Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin signals his offense that they're on third down in the third quarter of the Wildcats game against Southern Utah at Arizona Stadium, Saturday September 15, 2018, Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona was tested by Southern Utah in the first half, but the Wildcats opened the scoring floodgates in the third quarter and pulled away from the Thunderbirds 62-31 Saturday to give Kevin Sumlin his first win at UA. 

Khalil Tate had a career-high 349 passing yards and tied his single-game career-high touchdown mark with five, four of them were to different wide receivers.

Heading into Saturday, the defense didn't record a sack or a turnover and it checked both of those off against Southern Utah after Anthony Pandy and Kylan Wilborn recorded a sack along with Jarrius Wallace's interception in the fourth quarter. 

The Wildcats end the nonconference slate 1-2 and officially begin Pac-12 play next week against Oregon State. Tate, Pandy, Wallace, Layth Friekh and Sumlin spoke after Arizona's win, here's what they had to say. 

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