Arizona 44, Oregon 14
What Happened: Arizona rose up and rocked from start to finish, getting three touchdown passes from Khalil Tate, two touchdown runs from KJ Taylor, and getting three Josh Pollack field goals in the dominant performance. Oregon only managed a 29-yard Dillon Mitchell touchdown catch in the first half to break up the run of 37 Wildcat points. Justin Herbert threw two touchdown passes, but he was off all game long.
What Mattered: Forget about any quarterback controversy or who was going to play, this was Tate’s game. He completed 19-of-33 passes for 189 yards and three scores with a pick, and he ran for 26 yards. JJ Taylor ran for 212 yards and two scores on 30 carries – he was a workhorse.
– Herbert was never right. He completed 24-of-48 passes for 186 yards and two scores with a pick, and he led the team with 31 rushing yards. The Oregon offense was swarmed over all game long, getting nothing big from the running game and seeing drive after drive stall.
– Arizona might have been flagged 11 times, and Tate wasn’t razor sharp throwing the ball, but it controlled the clock for over 36 minutes and outgunned the Ducks 465 to 270.
Thoughts: Oregon went from being deep in the hunt for the Pac-12 title two weeks ago, to now trying to find its offense again after sputtering in two straight losses on the road. The running game has to perk up against Utah, and then comes the real fun with at Utah, Arizona State, and at Oregon State to close. The Ducks got the win over Washington. Now they have to prove they can beat someone decent again.
– Can the Wildcats possibly think about going bowling now? If they play like this again, yeah. They get Colorado in Tucson on Friday night, go to Washington State, and host Arizona State. Win two of the three games, get to six wins, and all of a sudden, the Kevin Sumlin era will start to look like fun.