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Taylor runs wild as Arizona thrashes Oregon State, 35-14

Posted: 5:32 PM, Sep 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-22 23:32:32Z

J.J. Taylor rushed for a Reser Stadium-record 284 yards and two touchdowns, including a 62-yard sprint, as Arizona ran wild over Oregon State 35-14 in the Pac-12 opener on Saturday afternoon.
    
Dual-threat quarterback Khalil Tate, hampered by an injured ankle this season, passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats. Gary Brightwell added 113 yards rushing and a touchdown and Shawn Poindexter had 92 receiving yards and a score for Arizona.
    
Safety Jalen Moore had 14 tackles, 13 unassisted, while Conor Blount threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers.
    
Arizona outgained Oregon State 594 yards to 238 yards.
    
The Wildcats led 14-7 at halftime but missed scoring opportunities, in part due to penalties.
    
Arizona (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12) scored on the first possession of the second half to take control of the game, with Tate throwing a 16-yard touchdown to Poindexter.
    
With the score 28-14, Taylor's long run crushed any remaining hopes for the Beavers (1-3, 0-1).
    
Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith has juggled starters and playing time at quarterback, but Blount started his third straight game. Season starter Jake Luton replaced Blount last week versus Nevada but injured his ankle and did not play Saturday.
    
Last season, Arizona went for a whopping 534 rushing yards against the Beavers in a 49-28 victory. On Saturday, the Wildcats had 442 rushing yards.
    
THE TAKEAWAY
    
Arizona: The Wildcat offensive line opened up big holes for their running backs, who often weren't touched until they were well into the secondary. . No one expected Tate to match his career-high 349 yards and five touchdowns from last week against Southern Utah, but he was effective enough against the Beavers despite completing 9 of 17 passes.
    
Oregon State: Wide receiver Trevon Bradford, injured Sept. 15 versus Nevada, returned to action against the Wildcats and caught an 8-yard touchdown. . Running back Jermar Jefferson totaled 100 yards, with 82 rushing yards.
    
UP NEXT
    
Arizona hosts Southern California on Sept. 29.
    
Oregon State plays at Arizona State on Sept. 29.