Arizona football notebook: UA's Carey sets rushing mark, leaves with injury

2012-11-24T00:00:00Z 2012-11-24T00:27:00Z Arizona football notebook: UA's Carey sets rushing mark, leaves with injuryDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 24, 2012 12:00 am  • 

It was a typical Ka'Deem Carey run.

Faced with a third-and-three on their own 47-yard line, the Arizona Wildcats turned to Carey to get them a first down. He came through, as he has all season, for a nine-yard gain and a first down.

It was a critical first down that eventually led to a Carey touchdown, but the run had even more significance.

It gave Carey the Arizona Wildcats program record for rushing yards in a season. That carry gave him 1,610 yards on the season, breaking Trung Canidate's previous record, which was 1,602.

Carey finished with 172 yards on Friday in Arizona's 41-34 loss to Arizona State and now sits at 1,757 yards on the season with a likely bowl game remaining.

The sophomore from Canyon del Oro had 123 yards at halftime. He rushed twice for five yards apiece on Arizona's first series of the second half.

He exited after the second rush. Carey appeared to suffer an injury and was being checked out by trainers on the sideline.

He returned briefly in the third quarter and served as a blocker for quarterback Matt Scott on a designed run. He played sparingly in the fourth quarter.

Assuming he's healthy and plays in Arizona's bowl game, Carey will go after a few more records. With his touchdown in the first quarter, he's now one behind Art Luppino for scores in a season.

Carey is sitting at 20. Luppino finished with 21 touchdowns in 1954.

The running back is also making a move on the total all-purpose yards in a season record. Carey passed Luppino (1,902 yards in 1955) and Bobby Wade (1,949 yards in 2002). He's within striking distance of Dennis Northcutt's record of 2,249 yards in 1999.

With Carey out, junior Daniel Jenkins got the bulk of the work. He set a career high for carries in a game with 21 carries. He finished with 78 yards.

ASU penalized more

Arizona State entered Friday's game as the 10th least penalized team in the country, averaging 4.18 penalties per game.

But, like most opponents at Arizona Stadium this season, the Sun Devils struggled with penalties. They had five penalties for 56 yards in the first half and had four in the game's first seven minutes.

Entering the game, six of Arizona's seven opponents had picked up at least 10 penalties in games played at Arizona Stadium.

On the flip side, Arizona picked up double-digit penalties just once at home this season. The Wildcats only had one penalty in the first half on Friday - a 15-yard personal foul on Wildcats cornerback Shaquille Richardson.

Denson down to 5

Salpointe Catholic wide receiver Cameron Denson has trimmed his list of schools to five and the Wildcats made his list.

Friday's opponent, Arizona State, did not.

Denson told Scout Recruiting Services that he has trimmed his list to Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

Denson told Scout he was going to wait to take any additional recruiting visits for now and instead focus on basketball season.

Denson is the Lancers' starting point guard.

Devils live up to hype

The Sun Devils' top two players on defense lived up to their billing on Friday.

Defensive tackle Will Sutton, a All-American candidate, had two tackles for loss in the first half and got a couple of good licks in on Carey. Sutton was tied with UCLA's Anthony Barr with 18 tackles for loss on the season coming into the game.

He now leads the conference.

Brandon Magee had 13 tackles -two for a loss - through three quarters. He entered the game third in the league in total tackles.

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