The annual Territorial Cup -- the nation's oldest rivalry trophy game -- pits Arizona (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) against Arizona State (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12) on Friday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. MST. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Nov. 19, 2012
The Territorial Cup
Arizona State (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12) at Arizona (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12)
Arizona Football Weekly Release (PDF)
Date: Friday, Nov. 23 Time: 8 p.m. (MST)
Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Arizona Stadium - 51,811)
Television Broadcast: ESPN
TV Broadcasters: Carter Blackburn (pxp), Rod Gilmore (analyst), Jamele Hill (sideline)
UA Radio: Arizona Radio Network, 1290 AM Tucson
UA Radio Broadcasters: Brian Jeffries (pxp), Lamont Lovett (color analyst), Dana Cooper (sideline analyst)
UA Spanish Radio: 990 AM -- Francisco Romero (pxp), Marco Rincon (analyst) Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 91, XM 91 (UA radio broadcast)
Territorial Cup Series History
All-Time: Arizona leads 47-37-1
First Meeting: Nov. 30, 1899 (Arizona State 11, Arizona 2 at Tucson)
Last Meeting: Nov. 19, 2011 (Arizona 31, Arizona State 27 at Tempe)
Some Game Themes: First-year head coaches Rich Rodriguez and Todd Graham have their programs bowl-eligible, but both put postseason travel plans on the backburner as they get their first taste of the nation's oldest rivalry trophy game ... Past coaching history aside, the two ball coaches know their first clash as rivals is significant: the winner gets state bragging rights, something that pays dividends on the recruiting trail and invigorates the fans and alumni for the next 365 days - or until they meet again ... Arizona boasts a potent and balanced offense, led by the nation's leading rusher entering the week (Ka'Deem Carey, 1,585 yards), a 3,000-yard passer (Matt Scott, 3,008 yards) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Austin Hill, 1,119 yards) ... The Sun Devils counter with the conference's second-ranked total defense spearheaded by a relentless pass rush that leads the nation at more than four sacks per game ... However, ASU has its own share of playmakers on offense and scores 36 points per game. Is another shootout in store at Arizona Stadium, where high-scoring affairs have become the norm? Or will the defenses dictate the pace of play against a pair of spread offenses that prefer the breakneck style of play-calling? ... Who will be the unheralded star that makes an impact the way so many have over the years in this storied rivalry series? ... Can Arizona cap one of its most successful home slates in program history with its most significant victory of the season? Or will the Sun Devils return the favor and steal a win in gut-wrenching fashion the way the Wildcats did a season ago in Tempe? ... An extremely intense series of late, with each of the last three games being decided on the game's final play ... It's Thanksgiving Weekend, but only one school can claim an early holiday present: The Territorial Cup.
The Territorial Cup: The Territorial Championship Cup was first presented to Tempe Normal School after its 11-2 victory over Arizona at Tucson's Carrillo Gardens field downtown on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 30, 1899. That makes it the oldest rivalry trophy game in America (Comparisons: Michigan-Minnesota/Little Brown Jug/1909; Indiana-Purdue/Old Oaken Bucket/1925). Carrillo Gardens was in a downtown park on a side street south of the current Tucson Convention Center in the Barrio Historico district. The Cup has been registered with the NCAA and thereby sanctions the game as the oldest trophy game. Early origins of the piece are unclear but the cup itself is silver-plated over base metal and was manufactured by Reed and Barton of Taunton, Mass., according to some reports, which also indicate a catalog price of $20. The lone inscription reads: "Arizona Foot Ball League 1899 Normal." The Cup's whereabouts for the next eight decades also remains unclear until its discovery among items found in the baseman of a church near ASU in the early 1980s and then displayed in various ASU collections. In 2001, then ASU President Lattie Coor led the move to have it again presented to the game winner. Over the years the Governor's Trophy (1953-1979) and a "Victory" sculpture by artist Ben Goo (1979-1997) were presented to the game's winner. The Saguaro Trophy, a bronze piece commissioned from artist Dora Perry in 1998, also has been in the mix, and now goes to the winning coach each year. The Bob Moran Most Outstanding Player in the game, named in 2008 after the late sportswriter who covered both teams, earns the Ben Goo sculpture for his school's hall of fame. The Cup on the sideline at the game itself is a replica, with the original piece requiring curator treatment for its hall of fame type display. The games themselves are not atypical of a state where the Territorial Legislature awarded one city (Phoenix) the initial economic prize, the state hospital, while the other town (Tucson) got the fledgling first state university. The games are competitive, territorial and a distinct matter of pride.
