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Arizona Wildcats Record-Chasers: Approaching Milestones in Game Against Texas Tech

Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.

A lot of offense is expected tonight when Arizona hosts Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m. with the over-under in Las Vegas at 77 points.

Because of that, it’s safe to say Arizona’s offensive leaders, quarterback Khalil Tate and running back J.J. Taylor, will be racking up some yards. Here are this week’s record-chasers for the Wildcats:

Taylor has 2,711 career rushing yards, which ranks ninth all-time at Arizona. Taylor needs 246 yards to pass Nic Grigsby for No. 8. Taylor’s 463 career carries are the fewest of any player in the top 10.

J.J. Taylor is coming of a 102-yard rushing performance against NAU (Arizona Athletics photo)

Senior quarterback Khalil Tate has rushed for 1,981 yards. Another 19 yards would make him the 17th player in program history to run for 2,000 yards. With 42 more yards, he would pass Eddie Wolgast for 16th all-time at Arizona in rushing yards.

Arizona Career Rushing Leaders

No.YardsPlayerAttYears
1.4,239 Ka'Deem Carey7432011-13
2.3,824 Trung Canidate6041996-99
3.3,501 Ontiwaun Carter8051991-94
4.3,381 Art Luppino5131953-56
5.3,163 Mike Bell6782002-05
6.3,096 Hubie Oliver6491977-80
7.3,038 Nick Wilson5532014-17
8.2,957 Nic Grigsby5722007-10
9.2,843J.J. Taylor4932016-19
10.2,571 David Adams6001984-86
11.2,530 Clarence Farmer5212000-03
12.2,397Keola Antolin5002008-10
13. 2,389 Jim Upchurch4881972-74
14.2,133Khalil Tate3122016-19
15.2,074 Bob McCall4731970-72

Tate has passed for 4,863 yards in his career, which ranks 12th in program history. He’ll need another 227 yards to break into the Top 10.

Arizona Career Passing Yards Leaders

No.YardsPlayerComp-AttIntTDYears
1.10,011 Nick Foles933-1,39633672009-11
2.9,211 Willie Tuitama786-1,27631672005-08
3.7,618 Tom Tunnicliffe574-1,06956461980-83
4.6,922 Anu Solomon555-93316492014-16
5.6,016 Alfred Jenkins456-87938301983-86
6.5,972 Keith Smith434-72627421996-99
7.5,749 Jason Johnson413-71926351999-02
8.5,723Dan White446-85027431993-95
9.5,636Khalil Tate393-67126532016-19
10.5,424 Ortege Jenkins488-71727421997-00

Tate has passed for 48 touchdowns in his career, which ranks fourth all-time. With one more, Tate would tie Anu Solomon for third all-time. Nick Foles and Willie Tuitama share the record with 67 touchdown passes.

Arizona Career Passing Touchdown Leaders

No.TDsQuarterbackYears
1. (tie)67Nick Foles2009-11
1. (tie)67Willie Tuitama2005-08
3. 53Khalil Tate2016-19
4.49Anu Solomon2014-16
5.46Tom Tunnicliffe1980-83
6.45Bruce Hill1973-75
7.43Dan White1993-95
8. (tie)42Keith Smith1996-99
8. (tie)42Ortege Jenkins1997-2000
10.35Jason Johnson1999-2002
Khalil Tate (Arizona Athletics photo)

Tate has racked up 6,844 yards of total offense in his career, which currently ranks No. 6 in school history. With 205 more total offense yards, Tate would move up to No. 5, passing Keith Smith.

Arizona Career Total Offense Leaders

No. YardsPlayerAtt.Years
1.9,712Nick Foles1,5032009-11
2.8,727 Willie Tuitama1,4482005-08
3.7,741Khalil Tate9912016-19
4.7,359 Anu Solomon1,1622014-16
5.7,336Tom Tunnicliffe1,2531980-83
6.7,049 Keith Smith1,0211996-99
7.6,307 Alfred Jenkins1,1361983-86
8.6,059 Matt Scott6122008-12
9.6,054 Bruce Hill1,0671973-75
10.5,577 Ortege Jenkins1,1111997-00

Arizona senior cornerback Jace Whittaker, who utilized his redshirt season last year, is tied for ninth in career passes broken up with 28. He’s currently tied with Trevin Wade and Randy Robbins and is one away from reaching Brandon Sanders’ mark of 29. Whittaker had a pair of interceptions in the opener against Hawai’i and another last week against NAU. He has seven career interceptions.

Arizona Career Passes Broken-Up Leaders

No. PBUPlayerPos.Years
1.44 Michael JolivetteCB2000-03
2.38 Chuck CecilS1984-87
3.35 Kelly MalveauxCB1994-97
4. (tie)32 Antoine CasonCB2004-07
4. (tie)32 Devin RossCB2006-09
6.31Jace WhittakerCB2015-19
7. (tie)30 Shaquille RichardsonCB2010-13
7. (tie)30 Lynnden BrownS1981-84
9.29 Brandon SandersS1992-95
10. (tie)28 Trevin WadeCB2008-11
10. (tie)28 Randy RobbinsCB1980-83
Colin Schooler (Arizona Athletics photo)

Arizona junior linebacker Colin Schooler enters tonight’s game with 35.5 tackles-for-loss in just 27 games. With five more, he’ll reach the Arizona top 10 and tie Chris Singleton.

Arizona Career Tackles-For-Loss Leaders

No.TFLPlayerPos.Years
1.74.5 Tedy BruschiDE1991-95
2. (tie)49.0 Dana WellsDT1985-88
2. (tie)49.0 Joe TafoyaDE1997-00
4.45.0 Bill McKinleyDE1968-70
5.43.5 Joe Salave'aDT1994-97
6.43.0 Marcus BellLB1996-99
7. (tie)42.0 Scooby Wright IIILB2013-15
7. (tie)42.0Mike DawsonDT1972-75
9.41.0 Rob WaldropDT1990-93
10. (tie)40.5Colin SchoolerLB2017-19
10. (tie)40.5Chris SingletonLB1986-89

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