Arizona Nips Short-Handed Bears, 10-3
TUCSON, Ariz. – Facing a COVID-19-depleted Cal team, Arizona defeated the Golden Bears, 10-3, on Saturday on Michael Wiley's 10-yard touchdown run with 2:17 left.
Wiley capped a 55-yard drive — the longest by either team in a game that featured 18 punts — that was set up by Stanley Berryhill III's 25-yard punt return.
Arizona quarterback Will Plummer had 197 yards of total offense and the Wildcats (1-8, 1-5 Pac-12) held California (3-6, 2-4) to 122 yards while winning for the first time since a 35-30 victory over Colorado on Oct. 5, 2019. Arizona won its sixth straight in the series.
Cal played without starting quarterback Chase Garbers. He was one of seven starters who were unavailable due to illness or injury. Cal announced Thursday that multiple players were in COVID protocols and would not play, but federal and state laws prohibit Cal from commenting on individual players.
Garbers was the Pac-12's total offense leader entering the weekend, at 293 yards per game.
Arizona broke a scoreless tie on Tyler Loop's 29-yard field goal with 5:46 remaining in the third quarter, and Cal responded with Nick Lopez's 34-yard field goal on its next drive.
The Bears crossed midfield for the first time on that scoring drive. Lopez made first career field goal attempt in place of starter Dario Longhetto, who did not play.
Cal backup quarterback Ryan Glover, who had not taken a snap this season, completed 11 of 29 passes for 94 yards. Glover is a graduate transfer from Western Carolina after spending the previous three years at Penn.
California: Obviously, hurt by the loss of quarterback Garbers and seven other starters Saturday, Cal faces a difficult path as it attempts to qualify for its third bowl games in four seasons. The Golden Bears (3-6) must win their final three games against USC, UCLA and archrival Stanford. Only the USC game is in Berkeley.
California: Hosts Southern California on Saturday.
Arizona: Hosts Utah on Saturday.