NCAA Game Summary - California at Arizona|
(Saturday, September 25th)
Final Score: (14) Arizona 10, California 9
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) - Juron Criner's three-yard touchdown catch with
1:11 to play gave 14th-ranked Arizona a 10-9 win over California in Pac-10
Nick Foles went 25-for-39 with 212 yards and an interception, but he
engineered the winning drive for the Wildcats (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10), who were
coming off a seven-point win over Iowa last Saturday. Nic Grigsby had 12
carries for 65 yards while Criner finished the game with five catches for 68
Kevin Riley went 13-for-26 with 116 yards and an interception for the Golden
Bears (2-2, 0-1), who have dropped their past two games after opening the
season with a pair of wins. Shane Vereen had 27 carries for 102 yards in the
Arizona started the winning drive at its own 23 after Giorgio Tavecchio missed
a 40-yard field goal with 2:37 to play.
Facing a 3rd-and-5, Arizona moved the chains when Grigsby took a handoff for
nine yards. On the next play, Foles heaved the ball down the field and Criner
came up with the ball on a leaping 51-yard catch for a first down at the
California 12. Two plays later, Foles hit Criner in the end zone from three
yards out for a 10-9 lead with 1:11 to play.
Riley completed his first two passes after Cal got the ball back, but on the
third play the ball was tipped and Joseph Perkins came down with it as Arizona
took the win.
Arizona was the only team to cross midfield in the first 15 minutes and got
the ball down to the California 24, but a 15-yard personal foul pushed the
team out of field goal range and was forced to punt.
With a drive that began at the start of the second quarter, the Golden Bears
took the lead as Tavecchio's 25-yard field goal gave the team a 3-0 lead less
than two minutes in.
The Wildcats got the ball near midfield on their next touch, but had to punt
the ball away and California started it next possession at its own 24.
A personal foul call followed three plays later by a 14-yard catch by Michael
Calvin got the ball across midfield. Facing a 3rd-and-14 at the Arizona 34,
Vereen fell short of the first down, but his 11-yard run was enough to get
Tavecchio in field goal range and he booted a 40-yarder for a 6-0 lead with
under 5 1/2 minutes to play in the half.
Arizona then put together an impressive drive and got deep into Cal territory.
Facing a 1st-and-10 at the 13, Chris Conte picked off a tipped Foles pass in
the end zone and the Golden Bears kept the lead heading into the break.
After an exchange of possessions to start the second half, Arizona finally
got on the board. Thanks to a poor, 19-yard punt from Bryan Anger, the
Wildcats started with the ball at the California 29. However, the team didn't
move the ball and had to use a 46-yard field goal from Alex Zendejas to make
it a 6-3 game with 10:16 to play in the third.
Later in the frame, Cal got into scoring position with a seven-play, 39-yard
drive that saw Tavecchio line up for a 33-yard field goal, but he hit it
squarely off the left post to keep it a three-point game with 1:28 to play in
Holding the ball to start the fourth quarter, the Bears increased their lead
on a 23-yard field goal from Tavecchio to cap a nine-play, 61-yard drive with
11:02 to play for a 9-3 lead.
The Wildcats put together a decent drive on their next touch and got into
scoring range as Zendejas lined up for a 48-yard field goal, but his line
drive was well off the mark and California got the ball back with just under
seven minutes to play.
California ate up almost 4 1/2 minutes and had a chance to ice the game when
Tavecchio lined up for a 40-yard field goal, but it went wide right and
Arizona took over at its own 23 with 2:37 to play.
California has next week off before taking on UCLA at home on October
9...Arizona also has next week off before hosting Oregon State...The all-time
series between these teams it now tied at 14-14-2. California had taken the
previous two while Arizona has won the last three at home...David Douglas had
six catches for 61 yards for Arizona while Marvin Jones caught four balls for
41 yards for California.
09/26 01:49:49 ET