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Wildcats prepare for Pac-12 opener at Oregon State

Posted at 10:40 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 01:40:41-04

Arizona Football will look to win its Pac-12 opener against an Oregon State team that is considered to be a conference cellar dweller this season.

Both teams come into the game with 1-2 records with both wins coming against FCS Southern Utah.

A key for the Wildcats is do better on third down on both sides of the ball.

"We talk as a team about goals," said head coach Kevin Sumlin. "Third down, offensively, and wanting to be 40 percent or better. We've been able to reach that. Conversely we have not met our goal on defense. That needs to be around 35 percent or lower and we haven't done that."

Sumlin referred to Tate as having an ankle twist when it comes to why there hasn't been many designed runs. The junior signal caller is coming off a game in which he threw five touchdown passes.

"We're going to play to his strengths, play to our strengths. Obviously he wasn't 100 percent healthy but he still was effective running the offense. That ankle didn't feel very well."

Arizona is heading to Corvallis for the only the second time since 2011.