Arizona’s B.J. Denker almost made history last night falling just short of becoming the first quarterback in the program’s history to rush for at least 200 yards in the Wildcats’ 44-20 victory over Colorado.
Denker, listed at 6’3″ and 184 pounds, gained 192 yards on 15 carries with a longest run of 54 yards (a career best). He made a strong candidacy for Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week completing 21 of 32 passes for 265 yards with a touchdown and interception. He was not sacked.
“He’s running the system,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said in a postgame show on KCUB 1290-AM. “His eyes are in the right place for most of the game. He’s not a big guy. He’ll be sore as heck.
“I don’t want a guy who weighs 190 to run that many times, but we have to do what we have to do to win.”
Arizona’s media relations department stated in its postgame notes that Denker’s 192 rushing yards is believed to be the most by a UA quarterback in the history of the program.
Denker is now only 47 yards rushing from reaching the top season rushing yardage production for a UA quarterback since the Wildcats joined the Pac-10 in 1978. Ronald Veal rushed for the most yards — 566 yards on 161 attempts — as a freshman in 1987. Keith Smith is next at 546 yards, achieved also as a freshman in 1996.
Denker has 519 yards rushing on 90 carries with five regular-season games remaining.
— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) October 27, 2013