Cal-Arizona: Recap, score, analysis for Week 8 game (Oct. 21, 2017)

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. Golden Bears need to figure that kid out. 14-7 Arizona leads.

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.

Cal-Arizona game time, details:

Date: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

Time: 5 p.m. PT

Location: California Memorial Stadium – Berkeley, California

Line: Arizona (-3)

What TV channel is Cal-Arizona on?

Cal-Arizona will air on the  Pac-12 Network.

How can I watch Cal-Arizona online?

Cal-Arizona can be streamed on the Pac-12 Network App.

How can I listen to Cal-Arizona on the radio?

Cal-Arizona can be heard on KGO 810AM in the Bay Area or on the Sirius Satellite Radio Pac-12 channel 962

Cal-Arizona keys to the game:

Make Tate win with his arm

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.

However, Tate has only thrown 35 passes this season, though he’s completed 74.3 percent of those throws. In other words, Tate is a runner. He’s going to run the ball and then run it again. Cal needs to sell out against the run and force Tate into third-and-long situations in which he will be forced to throw it.

Run the Football, Control the Clock

With Tate running the show for the Wildcats, they’re going to keep the ball on the ground and control the clock. However, the Bears have a decent running attack of their own and will need to use it on Saturday night.

The Bears have two ways to win: Keep Tate off the field or force Tate and the Wildcats into turnovers. If the Bears can get one of those goals accomplished, they have a shot. If they do both, Cal should come away with a win.

Win the Turnover Battle

Cal forced Washington State and Luke Falk into 7 turnovers last Friday night and lead the conference with 20 total takeaways. That is a huge number and the Bears hope they can force even more on Saturday.

Cal’s offense has also turned the ball over 14 times this season, which isn’t ideal. The Bears are going to need for QB Ross Bowers to make smart decisions with the football.

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