The Arizona Wildcats head into their final game of the regular season and take on in-state rival Arizona State for the Territorial Cup. Rich Rodriguez held a press conference Monday, let's take a look at what he had to say.
By Justin Spears / Arizona Daily Star
Arizona learned quite a bit in last week's loss to Oregon. For one, Khalil Tate actually looked human and the Ducks did a magnificent job of corralling him on the run forcing him to throw.
Tate had a career-high 35 pass attempts, but also had his second worst throwing percentage (51.4) of the season and he didn't have any breakout plays where he would run for 60-plus yards like in the previous games.
Another note we learned -- which could play a factor in this week's rivalry game -- was Arizona's knack for getting penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Arizona safety Dane Cruikshank had a pick six, but since he celebrated before reaching the goal line, he was flagged and it costed the Wildcats a touchdown.
In the second half, Khalil Tate was penalized for stepping on a Oregon player and there could've been more flags during the game especially how tempers started to get out of control for both teams.
In a heated rivalry game this week, expect it to be another chippy contest. Check out what Rodriguez had to say in Monday's press conference:
What did Kha-thrill Tate learn after losing at Oregon?
RichRod on Khalil Tate’s performance against Oregon and how it was a “learning experience”: pic.twitter.com/YDGdcAfvYG— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 20, 2017
Punting struggles and Cruikshank's penalty
RichRod on the punting woes and Dane Cruikshank’s penalty that took away his pick six: pic.twitter.com/khsX1SI1mo— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 20, 2017
Rich Rodriguez on Arizona’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Oregon: pic.twitter.com/nc3XFPkw2K— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 20, 2017
RichRod on possibly moving an offensive lineman over to defense to add depth since the D-line has injuries across the board: pic.twitter.com/p3XoMEpLr9— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 20, 2017