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2016 Arizona Wildcats football season countdown: No. 25 and 26 individual records




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Only 25 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.

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. Days No. 26 and 25 are mentioned in this blog because yesterday’s countdown was not published after the news of the passing of center Zach Hemmila was announced:


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Ka’Deem Carey’s 1,929 yards rushing in 2012 broke the previous Arizona record of 1,602 yards set by Trung Canidate in 1999.

Carey’s school-record 23 rushing touchdowns also in 2012 topped the 21 achieved by Art Luppino in 1954.


No. 25

Most rushing yards, season: 1,929, Ka’Deem Carey, 2012 (303 attempts)

Pac-12 record: 2,427, Marcus Allen, USC, 1981 (433 attempts)

NCAA record: 2,628, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988 (344 attempts)

Ka’Deem Carey’s breakout season in 2012 coincided with Rich Rodriguez’s first season at Arizona.

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No. 26

Most Touchdown Rushing, Season: 23, Ka’Deem Carey, 2012

Pac-12 record: 28, Toby Gerhart, Stanford, 2009

NCAA record: 37, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988

This is one of Carey’s school-record 23 rushing touchdowns achieved in the 2012 season.

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Other Carey records at Arizona listed before in this countdown:

33. Most Rushing Touchdowns, Career: 48, 2011-13

37. Most Rushing Yards, Career: 4,239, 2011-13 (743 rushes)

41. Most Touchdowns Scored, Career: 52, 2011-13 (36 games, 48 rushing, 4 receiving)

58. Most Games Gained 100 Yards Rushing, Career: 22, 2011-13 (36 games)

59. Touchdowns Scored, Game: 5, vs. Colorado, 2012, tied with Art Luppino, vs. New Mexico St., 1954

60. All-Purpose Yards Gained, Career: 5,483, 2011-13

73. All-Purpose Yards Gained, Game: 400, vs. Colorado, Nov. 10, 2012

80. Most Rushing Attempts, Game: 48, vs. Oregon, Nov. 23, 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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