Carey runs wild as Arizona blows out UNLV
SEP 08, 2013 12:18a ET
The junior All-American, who was suspended for the team's season opener as discipline reportedly stemming from a pair of off-the-field incidents during the offseason, didn't enter the game until the second quarter but outrushed UNLV's entire team by halftime, 110-69.
The Wildcats wasted no time on offense, scoring on three of their first four possessions, all in the first quarter.
With his team ahead 17-6, Carey scored on his first touch of the season, powering through UNLV's defensive line and going the rest of the way untouched for a 58-yard score with 14:28 left in the first half. Carey, last season's national rushing leader with 1,929 yards, then capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive on Arizona's next possession with a 12-yard scoring run.
Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker wasn't named the team's official starter after the season opener against NAU last week, but coach Rich Rodriguez gave him the nod against UNLV. Denker may have strengthened his hold on the job after rushing for 60 yards and two touchdowns in addition to completing 8 of 21 pass attempts for 81 yards. Daniel Jenkins added 82 yards on 17 attempts for the Wildcats.
Arizona (2-0) racked up 306 yards rushing against NAU last week and followed that with 397 yards on the ground against UNLV (0-2), which allowed Minnesota to rush for 221 yards in its season opener.
The Wildcats' defense came up big for a second straight week as well. Both of Rebels quarterback Nick Sherry's interceptions were returned for touchdowns, including Tra'Mayne Bondurant's third pick of the season.