LAS VEGAS—The Arizona Wildcats restarted Ka’Deem Carey in style Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium.
After serving a one-game suspension, Carey returned to the UA lineup and rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Arizona’s 58-13 win over UNLV.
The win lifted the Wildcats to a 2-0 start. They will return home host the University of Texas-San Antonio next Saturday.
Carey didn’t waste any time re-introducing himself to the Arizona offense on Saturday.
The junior, who was suspended for the team’s opener against NAU, got his first carry of the season on the UA’s first play of the second quarter. He promptly took it 58 yards for a touchdown.
The former Canyon del Oro High School star added another touchdown later in the half and helped the UA gain a 45-6 lead over the Rebels at halftime.
The 45 points Arizona scored in the first half marked the second-most points the program has ever scored in a half. The Wildcats scored 49 points in the first half against Idaho in 2008.
The Wildcats also added two defensive touchdowns in the first half.
Linebacker and former Ironwood Ridge star Jake Fischer returned an interception 49 yards for a score in the second quarter, and safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant returned one 52 yards later in the quarter. Bondurant now has two interception returns for a touchdown this season and three picks overall.
Quarterback B.J. Denker also had two rushing touchdowns in the half and had 60 yards on 16 carries in the win.
The UA scored on three of its first four offensive possessions. On the other side, UNLV punted on its first three possessions before turning the ball over on its next two.
Denker rushed for 37 yards on seven carries and two TDs in the first quarter. The senior was 5 for 10 for 54 yards through the air in the first quarter and 8 for 17 for 81 yards at the half. He finished the game 8 for 21 for 81 yards.
Defensively, the UA swarmed UNLV in the game’s first 30 minutes.
On top of Fischer and Bondurant’s touchdowns, Marquis Flowers scooped up a fumble by UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry and returned it 36 yards to inside the 10-yard line to set up Denker’s second score of the game.
The Wildcats dipped deep into their reserves in the second half and UNLV found the end zone in the fourth quarter on a 79-yard rushing score from Shaq Murray-Lawrence.
For the UA, kicker Jake Smith had three field goals and was perfect on all seven of his extra-point attempts.
Reserve running back Kylan Butler scored from three yards out to close the UA’s scoring.