SHREVEPORT, La. — Ka’Deem Carey took a decisive victory in a showdown
between two of the nation’s top running backs. Arizona’s complete domination of
Boston College was even more impressive.
Carey rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, B.J. Denker threw for 275
touchdowns and two touchdowns and the Wildcats had an easy time in a 42-19
victory over the Eagles in the Advocare V100 Bowl on Tuesday.
It was another impressive performance for Carey in what might be his final
college game. The 5-foot-10, 207-pound junior topped 100 yards rushing for a
16th straight game.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez had plenty of praise for Carey before sneaking in
a plug to campaign for a senior season.
“He’s the hardest runner in the country and I think he’s the best running back
in the country,” Rodriguez said before breaking into a grin. “And he’s still
got some things to learn. So another year and he’d be just right.”
The game was billed as a matchup between two of the nation’s top running backs
— Arizona’s Carey and Boston College’s Andre Williams. But the duel between AP
All-America first team selections was one-sided.
Williams, who won the Doak Walker Award over Carey, was held to 75 yards
rushing and a touchdown. Boston College (7-6) didn’t score a touchdown until
Williams’ 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
“The biggest key for us defensively was tackling (Williams) before he had the
chance to get going,” Rodriguez said. “We wanted to tackle him early and be
Carey had plenty of help. Arizona (8-5) had 529 total yards and scored 35
straight points to turn a tight 7-6 game in the second quarter into a 42-6
blowout by early in the fourth.
Denker completed 17 of 24 passes while Nate Phillips caught nine passes for 193
yards. Redshirt freshman Trey Griffey _ the son of former baseball star Ken
Griffey Jr. — caught two touchdown passes, including a 26-yarder just before
halftime that gave the Wildcats a 21-6 lead.
Arizona’s six touchdowns tied an Advocare V100 Bowl record. Rodriguez said the
offense — and particularly Denker — played at a high level for most of the day
“I know when a quarterback gets it like B.J,” Rodriguez said. “He’s seeing
everything — good and bad. He was really sharp mentally and obviously, he showed
his athletic ability on some of those runs.”
Boston College’s remarkable turnaround season came to a disappointing
conclusion. First-year coach Steve Addazio took a team that finished with a 2-10
record in 2012 back to the postseason, but the Eagles couldn’t do much of
anything right Tuesday.
“I thought Arizona did an unbelievable great job of taking advantage of
opportunities to gain momentum,” Addazio said. “And then they really put the
Williams, who came into the game with 2,102 rushing yards, looked ordinary
against Arizona’s active defensive line. The senior never had much of a chance,
usually meeting a pile of defenders right at the line of scrimmage.
“We had to execute at a high level and we failed to do that at certain
points.” Williams said.
The Eagles’ secondary struggled to contain Arizona’s receivers, who repeatedly
found space in the defense. Boston College’s Alex Amidon caught 10 passes for
129 yards and Nate Freese made field goals from 32 and 41 yards to cap a
Both teams took to the air early. Denker completed 8 of 12 passes for 145 yards
in the first half. Griffey’s two touchdowns were the first of his career.
Boston College looked much less comfortable throwing. Chase Rettig tossed two
first-half interceptions, including one that William Parks returned 69 yards for
“As I was running I heard the crowd getting real loud,” Parks said. “So I
said `Oh man, I must have done something really good.”’
Denker was selected game’s Most Valuable Player on offense, and Parks took
Carey had 116 of his 169 yards rushing in the second half. The Wildcats pushed
ahead 28-6 early in the third quarter after a long drive ended with Carey’s
second touchdown — a 5-yard run up the middle.
“(Denker) started making unbelievable plays downfield and with his feet, and
then everything came open for me,” Carey said.