2016 Arizona Wildcats football season countdown: No. 73 individual record




Only 73 days separate us from the start of Rich Rodriguez’s fifth season, when the Arizona Wildcats football team plays Brigham Young on Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

As is customary on this Web site, we will count down the days with an interesting element associated with each day. This year the topic is the top 100 individual records in Arizona’s storied football past.

Ka’Deem Carey’s record 366 yards rushing enabled him to break Arizona’s all-purpose yards record for a game as well with 400.

Compiling the list was no easy task, but it was feasible to do with the information provided in the record books by the Arizona media relations department, and we appreciate that.

In past years, we have counted down the top games and highlighted players and some of the top plays in Arizona Wildcats football history. A couple of years ago in our top 100 countdown, we showcased the 1914 team that was responsible for Arizona becoming the “Wildcats”.

Back to this year’s countdown of the top 100 individual records in the 117 years of Arizona football:

No. 73

All-Purpose Yards Gained, Game: 400, Ka’Deem Carey, vs. Colorado, Nov. 10, 2012 (366 rushing, 34 receiving)

NCAA Record: 578, Emmett White, Utah St. vs. New Mexico St., Nov. 4, 2000 (322 rushing, 134 receiving, 2 punt returns, 120 kickoff returns)

Ka’Deem Carey’s 34 yards receiving against Colorado in 2012 gave him a school-record 400 overall

Ka’Deem Carey’s Pac-12-record 366 yards rushing against Colorado on Nov. 10, 2012, were enough alone to break Art Luppino’s all-purpose yardage record at Arizona of 359 yards set in 1954 against New Mexico State. In that game, won by Arizona 58-0, Luppino rushed for 228 yards on only six carries and gained 131 on punt and kickoff returns.

Carey added 34 yards receiving in the 56-31 win over Colorado to finish with 400 all-purpose yards.

“When I woke up this morning, I just had a great feeling and just put in my head that I wanted the school record,” Carey was quoted as saying by the Associated Press specifically of the rushing record. “I didn’t want to tell nobody that, but that’s just what I woke up thinking.”

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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