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In a season with far too many late-night kickoffs for the fanbase's liking, the sudden presence of a 11 a.m. local time start — and for homecoming — led to an odd game-day atmosphere on Nov. 10, 2012. But for the actual bodies among the announced crowd of 51,236 at Arizona Stadium, it was a game they'll never forget.
Ka'Deem Carey, who is poised to become Arizona's career rushing leader, went off for a school- and Pac-12 Conference-record 366 rushing yards, along with five touchdowns, in the Wildcats' 56-31 romp over Colorado.
The game started off sluggishly enough, with the Wildcats turning it over on their first offensive play, allowing the Buffaloes to take a 7-0 lead. Then Carey took over, scoring on a 10-yard run to cap a long drive to tie the game. He'd add two more TD runs in the second quarter, the last a 30-yarder that got the crowd thinking a big day was in store from Carey.
He scored on an eight-yard run in the third quarter, then tied the school record for TDs with a three-yard scamper midway through the fourth. In between the touchdowns, he repeatedly gashed Colorado's defense for huge chunks of yardage, passing the previous Arizona single-game record of 288 (by Trung Canidate, set in the 1998 rivalry game with Arizona State) and then, finally, former Washington State star Rueben Mayes' league mark of 357 yards from 1984.
Carey's amazing day began a string of what has now become 13 consecutive 100-yard rushing performances.