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Arizona to host 15) Washington State on homecoming

Posted at 9:21 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 00:25:28-04

It will be the one hundredth homecoming game for Arizona Football as the Wildcats will host 15th ranked Washington State on Saturday.

UA quarterback Khalil Tate has been making history. He's the first Pac-12 player to win the conference's offensive player of the week award three consecutive times since Rodney Peete did it in 1988. In each of those games, he has a touchdown run of more than 70 yards.

"We've executed well," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said about his team's three game winning streak. "We've gotten big plays. Khalil is part of that and so are the running backs. We've been consistent up front. We've stayed healthier. The offensive line has been a big part. This will be our biggest challenge in Washington State because their defense is the best we've played so far."

The 7-1 Cougars have two shutout wins. On offense, they are led by quarterback Luke Falk, and they are currently ranked 15th in the AP Top 25 poll.

Arizona will be looking for redemption, if not revenge, after last season's 69-7 loss. Cougar quarterbacks completed 47 out of 52 passes in that game.

"You've got to watch the film to see what went wrong but it was embarrassing," said Rodriguez.  "It makes me want to throw up. You can imagine, I've wanted to throw up all week. We didn't give our best performance last year."

"It was the first time for me," said Tate, who was the team's third string quarterback at the time. "It was the first time for a lot of the guys on the team last year. We have a lot of freshmen that didn't play last year, so they have that charisma to do better, and the guys from last year have the charisma to get revenge."

Arizona is 57-37-5 in homecoming games.