What used to be

Arizona won a game on Saturday night that it simply had no business of winning.

Arizona may not have won Saturday's game a few years ago.

Heck, it may not have won it last year.

However, the manner in which it was won on Saturday has to give people the feeling that this season could be, well, special.

"In the past, we weren't good enough to win games like this," Mike Stoops said.

"Cal went on the road and did a great job coming in here and keeping us out of the end zone. We knew it would be hard to win tonight."

Defensively, Cal shut down Juron Criner for the most part.

In the past, Arizona would have fallen apart with out much contribution from its best offensive player.

"They covered Juron very well tonight, but he got around them when it mattered most," Stoops said. "He didn't practice until Thursday and putting him in was a game-time decision, but he made the played when we needed it most.

"That catch he made was a classic catch that we have seen a lot in practice."

In the end, the effort that this UA team has put forth is something that is definitely starting to pay off.

"We're very fortunate to get this won tonight," Stoops said. "The better you get, the luckier you get. The harder you play, more good things happen.

"We've got a lot of football to go in the next few weeks and there is a lot of good football being played. It's not going to be easy for anyone."

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