Arizona Wildcats (4-2, 1-2) running back Ka’deem Carey rushed for 236 yards on a school-record 40 carries, as the Wildcats beat the Utah Utes (4-3, 1-3) 35-24.
His final carry of the night was a 44-yard touchdown run with 1:30 left to seal Arizona’s first Pac-12 victory of 2013.
“On (Carey’s) last touchdown, I was yelling at him to get down, but I’m sure he didn’t hear me,” Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez said after the game. “He’s just a great football player. He’s 10 pounds heavier and in great shape, and he has a certain hunger when he plays. He’s one of the best I’ve ever coached.”
Carey has now eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the ninth-straight game. Over that period, he has rushed for 1,719 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also has now rushed over 3,000 yards in his career.
“I feel every carry,” Carey said. “That was a fun game. The blockers were giving me holes and I just took it.”
Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker threw for 168 yards and ran for another 51, totaling three touchdowns. He had two rushing touchdowns in the first half and then a passing touchdown to wide receiver Nate Phillips in the third quarter.
Wildcats linebacker Marquis Flowers accounted for the last touchdown, returning an interception 19 yards for a score in the second quarter.
“The interception return to me was a long time coming,” Flowers said. “It was a big play for the defense and it was a good night.”
Utah was down 20-7 at halftime, but scored 14 points to open the second half. However, kicker Andy Phillips – who hadn’t missed a field goal all season – missed his second kick with 3:49 left that would have made the score 28-27.
Utes quarterback Travis Wilson completed 3-of-9 passes for a touchdown and two interceptions before leaving the game due to a hand injury. His backup, Adam Schulz, threw for 142 yards and a touchdown on 23 pass attempts, the majority of which came in the second half.
“I’m exhausted,” Rodriguez said. “It was a nice team win against a good physical team. We made a few mistakes but it was a good effort and a very good win.”
Arizona goes on the road to play Colorado next Saturday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks from Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo.