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CATCH UP ON THE COUNTDOWN BY VISITING: ARIZONA’S TOP 100 INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Only 19 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 runs in one of his school-record five touchdowns against Colorado on Nov. 10, 2012 (Fox Sports video screen shot)
PAC-12 MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
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Most Touchdowns Rushing, Game: 5, Ka’Deem Carey, vs. Colorado, Nov. 10, 2012
Pac-12 record: Carey is tied with eight others.
NCAA record: 8, Howard Griffith, Illinois vs. Southern Illinois, Sept. 22, 1990
Ka’Deem Carey’s five touchdown runs against Colorado broke the Arizona record of four held by four players.
Ka’Deem Carey’s five rushing touchdowns — 10, 13, 30, 8 and 3 yards — against Colorado on Nov. 10, 2012, was just a part of one of the most memorable performances from a running back in Arizona Wildcats history.
Other records to fall that day against a struggling Colorado defense were Carey’s overall rushing yards and his all-purpose yards.
“Ka’Deem runs as hard and as angry as any running back in the country,” coach Rich Rodriguez said. “We did a good job up front today for him but he’s in great shape and he can take some of those hits. He always has really good vision but today you could see it with some of those cutbacks he had.”
Carey knew before gametime he was in for something special in the 56-31 win over the Buffaloes at Arizona Stadium.
“When I woke up this morning I knew I was going to try and break a school record,” he said. “I didn’t tell anybody but I wanted to get it.”
Previous records by Carey listed in this countdown:
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
ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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 CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, 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.