SHREVEPORT, La. - University of Arizona football defeated Boston College, 42-19, in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl Game in record-breaking fashion, Monday, at Independence Stadium.
The victory gave UA eight wins for a second-consecutive year, marking the first back-to-back eight-win seasons since 2008-09. Along with bowl game records, multiple school records were also broken for the Wildcats.
The six Wildcat touchdowns tied the Bowl record for most touchdowns. Arizona is now the seventh team to score six in the bowl game. The Wildcats also recorded the most first downs in the bowl’s history with 49. With 529 yards, the Wildcats have the third-highest yardage in an AdvoCare V100 Bowl game.
The Wildcats’ offensive clinic was led by Denker’s 275 passing yards. True freshman Nate Phillips had 193 receiving yards and recorded the first 100-yard receiving game for Arizona on the season. He also broke the school record for most receiving yards in a bowl game as well as most receiving yards in a game by a freshman in school history.
Ka’Deem Carey finished off his junior season with 16-straight 100-plus yard games with his 169-yard performance. As well, he has officially become the all-time all-purpose leader in yardage. Prior to Carey, the record was 5,392 yards, held by Dennis Northcutt.
On defense, the Wildcats held the Eagles to just two touchdowns and two field goals. Jake Fischer tied his career-high tackles with 14. Jourdon Grandon was right behind Fischer with 12 tackles, followed by Marquis Flowers and Tra’Mayne Bondurant with six and seven tackles, respectively.
Opening the game, Boston College received the ball. Starting the drive, Eagle quarterback Chase Rettig threw the first interception of the game. Jared Tevis caught his first interception of the season and brought the Wildcat offense on the field until a fumble forced by Manuel Asprilla.
With just over eight minutes left, the Wildcat offense got back to work and two long passes for a combined 79 yards by Phillips led the Cats to the first score of the game. Carey had a two-yard run to put the Cats ahead 7-0 after the extra point by Jake Smith.
On the Eagles’ third drive of the game, BC marched down the field but was held to a field goal by the Arizona defense.
In the Eagles first drive of the second quarter, Boston College was inside the Arizona 20-yard line when Keoni Bush-Loo had a momentum-changing sack for a loss of 12 yards forcing the Eagles to kick a 41-yard field goal to make the score 7-6, in favor of Arizona.
Following a muffed Boston College punt, the Eagles took over in Arizona territory with under six minutes remaining in the half. The Eagles, attempting to take their first lead of the game, were facing a third and four from Arizona’s 34 when Parks intercepted Rettig and returned it 69 yards for the score to put Arizona ahead 14-6. The interception return was the longest for a Wildcat since the 2011 91-yard return by Robert Golden against Washington.
A strong defensive effort by Arizona prevented the Eagles from scoring in the following drive. Dan Pettinato recorded a sack for a loss of eight yards.
With less than three minutes in the half, the Arizona offense was back on the field. Phillips began with a first-down pass for 13-yards. Carey and Denker provided a handful of runs leading up to a 26-yard touchdown pass to Trey Griffey for his first career touchdown catch.
The Wildcats received the ball to begin the second half. A quick offensive start by the Cats led to a touchdown to make the score 28-6. A sideline pass to Phillips for 23 yards gave way for a five-yard touchdown run by Carey.
With seven minutes to play, the Arizona offense kept the momentum going with a 41-yard pass to Phillips. Following 23 yards worth of rushing by Carey, a 12-yard pass to Grant, the Cats scored another touchdown by a rush by Denker. With under five minutes in the third quarter, Arizona was up 35-6.
The Arizona defense once again held the Eagles from scoring and allowed the Wildcat offense to take control of the ball to end the third quarter and begin the fourth quarter. Carey had a 19-yard rush to begin the offense. Additionally, Daniel Jenkins carried the ball for a total of 12 yards on the drive. A nine-yard completion to Phillips put the Cats in a position for Griffey to make his second touchdown reception of the game. With under 14 minutes in the game, the Cats were up 42-6.
Trying to build momentum, Boston College was able to move down the field for their first score of the second half. The drive included a long pass by Rettig for 35 yards. Andre Williams recorded the rushing touchdown after a 4-yard run. After a failed two-point conversion, the score was 42-12.
The Wildcats would kill the clock on their subsequent drive with a heavy dosage of Carey and Jenkins. The 6:50 drive covered 69 yards and left Boston College with just 5:10 on the clock.
Boston College was able to score its second touchdown of the half with 40 seconds left in the game. Tyler Rouse had the rushing touchdown for 20 yards to make the score 42-19 to end the game.