Deep in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s home game against Cal, the Wildcats’ chances looked bleak.
However, Arizona pulled off the improbable, as a Hail Mary pass to Austin Hill with no time left on the clock gave the Wildcats a 49-45 win.
Cal started on its own 25 with a 19-yard pass from Jared Goff to Darius Powe. After a seven-yard run by Daniel Lasco, he took it 44 yards for the touchdown as the extra point gave California a 7-0 lead with 14:17 left in the first quarter.
Arizona took the ball at its own 25 with a three-yard pass to Davonte’ Neal. Anu Solomon then gained three on the ground before Nick Wilson picked up the first with an 11-yard run. The drive then stalled and Wilson dropped a pass on third down as the Wildcats were forced to punt.
On the first play from scrimmage, Goff found Bryce Treggs for the 80-yard touchdown and the Golden Bears had a 14-0 lead with 11:53 left in the first quarter.
After going three and out, the Wildcats forced a fumble and Jeff Worthy recovered at the Cal eight-yard line. However, Arizona got absolutely nothing going and Casey Skowron missed a 26-yard field goal as the Wildcats’ deficit stayed at 14-0 with 9:47 left in the first quarter.
Cal’s drive started with a false start, but an 11-yard pass to Trevor Davis got the yardage back. Two plays later, Luke Rubenzer picked up the first with a five-yard run. Arizona then forced a third down and a nine-yard pass to Khalfani Muhammad was not enough, as the Golden Bears punted and Arizona took over on the 14.
Arizona got a first down with a 16-yard pass to Nate Phillips, but only got five more yards after that with the Wildcats punting once again.
Lasco got a one-yard run from the 20 before Davis caught a nine-yard pass. Kenny Lawler then caught a pass for 12 yards and Treggs followed with a four-yard gain. Lasco gained seven yards on a shovel pass, but Derrick Turituri came up with a sack on third down to force a punt and give Arizona the ball on its own 32.
Arizona proceeded to go three and out with an interception by Solomon on third down that gave Cal the ball on its own 37 and the 14-0 lead going into the second quarter.
Lasco ran for seven yards on the first play and Powe caught an eight-yard pass on the next. Muhammad then gain seven yards combined on two carries and Arizona was able to stop the Golden Bears on fourth and short.>
The Wildcats took over on their own 39 with a seven-yard run by Solomon and Cayleb Jones then caught a 12-yard pass. Cal was called for a personal foul shortly after, but the drive stopped there. Casey Skowron proceeded to kick a 39-yard field goal and Arizona cut the lead to 14-3 with 10:39 left in the half.
The Golden Bears responded quickly from their own 25 with a four-yard run from Muhammad followed by a 41-pass to Chris Harper. Three plays later, Stephen Anderson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass with the extra point giving the Golden Bears a 21-3 lead with 8:55 left in the first half.
Starting on his own 25, Solomon ran for five yards. Wilson then gained a combined six yards on two carries before Jones caught a 14-yard pass. Hill caught a nine-yard pass and two plays later, Wilson grabbed one for seven.
Trey Griffey caught his first pass of the game, as he went for 12 yards on fourth down. Arizona then could not get any more movement and settled for a 28-yard field goal that brought the Wildcats within 21-6 with 5:28 left in the first half.
Once again, Cal did not take long to respond. It started on its own 25 with a five-yard and two-yard run from Lasco. Goff then found Raymond Hudson for 38 yards and on the next play, hit Harper for a 30-yard touchdown that put the Golden Bears up 28-6 with 3:43 left in the half.
Arizona started on its own 25 with a nine-yard pass to Neal followed by a ten-yard run from Wilson. Two plays later, Jones caught a 28-yard pass. Arizona got two more yards and on fourth and eight, Solomon ran for nine yards and the first down.
Wilson ran for one yard and Phillips caught a seven yard pass. However, on third and two, Solomon threw an interception on the goal line and any Arizona momentum disappeared as the Wildcats went into the half down 28-6.
Both teams exchanged three and outs to start the second half before Arizona got the ball on its own four. Solomon ran for seven and then gained ten more on the ground before Wilson ran for four yards.
