Arizona shocked the nation with a blowout win over Oregon. Read on for a closer look at the win, including which records Ka'Deem Carey broke, what Arizona's defense did, and more.
used some big plays early and often to upset the Oregon
Ducks on Saturday. The Wildcats were in control form the start and never let Oregon get back in the game during a 42-16 rout. Here is a closer look at what happened:
Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey was at his best against the fifth-ranked Ducks. The junior rushed the ball for a career high 48 times, shattering his previous record of 39 set against Utah earlier this season. In addition, the 48 carries is the most in the FBS this season as well as a school record for Arizona. He picked up 206 yards and scored four touchdowns in the game.
"He's going to get a lot of individual accolades, and he absolutely deserves them, but he's about the team first the way he prepares," Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez said. "He's a physical hungry runner. There were some holes that weren't there that he made. I love the way he approaches the game."
The number of carries wasn't Carey's only record he broke. The All-American is now Arizona's all-time rushing leader with 3,912 yards and two more games left in his junior season. The previous record was held by Trung Candidate, who rushed for 3,824 yards in his time at Arizona.
Still, that wasn't all for the running back. With his game-sealing touchdown run in the fourth quarter, he moved into the top spot for career total touchdowns at Arizona. Art Luppino had the previous record, which Carey eclipsed with his 49th.
"It means a lot to this program, to me, my family," Carey said after the game. "Being raised here, I felt like I put on for the city. We had magic out here."
Carey wasn't the only star for the offense. Quarterback B.J. Denker played his best game in a Wildcat uniform and it came at the perfect time. Denker completed 19 of 22 passes in the game for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Several of his throws were right on the money in times of great need for the offense.
Denker even got his revenge for not being able to score in the two-minute drill a week ago, at the end of the first half, Denker and the Wildcats got the ball back at their own 41-yard line with a minute to go. The quarterback successfully led his team down the field, having Carey punch the ball into the end zone with 18 seconds to spare.
"I didn't know that he was 19-22," Rodriguez said. "He's got some young wide outs out there that are competing. He was really sharp today for a guy that nobody knew about. I'm really proud of him."
The Arizona defense was also stellar in the game. The Wildcats defense did what no other team had done in over a year. Arizona held Oregon to just 16 points. The last time that the Ducks were held to such a low scoring number was November 17, 2012, when they lost to Stanford 17-14.
"We knew that they were going to come out here and try to do different things," line backer Jake Fischer said. "We were zoning in on what they were going to do and made the necessary adjustments. We did a good job at getting after the quarterback and making him uncomfortable."
Coming into the game, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota had gone all season without throwing an interception. Dating back to last season, the Ducks' quarterback had thrown 353 straight passes without a pick. That changed on the first play of the game.
Mariota's first pass was tipped by the receiver and fell towards the sidelines. Shaq Richardson bobbled the ball and tossed it back into the field of play before landing out of bounds. Scooby Wright was in the right place at the right time and caught the pass, forcing the turnover.
Richardson was rewarded much later in the game for his assist to Wright. During Oregon's last drive, the Ducks were in the red zone, knocking on the door. Richardson stepped in front of a pass from Mariota and intercepted it. The pick was enough for Arizona to run the clock out and seal the win.
Terrence Miller went out with a bang. The senior receiver/tight end caught a career-high nine balls on Saturday. He finished with 88 yards receiving and a touchdown, though a majority of his statistics came in the first half as he caught just one pass for two yards in the second half.
After losing to Stanford on the road two weeks ago and losing to Arizona on Saturday, Oregon has lost back-to-back road games for the first time since 2007. Arizona was also part of those back-to-back losses as the Wildcats beat the Ducks on November 15 and UCLA beat the Ducks on November 24.