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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Instant Analysis: Arizona 42, BC 19

By Max Olson

Led by a balanced offense and some big-time run defense, Arizona trounced Boston College 42-19 on Tuesday in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La. A breakdown of how the bowl was won:

It was over when: Arizona drove 80 yards in 12 plays to end the third and start the fourth quarter, capped by B.J. Denker’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Trey Griffey to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 42-6. Boston College would go on to score 13 points in the fourth, but Arizona’s longest touchdown drive of the day sealed the deal.

Game ball goes to: Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey, who rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including the first of the day, to pace a balanced Wildcats offense. Carey finished with 1,885 rushing yards in 2013 and surpassed 100 in every game he played.

Stat of the game: 529, the number of total yards Arizona put up on Tuesday. It wasn’t all up to Carey, either, as Denker followed up a frustrating performance against Arizona State with a gem. The senior threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns and added 51 yards and another score on the ground.

Unsung hero: Arizona receiver Nate Phillips, who enjoyed a career day with nine catches for 193 yards, breaking the AdvoCare Bowl record for receiving yardage. Not bad at all for a true freshman who’d yet to surpass 100 yards in a game.

What Arizona learned: The Wildcats never trailed and once again showed their potential when they put it all together, just as they did in beating Oregon last month by a 42-16 score. Arizona finishes 8-5 and, despite losing nine senior starters and possibly Carey, takes some much-needed momentum into the offseason.

What Boston College learned: Keeping up with a high-speed Pac-12 offense just wasn’t easy for a Boston College team that got just 75 yards on 26 carries from Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams. Despite the result, BC still enjoyed a solid run and significant turnaround in coach Steve Addazio’s first season.

To watch the trophy presentation of the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, click here.