Tate returns, Arizona rolls over No. 19 Oregon 44-15
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — J.J. Taylor burst through holes and leaped over defenders. Khalil Tate was sharp in his return. The defense created turnovers, so did special teams.
Stuck in a recent rut, Arizona picked a great time to play its best game of the season.
Taylor ran for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Tate threw for three scores and the Wildcats dominated No. 19 Oregon 44-15 on Saturday night.
Taylor runs wild as Arizona thrashes Oregon State, 35-14
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — After an explosive game, Arizona running back J.J. Taylor was asked what was working well for him.
"The offensive line," he responded, then chuckled. "All the stuff that we do at practice just showed up today."
Taylor rushed for a Reser Stadium-record 284 yards and two touchdowns, including a 62-yard sprint, as Arizona ran wild over Oregon State 35-14 in the Pac-12 opener on Saturday afternoon.
Alsadek has a problem with the Pac-12, which unveiled its all-conference selections Tuesday. No Arizona player was selected to the Pac-12’s first or second team.
The Wildcats, who went 7-5 in the regular season, weren’t completely shut out. UA linebacker Colin Schooler won Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year, running back J.J. Taylor was co-offensive freshman of the year and six Wildcats were honorable-mention selections.
Arizona Wildcats LB Colin Schooler, RB J.J. Taylor earn Pac-12 honors, prove they belong
Despite prolific high school careers, neither Colin Schooler nor J.J. Taylor drew much interest from Pac-12 schools. Schooler had one offer — from Arizona. Taylor had two — from Arizona and Washington State.
Both became Wildcats. Both have proved they belong.
Schooler was named Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. Taylor was named co-Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Stanford’s Love, Washington’s Vea get top Pac-12 honors
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stanford running back Bryce Love has been named the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and Washington lineman Vita Vea the defensive player of the year.
Stanford's David Shaw was the coach of the year and Arizona linebacker Colin Schooler was the defensive freshman of the year in awards announced Tuesday. Arizona running back J.J. Taylor and Stanford lineman Walker Little shared offensive freshmen of the year.
Cruikshank literally moved his head to avoid targeting and got called for it anyway.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) November 5, 2017
Officials are trying to cut down on helmet-to-helmet hits for player safety, and as a result have begun to enforce more targeting penalties.
Just call him Mr. October: Behind Khalil Tate, Arizona Wildcats go deep often during 4-game streak
The Astros and Dodgers aren’t the only ones who’ve been hitting home runs in bunches in October.
The Arizona Wildcats have made a boatload of big plays during their four-game winning streak. Quarterback Khalil Tate alone had four rushes of 70 or more yards. Tailback J.J. Taylor had a career-long 79-yard touchdown vs. Washington State last week.
Tate does it again, Arizona runs past No. 15 WSU 58-37
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Khalil Tate did it again, and now he has the Arizona Wildcats in position to be taken quite seriously in the Pac-12.
In his fourth straight spectacular performance and the team's fourth consecutive victory, Tate rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown and passed for 275 more and two scores, leading surprising Arizona to a 58-37 victory over No. 15 Washington State on Saturday night.
Arizona Wildcats RB Nick Wilson (ankle) dressed but not running with ones vs. Washington State
Observations from warmups before the Arizona Wildcats’ game against No. 15 Washington State tonight at Arizona Stadium:
* Tailback Nick Wilson (ankle; questionable) is dressed and went through warmups. But Wilson was working with the second unit during 7-on-7. The guess here: Wilson plays only in an emergency. Zach Green and J.J. Taylor would share the load in that scenario.
Arizona Wildcats RB J.J. Taylor on the cusp of a breakout – not that he cares about stats
Four Arizona Wildcats have rushed for 100-plus yards in a game this season. Two of them are quarterbacks. None is J.J. Taylor.
The running back with the “SportsCenter Top 10” moves has been steady this season. He hasn’t been spectacular, at least not on a regular basis. Not like 2016, certainly.
