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Ka’Deem Carey’s rushing total against Colorado better than one FBS team has gained all season

Ka’Deem Carey produced more running yards and rushing touchdowns against Colorado than some FBS teams can dream of this season (FX broadcast screen shot)

More fallout from Ka’Deem Carey’s record-breaking performance against Colorado in Arizona’s 56-31 victory over the Buffaloes at Arizona Stadium (Note: This is through my research) …

— Carey’s 366 yards on 25 carries is 37 more net yards than Washington State has gained all season. The Cougars are last in the FBS (120 teams) with 329 yards on 209 carries. Ironically, Carey’s total broke the Pac-12 record previously held by a Washington State player — Rueben Mayes, who rushed for 357 yards against Oregon in 1984.

— Carey is tied with Toledo’s David Fluellen for second in the nation with 1,381 net rushing yards. Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson leads the nation with 1,436. Carey’s yard total is more than 37 FBS teams have produced this season. Alone, he would rank 84th nationally, just ahead of Iowa State’s 1,378 total.

— Carey’s 18 rushing touchdowns this season is more than 68 FBS teams have produced. His total is three shy of the school-record 21 scored by Art Luppino in 1954. The “Cactus Comet” achieved the feat in 10 games. Carey has played 10 games and has at least two more this season against Utah and ASU.

— His school-record five rushing touchdowns against the Buffaloes is more than what three FBS teams have scored the entire season. Idaho, Tulane and Washington State have each rushed for three touchdowns this season. He tied what Boston College and Miami (Ohio) have scored.

— Carey told Arizona radio broadcast sideline reporter Dana Cooper that he was winded more than other games not because of the 366 yards he covered, but because he was wearing spandex under his pants. Cooper said that Carey told him the spandex felt constrictive and he had to exert more energy. Therefore, if it was a warmer day, and Carey did not feel the need to wear spandex, he may have gained more and broken Ladainian Tomlinson’s NCAA record of 406 yards.

Site publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner


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