Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (21) scored an early touchdown but got ejected for targeting Saturday night.

The Arizona Wildcats defeated Cal 45-44 in double overtime Saturday night at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Here are some pertinent notes, quotes and statistics:


* Arizona safety Troy Young and tailback J.J. Taylor were ejected for targeting in the first quarter. They will be eligible to play next week against Washington State because the fouls took place in the first half.

* Tailback Nick Wilson left the game in the first half because of an ankle injury, and linebacker Tony Fields II left in the second half because of an apparent concussion. Neither returned.

* Arizona has won three games in a row for the first time since the first three games of the 2015 season. The Wildcats have won three Pac-12 games in a row for the first time since a four-game streak to end the ’14 regular season.

* Arizona played its first overtime game since losing to Washington 35-28 on Sept. 24, 2016.

* Arizona has won the last four meetings in the series, by a combined 11 points.

* Arizona rushed for 345 yards and has topped the 300-yard mark in five of seven games this season. The Wildcats have rushed for at least 200 yards in each of their four conference games.

* Arizona has scored 45 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 1920.

Khalil Tate accounted for 303 yards of offense and three touchdowns. It was his third straight game rushing for more than 100 yards and accounting for multiple touchdowns.

* Tailback Zach Green’s 20 rushes and 130 yards represented career highs. His two touchdowns matched a career high.

* Tight end Bryce Wolma had a team-high-tying three receptions for a career-high 51 yards and a touchdown, which turned out to be the winning score.

* Linebacker Colin Schooler had a career-high 15 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, and a forced fumble.

* Redshirt-freshman safety Jarrius Wallace had a career-high nine tackles and his first career interception in his first extended action as a Wildcat.


UA coach Rich Rodriguez on Green’s performance: “He’s everything that’s right about college football. He graduated in three years. He waited his turn. He does anything and everything. He wanted this opportunity. He’s played well all year. In between the tackles, he’s a horse.”

Green on Schooler’s pass breakup to win the game: “I didn’t watch it. I was looking at my helmet. Then I looked up at the last second, and (Schooler) batted it down. There was like a moment of silence. Nobody was sure if there was a flag or not. Then there wasn’t. And everybody just went crazy. It was a really good feeling.”

Wolma on Cal paying undue attention to Tate: “We figured as we get deeper into Pac 12 play and we play more teams they’re going to have more answers for Khalil and his running ability. They’re going to shadow him. He played a really great game, and we had guys step up all around to make plays. That helped.”

UA safety Dane Cruikshank on the defense’s third-down struggles: “That’s bad on us. We gotta get in the film room and fix it up. We’ve got a lot of things to fix up. It wasn’t a pretty win, but we got the W. At the end of the day we’re all happy. Another week to get better.”

Tate on the last play: “It was big. I was standing around the 30-yard line. He deflected it, and everybody was (hesitating) to go out on the field. They’d been throwing a lot of flags the whole game. You didn’t know what was coming. When I didn’t see any dirty laundry, I knew we had the victory and we sealed it.”

Cal coach Justin Wilcox on his decision to go for two: “I felt like it was the best chance for us to win the game. Based on what was happening, that was the best chance for us to win. We had a good play, and we had been doing good things offensively, really most of the night, other than the turnovers.”


* Cal had 31 first downs; Arizona had 24.

* Arizona had 345 rushing yards; Cal had 172.

* Arizona had 511 total yards and average 8.4 yards per play; Cal’s final numbers were 473 and 4.9.

* Arizona had eight penalties for 88 yards; Cal had seven for 58.

* Cal possessed the ball for 35 minutes in regulation and ran 96 total plays; Arizona had it for 25 minutes and ran 61 plays.

* Cal converted 13 of 19 third downs; Arizona converted 4 of 10.

* Besides Schooler, three other Wildcats registered double-digit tackles: Lorenzo Burns (12), Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (10) and Fields (10).


Michael is an award-winning journalist who has been covering sports professionally since the early '90s. He started at the Star in 2015 after spending 15 years at The Orange County Register. Michael is a graduate of Northwestern University.