Postgame Analysis: UNLV

Arizona took to the road and came away with a big victory. Read on for a closer look at the win, including how Ka'Deem Carey did, which Wildcat leads the NCAA, and more.

Arizona took to the road for the first time of the season and came away with a 58 - 13 win over UNLV. The Wildcats ran their way to victory in a blowout victory. Here is a closer look at how they did it:

  • Ka'Deem Carey waited a full game and some change for his first carry of the season. He made it a good one. With the Wildcats leading 17-6 Carey burst through the offensive line and sped 58 yards for a touchdown.

    Carey continued to dominate in the game, scoring on a 12-yard run the next drive down the field. He finished with 171 yards on sixteen carries, scoring the two touchdowns.

    Since he did not play in the first game of the season, his 171 yard-per-game average will likely keep him as one of the top five rushers in the country.

  • B.J. Denker started at quarterback for the Wildcats for the third time in his career. It was his first start on the road and he had mixed results. While Denker did not do much bad, he completed just eight of his 21 passes for 81 yards.

    The senior quarterback did not throw an interception, but did fumble late in the third quarter after a bad exchange with the running back. He was replaced by Javelle Allen midway through the fourth quarter. Allen did not attempt a pass.

  • Senior running back Daniel Jenkins got the starting nod for the second game in a row. He rushed seventeen times for 82 yards, but he did not find the end zone. After playing most of the first quarter, Jenkins saw just a few carries the rest of the game with Carey and Jared Baker seeing plenty of touches.

  • UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry had a rough game for the Runnin' Rebels. He finished the first half passing for six completions on 22 attempts. Sherry did throw one long touchdown, but also threw two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. Caleb Herring replaced the sophomore shortly after halftime.

    Herring passed just five times, completing three of them for just fourteen yards.

  • Nate Phillips caught his first pass of his collegiate career against UNLV and two more. The true freshman was replaced by Johnny Jackson as the punt returner, but was the team's leading receiver with three catches for 35 yards.

  • The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Arizona led 17-0 after the first quarter and 45-6 at halftime. The team scored 28 points in the second quarter of the game, a feat that had not been accomplished since the Wildcats did it in the second quarter of the 48-12 victory over UCLA on October 20, 2011.

    Arizona's total of 58 points was the most points scored on the road since beating Washington State on the road 59-28 on Nov 8, 2008.

  • Reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, safety Tra'mayne Bondurant made a strong push for the award for the second week in a row. Bondurant intercepted his third pass of the season and scored his second defensive touchdown after returning it 52 yards for the score. Bondurant now leads the nation with his three interceptions.

  • Just minutes before Bondurant scored on the pick-six, senior linebacker Jake Fischer did the same. Fischer caught a pass that was thrown over the middle and raced towards the end zone. It looked like he was going to be brought down, but spun off a would-be-tackler and crossed the goal line. The interception and defensive touchdowns were both firsts for his career.

  • Arizona's kicking woes seemed like they had been solved when Jake Smith got on campus. They haven't ended quite yet. Smith nailed his first kick of the night, a 41-yarder, but then proceeded to miss his next kick, a 39-yarder.

    It wasn't all bad for the kicker. He connected on his next two kicks, making three of four for the night and bringing his season average to 60-percent.

  • Shaquille Murray-Lawrence continued his string of games with long runs. The junior transfer scored one of UNLV's two touchdowns in the game on a 79-yard run late in the game. He had a 64-yard run in the season opener against Minnesota.

  • UNLV starting running back Tim Cornett was slowed down considerably. The star back was held to just 62 yards rushing on fifteen carries. The longest run that Cornett was able to break was just twelve yards, which was quite a feat for the Arizona defense.

  • True freshman Scooby Wright was playing in just his second career game. He was one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball, finishing with a team-high seven tackles, including one for a loss.


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