The Coaches: Arizona - Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia '86), first year at Arizona (7-4) and 18th as a head coach overall (126-88-2). Rodriguez was introduced as the 30th head coach of the UA football program on Nov. 22, 2011. He carries Division I records of 7-4 at Arizona, 60-26 at West Virginia (2001-2007) and 15-22 at Michigan (2008-10). He began his head coaching career at Salem (W.Va.) University in 1988 and then coached at Glenville State (W.Va.) from 1990-96. Rodriguez's West Virginia teams were Big East Champions in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 while appearing in two BCS bowls, the 2005 Sugar Bowl with a victory over Georgia for an 11-1 record and a victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl to finish 10-2 shortly after Rodriguez had left for Michigan. Arizona State - Todd Graham (East Central University [Ada, Okla.] '87), first year at Arizona State (6-5) and seventh as head coach overall (54-34). Arrived at ASU following one season as the head guy at Pittsburgh. Previously coached Tulsa to three 10-win seasons in his four years with the Golden Hurricane, after making his head coaching debut in one season at Rice in 2006. Despite coaching some high-scoring offenses as a head coach, his background is on the defensive side as both a player and coach, including two seasons as a co-defensive coordinator under Rich Rodriguezat West Virginia (2001-02).
2011 UA-ASU Flashback: Arizona played like its hair was on fire down the stretch and came away with a rewarding come-from-behind victory over ASU in Tempe, 31-27, to regain possession of the Territorial Cup. The Cats scored 14 points in the final 10 minutes and played defense with some swarming tenacity to secure the win. The final play -- a 14th pass broken up at the goal line as time expired. Nick Foles earned the T-Cup's Bob Moran Most Valuable Player award with 370 passing yards and a pair of scores, but stood on the sidelines in physical discomfort as backup Bryson Beirne pitched the final inning including the game-winning TD catch-and-run by senior wideout Juron Criner with five minutes left. The Cats' resilience on defense, weathering a 487-yard passing night by ASU's Brock Osweiler, proved critical. Seven players knocked down half his incompletions (26-for-65) led by freshman linebacker Tra'Mayne Bondurant with four and three by freshman nickel back Jourdon Grandon. Grandon's interception and 41-yard return late in the fourth period helped UA maintain the lead for a final defensive effort. ASU outgained the Cats, 548 to 494, but suffered two other turnovers including a pick by Shaq Richardson that led to the Cats' second score. UA took a 14-0 lead half way through the first period with an 80-yard drive and that 49-yard turnover drive, but then struggled as ASU went on a 17-3 run until the 10-minute mark. Foles engineered a 94-yard drive in seven plays capped by a remarkable TD catch-run by Gino Crump to pull UA to within three at 27-24. On defense, Arizona seemed to sense that yards would be had -- as they had been all year by opposing offenses -- so just go out and fly around and hit people. On offense, the Cats continued their No. 4-rated passing game and added 100 yards on the ground, 92 of those from freshman Ka'Deem Carey. UA eschewed its typical front and played some 3-4 stack defense to disguise gaps and help keep ASU's running game in check at 61 net yards, the second-lowest total of the year.
Last Week: Arizona locked up a bowl bid as it earned a satisfying, hard-fought win in rainy Salt Lake City, knocking the Utes from bowl contention for the first time since 2002 with a 34-24 come-from-behind victory. The Cats had been shutout in the first quarter on the road all season, but John Bonano's 44-yard field goal put the visitor's up a field goal late in the initial quarter. Utah wrestled the lead away on a fake field goal flipped backwards through the holder's legs and into the hands of kicker Colem Petersen who ran around right-end for a three-yard touchdown. Ka'Deem Carey and Matt Scott found paydirt for a pair of scores in a span of 1:23 to reclaim a 17-7 lead. After a Utah touchdown cut the lead to only three points, the Cats were poised to tack on more before half, but a redzone turnover in the final minute kept it a 17-14 hafltime score. The Utes scored the first 10 points of the second half to claim a touchdown advantage before Daniel Jenkins' tied the game with a two-yard rushing touchdown. The Utes sensed momentum was slipping away and tried a fake punt on their next drive, but reserve running back Kylan Butler sniffed it out and made a key fourth down tackle. Four plays later, Austin Hill turned a third-and-seven conversion into an 18-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. The Cats defense stiffened and did not allow a fourth quarter point, while Bonano's 24-yard field goal capped a run of 17-unanswered points in the final stanza to seal to the 34-24 victory - Rich Rodriguez's first on the road as the UA coach. The key was a dominant rushing attacked that rolled up 310 yards against a physical defensive front, led by All-America candidate Star Lotulelei, that had not yielded more than 171 rushing yards in a game all season. The Wildcats superlative stars - Carey, Scott and Hill - each did their part. Carey topped 200 yards (204) for the second game in a row, Matt Scott returned from a missed start to pass for 160 yards and run for 74 yards, and Hill tallied six catches - each for first downs - for 96 yards. The defense, which played as many as five current or former walkons (Jared Tevis, Sir Thomas Jackson, Tevin Hood, Vince Miles and Blake Brady) held the Utes to 1-of-5 on fourth down tries.
