Arizona Scores Late, Defeats Cal, 10-9

Nick Foles and Juron Criner connected to scored the game-winning touchdown for 14th-ranked Arizona, who looked complacent tonight.

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College Football Rankings, Week 5: Arizona Wildcats Hang On To 14

That Arizona team in Tucson is now 4-0 on the season and has managed to hang on to the 14 spot in both the AP and USA Today polls

It wasn't exactly a convincing win for the Wildcats but at the end of the night they did edge out the Cal Bears and they did get the win.

From here things will only get tougher as Oregon State comes to Southern Arizona next week. Fresh off their loss to Boise State which bounced them out of the top 25, the Beavers will be looking for a win and Arizona will have to play a lot better than they did on Saturday to deny them.

As our Wildcat blog AZ Desert Swarm points out, one area that will need to be addressed is penalties:

 

Cal @ Arizona Game recap. - Arizona Desert Swarm
The Wildcats had as many rushing yards, 99, as they gave up in penalties.

The penalties. True, the officials made some mystifying calls. But overall, I agree with coach Stoops on this one. "We made a lot of mistakes. We made a lot of selfish plays, and our discipline wasn’t very good when it needed to be." I am sure that over the next two weeks, the Arizona coaching staff will be aggressively reminding the players that penalties are unacceptable.

 

 

 

 

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Arizona Steals Victory From Clutches Of Defeat, Beats Cal 10-9

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 action.

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 yards.

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 loss.

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Arizona/Cal Blogs Trade Secrets, Make S'mores Before Game

Who ever said that fans couldn’t be civil? SBNation’s great Arizona and California blogs, AZ Desert Swarm and California Golden Blogs, have exchanged questions and answers for today’s Pac-10 battle in Tucson.

AZ Desert Swarm: How will Cal look to rebound after the loss to Nevada?

California Golden Blogs: By beating Zona’s ass. Seriously. I’m sure the coaching staff is worried about this snowballing into a prolonged skid. With regards to a successful (decent bowl) or unsuccessful season, this is that cliched “must-win” game.

CGB: Last year, before the Cal-Arizona game, we asked you if you thought Arizona was going to the Rose Bowl. You said yes. Have you learned your lesson?

AZDS: Come on now. I won’t even repeat the “one or two plays” mantra about last season. Arizona is clearly a Rose Bowl contender this season. Now Cal needs to start winning some conference games (not including @ Arizona…) so I can be right about predicting them to finish in the top 3 of the Pac-10.

See, I told you they were friends.

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