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) during the 1971 NCAA University Division football season. In their third season under head coach Bob Weber, the Wildcats compiled a 5–6 record (3–3 against WAC opponents), finished in third place in the WAC, and were outscored by their opponents, 232 to 191.[1][2] The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The team's statistical leaders included Bill Demory with 1,384 passing yards, Bob McCall with 525 rushing yards, and Charlie McKee with 854 receiving yards.[3]

This was the first season in which Arizona played eleven regular season games, as the WAC announced plans to expand the regular season.[4]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 18at Washington State*W 39–28
September 25at UTEPW 14–6
October 2Texas Tech*L 10–13
October 9at WyomingL 3–14
October 16UCLA*
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
L 12–28
October 23Utah
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 14–3
October 30New Mexico
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ (rivalry)
L 28–34
November 6Oregon State*
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 34–22
November 13at BYUW 27–14
November 20at San Diego State*L 10–39
November 27at Arizona StateL 0–31
  • *Non-conference game

Game summaries

Washington State

See also: 1971 Washington State Cougars football team

Arizona started the season strong with a win over Washington State and won their first road game since 1968, when they defeated Utah, and breaking a nine-game road losing streak dating back to that season.[5]

Arizona State

See also: 1971 Arizona State Sun Devils football team and Arizona–Arizona State football rivalry

In the season finale at Arizona State, the Wildcats never stood a chance against the Sun Devils, and were shut out.[6] As of 2021, this remains Arizona State's most recent shutout victory over the Wildcats in Tempe.

References

  1. ^ "1971 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. ^ "1971 Arizona Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Arizona to play eleven regular season football games this fall". Arizona Daily Star. June 8, 1971.
  5. ^ "Wildcats defeat WSU, finally win on road". Arizona Daily Star. September 19, 1971.
  6. ^ "Devils shut out Wildcats, 31–0". The Arizona Republic. November 28, 1971.