Arizona In The Rankings: Arizona is ranked No. 24 in this week's BCS Standings, though the Wildcats are unranked in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll. The Wildcats were ranked No. 22 in the BCS standings at the beginning of this month following a 36-33 victory over USC on Oct. 27. Previously, Arizona was last ranked in the BCS Standings heading into the final week of the regular season in 2010 (No. 23 before losing to Arizona State).
Going Bowling: Arizona's 34-24 victory at Utah last Saturday clinched a bowl berth for the Wildcats, which will mark their fourth postseason trip in the last five seasons. It's an impressive accomplishment for a program that went nine full seasons between bowl appearances (1998 Holiday Bowl to 2008 Las Vegas Bowl). The Wildcats also appeared in the 2009 Holiday Bowl and 2010 Alamo Bowl under former head coach Mike Stoops. This year, the Pac-12 has tie-ins with eight total bowls. Pac-12 bowl partners include, in order of selection after the Rose Bowl present by Vizio in Pasadena (Jan. 1): the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio (Dec. 29), Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego (Dec. 27), Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso (Dec. 31), the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (Dec. 22), the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco (Dec. 29), and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque (Dec. 15).
With A Carey on Top: Sophomore running back Ka'Deem Carey is the nation's leading rusher by total yardage (1,585) and yards per game (144.09) entering this week's football action. The local product from Canyon del Oro High School also leads all FBS players in both total yards from scrimmage (1,874) and yards from scrimmage per game (170.4). With one regular season game remaining and a pending bowl bid, Carey could challenge to finish the year as the nation's leading rusher. The only Wildcat to ever do so was Art Luppino, who topped all rushers in 1955 (1,313 yards) and 1954 (1,359). The last UA player to finish in the top-10 was Trung Canidate, who finished No. 7 in 1999 with a still school-record 1,602 yards. Carey is 18 yards shy of breaking Canidate's mark. With 20 total touchdowns (19 rushing, one receiving) this year, Carey is tied for third nationally in touchdowns scored.
Superlative Triple-Threat: Arizona's offensive triple-threat attack features a 3,000-yard passer (Matt Scott - 3,008 yards), a 1,500-yard rusher (Ka'Deem Carey - 1,585 yards) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Austin Hill- 1,119 yards). The trio is the first of its kind in Arizona history, a school that has only once had a 1,000-yard rushing and 1,000-yard receiving tandem in the same season (Trung Canidate and Dennis Northcutt in 1999). Scott, who missed one start against Colorado this month, ranks second in the Pac-12 in passing yards and is one of just 21 quarterbacks to have topped 3,000 yards this season. Carey leads all players in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage (1,874), while Hill - a Bilitnikoff Award Semifinalist - ranks No. 9 individually for total receiving yards.
Rodriguez Notches Winning Season: Arizona's 34-24 victory at Utah on Saturday not only marked head coach Rich Rodriguez's first road victory with the Wildcats, it also assured him a winning record in his first season at the school. That's notable because the last UA head coach to do so in his inaugural campaign was College Football Hall of Fame member Jim Young, whose Wildcat club posted a winning season with an 8-3 record in 1973. Othwerwise, Tony Mason (5-7, 1977), Larry Smith (5-6, 1980), John Mackovic (5-6, 2001) and Mike Stoops (3-8, 2004) were unable to turn in winning seasons in their first year on the job. However, Dick Tomey, UA's all-time coaching wins leader, broke even at 4-4-3 in his first season in 1987.
