The only way Matt Scott could have helped Arizona in their 56-31 win over Colorado is if he played linebacker. It is hard to fathom the offense could have used much help in the victory. On Saturday afternoon the Wildcats needed to do few other things than watch Ka’Deem Carey run.
The sophomore running back set a Pac-12 single game rushing record, carrying the ball 25 times for 36 yards and five scores. He passed a mark set by former Washington State great Ruben Mayes. Ironically enough, Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne was a ball boy on the Oregon sideline when Mayes set the mark.
Scott missed the game with a concussion, so Arizona turned over the reins to junior B.J. Denker. Denker, making his first D-I start, was an efficient 12-14 for 136 yards and a pair of scores.
The story though, was Carey. Carey had 400 yards of total offense, while the Wildcats had 574 overall. The former Canyon Del Oro products scored on runs of 10, 13, 30, eight and three yards. About the only negative was that he was caught from behind twice in the open field.
Denker threw a pair of scoring strikes to Dan Buckner and also had a 10-yard scoring run.
As good as the Arizona offense was, the Arizona defense struggled. The usually anemic Buffalo offense managed 437 yards and held the ball for nearly 42 minutes.
The Wildcats fumbled on their first play from offense, spotted the Buffalos seven points and actually trailed 10-7 before scoring 42 of the next 49 points.
The win also makes Arizona bowl eligible.