NCAAF Game Recap - Arizona at Colorado
Sat Oct 5, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

UGA
43
Tenn
14
F
MSU
10
OHSt
34
F
UtSt
6
LSU
42
F
Okla
45
Kans
20
F
Aub
13
Fla
24
F
Kent
0
Wisc
48
F
BGSU
0
ND
52
F
Tex
42
WVU
31
F
Purd
7
PSU
35
F
Cal
7
Oreg
17
F
Iowa
3
Mich
10
F
Wash
13
Stan
23
F
Boise
38
UNLV
13
F
UCF
24
Cin
27
F
OkSt
35
TxTch
45
F
Tuls
37
SMU
43
F(2OT)
GaSo
20
SoAl
17
F(1OT)
Temp
27
ECU
17
F
NM
21
SJSU
32
F
SoFL
48
UConn
22
F
MD
48
Rut
7
F
Tul
42
Army
33
F
BC
39
Lou
41
F
TCU
24
IASt
49
F
E Mi
16
C Mi
42
F
Ball
27
NIU
20
F
WestMI
24
Toled
31
F
ArkSt
38
GASt
52
F
Ohio
21
Buff
20
F OT
Ill
17
Minn
40
F
Marsh
13
MidTN
24
F
Bayl
31
K St
12
F
AF
25
Navy
34
F
VaTec
42
MiaFL
35
F
Mem
52
ULMon
33
F
NW
10
Neb
13
F
Troy
10
Mizzu
42
F
UNC
38
GATec
22
F
Ariz
35
Colo
30
F
W Ky
20
OD
3
F
Rice
20
UAB
35
F
UMass
0
FLInt
44
F
Vand
6
Miss
31
F
UTSA
26
UTEP
16
F
Lib
20
NMSt
13
F
Pitt
33
Duke
30
F
OreSt
48
UCLA
31
F
SDSU
24
ColSt
10
F

Arizona 35, Colorado 30

Oct 5, 2019, 4:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Arizona (4-1)

7

7

14

7

35

Colorado (3-2)

3

17

7

3

30

Tate leads Arizona past Colorado 35-30
Sat Oct 5, 2019 9:32 PM

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Nobody would have flinched had Khalil Tate knelt and kissed the grass at Folsom Field.

"Colorado holds a special place in my heart," Arizona's senior dual-threat quarterback said after throwing for 404 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 35-30 win over the banged-up Buffaloes.

It was here in Boulder two years ago that Tate burst through so many tackles and onto the college football scene by rushing for 327 yards, an FBS record for a QB, in leading Arizona to a 45-42 win in relief of injured starter Brandon Dawkins.

This time, he beat the Buffaloes with his arm, just like he did last year in Tucson, when he threw for five TDs in another shootout survival by the `Cats.

"I love playing Colorado," said Arizona linebacker Tony Fields. "It's always an intense game. It always goes down to the wire."

This one also featured an amazing nine lead changes, back-to-back touchdown throws on drives that took all of nine and 10 seconds, a razzle-dazzle touchdown , and, finally, a pair of fourth-quarter stands by Arizona, one at the goal line and the other a fourth-down game-stopper at midfield.

Tate completed 31 of 41 passes and only ran four times, including a 7-yard scamper on third-and-6 from midfield in the closing minutes that allowed Arizona (4-1, 2-0) to run out the clock and leave Folsom Field as the Pac-12 South's last unbeaten team.

The Buffaloes (3-2, 1-1) sorely missed star receiver Laviska Shenault (core muscle), CB Chris Miller (knee) and DE Mustafa Johnson (ankle), all of whom sat out and were joined on the sideline Saturday by safety Mikial Onu (torso), receiver K.D. Nixon (unspecified), and nose tackle Jalen Sami (knee).

Onu had a first-half interception and Nixon a first-half touchdown throw.

"Next man up is not a cliche, it's what's required," Colorado coach Mel Tucker said. "There's really no excuse and no explanation" for the Buffs' breakdowns with so many backups filling the field, he insisted.

The Wildcats weren't whistled for a penalty until the final play of the third quarter - offside - during the Buffalos' longest drive of the day, a 14-play marathon that stalled with Colorado failing to score on three plays from inside the Arizona 5.

They settled for James Stefanou's 20-yard field goal and a 30-28 lead.

"That was the difference in the game," Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said.

Nathan Tilford's 5-yard TD run put Arizona back on top 35-30 with 6:51 left.

The Buffaloes drove to midfield and converted a fourth down but on third-and-4 from the Arizona 46, quarterback Steven Montez didn't recognize two open receivers on slant routes up the middle when the Wildcats blitzed two linebackers. Instead, he overthrew a receiver on a go-route down the right sideline.

