Khalil Tate passed 34 times against BYU on Saturday night, one off his career high, and there was much angst over the limited number of times that he ran the ball.
As for that passing ...
Tate completed his first six throws, but was just 11 of 28 the rest of the way. He finished 17 of 34 for 197 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions (although BYU defenders almost had a couple). He ran eight times (including one sack) for a scant 14 yards and a score.
The passing is a team thing -- quarterback, offensive line, overall blocking, receivers getting open (or not) -- and not just a Tate thing, so let's just say the whole dang offense had almost no luck throwing the ball in repeated attempts down field.
Tate was 0-for-11 in passes intended for targets more than 20 yards past the line of scrimmage. Three other such throws drew 15-yard pass interference penalties ... so you could say he was 3-14 for 45 yards in what we would consider deep throws.
"We took some shots. We got a lot of pass interference calls because we felt we could run by guys," coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We have some pretty quick, pretty fast guys, can stretch the field a little bit."
He added that "we left plays out there on the field."
Sumlin also noted, with a bit of dismay, that some of those deep shots came on first downs, which led to some three-and-outs. Tate passed 13 times on first-and-10, and was 0-for-5 on deep balls in that situation.
While watching the ESPN telecast of the game Sunday, I charted Arizona's passing (warning: I am not a graphic designer by any stretch) vs. BYU.
The following two charts indicate the result of the play based on how far each pass was thrown beyond the line of scrimmage. In the first chart (using the goal line as the line of scrimmage), the blue dots indicate the spot of completed passes, the red dots are incompletions, and yellow indicates defensive pass interference.
The second chart shows the results of each pass in a region of the field, again based on how far each pass was thrown beyond the line of scrimmage -- not the overall gain on the play. A pass behind the line of scrimmage, for example, might have gained 11 yards.
Since I'm no coach, take a look and let me know what you see and think ...