The Arizona Wildcats picked up another Pac-12 win in an instant classic, knocking off Cal in Berkeley in double-OT, 45-44. The ‘Cats have now won three in a row and sit at 5-2 and 3-1 in the conference. Khalil Tate once again led the way, with 137 yards rushing and a TD. He also had 155 yards passing and two touchdowns. Cal falls to 4-4, and 1-4 in the conference.
Arizona-Cal live updates, score
2nd OT: Khalil Tate connects with Bryce Wolma for a TD, and Cal follows that up with a drive that ends on a Vic Emwere TD run. Cal decided to go for for the win by going for two. Bowers shot to the endzone is broken up by Colin Schooler and the Wildcats win 45-44.
1st OT: On Arizona’s first play, Zach Green busts up the middle for a 25-yard score. Tied again 38-38.
1st OT: Cal strikes first with a TD pass from Bowers to Noh. Cal now leads 38-31
END OF REGULATION: Khalil Tate throws a pick on a long shot, but Cal can do nothing on their drive and we’re headed to OT.
1:41 4Q: Matt Anderson nails a 52-yard FG to tie the game. Let’s see what Khalil Tate can do in the two minute drill.
5:15 4Q: Arizona tacks on a field goal to regain the lead. 31-28 lead with huge drive coming for Cal.
10:36 4Q: We’ve got a ballgame! Patrick Laird punches it in from 8-yards out and we’re all tied up at 28. Get ready for some #Pac12AfterDark action.
END 3Q: Arizona has the ball and is driving as the quarter end. 28-21 Arizona.
2:43 3Q: Bowers runs one in from the goal line and the Bears are sticking around. 28-21 Wildcats.
7:32 3Q: BIG PLAY ALERT. Tate hits Shun Brown on a long bomb and he runs it in for a 56-yard TD. Arizona goes back up by two TDs, 28-14.
9:00 3Q: Ross BOwers hits the big tight end Malik McMorris on a fade for an 8-yard TD. Cal closes the gap to 21-14.
HALFTIME: After a second quarter Zach Green touchdown, the Wildcats missed a 43-yard FG at the gun. The score remains 21-7 Arizona.
END 1st Q: Arizona still leads 14-7 after the first quarter.
3:22 1Q: Another game, another 75-yard TD run for Khalil Tate. Dude is unbelievable. 14-7 Wildcats.
6:32 1Q: Arizona answers right back with a long TD run from J.J. Taylor. We’re knotted at 7.
8:41 1Q: A nice opening drive from Cal is capped off by a Patrick Laird touchdown run. 7-0 Bears.
Arizona-Cal football TV channel, time, live stream:
Time: Saturday Oct. 21 – 5 p.m. PT
TV Channel: Arizona-Cal will air on the Pac-12 Network
Live Stream: Arizona-Cal can be streamed on the Pac-12 Network App
Arizona-Cal State football picks, odds
Line: Arizona (-3)
Arizona-Cal State football keys to the game:
Let Tate Run
Arizona’s success of late is almost entirely due to the breakout performance of Tate over the past couple of weeks. Not only is Tate becoming a one man wrecking crew, he’s beginning to remind people of former Rich Rodriguez disciple Pat White at West Virginia.
Running for over 200 yards per game is likely unsustainable for Tate and the Arizona offense; however, the Wildcats need to do everything they can to ride Tate while he’s hot.
Slow Down Ross Bowers
Cal QB Ross Bowers has had some impressive moments this season. On the season Rowers has throwng for 1,696 yards and 10 touchdowns. However, Bowers has also thrown 8 interceptions and is only completeing 55.8 percent of his passes.
Arizona’s defense, which ranks No. 5 in the Pac-12 against the pass, needs to come after Bowers and make sure that he feels the pressure.
Win the Turnover Battle
The reason that Cal was able to take down Washington State was because the Bears’ defense forced 7 turnovers from Luke Falk and company. The Bears know they’re probably not going to stop Tate all night, especially playing on a turf field. However, you can bet their going to try to force Tate to beat them through the air.
Cal’s offense has turned the ball over 14 times this season, which isn’t ideal. However, the Bears have also forced 20 turnovers, the most in the Pac-12. The Wildcats need to be careful and take care of the ball. If they do, they should have a good shot to win.
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