Nov. 10, 2012
Postgame Press Conference Video
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore Ka'Deem Carey shattered the Pac-12 record for rushing yards with 366 while also tying the school record with five rushing touchdowns to lift Arizona (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) to a 56-31 Homecoming victory over Colorado (1-9, 1-6 Pac-12) on Saturday at Arizona Stadium.
"Ka'Deem runs as hard and as angry as any running back in the country," head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We did a good job up front today for him but he's in great shape and he can take some of those hits. He always has really good vision but today you could see it with some of those cutbacks he had."
Carey shattered Rueben Mayes of Washington State's previous single-game Pac-12 record of 357 yards, set back in 1984. In addition, he broke the single-game school record of 288 yards set by Trung Canidate against Arizona State on Nov. 27, 1998. The 366 yards were also the ninth-most rushing yards in an FBS game all-time.
Meanwhile, junior B.J. Denker, who earned his first career start at quarterback, was 12-of-14 passing for 136 yards with two touchdown tosses. Denker also carried the ball nine times for 46 yards with a touchdown on the ground. Both of Denker's touchdown passes were to Dan Buckner, who had three grabs for 38 yards.
The Wildcats put up 574 yards of total offense on the afternoon on just 52 plays - 438 of those coming on the ground. Arizona had the ball on offense for just 18:12, while Colorado ran 76 plays and had the ball for 41:48.
After the Arizona defense forced a Colorado punt on the opening possession of the game, the Wildcats turned the ball over on their very first play from scrimmage. The Buffaloes took over at the Arizona 7-yard line and they needed just one play to punch in a touchdown on a run by Christian Powell.
The Wildcats answered on their next possession with a 10-yard touchdown run by Carey, which capped off a nine-play 80-yard drive.
Colorado responded with a 15-play drive that burned 8:18 seconds off the clock and ended with an 18-yard field goal. The Arizona defense came up with a pair of stops inside the five-yard line to force the field goal.
Arizona needed less than two minutes on its next drive to punch in another touchdown. Carey found the endzone for the second time in the game with a 13-yard run, which gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 14-10.
On Colorado's very next possession, sophomore Tra'Mayne Bondurant intercepted a Nick Hirschman pass and returned it to the CU 49-yard line. Following a 19-yard run by sophomore Garic Wharton on first down, Carey added his third touchdown run of the half on a 30-yard scamper to put the Cats in front, 21-10.
After a one-yard touchdown run by Powell to pull Colorado within four, Arizona answered just before the half on a 21-yard touchdown strike from Denker to Buckner, making the score 28-17 at the half.
The Wildcats continued their efficient offense to begin the second half as they put together back-to-back touchdown drives to put the game nearly out of reach. The Cats opened the half with a 73-yard drive that was capped off by a nine-yard touchdown pass from Denker to Buckner - the second time the duo hooked up for a touchdown in the game. After forcing a Colorado punt, Carey continued to add to his record day as he punched in an eight-yard touchdown run to make the score 42-17.
Arizona continued to add to its lead after Denker scored on a 10-yard following another defensive stand. The two-play drive was highlighted by a 71-yard rush by Carey to open the drive.
Colorado got a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 49-31. Donta Abron had a 10-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the quarter and then Connor Wood found Scott Fernandez for a 71-yard touchdown pass at the 10:22 mark.
Arizona capped off the scoring when Carey plunged in a 3-yard run at the 8:01 mark. The five-play, 88-yard drive was highlighted by a 64-yard run by Carey.
Powell led Colorado with 137 yards on 32 carries with two touchdowns, while Abron had 13 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona hits the road for the final time next Saturday for a contest at Utah. The game time and television network will be determined Sun., Nov. 12.