1984 Arizona Wildcats football
ConferencePacific-10
1984 record7–4 (5–2 Pac-10)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorSteve Axman (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorMoe Ankney (5th season)
Home stadiumArizona Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 USC $ 7 1 0 9 3 0
No. 2 Washington 6 1 0 11 1 0
No. 9 UCLA 5 2 0 9 3 0
Arizona 5 2 0 7 4 0
Washington State 4 3 0 6 5 0
Arizona State 3 4 0 5 6 0
Oregon 3 5 0 6 5 0
Stanford 3 5 0 5 6 0
Oregon State 1 7 0 2 9 0
California 1 8 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the Pacific 10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth season under head coach Larry Smith, the Wildcats compiled a 7–4 record (5–2 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in a tie for third place in the Pac-10, and outscored their opponents, 272 to 192. The team played their home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The Wildcats were placed on probation by both the NCAA and Pac-10 in May 1983 following the discovery of cash payments to student-athletes and players as well as allegations of fraud involving former Arizona coach Tony Mason in a scandal that rocked the university.[1] Due to the NCAA violations, Arizona was ineligible for the 1984 Pac-10 championship and was banned from playing in a bowl game (including the Rose Bowl). They were also barred from playing games on live television during the season as well as 1985.

Before the season

The Wildcats completed the 1983 season with a record of 7–3–1 (4–3–1 in Pac-10). They did not participate in a bowl game due to the NCAA sanctions for recruiting violations. Arizona was deeply affected by the penalties when it came to recruiting during the offseason.[2]

Arizona entered the 1984 season believing that they would win despite being on probation, though they would neither be competing for the Rose Bowl nor being shown on television. The NCAA had announced in May 1983 that the Wildcats would be barred from both a bowl game and having games aired live on TV.[3] As a result of the TV ban, Arizona games would not be broadcast on national or cable networks (ABC, CBS, ESPN, TBS, etc.).[4]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 1Fresno State*L 22–27
September 8California
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 23–13
September 15at Oregon StateW 27–8
September 22at LSU*L 26–27
September 29Long Beach State*
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 31–24
October 6Oregon
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 28–14
October 20at USCL 14–17
October 27at No. 1 WashingtonL 12–28
November 3Utah State*
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 45–10
November 10Stanforddagger
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ
W 28–14
November 24Arizona State
  • Arizona Stadium
  • Tucson, AZ (rivalry)
W 16–10
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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Personnel

1984 Arizona Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Max Zendejas Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt


Game summaries

LSU

Arizona traveled to Baton Rouge to play Louisiana State (LSU) in the first meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats fought tough and ultimately came up short against the Tigers.[6]

Oregon

See also: 1984 Oregon Ducks football team

1 234Total
Oregon 7 007 14
Arizona 0 10117 28
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Arizona Stadium
  • Game attendance: 40,848

The Wildcats played Oregon at home. After a close first half, Arizona took control in the second half and defeated the Ducks.[7]

Washington

On the road at Washington, Arizona's offense struggled at times against the top-ranked Huskies’ defense, which to a Wildcats loss.[8]

Arizona State

See also: Arizona-Arizona State football rivalry

The Wildcats played their season finale against rival Arizona State. In front of an Arizona Stadium crowd, the Wildcats did enough against the Sun Devils in low-scoring contest, and Arizona came out victorious over ASU for the third year in a row.[9][10] The offense managed to get only one touchdown and kicker Max Zendejas, who defeated ASU the previous year with a field goal, made three kicks, including 51 and 32 yard attempts in the fourth quarter, during the win. It was the first time since 1960-62 that the Wildcats defeated their rivals in three consecutive seasons.[11] Arizona finished the season with seven wins, matching their 1983 total.

Season notes

References

  1. ^ "UA football program aware of Mason cover-up". The Arizona Republic. May 7, 1983.
  2. ^ "Wildcats recruiting affected by NCAA sanctions". Arizona Daily Star. April 12, 1984.
  3. ^ "Smith: Wildcats can still compete for wins in '84 season". Tucson Citizen. July 27, 1984.
  4. ^ "No UA football games on live TV in '84 and '85 due to NCAA ban". Arizona Daily Star. August 20, 1984.
  5. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  6. ^ "Wildcats fall short at LSU". Arizona Daily Wildcat. September 24, 1984.
  7. ^ "Cats pull away from Ducks, 28–14". Arizona Daily Star. October 7, 1984.
  8. ^ "Wildcats get terminated by top-ranked Huskies". Arizona Daily Star. October 28, 1984.
  9. ^ "Wildcats edge Devils yet again". Tucson Citizen. November 25, 1984.
  10. ^ "Arizona wins third straight from ASU". Arizona Daily Star. November 25, 1984.
  11. ^ "Three in a row! Wildcats triumph over Sun Devils in close battle". Arizona Daily Wildcat. November 26, 1984.
  12. ^ "UA-ASU game is Wildcats' bowl game". Arizona Daily Star. November 22, 1984.
  13. ^ "KZAZ Channel 11 to air UA football home games on tape delay in '84 and '85 due to live TV ban". Tucson Citizen. August 29, 1984.