TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Wildcats ran, ran and ran some more in averaging 9.7 yards per rush Saturday night. And there was little Oregon State could do to stop it.
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.
The Wildcats ran for a school-record 534 yards, with three players going over 100 yards.
Tate 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 defender got in the way,” Tate said of his first score. “I tried to move around and then I just used my determination to get in the end zone.”
The sophomore has a rushing touchdown in each of the last six games and a team-high 11 this season. He also 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.
“The first half seemed like it went fast, the second half not so much,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. “The first half I thought was exceedingly fast and our guys were executing pretty well.
“I thought the first half was the best half we played all year,” Rodriguez added.
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.
The Wildcats have won five of six.
“I’ve got nothing but respect for that player,” said Oregon State safety Jalen Moore, who led his team with nine solo tackles, of Tate. “At the end of the day, it’s on us. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot.”
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…