FINAL SCORE: Arizona 49 Cal 45. Impossible, right? Well, I’ve never seen anything like it, and neither has anyone else I talked to in the press box tonight. The Wildcats (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) scored 36 fourth-quarter points, including four TD passes from redshirt freshman Anu Solomon. He finished with 520 passing yards and five TDs. None was bigger or more improbable than his 47-yard “Hail Mary” to Austin Hill after taking the final snap with 4 seconds left. The Bears (2-1, 0-1) were ruined. “So painful,” said quarterback Jared Goff, who passed for 380 yards and three TDs.
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END OF THIRD QTR: Cal 31-13. It may not be over. The Wildcats have definitely had the better of things this quarter — Solomon beginning to find a rhythm running and throwing — and they begin the period with a second-and-10 from the Cal 14.
Cal totaled just 44 yards of offense in the quarter, compared to 169 for the Wildcats.
HALFTIME: Cal 28-6. Cal’s best half of the Sonny Dykes era. Griffin Piatt’s third interception in three games — on the goal line with 47 seconds left in the half — kept the Wildcats out of the end zone after they threatened again.
Goff was 13 for 17 for 294 yards and three TDs. In the second quarter he threw a 26-yarder to Stephen Anderson that was Anderson’s first career TD catch and his first catch of any kind this season. He also connected with Chris Harper on a 30-yard TD that made it 28-6.
Lasco has 11 carries for 74 yards and Cal has outgained Arizona 375 yards to 190.
END OF FIRST QTR: Cal 14-0. The Bears played a nearly perfect first 3:07 of the game, scoring two touchdowns on just four plays that covered a total of 165 yards. Daniel Lasco got the first on a 44-yard TD run, then Jared Goff threw 80 yards to Bryce Treggs on a one-play scoring drive with 11:53 left in the quarter.
Cal outgained the Cats 210 yards to 56. Goff was 7 for 8 for 149 yards. Lasco had six carries for 56 yards.
Welcome to Arizona Stadium in Tucson. We are about 90 minutes from kickoff of the Pac-12 opener between Cal (2-0) and Arizona (3-0).
A warm early evening with a few clouds. Things can change in a hurry in the desert, but this doesn’t look like a night that will bring rain.
A couple of depth-chart notes: sophomore Jake Kearney gets his first start at the SAM linebacker spot. Jalen Jefferson moves to the WILL, and Ray Davison, who had started at the SAM, is listed as No. 2 at WILL.
Cedric Dozier is listed as a starter at one cornerback spot over Darius Allensworth, although they likely will be on the field together when Cal is in a nickel formation, which could be often.
Arizona dressed in all-white uniforms, Cal in gold on gold with blue helmets.
COIN FLIP: Cal wins the toss and will receive. Same as the past two games, when the Bears opened with long drives to touchdowns.
Enjoy the game.