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FINAL SCORE: Arizona 33, Cal 28: Competitive for the first time in Pac-12 play, the Bears (1-8, 0-6) nonetheless lost their seventh straight game and extended losing streaks to Pac-12 opponents (11) and FBS foes (13). Goff threw a career-best four TDs — three of them to Kenny Lawler — but was intercepted twice. Goff finished with 289 yards. Lawler became the first Cal player with three TD receptions in a game since DeSean Jackson in 2006. Arizona (6-2, 3-2) won its third straight game.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: Arizona 33, Cal 21. Goff’s third TD of the game — a great one-handed catch by Kenny Lawler — got Bears within 26-21. But Goff gave it back with an INT, the first turnover by Cal, and Arizona cashed in with a 27-yard scoring drive. Denker’s 14-yard keeper makes is 33-21. Bears have now given up 30 points or more in all nine games, although last TD was only sort of the fault of the defense. Total yards after 3 Qtrs: Arizona 393, Cal 294.
HALFTIME: Arizona 19, Cal 14. Dare I say it, we’ve got a game. Arizona’s defense giving Jared Goff some trouble — 5 DBs and targets aren’t often open. Still, Goff improved late in quarter and is 15 for 29 for 132 yards with two TDs. Cal has 212 yards of total offense, no turnovers. Lasco gave run game some punch with 5 carries, 48 yards. Denker is 18 for 28 for 168 yards. Carey, after being controlled early, has 18 carries, 104 yards. Arizona has 269 yards. Cats also without a turnover.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: Arizona 9, Cal 7. The closest Cal has been after the 1st quarter since the Northwestern game, when it was 7-7. Cal even trailed Portland St in the 1st quarter. Arizona has 135-77 yardage edge. Goff has thrown 8 straight incompletions, although his second-down pass on most recent series was a drop by Muhammad that would have been a 30-yard gain.
A CAL LEAD: Jared Goff’s 11-yard TD pass to fellow freshman Khalfani Muhammad on a first-down play gives Cal its first lead since Sept. 7 against Portland State. The Bears move 75 yards in 12 plays. D’Amato’s PAT kick makes it 7-0 with 10:38 left in 1st Q. Ends streak of 244 minutes, 22 seconds without a lead.
COIN TOSS: Arizona wins the toss, defers. Cal will receive the opening kickoff.
Welcome to sunny Memorial Stadium where the Golden Bears (1-7, 0-5 Pac-12) take on Arizona (5-2, 2-2) in an attempt to break losing streaks of six games (overall), 10 games (to Pac-12 foes) and 12 games (to FBS opponents).
Cal has not held a lead in a game since Sept. 7. A little hard to believe, but true.
Not sure what the over-under is on Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey’s rushing yardage total would be, but Washington’s Bishop Sankey had 241 against the Bears a week ago.
We’ll set it at an even 200. Are you going over or under?