- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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We honor greatness when we see it -- regardless of the competition.
And Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey was great last weekend, setting a Pac-12 record against the Colorado Buffs by rushing for 366 yards and five touchdowns.
He became the seventh player since 2000 to rush for at least 300 yards and five touchdowns (it hadn't been done since 2007 and ironically, it's happened twice this year in the Pac-12 with the sixth guy being Kenjon Barner).
Carey's performance was significant on several levels. First, the Wildcats were playing without starting quarterback Matt Scott, so Carey's efforts took a huge strain off of first-time starter B.J. Denker. Second, the victory punched Arizona's ticket to the postseason, making it bowl eligible after missing the extra game last season.
Carey had 25 carries and ran for touchdowns of 10, 13, 30, 8 and 3 yards while averaging a hefty 14.6 yards per carry. The big game also moved him up to first in the Pac-12 with 1,381 yards, 21 ahead of Barner, making for an exciting final couple of weeks to see who takes the rushing crown.