The speedy Tate had TD runs of 58, 28, 47 and 75 yards. He also threw for 142 yards, including a 13-yard TD pass to Shun Brown, as the Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) won at Folsom Field for a third straight time on a night when both offenses combined for 1,118 total yards.
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Tate was hardly touched all night — if at all. Asked if he was tackled, he grinned and responded: A couple of times.
Once in the game — and back to 100 percent — Tate quickly made up for lost time by breaking the record by a QB on his final run of the evening — a 31-yard scamper that also sealed the win. The mark was held by Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, who gained 321 yards rushing on Nov. 26, 2013.
But Bryant was the star of the night. He had 10 catches for 182 yards on the season coming into Saturday, but the potential he has shown in those spurts was entirely on display against the Bears. Bryant was targeted 11 times and five of his receptions went for first downs.
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Hopefully, this is a confidence builder and booster for him and hopefully we can keep building, Petersen said.
No play was better than Bryant wrestling a touchdown away from California defensive back Josh Drayden in the first quarter to give the Huskies an early 7-0 lead. It was a risky throw by Browning, but Bryant had enough control of the ball when he hit the turf that officials awarded a touchdown.
But, Stenhouse was busted for speeding on a late pit stop and had to restart 20th. He had to scramble in the closing laps to finish 13th.
We thought if we could be 15th to 10th it would be a good day for us, he said. It would be nice to run top-10 all race here, but we struggled up and down.
LUG NUT CONTROVERSY: Johnson was fourth when he headed to pit road under a Lap 280 caution. When crew chief Chad Knaus noticed a missing lug nut, Johnson slowed his exit from the pit box.