Arizona Wildcats RB JJ Taylor has a day at Oregon State

JJ Taylor makes a move past the line of scrimmage on his 40-yard TD run.Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Sophomore has 4th-best rushing day in school history

JJ Taylor's third rush of the game against Oregon State went for 40 yards and a touchdown.

His final run went for 62 yards and a touchdown.

In between, there was plenty of other goodness as the redshirt sophomore carried 27 times for 284 yards, a career-high and the fourth-best single-game mark in Wildcats history.

Taylor's big runs highlighted Arizona's 35-14 win in Corvallis as the coach Kevin Sumlin's team won its Pac-12 opener and got to back to .500 at 2-2 heading into Saturday's home game against USC.

"It was just the way we practiced this week," Taylor told the Pac-12 Networks. "The running back room, we're very competitive but we also push each other to do more, do extra. We tell each other what we're seeing, what we're not seeing, what we can do better.

"And we had good practice with the O-line and they we're just working."

Here is Taylor's first TD run, which gave Arizona a 7-0 lead with 12:37 to go in the first quarter.

And here is Taylor's 62-yarder, which provided the final points of the game with 5:26 to go.

Eighteen of Taylor's 27 carries went for at least 5 yards as the Arizona offensive line mostly dominated up front.

"He got it going," Sumlin said of Taylor on his postgame interview on WildcatsRadio 1290. "I thought that he was electric. We had some different schemes in today, but any time a guy averages 10 yards a rush, that's outstanding."

The Wildcats ran for 442 yards against the Beavers, as second-stringer Gary Brightwell carried 13 times for 113 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown.

"We really just listened to Coach Sumlin," Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate said on the Pac-12 Networks, asked about the success of the ground game. "His whole motto is, 'Do your job.' If you do your job, I think we'll be pretty efficient."

Here is how the Arizona single-game rushing records look now:

  1. 366 -- Ka'Deem Carey (Colorado, Nov. 10, 2012)

  2. 327 -- Khalil Tate (at Colorado, Oct. 7, 2017)

  3. 288 -- Trung Canidate (Arizona State, Nov. 27, 1998)

  4. 284 -- JJ Taylor (at Oregon State, Sept. 22, 2018)

  5. 236 -- Ka'Deem Carey (Utah, Oct. 19, 2013)

It's important to remember that Oregon State entered the game ranked 115th out of 129 teams in rushing defense (226.3 yards per game). USC will be a more difficult test.

"We're playing us. It's not about playing an opponent," Taylor told WildcatsRadio 1290. "It's about competing and doing us. When we do us, things fall in place."

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Trung 1998. Great story though and great site!



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