3. Arizona 35, Oregon State 14
Really, Arizona … was that so hard?
Khalil Tate didn’t run – he only took off four times – because he didn’t have to. JJ Taylor ran for 284 yards and two scores, Gary Brightwell ran for 113 yards, and the Wildcats ripped through the Beavers for 442 yards averaging close to nine yards per carry.
The running game had to carry things with Tate getting bounced around and banged up – he only finished completing 9-of-17 passes for 152 yards, but he threw two scores.
And now, after the problems of the first part of the season, the Cats have won two straight games with USC up next.
Oregon State showed somepkomise with Conor Blount connecting on 17-of-24 passes, but the running game that was so strong early on this season sputtered and coughed, and the run defense wasn’t even close.
It’s not like the Beavers didn’t control the game – they had the ball for almost 33 minutes. Arizona struck way too quickly, and turned it on in the second half.
And at some point, Khalil Tate will be Khalil Tate.