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Arizona Wildcats’ Ka’Deem Carey now third in school’s career rushing chart

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In Arizona’s 33-28 win over host Cal today, junior running back Ka’Deem Carey maintained the pace toward Trung Canidate’s school career rushing mark.

Carey did not score and was not able to get closer to Art Luppino’s career rushing touchdown mark.

Carey gained 152 yards on 32 carries against the Golden Bears.

He has 39 career rushing touchdowns in only 31 games. Luppino scored a school-record 44 rushing touchdowns from 1953-56.

Carey passed Luppino in career rushing yards to move to No. 3 on Arizona’s career charts. Carey has 3,426 rushing yards. Luppino is now No. 4 with 3,381. Carey is only 75 yards from Ontiwaun Carter (3,501 yards) to reach No. 2 behind record holder Canidate

Entering today’s game, Carey needed to average 110 yards per game and one touchdown to reach Canidate and Luppino, respectively, in the regular season. Now that Arizona (6-2) is bowl eligible, the averages are slightly reduced. Carey passed the 110-yard mark in the third quarter.

“When you’ve been playing a long time you just kind of know,” Carey said in regards to eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark yet again. “You get a feel for how the game’s going and you can estimate. I don’t know how many yards I ended up with but I knew about when I got to 100.

“But more importantly, the team got the win and that’s what you play the game for.”

Carey has reached 3,426 career rushing yards in basically his second full season. He had only 91 carries for 425 yards as a freshman in 2011. His nation’s-best 1,929 rushing yards last season put him in the position to break Canidate’s record without having to play his senior season if he opts for early entry into the NFL draft.

Carey has 1,072 rushing yards in 188 attempts (5.9 yards per carry) in seven games after missing the season-opener against NAU and the opening quarter against UNLV for disciplinary reasons.

Here’s a breakdown of where Carey stands now with four regular-season games and one bowl remaining:

Career rushing yards: Canidate gained a school-record 3,824 yards from 1996-99. Carey now has 3,426. He needs 398 yards to reach Canidate. That means he must average 79.6 yards per game to reach Canidate.

Career rushing touchdowns: Luppino “The Cactus Comet” scored a school-record 44 rushing touchdowns from 1953-56. Carey now has 39. He needs five to reach Luppino. That means he must average one touchdown a game in the next five games.

ARIZONA TOP 10 CAREER RUSHERS

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WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and TucsonCitizen.com.

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