It must rank as the most dominant individual offensive performance in Arizona history.
How could it not?
Khalil Tate broke the FBS record for most rushing yards in a game for a quarterback with his 327 on only 14 carries in Arizona’s 45-42 offensive slugfest victory at Colorado on Saturday night.
Tate also completed 11 of 12 passes — some of them critical completions to keep drives alive — for 142 yards and a touchdown without an interception. He did all this as a reserve who entered after starter Brandon Dawkins was hurt on an out-of-bounds tackle in Arizona’s first possession.
Tate’s rushing yards are second in school history behind Ka’Deem Carey’s 366, achieved also against Colorado, in 2012. Note that four of the top 10 performances have occurred in the six-year Rich Rodriguez era.
ARIZONA INDIVIDUAL RUSHING YARDS (200+ YDS)
|366||Ka’Deem Carey (25)||Colorado||11/10/2012|
|327||Khalil Tate (14)||at Colorado||10/7/2017|
|288||Trung Canidate (18)||ASU||11/27/1998|
|236||Ka’Deem Carey (39)||Utah||10/19/2013|
|232||Jim Upchurch (27)||UTEP||11/3/1973|
|228||Art Luppino (6)||New Mexico St.||9/18/1954|
|224||Ontiwaun Carter (36)||Colorado St.||10/8/1994|
|222||Mike Bell (26)||Washington||11/8/2003|
|221||Trung Canidate (33)||at Oregon St.||11/13/1999|
|218||Nick Wilson (20)||at Utah||11/22/2014|
Tate also ranks No. 5 in Pac-12 rushing yards in a game:
|357||Rueben Mayes||Washington State||Oregon||1984|
|347||Ricky Bell||USC||Washington State||1976|
|332||Joe Williams||Utah||at UCLA||2016|
|327||Khalil Tate||Arizona||at Colorado||2017|
With such a performance last night by Tate comes plenty of recognition and accolades. Here are some social media reactions that described Tate’s special night:
Yep. Khalil Tate's 327 rushing yards are the MOST EVER for a quarterback in the FBS — on just 14 carries, too. #ArizonaWildcats
Khalil Tate goes ALL THE WAY for a career long 58 yard TD!
Not one-on-one football but looks like it … pic.twitter.com/ljC3epRLRz
Khalil Tate ran for 327 yards, yes, but don't forget about this throw pic.twitter.com/jNCvkBIJoB
x3TDs – Khalil Tate can throw TDs too pic.twitter.com/AHqDo7dI0z
Arizona QB Khalil Tate just launched a 50-yard pass into the end zone during warmups. Appears he's all the way back from that shoulder issue
For those who thought Arizona should go to Tate sooner, he was definitely more injured than the team let on in recent weeks
327 rush yards and 4 TDs on just 14 carries!?
You might want to get to know Arizona's Khalil Tate … pic.twitter.com/a9uT3PFyEx
Khalil Tate (327 yards) and Phillip Lindsay (281 yards) set the FBS record for most combined rushing yards by opposing players at 608 pic.twitter.com/m8N4Xug64E
Arizona is fourth nationally at 321.8 rushing yards per game — and first among teams that don't rely heavily on the triple-option.
Arizona backup Khalil Tate set a QB record with 327 rush yards … on 14 carries!
"He's killing us," Mike MacIntyre on Arizona QB Khalil Tate in halftime interview with Pac-12 Network.
#AnotherOne for Khalil Tate!
Top single-game rushing performances in the FBS this year:
327 – Khalil Tate, Arizona, Saturday at Colorado
301 – Bryce Love, Stanford, Sept. 30 vs. ASU
291 – Khalil Herbert, Kansas, Sept. 23 vs. W. Virginia
281 – Phillip Lindsay, Colorado, Saturday vs. Arizona#cubuffs
No surprise. Khalil Tate did this in high school. No one could stop him in the Mission League. https://t.co/cehWl2W2df
Khalil Tate so good tonight he can run while looking the other way while surveying the field. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/T4q5RnyZ5K
#WheelsDown in Tucson. Except Khalil. He just kept running and met us here.
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