Ka’Deem Carey is potentially one game away from breaking the Arizona Wildcats’ career rushing mark after his 132-yard performance Saturday in the UA’s 24-17 upset loss against visiting Washington State.
Carey also had one rushing touchdown to draw closer to Art Luppino’s career rushing touchdown mark. He has 41 career rushing touchdowns in only 33 games of his career. Luppino scored a school-record 44 rushing touchdowns from 1953-56.
Carey is only 117 yards from reaching Trung Canidate’s school record of 3,824 rushing yards from 1996-99.
Entering today’s game, Carey needed to average 83 yards and 1.3 touchdowns to reach Canidate and Luppino, respectively, in the regular season. Arizona (6-4) is bowl eligible but has not secured an invitation. Therefore, the regular season can only be factored at this time.
Carey has reached 3,707 career rushing yards in basically his second full season. He had only 91 carries for 425 yards as a freshman in 2011. His nation’s-best 1,929 rushing yards last season put him in the position to break Canidate’s record without having to play his senior season if he opts for early entry into the NFL draft.
Carey has 1,353 rushing yards in 242 attempts (5.6 yards per carry) in nine games after missing the season-opener against NAU for disciplinary reasons.
Here’s a breakdown of where Carey stands now with two regular-season games remaining against Oregon and ASU:
Career rushing yards: Canidate gained a school-record 3,824 yards from 1996-99. Carey now has 3,575. He needs 117 yards to reach Canidate. That means he must average 58.5 yards per game to reach Canidate.
Career rushing touchdowns: Luppino “The Cactus Comet” scored a school-record 44 rushing touchdowns from 1953-56. Carey now has 41. He needs three to reach Luppino. That means he must average 1.5 touchdowns a game in the next couple of regular-season games.
ARIZONA TOP 10 CAREER RUSHERS
|3.||3501||Ontiwaun Carter||Granada Hills (Calif.)||805||4.3||1991-94|
|4.||3381||Art Luppino||La Jolla (Calif.)||513||6.6||1953-56|
|6.||3096||Hubie Oliver||Elyria (Ohio)||649||4.8||1977-80|
|7.||2957||Nic Grigsby||Long Beach (Calif.)||572||5.2||2007-10|
|10.||2397||Keola Antolin||Las Vegas (Nev.)||500||4.8||2008-10|