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2016 Arizona Wildcats football season countdown: No. 80 individual record




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Only 80 days separate us from the start of Rich Rodriguez’s fifth season, when the Arizona Wildcats football team plays Brigham Young on Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

As is customary on this Web site, we will count down the days with an interesting element associated with each day. This year the topic is the top 100 individual records in Arizona’s storied football past.

Compiling the list was no easy task, but it was feasible to do with the information provided in the record books by the Arizona media relations department, and we appreciate that.


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Ka’Deem Carey with one of his school-record 48 carries against Oregon in 2013, resulting in 206 yards rushing.


In past years, we have counted down the top games and highlighted players and some of the top plays in Arizona Wildcats football history. A couple of years ago in our top 100 countdown, we showcased the 1914 team that was responsible for Arizona becoming the “Wildcats”.

Back to this year’s countdown of the top 100 individual records in the 117 years of Arizona football:

No. 80

Most Individual Rushing Attempts, Game: 48, Ka’Deem Carey, vs. Oregon, Nov. 23, 2013 (206 yards)

Most Individual Rushing Attempts, Game: 58, Tony Sands, Kansas, vs. Missouri, Nov. 23, 1991 (396 yards)

Among Ka’Deem Carey’s 48 carries against Oregon in 2013 were four touchdown runs in the Wildcats’ 42-16 drubbing of the fifth-ranked Ducks.

One of Arizona’s greatest wins in school history, a 42-16 rout of No. 5 Oregon at Arizona Stadium in 2013, included one of the school’s most memorable performances by a running back.

Ka’Deem Carey exemplified his workhorse ways for Arizona, carrying a school-record 48 times while scoring on runs of 6, 1, 9 and 2 yards to break Art Luppino’s career record of 48 total touchdowns set from 1953-56. Carey also reached 3,913 career yards rushing, breaking the mark of 3,824 set by Trung Canidate from 1996-99.

The 48 carries were the most by an FBS running back that season, topping the 45 Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney piled up, also against Oregon, a couple weeks before Arizona played the Ducks.

Carey was quoted by the Associated Press saying: “Running hard and with passion today, it gave us the message that it’s time to play and let the defense feel that type of force that I’m bringing to them where they didn’t want to tackle me all game.”

His 349 carries that season, also an Arizona record, ranked first among Pac-12 running backs. He averaged 20.8 carries a game in 2013. publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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