Cal took the opening kickoff and promptly carved up Arizona's passing defense, then went with physical running in the red zone. JJ Arrington scored from a yard out.
On Cal's second drive, Antoine Cason garnered Arizona's first interception since the NAU victory in the season opener, which gave the UA possession near midfield. However, Arizona managed just six yards after the opportunity and failed to record a first down.
Cal casually rolled on its third possession, as Rodgers delivered a 13-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter for a 14-0 Golden Bear lead.
The anemic Wildcat offense came to life momentarily. Kovalcheck found tight end Steve Fleming for a 48-yard reception to the Cal 33. The UA drove as deep as the Cal 18, but the possession stalled largely due to a personal foul on Fleming that halted momentum. Nick Folk's 46-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Cason thwarted another Cal drive with his second interception, this time deep in the end zone. Marcus Smith gave him room on the return with a punishing block on the Golden Bear receiver. Wildcat penalties limited the drive's effectiveness, which stalled near midfield.
Cal converted its third touchdown late in the half, then moved deep into Arizona territory after an interception and took advantage as Rodgers delivered his third touchdown of the afternoon. The TD was set up largely by a controversial helmet-to-helmet personal foul penalty on Darrell Brooks. UA head coach Mike Stoops vehemently disagreed with the call and approached officials about it at the half.
Arizona drove as deep as the Cal 23 on its first drive of the half, but four consecutive incomplete passes ended the threat. Cal added a fourth-quarter field goal and touchdown after recovering a flubbed Wildcat punt caused by another official's miscue. Arrington and Wildcat running back Mike Bell topped the 100-yard mark. Kovalcheck was spotty in his debut.