Home Sweet Home: A big reason Arizona has achieved bowl eligibility in four of the past five seasons is because the Wildcats have made the most of their home games. Over the past six seasons (2007-12), Arizona is 27-12 (.692) at Arizona Stadium. In the previous six years (2001-06), the Wildcats struggled to a 14-26 (.350) clip in Tucson. The recent run of success is the best six-year win total since a period from 1993-98 when UA posted an impressive 29-7 (.806) record. Rich Rodriguez's first club has tallied a 6-1 record at home, the most victories at Arizona Stadium in a season since an undefeated 6-0 1993 campaign.
Home Cookin': Arizona, 6-1 at Arizona Stadium this season, has a chance to win a school-record seventh home game this Friday. In fact, with their six wins to date, the Wildcats have matched the 1961 (6-0), 1984 (6-1) and 1993 (6-0) squads as the only Arizona teams to have won six home games in the same season since 1950. It should be noted that the eight-game home slate this year marks just the third time in history the Wildcats have played eight regular season games in Tucson (also the 1956 and 1988 teams). Otherwise, Arizona has had 20 chances at seven-win home campaigns in the past if they would have gone a perfect 7-0 in those seasons.
The Recipe: Offense, and lots of it. Arizona's success at home since the start of the 2007 season can be traced to an offensive surge. Over the last 39 games at Arizona Stadium, the Wildcats have scored 1,413 points for an average of 36.2 points per game. Arizona has scored 30 or more in 26 of those 39 games with an impressive 23-3 record in such contests. When the Cats scored 40 or more points, they are 17-1, including 4-0 this year under Rich Rodriguez. When UA scores 50 or more points, it is 6-0 over the last six years highlighted by a 4-0 mark this season. However, when Arizona fails to reach 30 points in a home game, it has struggled to a 4-9 record, including a 30-29 overtime loss to Arizona State in 2010 decided on a missed extra point. A similar breakdown holds true from a total yardage perspective. In the 39 games, the Cats have 18,181 yards (466.2 per game). When they reach 500 yards, they are 11-2. If they get 450 or more yards, they are 20-5. Arizona is 7-7 when held below 450 yards of offense, and just 4-5 in games with less than 400 yards.
Thank You, Seniors: Friday's game marks the final home game for 21 seniors that have helped produce a winning 26-23 record over the last four seasons and a 34-28 mark over the last five years. The group is set to make its third bowl appearance over the last four years, and for those players that were around to redshirt in 2008, they will make their fourth postseason trip in their five-year career. The last time a Wildcat senior class achieved that feat was in 1994 when Arizona participated in bowl games in 1990 and then 1992-94. The seniors who will be honored on the field before Friday's game are: Dominique Austin (DL), Addison Bachman (OL), Trace Biskin (OL), John Bonano (PK), Dan Buckner (WR), Lamar De Rego (DL), Kyle Dugandzic (P), Chris Merrill (DL), Terrence Miller (WR), Willie Mobley (DL), Greg Nwoko (RB/LB), Kyle Quinn (OL), Drew Robinson (TE), Jaime Salazar (PK), Matt Scott (QB), Elliot Taylor (RB), Taimi Tutogi (FB/DL), Christian Upshaw (DL), Jowyn Ward (DL/OL), Mark Watley (DB) and Shane Zink(OL).
New Eras Clash: The meeting of first-year head coaches Todd Graham (ASU) and Rich Rodriguez is the seventh time in the history of the series that the two schools each have a first-year coach in the same season. The most recent occurrence was more than a decade ago when John Mackovic began his three-year UA tenure in 2001 and Dirk Koetter began his six-year run at Arizona State. Prior to that, Larry Smith's initial season in the Old Pueblo was 1980, the same year Darryl Rogers took over in Tempe. Otherwise, the other occurrences are more than 50 years ago, including in 1952 (UA's Warren Woodson/ASU's Clyde Smith), 1938 (UA's Orian M. Landreth/ASU's Dixie Howell), 1933 (UA's G.A. "Tex" Oliver/ASU's Rudy Lavik) and 1914 (UA's J.F. "Pop" McKale/George Schaeffer). Arizona's head coaches are 3-2 in the meetings of first-year head coaches, with wins in 1914, 1933 and 2001 (the teams did not play in the 1938 season). While on the topic of UA-ASU coaches, there is one man who has coached at both schools - Edward A. Doherty, who led a resurgence of ASU's program from 1947-50 and later took over for two seasons in Tucson from 1957-58.
