Carey, Denker run wild as Arizona routs Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. — 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


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 lead.

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 catch up.

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 again.

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 up.

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.