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Carey's 236 yards helps Arizona beat Utah, 35-24
ARIZONA 35, UTAH 24
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 236 yards in a
school record 40 carries, capping off his night with a 44-yard
touchdown run with 1:30 to play to seal Arizona's 35-24 victory
over Utah Saturday.
B.J. Denker ran for two touchdowns and passed for another for
the Wildcats (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) in their first conference victory
of the season.
Utah (4-3, 1-3), coming off its stunning upset of then-No. 5
Stanford, lost quarterback Travis Wilson with an injury to his
right hand late in the first half.
Backup Adam Schulz threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Sean
Fitzgerald to put Utah up 21-20 early in the third quarter after
Arizona led 20-7 at the half.
Carey, the nation's leading rusher last season, amassed the
second-most yardage in his career, exceeded only by his Pac-12
record 366 against Colorado last season.
Moments before his late TD run, Carey had fumbled for the first
time this season, giving Utah, down just 28-24, the ball at the
Arizona 39. But the Utes stalled at the 23 and Andy Phillips'
40-yard field goal was wide left. Phillips, 11 for 11 on field
goals this season entering the game, also missed a 42-yarder. He
made one from 44 yards.
After the miss, Carey took the ball repeatedly as the Wildcats
moved downfield, then burst through for the long run that
clinched the victory.
Down 20-7 at halftime, Utah scored 14 points in a span of 91
seconds to take the lead.
Arizona's Johnny Jackson muffed a punt and the Utes' Chase
Dominguez recovered at the Wildcats' 17. Schulz threw 16 yards
to Dres Anderson, then Kelvin York scored on a one-yard run to
cut the lead to 20-14.
After the kickoff, the Wildcats drove the ball to midfield, then
went for it on fourth-and-two from the Utah 46, and Carey was
stopped a yard shy of the first down. On the next play, Schulz
threw deep to a wide open Fitzgerald for a 55-yard touchdown and
the PAT put the Utes up 21-20 with 9:08 left in the third
It was Utah's first and only lead of the game.
Arizona went back ahead early in the fourth quarter. Nate
Phillips made a tough catch of Denker's 36-yard pass to the
9-yard line. On third-and-goal from the 7, Denker rolled to his
left and drilled a pass to Phillips in the end zone. Denker ran
for the two-point conversion and the Wildcats were back on top,
28-21, with 13:32 remaining.
Phillips' 44-yard field goal cut it to 28-24 with 7:11 left.
Carey started his night much the way he ended it.
On Arizona's first play of the night, the junior running back
burst through for a 30-yard gain. Seven plays later, Denker
scored on a 10-yard run and the Wildcats were up 7-0.
The Utes took the subsequent kickoff and tied it with an
eight-play, 71-yard drive. Luckey Radley had runs of 17 and 37
yards and, on third and goal, Wilson threw two yards to Nate
Orchard for the touchdown to tie it at 7-7.
Arizona responded with a 17-play drive but on fourth-and-one at
the Utah 2-yard line, Denker was sacked by Trevor Reilly.
That only temporarily derailed the Wildcats.
With Utah pinned at its 10 in a third-and-nine situation,
Wilson's pass over the middle was picked off by Marquis Flowers,
who ran untouched 14 yards to the end zone and Arizona led 14-7
less than a minute into the second quarter.
Carey's running and Denker's passing led Arizona on a 13-play,
72-yard touchdown drive later in the quarter. Denker scored from
the 1-yard line, the PAT attempt was blocked and the Wildcats
were up 20-7.
Wilson left late in the first half and was on the sidelines in
the second half with the thumb on his throwing hand taped.
Schulz had thrown only five passes this season before Saturday
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