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AdvoCare V100 BOWL

Final

Arizona 42

(8-5)

Coverage: ESPN

12:30 PM ET, December 31, 2013

1 2 3 4 T
ARIZ 7 14 14 742
BC 3 3 0 1319

Top Performers

Passing: B. Denker (ARIZ) - 275 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: K. Carey (ARIZ) - 27 CAR, 169 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: N. Phillips (ARIZ) - 9 REC, 193 YDS

Ka'Deem Carey wins 'Battle of the Backs' as Arizona cruises past BC

Associated Press
Arizona Cruises Past Boston College
Ka'Deem Carey and Trey Griffey each scored two touchdowns as Arizona routed Boston College 42-19 in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
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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 physical."

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 pedal down."

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 20-for-20 season.

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 a touchdown.

"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 defensive honors.

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARIZ
BC
1st Downs2820
Total Yards529351
Passing275206
Rushing254145
Penalties2-235-55
3rd Down Conversions7-128-17
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers22
Possession24:5035:10

Passing Leaders

ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Denker17/2427511.520
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rettig16/261917.302

Rushing Leaders

ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Carey271696.3227
Denker14513.6114
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams26752.917
Rouse6549.0120

Receiving Leaders

ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Phillips919321.4057
Griffey34113.7226
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Amidon1012912.9035
Sinkovec2157.509

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARIZBC
TD07:51Ka'Deem Carey 2 Yd Run (Jake Smith Kick) 70
FG01:11Nate Freese 32 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERARIZBC
FG08:45Nate Freese 41 Yd 76
TD04:16William Parks 69 Yd Interception Return (Jake Smith Kick) 146
TD00:30Trey Griffey 26 Yd Pass From B.J. Denker (Jake Smith Kick) 216
THIRD QUARTERARIZBC
TD12:11Ka'Deem Carey 5 Yd Run (Jake Smith Kick) 286
TD04:56B.J. Denker 14 Yd Run (Jake Smith Kick) 356
FOURTH QUARTERARIZBC
TD13:40Trey Griffey 3 Yd Pass From B.J. Denker (Jake Smith Kick) 426
TD12:00Andre Williams 4 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 4212
TD00:35Tyler Rouse 6 Yd Run (Nate Freese Kick) 4219