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Average rating: 38.5
Week 8 result: The Wildcats (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) continue to search for a consistent passing game but were able to rely again on its talented run attack to pull out a 35-24 win over Utah (4-3, 1-3).
Junior tailback Ka'Deem Carey, who led FBS with 1,929 rushing yards in 2012, finished with 236 yards on a school-record 40 carries. His first and last were the biggest, going for 30 yards on Arizona's first offensive snap and 44 yards for a TD on its last play. That last run, with 1:30 left, clinched the victory.
Quarterback B.J. Denker was quietly efficient, if not spectacular, throwing for 168 yards and a TD and adding 51 yards, two rushing TDs and a two-point conversion run.
Arizona also slowed down Utah's passing game, picking off two passes from Travis Wilson before he left with a hand injury. One of those interceptions, by Marquis Flowers, was returned 14 yards for a TD that gave the Wildcats a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
Up next: Arizona hits the road for a two-game swing, starting with Saturday's trip to Colorado (3-3, 0-3). The Wildcats have split their two meetings with the Buffaloes since Colorado joined the Pac-12, with Arizon losing 48-29 in Boulder in 2011.
Notable: Carey leaped back into the FBS rushing lead with Saturday's effort, improving his per-game average to 161. Despite missing the season opener due to a suspension, he's on pace to surpass his 2012 rushing total.