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2016 Arizona Wildcats football season countdown: No. 4 individual record




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Only four 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:


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Ka’Deem Carey’s 366 yards rushing against Colorado in 2012 is a Pac-12 record.

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No. 4

Most Rushing Yards, Game: 366 yards, Ka’Deem Carey, vs. Colorado, Nov. 10, 2012

Pac-12 record: Carey vs. Colorado

NCAA record: 427, Samaje Perine, Oklahoma vs. Kansas, Nov. 22, 2014

Ka’Deem Carey had an unreal 11 consecutive gains of double-digit yards in his record-setting performance against Colorado in 2012.

Ka’Deem Carey was already past the school record of 288 yards (set by Trung Canidate against ASU in 1998) late in a fourth quarter with a 71-yard burst to the Colorado 10. He kept on going from there, finishing with a Pac-12 record 366 yards and five touchdowns on 25 rushes.

“When I woke up this morning, I just had a great feeling and I put it my head that I wanted to get the school record,” Carey told the Tucson Citizen after Arizona’s 56-31 win over the beleaguered Buffaloes. “I didn’t want to tell anybody, but that’s what I thought.”

The former conference record was 357, which was an NCAA record when Rueben Mayes hit that number in 1984 for Washington State. Carey’s rushing total was the ninth-best in NCAA history — 40 yards away from the mark held by TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson at the time.

With starting quarterback Matt Scott out because of a concussion and junior college transfer B.J. Denker making his first career start, Arizona’s offense gravitated to Carey, who entered the game 17th nationally with an average of 112.8 rushing yards per game.

Carey was like a battering ram against Colorado making incredible consecutive runs of 13, 10, 30, 26, 21, 46, 14, 14, 10, 71 and 64 yards.

“When you just go for long ones and long ones, and you’re linemen are just getting so happy, you must be doing something good out there,” Carey said.

Previous records by Carey listed in this countdown:

19. Most Touchdowns Rushing, Game: 5, vs. Colorado, Nov. 10, 2012

25. Most Rushing Yards, Season: 1,929, 2012 (303 attempts)

26. Most Touchdown Rushing, Season: 23, 2012

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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