Recap: Arizona vs. California
Tucson, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - With time expiring in the game, Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon found receiver Austin Hill on a 47-yard touchdown completion to lift the Wildcats to a 49-45 come-from-behind victory over the California Golden Bears in Pac-12 Conference play at Arizona Stadium Saturday.
Solomon completed 47 of an incredible 73 pass attempts in the game for 520 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions for Arizona (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12). Cayleb Jones caught 13 of Solomon's passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns, while Hill had 127 receiving yards with two touchdowns in the win.
Jared Goff connected on 18-of-30 passing for 380 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for California (1-2, 0-1). Daniel Lasco led the team in rushing with 123 yards and a touchdown, while Khalfani Muhammad added 95 yards and two scores on the ground.
Cal found the end zone not even a minute into the contest, thanks to a Lasco 44-yard touchdown run that capped just a three-play, 75-yard drive. The Golden Bears took the 7-0 advantage with 14:17 to play in the first quarter.
Just a few minutes later, Goff found Bryce Treggs for an 80-yard touchdown pass play to give his team a 14-0 lead with 11:53 left. It was the only play in the drive that took 13 seconds off the clock.
Arizona finally got on the board with a 39-yard Casey Skowron field goal with 10:39 to play in the second quarter. The Wildcats cut the deficit to 14-3 with the score.
Cal answered back less than two minutes later, as Goff found Stephen Anderson on a 26-yard touchdown strike with 8:55 to play in the second quarter. The score increased the Bears' lead to 21-3.
Skowron kicked his second field goal of the contest with 5:28 to play in the first half, this time from 28 yards out, to cut the Cal advantage to 21-6.
Goff tossed his third touchdown pass of the first half with 3:43 to play on a 30-yard scoring completion to Chris Harper, giving his Bears a 28-6 lead.
Arizona finally found the end zone with 11:02 left to play in the third quarter, after Solomon connected with Jones on a 41-yard pass play that capped a 96-yard drive. The Wildcats trailed after the score, 28-13.
Cal went ahead even further when James Langford hit a 45-yard field goal with 8:28 to play in the third period.
The Wildcats scored the next 10 points to cut Cal's lead to 31-23. With 14:46 to play in the game, Skowron converted a 31-yard field goal attempt. A minute and 10 seconds later, Solomon found Hill on a nine-yard touchdown strike to cap a two-play drive.
Muhammad came up big for the Golden Bears just over four minutes into the final quarter, as the sophomore carried the ball 50 yards for a touchdown with 10:56 to play, giving his team a 38-23 advantage.
Solomon was able to slice the Bears' lead again, connecting with Jones on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 8:09 to play in the game. Cal held the 38-30 advantage heading into the latter half of the fourth quarter.
But for a second time, it was Muhammad that punched in a touchdown to weaken Arizona's hopes. This time the sophomore carried six yards for the score, giving his Bears the 45-30 lead with 5:21 on the clock.
Once again, the Wildcats found the end zone to try and rally late. This time it was Terris Jones-Grigsby who took a six-yard handoff in for a score to cut Cal's lead to 45-37 with 3:30 to play.
For the third time in the high-scoring affair, Solomon found Jones on a touchdown pass, this time on a 15-yard scoring completion that cut Cal's lead to 45-43 with 2:44 to play.
Solomon's final heave - a Hail Mary to the back corner of the end zone - found Hill for a 47-yard, game-winning touchdown as time expired.
Arizona held the advantage over California in terms of first downs in the contest, 36-24, and had the edge in passing yards, 520-380. Cal buried itself with 10 penalties for 99 yards in the loss.Game Notes