Wins over ranked teams have Wildcats feeling good

Updated: November 16, 2006, 9:33 AM ET
By Ted Miller | Special to
A month ago, Arizona fans were starting to grumble about coach Mike Stoops. They wondered if he was the right guy to turn the Wildcats around. Now? Not so much. The Wildcats have beaten two ranked opponents in a row for the first time since 1992. They have won back-to-back Pac-10 road games for the first time since 2001. They have won three of four overall and need one victory in their final two games to become eligible for their first bowl game since 1998. Things are much better than they were after they dropped consecutive games to Washington and UCLA by a combined 48-17 count. "There's a little change in the way our kids perceive themselves," Stoops said.

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