1973 Arizona Wildcats football
WAC co-champion
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
1973 record8–3 (6–1 WAC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJohn Mackovic (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorLarry Smith (1st season)
Captains
  • Ransom Terrell
  • James O'Connor
  • Mark Neal
Home stadiumArizona Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 9 Arizona State + 6 1 0 11 1 0
Arizona + 6 1 0 8 3 0
Utah 4 2 0 7 5 0
BYU 3 4 0 5 6 0
New Mexico 3 4 0 4 7 0
Wyoming 3 4 0 4 7 0
Colorado State 2 4 0 5 6 0
UTEP 0 7 0 0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona during the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. Led by Jim Young in his first year, the Wildcats shared the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship with rival Arizona State, with ASU winning the head-to-head matchup to clinch the conference’s bowl bid and Arizona was left out of the postseason as a result.

Young was brought in by Arizona to replace Bob Weber, who was fired after the 1972 season. The Wildcats believed that Young would rebuild the team and to return them to their winning ways.[1]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 8at Colorado StateW 31–017,217
September 15at WyomingW 21–719,718
September 22Indiana*W 26–1038,643
October 6at Iowa*W 23–2040,365
October 13New Mexico
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, Arizona
W 22–1439,582
October 20Texas Tech*No. 19
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, Arizona
L 17–3140,172
October 27Utah
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, Arizona
ABCW 42–2134,219
November 3at UTEPW 35–186,960
November 10at BYUW 24–1019,597
November 17Air Force*No. 19
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, Arizona
L 26–2739,733
November 24at No. 13 Arizona StateL 19–5551,383
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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Roster

Staff

Statistics

Passing

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Bruce Hill 104 216 1,529 9 9

Rushing

Player Att Yards TD
Jim Upchurch 210 1,184 10

Receiving

Player Rec Yards TD
Theo Bell 47 790 7

[2]

Awards

All-WAC (1st Team)

WAC Rookie of the Year: Bruce Hill

WAC Coach of the Year: Jim Young[2]

Season notes

References

  1. ^ "New UA football coach Young plans to return winning formula back to Tucson". Tucson Daily Citizen. January 2, 1973.
  2. ^ a b c 2009 Arizona football media guide
  3. ^ 2010 Arizona press kit
  4. ^ "UA fans thank Young for season turnaround". Arizona Daily Star. November 29, 1973.