TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Maybe it was the late start that had the Arizona offense off-balance in Tucson early Saturday night.
Khalil Tate and the Wildcats shook off the early rust to take a 17-13 halftime lead over the Washington Huskies in a Pac-12 showdown at Arizona Stadium.
After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Tate led the Wildcats (4-2) to two touchdown drives and a field goal in the second frame.
Jacob Eason was held to only 65 passing yards in the first half for Washington (5-2).
The home team couldn’t maintain the momentum after halftime. Arizona gave up 14 unanswered points in the third quarter. Washington kept scoring in the fourth, extending the lead to 44-20 by the time backup quarterback Greg Gunnell started taking snaps for the Wildcats.
Tate finished Saturday with over a dozen completions for 186 yards, a touchdown pass and one interception. Eason exploded in the second half to end with 243 yards passing and two touchdowns.
The final score was 51-27.
The loss ends Arizona’s four-game win streak. The Wildcats are on the road next Saturday. They’ll take on the USC Trojans, who just lost to nationally-ranked Notre Dame. It’s their second loss in a row, but the Trojans are undefeated at home this season.