Arizona Wildcats QB Khalil Tate makes Pro Football Focus’ All-Pac-12 team for third straight week
Notes and takeaways from the Arizona Wildcats’ media availability after practice Tuesday morning as Washington State week continues:
UA quarterback Khalil Tate was named to Pro Football Focus’ Pac-12 Team of the Week for the third week in a row. Freshman linebacker Tony Fields II made PFF’s defensive squad.
Tate was sick on his birthday Monday. He came to the facility anyway. "He looked like death warmed over,” quarterbacks coach Rod Smith said. “So I said get out of here."
2. Track record: Wildcats have strong Southern California connections
Rodriguez and his staff are recruiting Southern California — and Los Angeles — more than ever. The Wildcats signed six Los Angeles-area players in 2015, eight in 2016 and 11 in 2017. Four L.A. prospects have committed already for 2018, a number that can — and likely will — grow over the next few months.
Here are three things to watch in the Arizona Wildcats’ game vs. UCLA at Arizona Stadium (Saturday, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:
Dawkins’ 6 TDs lead Arizona past UTEP 63-16
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Brandon Dawkins scored six touchdowns — three passing and three rushing — to lead Arizona to a 63-16 win over UTEP on Friday night.
Dawkins, who played only one series in the fourth quarter, threw for 155 yards on 18-of-22 passing and ran for 143 yards on 13 carries.
Arizona came into the game as a 25-point favorite, but struggled in the first quarter against winless UTEP before scoring 28 unanswered points.
Running back Nick Wilson is one of the four-star recruits who has produced at Arizona.
Senior running back Nick Wilson sat out last week against Houston with an ankle injury, leaving J.J. Taylor as the primary ball-carrier. Wilson is listed as questionable, but warmed up with the Wildcats before Friday's game, a good sign.
Arizona Wildcats RB Nick Wilson questionable for UTEP game; TE Trevor Wood is out
Senior tailback Nick Wilson is listed as questionable on the Arizona Wildcats’ injury report for the second week in a row.
Wilson dressed but did not play against Houston last week because of an ankle injury. His status remains up in the air for Friday’s game at UTEP. The oft-injured Wilson rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Sept. 2 opener against Northern Arizona.
Arizona Wildcats tailback J.J. Taylor’s vision leaves defenders in the dark
J.J. Taylor is a more complete running back in his second season as an Arizona Wildcat.
Last year Taylor relied mostly on his instincts, according to running backs coach Calvin Magee. This year?
“He understands everything,” Magee said Tuesday. “Now he has the instincts and the knowledge of the offense, so that’s really helped him.”
Knowledge is power. Taylor knows where he’s supposed to be and whom he’s supposed to block.
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Arizona Wildcats fall behind Houston 17-10 at halftime
The Arizona Wildcats trail Houston 17-10 at halftime of their game at Arizona Stadium on Saturday night.
Arizona (1-0) twice rallied to tie the score before surrendering a late touchdown.
Zach Green’s 1-yard plunge with 2:22 left in the half erased a 10-3 deficit. But J.J. Taylor did most of the heavy lifting on the drive.
Taylor showed off all his moves on a 27-yard cutback run, eluding multiple defenders after receiving a pitch to the left. Shawn Poindexter also threw a big block on the play.
Here are three things to watch in the Arizona Wildcats’ game against Houston at Arizona Stadium (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:
Here are three things to watch in the Arizona Wildcats’ season opener against Northern Arizona at Arizona Stadium (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:
Dawkins, Taylor lead Arizona past Hawaii 47-28
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Dawkins made the most of another start for injured Anu Solomon, especially in the first half.
The Arizona redshirt sophomore ran for three touchdowns and passed for another, all in the first two quarters, and the Wildcats wrapped up nonconference play with a 47-28 victory over Hawaii on Saturday night.
With Solomon out with a knee injury for the second straight game, Dawkins, completed 16 of 21 passes for 235 yards and carried 15 times for 118 more.