BEAR DOWN: Arizona celebrates Homecoming by drubbing Oregon 44-15

The Wildcats continue their recent history of beating at least one ranked team a season

BEAR DOWN: Arizona celebrates Homecoming by drubbing Oregon 44-15
(Source: Arizona Athletics)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Khalil Tate returned to the Arizona lineup Saturday night and threw three touchdown passes as the Wildcats upset visiting and 19th ranked Oregon 44-15 at Arizona Stadium in the 101st Homecoming football game.

Tate passed for scores to Shawn Poindexter (twice) and Shun Brown as the Cats raced out to a quick 16-0 lead and never looked back.

Josh Pollack kicked three first half field goals.

J.J. Taylor ran for his second 200-yard game of the season. He finished with 212 yards on 30 carries scoring twice.

The redshirt sophomore ran for 284 yards in an win earlier this season against the other Pac-12 team from Oregon, the Beavers of Oregon State.

The Wildcats (4-5, 3-3) defense forced three turnovers while keeping Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert under duress for much of the night.

Arizona entered the night with two straight losses, needing to run the table -- the Wildcats wrap up the season with games against Colorado, Washington State and Arizona State -- to guarantee a bowl game.

The Wildcats have a recent history of upsetting the Ducks (5-3, 2-3).

In 2007, a Mike Stoops-coached Arizona squad shocked No. 2 Oregon in Tucson. The Wildcats won the showdown in 2013 and 2014, when the Ducks were serious contenders for national crowns.

It’s a short week for UA as the Cats will welcome in the Colorado Buffaloes on Friday night. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

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