TUCSON, Ariz. – Each week, Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff select Player of the Week honorees based on performance leading up to and including the game each week. The Wildcats defeated Utah, 35-24, Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Offense: Ka’Deem Carey, Junior, Running Back
The reigning national rushing champ carried the ball a school-record 40 times for 236 yards and a game-clinching touchdown as Arizona knocked off Utah, 35-24. Carey set the tone early with a 30-yard gain on his first carry of the game and then finished in style with a 44-yard touchdown burst on his final touch with 90 seconds remaining to put the Utes away.
Carey’s 236 rushing yards rank as his second-highest career tally and the third-highest in Arizona single-game history. He became only the sixth player in program history to rush for 3,000 career yards and now ranks No. 5 all-time in school history with 3,159. He topped the 200-yard mark for the third time in his career (second time vs. Utah) and surpassed 100 yards for the 15th time (ninth-straight), which is tied with Art Luppino for second-most in school history.
Defense: Sione Tuihalamaka, Senior, Defensive Line | Reggie Gilbert, Junior, Defensive Line
Arizona’s defense turned in a physical, spirited effort highlighted by Sione Tuihalamaka, Reggie Gilbert and the defensive line in a 35-24 victory over Utah. The Wildcats held the Utes 140 yards below their season average for total offense by limiting them to a season-low 329 yards. Arizona forced five three-and-outs, intercepted a pass on the first play of another drive and held Utah to 5-of-18 on third downs.
Tuihalamaka led the charge up front with a career-high eight tackles, including one-and-a-half for loss. Gilbert chipped in with four total tackles, including one sack for a loss of one yard and two tackles for a loss of three yards. Arizona’s defense registered seven tackles for loss and tied its season-high with three sacks. The Wildcats had just six tackles for loss and no sacks in their first two conference games.
Special Teams: Terris Jones-Grigsby, Junior, Running Back/Receiver
A reserve running back/slot receiver, Terris Jones-Grigsby starred on special teams in Arizona’s 35-24 victory over Utah. Jones-Grigsby set a career-high with four tackles, including two solo stops on kickoff coverage and another solo tackle in punt coverage. His plays helped Arizona limit the Utes to an average of 19 yards per kickoff return and 3.6 yards per punt return.
Redshirt freshman safety Tellas Jones was named Hard Edge Player of the Week. He had two tackles while playing on special teams and also saw significant time playing with the secondary. Freshman cornerback Derek Babiash was named Student of the Week.
From the scout team, freshman receiver Abraham Mendivil on offense, sophomore safety Tyler Turituri on defense and freshman safety Carter Hehr on special teams were honored for their efforts during the Utah game preparations.
The Wildcats will play the first of back-to-back road games next weekend when they venture to Colorado for a 5 p.m. MST tilt with the Buffaloes. Pac-12 Networks will have the television coverage, and Brian Jeffries, Lamont Lovett and Dana Cooper will have the call on the Arizona IMG Sports Network.
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