AdvoCare V100 Bowl: B.J. Denker Shows Arizona's More Than Just Ka'Deem Carey

Andrew CoppensContributor IDecember 31, 2013

Dec 31, 2013; Shreveport, LA, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback B.J. Denker (7) runs with the ball against Boston College Eagles defensive end Kasim Edebali (91) in the first half  at Independence Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
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When Arizona football was brought up nationally in 2013, chances are the words "running back" and "Ka'Deem Carey" quickly followed it. After Arizona's 42-19 win over Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, there's now another name people may remember—B.J. Denker. 

Denker, the Wildcats' senior quarterback, came in with not much publicity to his name, completing a decent 60.5 percent of his passes for just over 2,200 yards and 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions heading into the bowl game. 

On New Year's Eve, Denker made one last happy memory in 2013 for Wildcats fans and himself. He finished his day passing 17-of-24 for 276 yards and two touchdowns and added 13 carries for 49 yards and one touchdown. 

It was perhaps the most unlikely of scenarios for how the Wildcats would win this game, especially considering two facts: 

  • Denker had thrown two or more touchdown passes just three times all season
  • His last game was a 50 percent, 175-yard, three-interception effort against rival Arizona State

Denker's 276-yard performance was the second-best total of his career, only topped by a 363-yard effort against USC.

The highlight of the day may have been this ball fake that would've made the best of point guards jealous: 

Perhaps the best piece of news in Denker's performance was what he was able to do it alongside freshman wide receiver Trey Griffey, the son of former Major League Baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. 

Griffey made his first-ever touchdown grab a spectacular one: 

He then doubled his career tally later in the contest, finishing the game with three catches for 41 yards and the two touchdowns. 

Denker wasn't the only story in this game for the Wildcats, as Carey outdid the Doak Walker Award winner, Andrew Williams of Boston College. 

Carey wound up with 165 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns, while the Wildcats defense bottled up Williams for the most part, holding him to just 75 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown.  

Come tomorrow, the questions of Carey's NFL future will be the hot topic in Tucson, but for one day, Denker was the one who deserved all the headlines. 


Andy Coppens is Bleacher Report's lead writer for the Big Ten. You can follow him on Twitter: @ andycoppens