Two plays later, Jones caught a 12-yard pass and Phillips matched it before Cal was called for pass interferences. It then took Arizona two plays to score, as Solomon connected with Jones for a 41-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 28-13 with 11:02 left in the third quarter.
Arizona quickly forced Cal into a third down situation, but Goff hit Anderson for 17 yards and the first. Two plays later, Treggs caught a pass for 27 yards. Arizona then forced two incomplete passes and a run for a loss of two before a 45-yard field goal gave the Golden Bears a 31-13 lead with 8:28 left in the third.?
Solomon ran for 14 yards on first down, but then threw two incomplete passes and got sacked, forcing the Wildcats to punt. Arizona then forced a three and out and got the ball back on its own 24.
After a sack for a loss of ten, Solomon found Davis Richards for 15 yards and got the first down with a six-yard pass to Jones. Solomon then got sacked again, threw an incomplete pass, and two plays later Arizona punted once again.
Cal went three and out and the Wildcats took over on their own 47. After a pass interference call, Jones caught a nine-yard pass. Solomon ran three yards for the first down and then found Griffey for 12 yards to bring an end to the third quarter.
After two incomplete passes, Skowron hit a 31-yard field goal and Cal’s lead was cut to 31-16 14:46 left.
Starting on its own 25, Lasco ran for 12 yards. On the next play, a Cal receiver tipped the ball up to Tra’Mayne Bondurant, who took it the the Golden Bears’ 17-yard line.
Jones caught an eight-yard pass on first down and Hill then scored on the next play from nine yards out, as the extra point brought Arizona within 31-23 with 13:36 left.
Looking for an answer, Cal took the ball on its own 25 with a six-yard pass to Treggs. Three plays later, Lasco ran for 13 yards and it only took two more plays to score, as Muhammad’s 50-yard touchdown gave the Golden Bears a 38-23 lead with 10:56 left.
The Wildcats took over on their 25 with a 13-yard pass to Jones followed by a three-yard completion to Neal. Terris Jones-Grigsby then had two runs for a combined nine yards and Solomon added three on the ground.
Hill caught an eight-yard pass and Jones added seven more. After a 16-yard completion to Phillips, Jones grabbed a 16-yard touchdown. The extra point made it 38-30 in favor of Cal with 8:09 left.
The Golden Bears started on their own 40-yard line with a run for eight and seven yards from Muhammad. Lawler then caught a 17-yard pass, but Goff was called for intentional grounding on the next play.
Hudson proceeded to catch a 12-yard pass and Muhammad gained ten on the ground before scoring on a six-yard run to give Cal a 45-30 lead with 5:21 left.
Arizona had no choice but to score, and started on its own 25 with a nine-yard run by Jones-Grigsby. Hill caught a ten-yard pass and Neal added a 23-yard completion. Two plays later, Jones-Grigsby gained five more on the ground.
Griffey then caught a 6-yard pass and Phillips added a six-yard grab before Phillips scored from 16 yards out and the extra point brought Arizona to 45-37 with 3:30 remaining.
Arizona went for the onside kick and failed to convert, but an illegal batting call on Cal gave the Wildcats another shot at it. Bondurant then recovered the next onside kick and had it at Cal’s 41.
Jones-Grigsby gained four yards and Griffey added a catch for eight. Hill then drew a pass interference penalty and Jones caught a 15-yard touchdown on the next play.
Arizona went for two with Cal leading 45-43, but the ball was tipped and the Golden Bears held their lead with 2:44 left.
Cal recovered the ensuing onside kick and it appeared the Golden Bears sealed the game when Jarvis McCall was called for pass interference. However, Arizona held its ground and the 47-yard field goal attempt was wide left, giving Arizona some hope.
The drive started on Arizona’s 29 with a 41-yard pass to Jones, but it was called back on a questionable offensive pass interference call.
Solomon hit Phillips for nine yards on the next play and then threw an incomplete pass intended for Jones.
Griffey caught a nine-yard pass and Hill followed with 20-yard grab to Cal’s 47. On the next play, Solomon threw it to the right side of the end zone and Hill came down with it, as the Wildcats did the improbable.