Arizona was able to beat Colorado for numerous reasons. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats were able to come out with the win.
After getting off to a slow start and trailing Colorado
at the end of the first quarter, Arizona
stormed back and eventually coasted to a 56-31 victory over the Buffaloes. The win gives UA a 6-4 overall record (3-4 in conference play) and makes the Wildcats bowl eligible in Rich Rodriguez
's first season as head coach at Arizona.
It was a record-setting day for running back Ka'Deem Carey, who ran all over the CU defense. The performance by the sophomore running back took a lot of pressure off quarterback B.J. Denker
, who was starting in place of the injured Matt Scott
. Even with their second-string quarterback under center, the Wildcats' offense still moved the ball at will against an overmatched Colorado defense.
Carey set the Pac-12 single-game record rushing record, finishing with 366 yards on the ground and his five touchdowns tied a school record as well. The Buffaloes couldn't bring Carey down and the UA offensive line did an admirable job in the trenches opening plenty of holes for the Wildcats' running back.
Carey ran over, around and through the CU defense, compiling an average of 14.6 yards per run. Carey hardly went down on first contact as he was able to put together several huge gains. His performance led the charge as the Wildcats totaled 438 rushing yards as a team.
Denker did well in place of Scott. The junior signal-caller completed 12 out of 14 pass attempts for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Denker was very efficient and managed the game well and was able to add 44 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Receiver Dan Buckner caught the only two passing touchdowns of the game. Buckner caught three passes in total for 38 yards and was able to win battles against the CU secondary on both scoring receptions.
The offensive line dominated the trenches all game. Not only did the unit open plenty of holes for Carey, but kept the heat off of Denker for the majority of the contest. The line's play went a long way in the overall success of the offense on Saturday.
The defense was hot and cold throughout the day. It allowed Colorado to move the ball early in the game, but played much better as the game progressed. After extending the lead in the second half, the Wildcats' defense seemed to relax a little and allowed the Buffaloes to put more points on the board.
Tra'Mayne Bondurant had a big interception to kill CU's momentum on offense. It was the sophomore's second pick of the 2012 campaign and added to his solid defensive effort. Bondurant finished with six tackles and put constant pressure in the Colorado backfield.
Arizona scored points quickly and often. The Wildcats put 56 points on the board even though they only held the ball for just a shade over 18 minutes. The CU defense provided little resistance and UA managed to put together an average of 11 yards per play.
The Wildcats played relatively mistake-free football after their first play from scrimmage on offense, where they fumbled the ball inside their own 10 yard line. Following that play, Arizona did not turn the ball once and only committed four penalties over the entire 60 minutes of the football game.