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Khalil Tate social media reactions after running wild against Colorado

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.


Yards Player (Att.) Opponent Date
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:

Yards Player Team Opponent Date
366 Ka’Deem Carey Arizona Colorado 2012
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:

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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