The Arizona Wildcats defeated Oregon State 49-28 Saturday night at Arizona Stadium. Here are some pertinent notes, quotes and statistics:
* Arizona has scored 35 or more points in six straight games, the longest streak by a Power Five school this season
On the brink of the college football season, predicting that arguably the best head-to-head quarterback battle in the Pac-12 would come in Week 10 between Khalil Tate and Sam Darnold would be outlandish.
Arizona Wildcats AD Dave Heeke ‘confused’ and ‘disappointed’ about football attendance but thrilled with team’s success
Arizona Wildcats athletic director Dave Heeke has been on the job since April. But most of the artwork in his windowless office has yet to be hung.
One wall does feature printouts depicting new locker rooms being built elsewhere in McKale Center — plus a black-and-white photo of Arizona Stadium when it opened in 1928.
Notes and takeaways from Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez’s weekly Monday news conference at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility:
* UA quarterback Khalil Tate became the first player since USC’s Rodney Peete in 1988 to be named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week three weeks in a row.
Notes and takeaways from the Arizona Wildcats’ weekly Monday news conference at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility:
* UA coach Rich Rodriguez addressed the question of why he didn’t start quarterback Khalil Tate from the get-go this season.
Notes and takeaways from the Arizona Wildcats’ media availability after practice Tuesday morning as the team prepares to face UCLA:
* Much of the talk again centered around quarterback Khalil Tate.
BOULDER, Colo. – The Arizona Wildcats were clinging to a three-point lead. Their defense was exhausted. They needed 7 yards to secure a potential course-changing victory. And everyone in the building knew who was going to get the ball.
QB Brandon Dawkins’ starting spot secure, but Khalil Tate’s return gives Arizona Wildcats second option
Rich Rodriguez didn’t dance around the subject.
“Brandon Dawkins is still our starter,” the Arizona coach said Tuesday, shortly after the Wildcats’ first bye-week practice.
That probably isn’t the most popular proclamation, but Rodriguez remains convinced that his talented but erratic quarterback “can play better.” Rodriguez did add this, though:
Arizona might have to fight to keep Cienega quarterback Jamarye Joiner committed, but Wildcats need him
The Arizona Wildcats have a quarterback problem right now, and the solution might just be 30 minutes down Interstate 10.
Cienega’s Jamarye Joiner is perhaps the best quarterback in Tucson since Sahuaro’s Rodney Peete was here 34 years ago and he is, for now at least, committed to the UA.