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Rich Rod says why Tate didn't get QB start early in season

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After leading Arizona to a big win over UCLA and rushing for 230 yards, 18-year-old quarterback Khalil Tate has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week. Here's more from Paul Cicala at KVOA:

Here's Saturday night's sportscast on KVOA with Khalil's highlights and post-game interview:

  Here's more from the Pac-12's official website:

OFFENSIVE: Khalil Tate, Fr., QB, Arizona 
• Followed up a record-setting breakout a week ago with another dominant performance to lead Arizona to its first victory (47-30) over UCLA since 2011.
• Totaled 378 yards of offense and three touchdowns.
• Gained 230 yards (sixth-most in UA history) on 15 carries (71 and 45-yard TDs) to become the first FBS quarterback since 1997 to post consecutive 200-yard rushing efforts.
• Completed 9-of-13 passes for 148 yards and a TD through the air with turnover free ball.

Here's more from Arizona Athletics:

Arizona sophomore quarterback Khalil Tate was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week, it was announced Monday afternoon by the league office.
 
Tate, who rushed for an FBS quarterback record 327 yards two weeks ago against Colorado, backed that performance up with another sterling one Saturday in a 47-30 win over UCLA.
 
The Inglewood, California product, who accounted for 481 yards of offense and five touchdowns against the Buffaloes, went right back to work against the Bruins. Tate finished with 230 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. He averaged 15.3 yards per carry, and had a 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
 
Through the air, Tate was 9 of 13 for 148 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Trevor Wood. Tate became the first FBS quarterback in 20 years to post back-to-back 200-yard rushing games. Navy's Chris McCoy, in 1997, was the last to accomplish that feat. All total, Tate produced 378 yards of offense and three touchdowns against the Bruins.
 
Tate is the first Arizona player to earn two Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors in the same season since Ka'Deem Carey in 2013. He's the first player to win the honor in back-to-back weeks since quarterback Tom Tunnicliffe did it in 1982, leading the Wildcats to win against No. 9 Notre Dame and Pacific.
 
Against UCLA on Saturday, Tate had a 45-yard touchdown run on Arizona's first drive of the game and the Wildcats never trailed from there. He hit Wood for a 6-yard touchdown pass 11 seconds before halftime to put Arizona up 30-14 at the break. Leading by 11 in the third quarter, he broke his 71-yard run to ice the game for the Wildcats.
 
In addition to being named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, Tate was named one of the top eight quarterbacks in the country for the weekend by both the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the Davey O'Brien Award.
 
Tate and the Wildcats return to action Saturday at Cal. Kick is scheduled for 5 p.m., and will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
 
The sophomore quarterback will be back on his home field on Oct. 28 against Washington State for the team's Homecoming game. Monday, it was announced that game will start at 6:30 p.m., and will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. Tickets for the Homecoming matchup with the Cougars can be purchased at the McKale Ticket Office (520-621-2287) or online at arizonawildcats.com/fb. 

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