That brought up fourth down and his throw to Dimitri Stanley was too high and Arizona took over with 2:23 remaining.

"To get a fourth-down stop, that's the one everyone is going to point to," Sumlin said.

WILD SECOND QUARTER

Colorado took a 20-14 halftime lead after a wild second quarter that almost ended with a touchdown return on a squib kick.

On third-and-3 from the Arizona 12, Montez scrambled before finding tight end Brady Russell for the score with 3 seconds remaining.

"Initially, everybody was covered, so I just kind of figured I would scramble around," said Montez, who knew he could throw it away if no one was open, sending the field goal unit out. But with no timeouts left, "all I needed to do was not take a sack," Montez said.

"I avoided a couple of defensive linemen, saw Brady (Russell) sitting in the corner with his hands up" and delivered the TD strike.

The Buffaloes squibbed the kickoff and Jamarye Joiner scooped it up at his 10 and raced down the opponents' sideline for an apparent touchdown only to turn around and realize he'd stepped out of bounds at the Colorado 46.

The Buffs went ahead 14-13 when Montez got the ball into the hands of tailback Jaren Mangham, who flipped it to a reversing Nixon, who threw a pinpoint pass to Dimitri Stanley for a 39-yard score.

Tate replied with a 75-yard TD toss to Peterson, who burned Onu, whose interception at midfield had set up Stanley's touchdown. Onu appeared to get hurt on the play.

With Shenault and Nixon ailing, Tony Brown led Colorado with 10 catches for 141 yards.

FLAG FOOTBALL

The Buffaloes were whistled eight times for 85 yards in penalties and the Wildcats were flagged just once for 5 yards.

UP NEXT

Arizona: host Washington on Oct. 12.

Colorado Visits Oregon on Friday night.

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Passing

Ariz Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Tate 41 31 75.6 3 404 75 1 120.4
Colo Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Montez 42 28 66.7 1 299 49 0 95.2
K. Nixon 1 1 100.0 1 38 38 0 158.3

Rushing

Ariz Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Brightwell 11 27 2.5 5 0
K. Tate 4 23 5.8 7 0
Colo Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Fontenot 21 94 4.5 22 0
J. Mangham 10 34 3.4 9 0

Receiving

Ariz Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Peterson 3 99 33.0 75 1
B. Casteel 7 74 10.6 33 1
Colo Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Brown 10 141 14.1 49 0
D. Stanley 4 75 18.8 38 1

Fumbles

Ariz F FL
B. Casteel 1 0

Returning

Ariz KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Casteel 0 - 0 0 2 1.0 0 0
T. Cunningham 2 17.0 0 23 0 - 0 0
Colo KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Stanley 0 - 0 0 2 7.5 0 15

Punting

Ariz Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Aragon 5 203 40.6 48
Colo Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Kinney 5 234 46.8 63

Takeaways

Colo Int Yds InTD
M. Onu 1 8 0

Team Stats Comparison

Ariz Colo
Points For 35 30
Total Yards 487 496
Rushing Yards 83 159
Passing Yards 404 337
Passing Completions / Attempts 31/41 29/44
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 0/0
First Downs 22 26
Penalties - Yards 1/5 8/85
Time Of Possession 57:57 3:03
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/14 6/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 5/41 5/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ariz Colo
Colo 5:58 FG James Stefanou 37 yd FG 0 3
Ariz 14:45 TD Stanley Berryhill III 7 yd pass from Khalil Tate (Lucas Havrisik kick) 7 3
2nd Quarter Ariz Colo
Colo 12:23 FG James Stefanou 39 yd FG 7 6
Colo 13:10 TD Dimitri Stanley 38 yd pass from K.D. Nixon (James Stefanou kick) 7 13
Ariz 13:20 TD Cedric Peterson 75 yd pass from Khalil Tate (Lucas Havrisik kick) 14 13
Colo 14:57 TD Brady Russell 12 yd pass from Steven Montez (James Stefanou kick) 14 20
3rd Quarter Ariz Colo
Ariz 1:49 TD Brian Casteel 33 yd pass from Khalil Tate (Lucas Havrisik kick) 21 20
Colo 9:49 TD Tony Brown 15 yd run (James Stefanou kick) 21 27
Ariz 11:18 TD Nathan Tilford 5 yd run (Lucas Havrisik kick) 28 27
4th Quarter Ariz Colo
Colo 3:31 FG James Stefanou 20 yd FG 28 30
Ariz 8:09 TD Nathan Tilford 5 yd run (Lucas Havrisik kick) 35 30

Game Information

Stadium: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
Attendance: 52,569
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