Although it's not really a surprise considering he threw a poor pass into double coverage, Tate has accepted responsibility for the costly mistake.
"I take complete blame for that," Forcier said. "That's something I told myself I wasn't going to do—make a freshman mistake."
Forcier said there was a miscommunication with Martavious Odoms: "I thought he was going to keep coming, but (Chris L. Rucker) was the one who kept coming," Forcier said. "I just threw it. Like I said, freshman mistake. Everybody has an off day, and today wasn't the day for us."
On replay, it does appear that Odoms had Rucker beat but then slowed and Rucker made an extra effort to go for the ball. Who knows what was supposed to happen?
Brandon Minor even suggested it wasn't Tate's fault. "I don't think he blamed himself for that last play, but I know he felt bad about it," Minor said.
But at the end of the day, a pick's a pick. "Tate will learn from (his mistakes)," Rich Rodriguez said. "He's a true freshman, and to have a true freshman out there competing the way he did, and throughout the game, is pretty remarkable. He'll keep growing and getting better from this game."