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
|1||Matt Scott||45||2012||at Stan|
|2||Willie Tuitama||42||2007||at Cal|
|3||Nick Foles||41||2011||at USC|
|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
Most Pass Completions, Career
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
|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
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
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
|2t||Don Beasley||4||1953||at ASU|
|2t||Art Luppino||4||1954||at Utah|
|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
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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