Spurtability: A term coined by Clark Kellogg usually reserved for action on the hardwood, the Wildcats have made use of it on the gridiron this season. Arizona has trailed in all six of its wins against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents this season, but has often used a major scoring run to seize control. Here's a rundown:
Sept. 1 vs. Toledo - Cats trailed 14-10 at halftime, but held Rockets to just seven points the rest of the way in a 24-17 Wildcat victory in overtime to kick off the Rich Rodriguez era.
Sept. 8 vs. No. 18 Oklahoma State - The Cowboys surged to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Wildcats scored 30 unanswered points en route to a 59-38 upset victory.
Oct. 20 vs. Washington - The Huskies opened up with a 3-0 lead, but Arizona responded by scoring the next 17 points and then shut out Washington, 21-0, in the second half of a 52-17 rout.
Oct. 27 vs. No. 18 USC - The Trojans, still in the national title picture at the time, were cruising with a 28-13 midway through the third quarter before Arizona erupted for 26-consecutive points on its way to a 39-36 upset victory.
Nov. 10 vs. Colorado - The Buffaloes owned a 10-7 lead at the start of the second quarter, but thanks to Ka'Deem Carey's conference and school record-setting 366 rushing yards, the Wildcats outscored CU 42-7 over the second and third quarters in a 56-31 win.
Nov. 17 at Utah - Needing to win-out to keep bowl hopes alive, Utah was on its way to a potential senior-day victory with a 24-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. However, Arizona scored 17-straight points in the fourth quarter to rally and defeat the Utes.
200-Yard Games: Ka'Deem Carey is the first Wildcat to register back-to-back 200-plus yard rushing games and is just the third to have multiple 200-yard games in his career. Trung Canidate had three 200-yard games in his career (one in 1998, two in 1999), while Art Luppino had one in 1954 and another in 1955 ... Arizona had 13 all-time 200-yard rushing games entering this season, and Carey's 366 vs. Colorado and 204 at Utah are Nos. 14 and 15 ... Carey is the fourth player in the nation this season to tally back-to-back 200-yard games, joining Cody Getz (Air Force), David Fluellen (Toledo) and Johnathan Franklin (UCLA) ... Carey is one of 10 players across the nation with multiple 200-yard games ... Carey's 570 combined yards in the two games are the most for a play in back-to-back games this season, and came up three shy of matching Washington State's Reuben Mayes' 573 yards in consecutive games in 1984 that stands as the Pac-12 Conference record.
Red Out: Arizona officials have called for a "Red Out" at this Friday's rivalry game. It's nothing new for big games, especially in the rivalry series, and UA fans typically don cardinal-clad attire at most games anyways. But this time around, the football team will sport red helmets for the first time in some 30 years. The Wildcats last wore red lids in Larry Smith's first season at the school in 1980. The school had worn the red helmets since 1977, before Smith switched them to white in his second season. Arizona also topped of its uniform with red helmets from 1967-72.
Ground Game Takes Off: Arizona, which ranks second in the Pac-12 in rushing, has topped 300-yards rushing in each of the last two games, rolling up 438 against Colorado two weeks ago and another 320 last Saturday at Utah. That is 758 yards over the last two games (379.0 per game), which is more than the season rushing totals of two FBS schools - Tulane (432) and Washington State (330). Arizona now has 2,473 rushing yards on the season - the most at the school since 1999 - for an average of 224.8 yards per game. That figure would rank as the ninth-best season per-game total in program history if it could hold up. Sophomore sensation Ka'Deem Carey enters the week as the nation's leading rusher (1,585 yards or 144.1 per game), having paced the Wildcats with 570 yards over the last two games (conference-record 336 vs. Colorado, 204 at Utah). His big-play capability has helped produce a 9.0 yards per carry average for the Wildcats over the last two games (84 attempts), which has increased the club's season yards per carry average to 5.5. That 5.5 yards per carry clip is a full two yards better than last season's 3.4 ypc clip. The school record for yards per carry was 5.7 by the 1961 squad.
