1961 Arizona Wildcats football team

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1961 Arizona Wildcats football
Conference Independent
AP No. 17
1961 record 8–1–1
Head coach Jim LaRue (3rd season)
Captain Bob Garis, Eddie Wilson
Home stadium Arizona Stadium
← 1960
1962 →

The 1961 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona as an independent during the 1961 college football season. In their third season under head coach Jim LaRue, the Wildcats compiled an 8–1–1 record, were ranked No. 17 in the final AP Poll, and outscored their opponents, 288 to 131.[1][2] The team captains were Bob Garis and Eddie Wilson.[3] The team played its home games in Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.

The team's statistical leaders included Eddie Wilson with 1,294 passing yards and Bobby Thompson with 752 rushing yards and 468 receiving yards.[4]

Arizona joined the newly-formed Western Athletic Conference in 1962.[5]


  1. ^ "1961 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. ^ 2016 Media Guide, p. 102.
  4. ^ "1961 Arizona Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Western Athletic Conference Meet To Draft Bylaws". Arizona Daily Sun. July 19, 1962. p. 13.