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• Senior wide receiver Nate Phillips had a pair of catches Saturday and now has at least one catch in 38 straight games. That’s tied for the fifth-longest streak in the nation and tied for the longest by a player in a Power 5 conference. Phillips finished with two catches for 13 yards. He is four shy of the Arizona record of 42 consecutive games with a reception held by Dennis Northcutt and Bobby Wade.
• True freshman Khalil Tate made his debut at quarterback Saturday night. He finished 5 for 9 for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries. Tate is the first true freshman to see time at quarterback for Arizona since Matt Scott in 2008. In Scott’s debut, he was 6 of 10 for 77 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown in Arizona’s win over Idaho.
• Tate is the first true freshman to throw multiple touchdown passes in his debut since Willie Tuitama in 2005. Against Oregon, Tuitama threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns to go with an interception.
• Junior wide receiver Cam Denson, a Salpointe Catholic grad who transitioned from cornerback to receiver before the start of the season, hauled in his first career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Denson scored on a 13-yard pass from Tate. Denson finished with two catches for 16 yards.
• Senior wide receiver Samajie Grant recorded his 10th career touchdown catch Saturday against the Bruins. Grant caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Dawkins in the first quarter to give Arizona a 7-0 lead. It was Grant’s first touchdown since Arizona’s double-overtime win over Utah in 2015.
• Arizona recorded a season-high 10 pass breakups Saturday against UCLA. Justin Belknap, Jace Whittaker and Dane Cruikshank all led the way with two breakups each. DaVonte’ Neal, John Kenny, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and Brandon Rutt all recorded one.
• The Wildcats failed to record a sack Saturday. That broke a streak of 16 straight games with a sack, dating back to last season. The Wildcats did finish with six tackles-for-loss.
• UCLA has now won five straight meetings in the matchup between the two schools. Prior to UCLA’s streak, Arizona had won five straight from 2007-2011. Arizona has lost three straight at UCLA.
• There weren’t any turnovers in the game committed by either team. Arizona entered the game having recorded at least one interception in three straight games and 10 in its last seven.
• Arizona entered Saturday’s game 10th in the country with 992 rushing yards in four games. The Wildcats added 242 yards to that total Saturday after posting back-to-back 300-yard rushing games entering Saturday.
• Sophomore wide receiver Shun Brown led the Wildcats in receiving for the third straight week. Brown had four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
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