New School Records: With a couple games to spare, Arizona has set a new record for total offense in a season with 5,740 yards, besting the 5,712 yards established a program best in 2010. With 521.8 yards per game, UA ranks second in the Pac-12 and No. 8 nationally in total offense. The Wildcats also set a new single-season school record for first downs with 314 this year. The record tally tops the previous mark set all the way back in ... 2011. The Nick Foles-led Wildcats moved the chains 309 times last year, which topped the 308 first downs UA notched in 2010. Arizona leads the Pac-12 and is tied for fourth nationally in the category this season.
Points To Be Made: Arizona, scoring 37.5 points per game, has totaled 413 points this season. That's the most in a single-season since the 2008 club posted a Pac-10/12 era high of 476 points over 13 games. The only other Wildcat team to score over 400 points in a season in the era was in the 12-1 season of 1998, when UA registered 439 points scored. Arizona has scored 54 total touchdowns this season, which tops the 52 celebrations the Cats had in 1998. The 2008 team holds the modern day school record with 56 total touchdowns.
Strength of Schedule: Jeff Sagarin ranks Arizona's schedules as the third-toughest in the nation to date, with six of the Wildcats 11 games to date being against teams in his top 30 (3-4 record). Looking at the BCS Standings this week, six of UA's opponents are currently ranked with the Wildcats, ranked No. 24 themselves, going 2-4 against those teams. Eight of UA's nine FBS opponents have earned an AP Top-25 ranking at some point this season. The combined record of UA's eight FBS opponents this season is 70-38.
Carey The Load: Sophomore running back Ka'Deem Carey, a local product out of Canyon del Oro High School, has emerged as UA's featured back and one of the most underrated players in the Pac-12 through the first 11 games of the season. On the Maxwell Award Watch List earlier this year, Carey leads the Pac-12 and all FBS rushers with 144.1 rushing yards per game checks in second in the conference in all-purpose yardage (171.8 ypg). The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder has 20 total scores (19 rushing, one receiving) to tie for the Pac-12 lead and rank tied for fourth nationally in touchdowns scored. Carey has topped 100 yards rushing eight times this season alone, just a year after the Wildcats broke 100 yards as a team only five times in 12 contests in 2011. Six of his 100-yard games have come against Pac-12 schools. He boasts a 5.89 yards per carry average in career (340-2,010, 25 TD), the eighth-best career average for active FBS players with minimum 300 rush attempts.
Ka'Deem Carey in the FBS National Rankings:
- Ranks No. 1 with 1,585 rushing yards.
- Ranks No. 1 with 144.1 rushing yards per game.
- Ranks No. 1 with 1,874 total yards from scrimmage.
- Ranks No. 6 with 1,890 all-purpose yards (t-No. 2 in Pac-12).
- Ranks No. 1 with 48 rushing plays of 10-plus yards.
- Ranks tied for No. 1 with 18 rushing plays of 20-plus yards.
- Ranks tied for No. 4 with 57 scrimmage plays of 10-plus yards (tied for No. 2 in Pac-12)
- Ranks tied for No. 3 with 22 scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards (No. 1 in Pac-12)
- Ranks tied for No. 4 with 20 total touchdowns (tied for No. 1 in Pac-12)
Carey No. 2: Ka'Deem Carey's 1,585 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns rank No. 2 in the UA single-season charts. Carey trails Trung Canidate's 1,602 yards in 1999 and Art Luppino's 21 touchdowns in 1954 for the top spot in each category. Carey currently ranks No. 5 in single-season school history for all-purpose yards (1,890) and No. 3 for single-season points scored (120).
Carey's Record Day: Ka'Deem Carey rushed 25 times for 366 yards and five touchdowns on Nov. 10 against Colorado, setting or matching several school and conference records. Here's a summary:
- Carey's 366 rushing yards were the ninth-most ever in an FBS (formerly Division I) game, including the most in 2012. The figure also broke Washington State's Rueben Mayes' conference record of 357 yards gained at Oregon on Oct. 27, 1984. The previous Arizona school record was held by Trung Canidate, who rushed for 288 yards against Arizona State on Nov. 27, 1998, at Arizona Stadium.
- Carey's five touchdown runs set a new Arizona record for single-game rushing scores and tied the conference record held by multiple players, including Oregon's Kenjon Barner who had five rushing scores against USC on Nov. 3. The five scores matched Art Luppino's record for single-game total touchdowns (four by rushing) set on Sept. 18, 1954, against New Mexico State. With a pair of extra points in that 1954 game, Luppino set the school record for single-game points scored (32). Carey's 30 last Saturday now rank second all-time at the school.
