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.
By Justin Spears / Arizona Daily Star
There were three members from last season's Arizona coaching staff: Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, senior defensive analyst Chuck Cecil and wide receivers coach Theron Aych.
Aych joined the staff at the start of the 2017 season after coaching at UTEP in 2016, and mentored players like Shun Brown, Tony Ellison and 6-foot-5 wide out Shawn Poindexter. All three players combined for 1,465 yards.
Arizona Wildcats QB Khalil Tate named one of 16 semifinalists for Davey O’Brien QB award
Notes and takeaways from the Arizona Wildcats’ post-practice media availability Tuesday morning as Oregon State week continues:
What to watch for when the Arizona Wildcats visit UTEP
Here are three things to watch in the Arizona Wildcats’ game vs. UTEP at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas (Friday, 7:15 p.m., ESPN), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:
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.