The Arizona Wildcats won their third straight game under the leadership of 18-year-old phenom quarterback Khalil Tate -- but this one literally came down to the final play.
Freshman linebacker Colin Schooler's pass breakup on a two-point conversion attempt sealed the Wildcats' 45-44 double-overtime win over the host Cal Golden Bears on Saturday night. The win moved Arizona to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Pac-12 play, one-half game behind USC for the division lead and tied with Arizona State, who blew out Utah on Saturday.
Arizona blew a 21-7 halftime lead and trailed 38-31 after Cal scored first in the first overtime, but Zach Green's touchdown run followed by Tate's TD pass to tight end Bryce Wolma gave the Wildcats a 45-38 edge in double OT.
Cal responded with a touchdown run on fourth and goal, and the Bears decided to go for the win instead of play a third overtime. On their subsequent two-point attempt, quarterback Ross Bowers' pass was batted down by Schooler, who recorded a season-high 15 tackles for the Wildcats.
Arizona moves on to host No. 15 Washington State next Saturday for its annual Homecoming game. Valley UA alumni who are interesting in going but don't want to drive can check out the Cat Cruiser option.