Postgame Analysis: Colorado

Arizona won 44-20 on Saturday night. Ka'Deem Carey rushed for over 100 yards, but wasn't the most productive Wildcat. Read on to find out who that was and more.

Arizona built a two-game winning streak with a 44-20 victory over Colorado on Saturday night. The win moved the Wildcats to 2-2 in conference play with a 5-2 overall record, one win shy of bowl eligibility. Here is a closer look at what happened:

  • Ka'Deem Carey rushed his way to his tenth consecutive game with 100 yards rushing on Saturday. The junior finished with just 119 yards on the ground, but was given multiple opportunities in the red zone. He took advantage of all of them, finishing with four rushing touchdowns, one shy of matching his five that he had against Colorado last season.

  • Despite Carey's big accomplishment, quarterback B.J. Denker was the man of the night for the Wildcats. The senior signal caller completed 21 of his 32 passes on the night for 265 yards and a touchdown. He did throw one interception on a ball he lofted past his receiver, but it was his only major mistake of the night.

  • In addition, Denker led the team on the ground as well. The quarterback ran for 192 yards on fifteen carries. He did not score, but the 12.8 yards per carry was enough to get the Wildcats into great scoring position.

  • Coming into the game, Denker actually led the team in rushing touchdowns with eight. Second on the team was Carey with six. That changed against Colorado with Carey pushing his total to 10 on the season, while the quarterback did not score on the ground.

  • Carey's four touchdowns on the night put him at ten for the year and 39 for his career at Arizona. That puts the junior just five rushing scores away from Arizona's all-time leader, Art Luppino, who finished his career with 44.

    Carey's rushing total also put his career rushing number at 3,278. He is just 546 yards away from becoming the school's all-time rushing leader. Trung Candidate is the current leader with 3,824 yards.

  • Nate Phillips exploded late in the first half against the Buffs, as he caught four of his six balls in the second quarter. The final one came with just 50 seconds remaining in the half. It was a 44-yard over-the-shoulder catch, which he bobbled briefly before hauling it in for the touchdown that put the Wildcats ahead for good at 24-13.

    The freshman receiver finished with six catches for a team-high 69 yards. He had the only receiving touchdown and the longest catch of the night with the 44-yard score.

  • Arizona came out of the locker room with the football, but was only able to score a field goal on its first drive. Colorado got some momentum and was able to put a scoring drive together with the help of an unusual penalty.

    Arizona's Marquis Flowers was given a personal foul penalty for "abusive language." The call put the Buffaloes on Arizona's side of the field and Colorado scored its final touchdown of the game just seven plays later.

  • True freshman Sefo Liufau got the start under center for Colorado and did a decent job for his team. He completed 17 of his 32 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. He did throw an interception midway through the fourth quarter, which effectively ended his team's chances at a comeback.

  • Arizona had a strange game in one category. The Wildcats were whistled for five penalties on the night, totaling 69 yards. Three of those penalties were personal fouls, while the other were for various reasons.

    The Wildcats were averaging just 4.2 penalties per game for 36.5 yards.

  • Arizona was able to put the game away on the first play of the fourth quarter. Facing a fourth and five from their own seventeen yard-line, the Buffs attempted a fake punt. It was unsuccessful as Darragh O'Neill was pushed out of bounds after picking up just a yard. It allowed the Wilcdats to score two plays later with Carey rushing for all eighteen yards.

  • After that score, the way was paved for reserves Daniel Jenkins and Jared Baker. The senior running back gained 87 yards on nine carries, including a 56-yard run. Baker received just three carries, picking up seven yards.


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