GAMEDAY College Football

California 49, Arizona 31

By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. - Jaydn Ott ran for 274 yards and three touchdowns and California opened Pac-12 play with a 49-31 victory over Arizona.

Ott scored on a 73-yard run on the second play from scrimmage, an improbable 18-yarder in the third quarter after he had appeared to be stopped for a short gain, and then another 72-yarder to ice it late in the fourth.

Ott had the third most rushing yards in school history, trailing only Jahvid Best's 311 against Washington in 2008 and Jerry Drew's 283 against Oregon State in 1954.

Jack Plummer added three TD passes for the Golden Bears (3-1, 1-0), who won their sixth straight home game. It's their longest winning streak at Memorial Stadium since a nine-gamer in 2008-09.

Cal also ended a six-game skid against Arizona (2-2, 0-1) by beating the Wildcats for the first time since 2009.

Jayden de Laura threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1), who had no answers defensively and lost their 12th straight conference road game.

A year after Arizona beat COVID-depleted Cal 10-3 at home for its only win in 2021, the teams exceeded that point total after both teams scored touchdowns on the opening drive.

It was a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair in the first half with Ott scoring on a 73-yard run on the second play from scrimmage to set the tone.

The Wildcats scored on four of their first five drives of the game, getting two short TD runs by Jonah Coleman and Michael Wiley and a 24-yard TD pass from de Laura to Tetairoa McMillan.

Plummer threw a 16-yard TD pass to J. Michael Sturdivant in the second quarter and gave Cal the lead early in the third when he found Keleki Latu from 3 yards out on fourth-and-1.

Ott added his second TD midway through the third quarter. He ran into a group of defenders at the 13 yet managed to keep his feet and snuck out of the scrum to run it into the end zone to make it 35-24.

Ott added his second breakaway run late in the fourth quarter.

TAKEAWAYS

Arizona: The Wildcats were gashed defensively all game as they struggled to tackle Ott or cover receivers downfield. Despite some promising signs on offense, that led to Arizona's 21st loss in its last 24 Pac-12 games.

California: The Bears have been a defensive team ever since coach Justin Wilcox arrived in 2017, but it was the offense that led the way in this game. The 213 yards allowed by Cal in the first quarter were the most ever under Wilcox. But the defense stepped up in the second half, forcing back-to-back punts and then recovering a fumble by de Laura to help Cal take control.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AriCal
Cal TD 14:17 Jaydn Ott 73 yd run (Dario Longhetto kick) 0 7
Ari TD 11:16 Jonah Coleman 1 yd run (Tyler Loop kick) 7 7
Ari TD 5:28 Michael Wiley 1 yd run (Tyler Loop kick) 14 7
Second Quarter AriCal
Cal TD 11:56 J.Michael Sturdivant 16 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Dario Longhetto kick) 14 14
Ari TD 10:00 Tetairoa McMillan 24 yd pass from Jayden de Laura (Tyler Loop kick) 21 14
Cal TD 3:40 DeCarlos Brooks 3 yd run (Dario Longhetto kick) 21 21
Ari FG 0:40 Tyler Loop 37 yd FG 24 21
Third Quarter AriCal
Cal TD 9:17 Keleki Latu 3 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Dario Longhetto kick) 24 28
Cal TD 4:59 Jaydn Ott 18 yd run (Dario Longhetto kick) 24 35
Fourth Quarter AriCal
Cal TD 14:53 Jeremiah Hunter 37 yd pass from Jack Plummer (Dario Longhetto kick) 24 42
Ari TD 12:36 Jacob Cowing 14 yd pass from Jayden de Laura (Tyler Loop kick) 31 42
Cal TD 4:56 Jaydn Ott 72 yd run (Dario Longhetto kick) 31 49
Team Stats
  Arizona California
First downs 31 27
  Rushing 8 12
  Passing 21 12
  Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Efficiency 3-10, 30% 4-9, 44%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 26-135 38-354
Passing Yards 401 245
Return Yards 50 69
Completions-Attempts-Int 27-45-2 18-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--11 0-0
Punts 4 4
Punts-Average 46.5 42.5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-76 7-80
Time of Possession 26:46 33:14
Arizona Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. de Laura 27 45 401 2 2
California Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plummer 18 28 245 3 0
Arizona Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Wiley 14 79 5.6 1
J. Coleman 7 28 4.0 1
D. Williams 1 15 15.0 0
J. de Laura 4 13 3.3 0
California Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ott 19 274 14.4 3
D. Brooks 10 32 3.2 1
D. Moore 5 31 6.2 0
A. Hayes 1 14 14.0 0
A. Stredick 1 6 6.0 0
Arizona Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Cowing 7 133 19.0 1
D. Singer 8 103 12.9 0
T. McLachlan 6 88 14.7 0
T. McMillan 3 59 19.7 1
D. Williams 1 21 21.0 0
J. Coleman 2 -3 -1.5 0
California Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hunter 5 82 16.4 1
J. Sturdivant 3 60 20.0 1
E. Mojarro 3 45 15.0 0
K. Latu 2 26 13.0 1
M. Young 3 22 7.3 0
J. Ott 2 10 5.0 0
Arizona Interceptions
Player Int Yards
California Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Scott 1 19
I. Young 1 0
Arizona Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ostendorp 3 138 46.0
J. de Laura 1 48 48.0
California Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sheahan 4 170 42.5
Arizona Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
California Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hunter 2 32 16.0
Arizona Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Simpson 2 50 25.0
California Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Anderson 1 18 18.0
Arizona Missed FG
Player Length
California Missed FG
Player Length




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