In what will be the Cougars first home game since Hurricane Harvey, the Wildcats will host the University of Houston on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
"It's just a tragic thing what's happened to that city," said Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez. "But, it's also uplifting to see how many people have reached out to help, including folks here. I'm sure they're anxious to play a football game. It's been a long time for them, and they'll be ready to go."
Arizona is coming off a 62-24 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday night. The Wildcats rushed for 506 yards. Dating back to last year's season finale against ASU, it's the second straight game the Wildcats have gained more than five hundred yards on the ground, which is a first in program history.
However, the Wildcats passed for eighty nine yards.
"We did not throw the ball as well as we needed to on Saturday," added Rodriguez. "At times, we didn't have to, particularly, as the game went on in the second and third quarter. We ran the ball so well we didn't have to pass. We're going to continue to work hard on it, because we have guys that can throw and catch, and we can protect, and we know that people are going to force us to throw at times. And, we're ready to do that."
Saturday night's game will be the first against Houston since 1986, when the Wildcats defeated the Cougars 37-3.