Ka’Dream > Cactus Comet?
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The bye week gives us a chance to look back on Rich Rodriguez’s first half season as the head football coach at the University of Arizona.

After just six games one thing is certain: no offensive record is safe.

If you don’t like stats you may as well close your browser right now. But if you love sports records – I mean you really love sports records – you have come to the right place.

Wildcat quarterback Matt Scott made waves last week when he broke the 32-year-old Pac-12 record for pass completions in a game. Needless to say, it was also an Arizona record. Here’s the updated top five:

Most Pass Completions, Game

Player Comp Year Vs
1 Matt Scott 45 2012 at Stan
2 Willie Tuitama 42 2007 at Cal
3 Nick Foles 41 2011 at USC
4 Nick Foles 40 2009 Stanford
5 Nick Foles 39 2009 at Wash

RichRod has Scott flinging the ball all over the place and the senior’s first full half-season as a starter has been enough to land on both the season and career completions lists:

Most Pass Completions, Season

Player Comp Year
1 Nick Foles 387 2011
2 Willie Tuitama 327 2007
3 Nick Foles 286 2010
4 Nick Foles 260 2009
5 Willie Tuitama 259 2008
6 Jason Johnson 239 2002
7 Marc Reed 193 1966
8 Matt Scott 186 2012
9 Tom Tunnicliffe 185 1983
10 Tom Tunnicliffe 176 1982

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Most Pass Completions, Career

Player Comp Years
1 Nick Foles 933 2009-2011
2 Willie Tuitama 786 2005-2008
3 Tom Tunnicliffe 574 1980-1983
4 Alfred Jenkins 456 1983-1986
5 Dan White 446 1993-1995
6 Keith Smith 434 1996-1999
7 Jason Johnson 413 1999-2002
8 Ortege Jenkins 388 1997-2000
9 Bruce Hill 339 1973-1975
10 Matt Scott 300 2008-2012

Scott’s 400-yard passing day against Stanford was his second of the season and the 15th in Arizona history. He came within nine yards of becoming the second UA QB to throw for 500 yards in a game (there’s that “one more play” theme again).

Most Passing Yards, Game

Player Yards Year Vs
1 Willie Tuitama 510 2007 at Wash
2 Jason Johnson 492 2002 at Cal
3 Matt Scott 491 2012 at Stan
4 Nick Foles 448 2010 at Ore
5 Willie Tuitama 446 2007 New Mex

Scott’s six-game spree has also put him on the career yardage chart:

Most Passing Yards, Career

Player Yards Years
1 Nick Foles 10,011 2009-2011
2 Willie Tuitama 9,211 2005-2008
3 Tom Tunnicliffe 7,618 1980-1983
4 Alfred Jenkins 6,016 1983-1986
5 Keith Smith 5,972 1996-1999
6 Jason Johnson 5,749 1999-2002
7 Dan White 5,723 1993-1995
8 Ortege Jenkins 5,424 1997-2000
9 Bruce Hill 5,090 1973-1975
10 Matt Scott 3,400 2008-2012

He’s 248 yards short of the 10th-best passing season and Scott needs just five more passing touchdowns to register on both the season and career top 10.

Rodriguez’s offense has put the ball into lots of people’s hands so no receivers have hit the top-10 lists…yet. Sixty-three receptions get you into the top 10 for a single season and Austin Hill has 42 catches while Dan Buckner has 39 at the midpoint of the year.

The Arizona list of the 10 best pass-catching games is made up of Jeremy McDaniel making 14 grabs against Cal in 1996 and then players catching 12 passes in a game nine different times (Dave Hibbert did it first in 1958 and, most recently, Juron Criner accomplished the feat twice). Hill has an 11-catch game to his credit and Bucker and Johnny Jackson have also had double-figure receptions in a game this year.

Hill leads the team with 608 receiving yards. He only needs 308 more to get into the single season top 10.

As has been discussed, the guy chasing some of the Wildcats’ oldest records is running back Ka’Deem Carey. The sophomore’s 2012 rushing touchdown total is already among the 10 best in school history:

Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season

Player TDs Year
1 Art Luppino 21 1954
2 Kelvin Eafon 16 1998
3t Bobby Thompson 13 1961
3t Nic Grigsby 13 2008
5 Trung Canidate 11 1999
6t Jim Upchurch 10 1973
6t Vance Johnson 10 1983
6t Trung Canidate 10 1998
6t Clarence Farmer 10 2001
6t Keola Antolin 10 2008
6t Ka’Deem Carey 10 2012

At this pace Carey will make a serious run the Cactus Comet’s 58-year-old record. Remember what a big deal it was when Willie Tuitama broke the single-season passing TD record that had stood for 42 years? The season rushing touchdown mark has been even more elusive.

(So what you’re telling me is Arizona has had a few struggles over the years on the offensive side of the ball?)

Carey is three rushing TDs away from the career top-10 list and he’s already on this chart:

Most All-Purpose Touchdowns, Game

Player TDs Year Vs
1 Art Luppino 5 1954 NMSU
2t Don Beasley 4 1953 at ASU
2t Art Luppino 4 1954 at Utah
2t Harry Holt 4 1976 UTEP
2t Richard Hersey 4 1980 Pacific
2t Ronald Veal 4 1988 WSU
2t Keola Antolin 4 2008 at Ore
2t Ka’Deem Carey 4 2012 Okla St

The Tucson native also has a receiving touchdown to go with his 10 on the ground this year. Here are the only Arizona players to hit paydirt more often in a single season:

Most All-Purpose Touchdowns, Season

Player TDs Year
1 Art Luppino 24 1954
2 Kelvin Eafon 16 1998
3t Art Luppino 13 1955
3t Bobby Thompson 13 1961
3t Nic Grigsby 13 2008
6t Joe Hernandez 12 1960
6t Mike Thomas 12 2007

Rich Rodriguez has just begun making his mark on the Arizona program but his system has already put a dent in the record book.

This Saturday presents another chance for the Cats to add a positive tally to the most important record of all: the won/loss record.

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Scott Terrell isn’t writing any of these records in computer ink. Track the stats on Twitter and Facebook.