Date: Nov. 10, 2012
What went down: A lot of offense. Colorado and Arizona combined for 1,011 yards of total offense, but the Wildcats had the upper hand in that category (574-437) and the final score, winning 56-31 at Arizona Stadium. Ka’Deem Carey set school and Pac-12 records with 366 rushing yards on 25 carries.
How it read: Greg Hansen marveled at Carey’s big game and what he was able to do against a struggling Colorado defense. He wrote:
The Pac-12 record stood for such a long time — since Washington State’s Ruben Mayes ran for 357 yards against the Oregon Ducks in 1984 — that Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne, then 14, was a ball boy, standing on the sidelines at Autzen Stadium.
On Saturday, Arizona chopped up Colorado 56-31, becoming bowl eligible, and Carey went from hometown hero to national radar screen.
“He was doing a little bit of the Nintendo-weave,” said UA coach Rich Rodriguez.
Colorado isn’t any good. In fact, it’s worse than that. But you don’t rush for 366 yards against the ’85 Chicago Bears.
Turning point: The UA actually trailed 10-7 after the first quarter, but outscored Colorado 42-7 over the next 30 minutes and took a 49-17 lead into the fourth quarter. Carey scored three touchdowns during that span.
Stats that matter: B.J. Denker, in his first career start supported Carey by completing 12 for 14 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and added 44 rushing yards on nine carries.
It’s history: The Wildcats won their next game over Utah before dropping their regular-season finale to Arizona State. The UA went on to beat Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl in December. Colorado lost its final two games and finished winless in Pac-12 play.