- Carey shattered the single-game school record for yards per carry (14.6) for a palyer with 20 or more rushing attempts in a game. The previous mark was established by Don Beasley, who ran 21 times for 193 yards (9.2 ypc) against Arizona State on Nov. 28, 1953.
- Carey added 34 receiving yards to finish with an even 400 all-purpose yards in the game - another school record. The previous mark was held by Art Luppino, who gained 359 against New Mexico State on Sept. 18, 1954.
Tracking Matt: Senior quarterback Matt Scott has emerged as one of the most prolific passers in the country in his only full season as a starter. Scott's 3,008 passing yards place him second in the Pac-12 and No. 21 in the nation, while his 300.8 yards per game is the 14th-best clip. Added with more than 40 rushing yards per game, Scott is averaging 345.1 yards in total offense per game, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks No. 8 nationally. Scott, who is averaging 11.8 yards per completion, has the 12th-most passing plays of 10-plus yards (123) of any quarterback in the country. It's all amounts to Scott challenging some single season and career top-10 offensive charts. Here's a look at a few:
- Scott has four of Arizona's top-10 all-time single-game total offense performances (485 at Stanford, 469 vs. USC, 461 vs. Toledo, and 432 vs. Oregon State)
- 3,451 total offense yards in 2012 already rank No. 3 in single-season history. He needs 70 more yards to move up to No. 2.
- Scott ranks No. 4 in single-season history with 21 passing touchdowns. Three more will move him into the No. 3 spot. He needs eight more to tie the record (28, held by Nick Foles  and Willie Tuitama).
- Scott (3,008 yards) ranks No. 6 on the school's single-season passing yardage list. He is 81 yards away from moving up to No. 5 and 184 from No. 4. Some 320 yards would push him up to No. 3.
- Scott's 254 pass completions rank No. 6 in single-season history.
- Scott's 27 career passing touchdowns rank No. 10 in program history.
Biletnikoff Semifinalist: Sophomore receiver Austin Hill is one of ten semifinalists for the 2012 Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top receiver. Hill has turned in a stellar season and is one of 10 receivers in the FBS with more than 1,100 receiving yards to date. His biggest game came against No. 10 USC on Oct. 27 in which he racked up a career-best 259 receiving yards, the second-highest total in UA single-game history. On 10 grabs in that game, he set a UA single-game mark for yards per reception (25.9) and currently boasts a season average of 16.5 yards per catch. In the USC game alone, Hill had five receptions of 20-plus yards, including a career-long 60-yarder to continue a trend of making big plays all season long. In fact, Hill ranks tied for No. 8 in the nation in receptions of 20-plus yards (18) and third for 30-plus yards (11). He averages 101.7 yards per game, good enough for the No. 3 spot in the Pac-12 and No. 11 nationally. His 16.5 yards per catch is actually 1.5 yards better than Pac-12 receiving leader Marqise Lee of USC.
Dan's The Man: In the receiving jamboree, senior Dan Buckner has been overshadowed by youngster Austin Hill, but the upperclassman has turned in a strong campaign. Buckner is second on the team in several receiving categories, including receptions (58), yards (730) and touchdowns (5). He averages 12.6 yards per grab - also second-best on the squad. With a pair of 100-yard receiving games, Buckner joins Hill (four 100-yard games) as one of several Pac-12 duos with multiple 100-yard games. Buckner is tied for No. 30nationally with 35 receptions of 10-plus yards. He has 11 over 20 yards. His two touchdowns scores against Colorado were a new individual single-game best.
Boomin' Bonano: John Bonano quietly put himself into the Arizona record books on Nov. 10, converting his 69th-consecutive point after touchdown try after the Wildcats' final score against Colorado (he is now 73-for-73). The previous school record of 68-straight made PATs was held by Max Zendejas (1982-84) and Jason Bondzio (2007-08). In 2012, Bonano is 45-for-45 on his PAT tries after connecting on all 24 attempts a season ago when he took over the job at mid-season. Prior to Bonano assuming the role last October, the Wildcats had missed five PATs (13-for-18) in the first half of the 2011 season. In addition to his PAT duties this year, Bonano is 12-for-18 on field goal tries with a long of 46. He has made eight of his last nine field goal attempts. The senior, who boasts a 3.92 GPA as a physiology major, has accounted for 85 points scored, which is 10 shy of breaking into UA's single-season top 10.
