Tate runs for 206 yards, two touchdowns; Arizona beats Oregon State
TUSCON, Ariz. — Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate ran his streak of 100-yard rushing games to six, finishing with 206 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the Wildcats’ 49-28 win over Oregon State on Saturday night.
The Wildcats ran for a school record 534 yards, with three players going over 100 yards.
Tate’s had a 19-yard second-quarter touchdown run in which he bowled over a would-be tackler in the open field on his way to the end zone. He also sprinted 71 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
The sophomore has a rushing touchdown in each of the last six games and a team-high 11 this season.
Tate has four of the five longest touchdown runs for Arizona this season, and twice has run 71 yards for a score.
Arizona (7-3 overall, 5-2 Pac-12) and Tate hardly needed to throw the ball, as the ground game racked up 384 yards by halftime with Nick Wilson, Zach Green and receiver Tony Ellison running for touchdowns in the first half.
Green ran for a pair of scores, one in each half. J.J. Taylor rushed for 129 yards and Wilson, a senior playing in the final home game of his career, added 101.
Tate accounted for 65 yards of an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to open the game. The Wildcats have won five of six.
Oregon State (1-9, 0-7) has lost eight straight. The Beavers were held scoreless until the opening drive of the second half, which ended on Darell Garretson’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Noah Togiai.
Garretson threw two of his four touchdown passes in the third quarter and Ryan Nall led the Beavers with 88 yards rushing on 20 carries, adding a 44-yard touchdown catch in the fourth. Isaiah Hodgins and Timmy Hernandez caught scoring passes from Garretson, who had 209 yards passing.
Tate completed 5-of-7 passes for 68 yards and threw his sixth interception of the season. He completed his only pass attempt of the second half and was replaced by junior Brandon Dawkins, who began the season as the starter, early in the fourth quarter.
Dawkins ran for a four-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 35-14 late in the third quarter, Oregon State got the ball on offense but couldn’t move it, and a 23-yard punt set up the Wildcats at the Beavers’ 34-yard line. Green ran for a three-yard touchdown on that drive to give Arizona a 42-14 lead with 32 seconds left in the third.
Oregon State: The Beavers have two more shots at a second win — next Saturday at home against Arizona State and at Oregon in the Civil War rivalry on Nov. 25. Oregon State had shown improvement over the past three weeks, with two close losses,
Arizona: The Wildcats did what they had to do stay in second place in the Pac-12 South, and did so with a representative from the Valero Alamo Bowl on hand at Arizona Stadium. While a bowl game looks certain with seven wins, Arizona has two tough road games to finish the regular season, at Oregon next Saturday and at archrival Arizona State on Nov. 25. Holding onto second place in the South won’t be easy, as both the Ducks and Sun Devils are vying for bowl berths.
Oregon State: The Beavers host Arizona State next Saturday
Arizona: The Wildcats play at Oregon next Saturday
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