Arizona runs over Colorado 44-20
Ka’Deem Carey rushed for four touchdowns and Arizona extended
Colorado’s Pac-12 losing streak to a dozen games with a 44-20 win
over the Buffaloes on Saturday night.
Carey, the nation’s leading rusher, ran for 119 yards on 23
carries. But it was his quarterback, B.J. Denker, who surprised the
Buffs on the ground with a career-best 192 yards on 15 keepers.
He got 100 of those yards on two scampers up the middle, a
career-long 54-yard gem and a 46-yarder that got the Wildcats (5-2,
2-2) out from the shadow of their own goal line.
Carey, who came in averaging 160 yards a game, scored from 1, 7,
1 and 6 yards out – one TD in each quarter. He’s now reached the
end zone in nine straight quarters against the Buffaloes (3-4,
0-4). Last year, he rolled up a conference record 366 yards and
five TDs on the Buffaloes.
His last score Saturday night came after the Buffs tried a fake
punt on fourth-and-5 from their own 17, but Trevor Ermisch tackled
punter Darragh O’Neill at the 18.
Two plays later, Carey was in the end zone again for a 41-20
Denker also threw for 265 yards and a touchdown.
Carey’s best run of the night was a 30-yard scamper that set up
another score in the first half that gave the Wildcats a 24-13 lead
at the break after they’d spent much of the second quarter playing
Colorado pulled to 27-20 on Michael Adkins’ 1-yard TD run in the
third quarter, but Carey’s second 1-yard TD run restored the
Wildcats’ double-digit lead, and they were never in trouble
Casey’s 7-yard TD run through a wall of tacklers gave Arizona
the lead for good at 17-13 with 2:28 left in the first half. But
the `Cats weren’t through.
After forcing a three-and-out, Carey broke free for a 30-yard
rumble to the Colorado 44 on first down, and Denker hit Nate
Phillips on the next play with a pinpoint pass just as he crossed
the goal line.
Carey’s first touchdown run capped Arizona’s 14-play, 88-yard
initial drive, but the Buffaloes needed just 13 seconds to tie it
Paul Richardson beat cornerback Jonathan McKnight in single
coverage, hauled in Sefo Liufau’s pass at midfield and outraced
McKnight into the end zone. Richardson’s cousin, Arizona cornerback
Shaquille Robinson, trailing the play, pleaded with the side judge
to rule him out of bounds inside the 5, but a replay review upheld
the touchdown, his seventh of the season.
The team exchanged field goals, a 37-yarder for Arizona’s Jake
Smith and a career-long 53-yarder for Will Oliver. Then, Oliver
split the uprights on a 48-yarder that gave the Buffaloes their
first lead at 13-10 with 5:17 left in the first half.
The Richardsons had some spirited moments before Paul went out
with a right ankle injury early in the fourth quarter. After an
11-yard catch in the opening drive, Paul Richardson jumped up and
got in his cousin’s face, and the official separated them. Later in
the quarter, Paul argued unsuccessfully for a holding flag on Shaq
after hauling in a tough 2-yard catch.