Give Them Credit: Some much-needed credit is due to a handful of overlooked Wildcats who were critical to Arizona's victory at Utah last week: Topping the list needs to be the offensive line, which paved the way for 320 yards against a Utah defense that hadn't allowed more than 171 in a game all season. Tackles Fabbiens Ebbele and Mickey Baucus were joined by inside linemen Kyle Quinn (center), Trace Biskin (guard), Shane Zink (guard) and Cayman Bundage (guard). The Cats were without starter Chris Putton who missed the trip with a concussion. The group did not allow a sack ... Ka'Deem Carey was the game's leading rusher with 204 yards, but backup tailback Daniel Jenkins turned in a solid night. The junior rushed seven times for 42 yards, including a two-yard touchdown to tie the game 24-24 early in the fourth quarter ... Another UA running back made perhaps the biggest play of the game on special teams. Junior Kylan Butler recorded his first tackle of the season as he snuffed out a fake punt to set up UA's go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchwon in the fourth quarter ... UA's defense regularly played five current or former walk-ons last week, including starters Sir Thomas Jackson (LB), Jared Tevis ("bandit" safety) and Vince Miles (free safety). They were joined by nose guard Tevin Hood and "spur" safety Blake Brady.
Rodriguez's 1,000-Yard Rushers: Ka'Deem Carey became the first running back to post a 1,000-yard season under head coach Rich Rodriguez since Steve Slaton did so at West Virginia in 2007. At Michigan, only dual-threat quarterback Dennard Robinson (2010) mounted a 1,000-yard season during Rodriguez's three seasons. At West Virginia, Slaton had three-straight 1,000-yard campaigns, including in 2007, 2006 and 2005. His quarterback during those years, Pat White, also turned in 1,000-yard seasons in 2006 and 2007. Prior to the Slaton-White years, running backs Avon Cobourne (2001 and 2002) and Quincy Wilson (2003) had 1,000-yard seasons under Rodriguez. Added up, and with Carey included, that's 10 (ten) 1,000-yard rushers over 11 seasons as an FBS head coach for Rodriguez.
Young Defense: Arizona has played 40 freshmen or sophomores this season, comprising more than half of the nearly 75 Wildcats to see the field. The Wildcats have played 10 true freshmen, the fourth-most of any Pac-12 school and among the top-20 nationally (research courtesy of David Plati at Colorado). With redshirts mixed in, UA has played more than 20 freshmen, most on defense where the Cats continue to learn Jeff Casteel's 3-3-5 scheme. Of the 121 defensive starts to date, more than half (68 total or 56.2 percent) have been turned in by freshmen or sophomores. The Wildcats have 48 starts from its junior class, and only five starts (each by Dominique Austin) by seniors, meaning over 95 percent of the defensive starters will return next season. Austin and fellow defensive linemen Chris Merrill and Willie Mobley are the only seniors that have appeared on the defensive two-deep this season. Against Colorado on Nov. 10, true freshmen C.J. Dozier (LB) and Vince Miles (FS) made their first career starts.
A Budding Star: Converted safety Marquis Flowers continues to develop as a linebacker, a position he was switched to about a week before the start of the season. At 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, Flowers is Arizona's biggest linebacker and ranks as team's leader with 5.5 sacks. Flowers is also leads the club with 12.0 tackles for loss and is second with 86 total tackles. He has added two interceptions, three pass breakups and has forced two fumbles. He has accounted for four takeaways in the last five games (forced fumble vs. Washington and two INTs and forced fumble vs. USC). Flowers was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week last week for his effort against USC on Oct. 27.
Man In The Middle: Junior Jake Fischer has been a stalwart middle linebacker in Arizona's new 3-3-5 defensive scheme implemented this season by defense coordinator Jeff Casteel. Fischer, who missed the 2011 season with an ACL injury, ranks No. 2 among Pac-12 players and No. 44 nationally with 8.9 tackles per game (98 total). That's just a handful of tackles shy of 10 per game for the slightly undersized 6-foot, 215-pounder, who can become just the third player to register 100 tackles in a season at the school over the last dozen years. Fischer has 6.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. He was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following a career-high 13-tackle season debut against Toledo on Sept. 1.
Up Next: Arizona's regular season schedule concludes on Friday. At 7-4, the Wildcats are guaranteed one of the Pac-12's bowl slots and will await an official invitation in the coming weeks.