TUCSON, Ariz. – Daniel Jenkins ran 91 yards for a touchdown, the third-longest rushing play in Arizona school history, and the Wildcats opened their season with a rainy 35-0 victory over Northern Arizona on Friday night.
B.J. Denker threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jenkins and ran 30 yards for another score. Moments after Denker left in the fourth quarter, backup Javelle Allen ran 61 yards for a TD.
Tra’Mayne Bondurant had two interceptions, returning one 21 yards for a touchdown.
Arizona All-America running back Ka’Deem Carey, the nation’s leading rusher last season, was suspended for the game for offseason trouble, the school said.
Jenkins gained 139 yards in 12 attempts. Denker completed 9 of 13 passes for 87 yards and rushed for 71 yards in 13 carries.
After the opening kickoff, the senior directed an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Denker completed both passes on the drive for 42 yards, including the TD toss to the wide-open Jenkins. Denker also rushed five times for 23 yards on the drive.
The rain began to fall a short time later and neither offense accomplished much until Jenkins, a 5-foot-9 senior, raced up the middle and outran the Lumberjacks 91 yards to the end zone to make it 14-0 with 5:32 left in the half.