ARIZONA FOOTBALL

Khalil Tate’s 5 TD passes lead Arizona to win over Colorado

Nov 2, 2018, 11:31 PM
Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (21) throws himself over the pile at the line for an extra yard ag...
Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (21) throws himself over the pile at the line for an extra yard against Colorado during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
(Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Khalil Tate threw for career-high 350 yards and five touchdowns after setting an FBS rushing record against Colorado a year ago, lifting Arizona to a 42-34 victory over the Buffaloes Friday night.

Arizona (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12) struggled early while falling into a 10-0 hole, then scored on its next eight possessions.

Tate orchestrated the rally.

Arizona’s junior quarterback ran all over Colorado a year ago, setting an FBS record for a quarterback with 327 yards rushing. He beat the Buffaloes with his arm this time, completing 17 of 22 passes, including a pair of touchdowns to Shawn Poindexter.

J.J. Taylor provided balance to the Wildcats’ offense, running for 192 yards on 40 carries to send Colorado (5-4, 2-4) to its fourth straight loss.

Steven Montez threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, but had a late interception for the Buffaloes.

Arizona’s offense stagnated early and Taylor lost a fumble at the Wildcats’ 7-yard line, setting up a field goal. Arizona also had a pair of miscues on special teams and K.D. Nixon scored on an 8-yard run to put Colorado up 10-0 after one quarter.

Once Tate got the Wildcats going, Colorado had a hard time stopping him.

He hit Stanley Berryhill III on a 40-yard touchdown pass, tossed a 1-yarder to Poindexter and 12 yards to Shun Brown for another score.

Two defensive breakdowns allowed Colorado to stay in it.

The first came when Montez caught Arizona on a blitz and found Kyle Evans on a 17-yard touchdown pass. Then Wildcats safety Jarrius Wallace missed on an interception attempt, clearing the way for Travon McMillian’s 57-yard touchdown.

Lucas Havrisik hit a 55-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to put Arizona up 26-24.

Tate kept firing in the second half, hitting Poindexter on a 39-yard touchdown in the third, and Cedric Peterson on a 57-yard score in the fourth to put the Wildcats up 42-34.

Montez found Tony Brown on a 20-yard TD pass in the third, but threw an interception in the end zone with five minutes left.

THE TAKEAWAY

Once considered a front-runner in the Pac-12 South, Colorado now must win one of its final three games just to become bowl eligible.

Arizona is clicking on offense at just the right time, moving within a game of becoming bowl eligible in its first season under coach Kevin Sumlin.

UP NEXT

Colorado plays at No. 10 Washington State next Saturday.

Arizona has a bye before facing the Cougars on Nov. 17.

Penguin Air

Arizona Football

(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)...
Arizona Sports

Pac-12 exploring all expansion options with USC, UCLA heading to Big Ten

The Pac-12 is looking into expansion following the decisions from USC and UCLA on Thursday to head to the Big Ten as early as 2024.
4 days ago
Basketballs are rolled off the court during the NCAAB game at McKale Center on January 03, 2022 in ...
Arizona Sports

Arizona ‘extremely disappointed’ in USC, UCLA leaving Pac-12 for Big Ten

The Arizona Wildcats broke their silence Friday regarding USC's and UCLA's plans to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten as early as 2024.
4 days ago
UCLA plays Oregon during a Pac-12 NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., ...
Arizona Sports

UCLA, USC to leave Pac-12 for Big Ten in 2024

UCLA and USC will be leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, beginning in the 2024-25 season, the two schools confirmed on Thursday evening.
5 days ago
Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to a game against the Carolina Panthe...
Arizona Sports

Wildcat product, Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski announces 2nd retirement

Buccaneers tight end and Arizona Wildcat product Rob Gronkowski announced Tuesday that he will walk away from the NFL for the second time.
14 days ago
In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, the Pac-12 logo is displayed on the field at Sun Devil Stadium d...
Nikash Nath

Athlon Sports’ 2022 All-Pac-12 teams include 9 Sun Devils, 7 Wildcats

The college football season kicks off in just more than two months. Athlon Sports' Steve Lassan released the All-Pac-12 teams.
18 days ago
(Twitter Photo/@arian_parish)...
Jake Anderson

Arizona Wildcats football receives commitment from 3-star DB Arian Parish

The Arizona Wildcats football team received another three-star recruit for the class of 2023 on Friday in DB Arian Parish.
25 days ago
Khalil Tate’s 5 TD passes lead Arizona to win over Colorado