Date: Sept. 25, 2010
What went down: Nick Foles found Juron Criner for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 to play to help UA pull out a 10-9 win over Cal in both teams’ conference opener. Foles went 25 for 39 for 212 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the win.
How it read: Greg Hansen wrote that the 10-9 win left a lot to be desired, but the Wildcats got it done when it mattered. He wrote:
“ ‘The good Lord was looking out for us tonight, for whatever reason,’ said (coach Mike) Stoops.
“Could it be that the football gods owed the UA as much, especially after 25 years of nutty losses to the Cal Bears? Whatever, Saturday’s 10-9 victory squared the debt. At game’s end, Stoops raised his arms aloft, did a 360 while standing on the field, smiling broadly as if to ask those who stayed to the surprising end, ‘Do you believe that?’
“Yes. We do.
“Almost without exception, every Top 25 college football team pulls off a great escape during a 12-game season. There are too many close games and too many good teams to simply win out and stifle a yawn.”
Turning point: Three plays before Foles found Criner for the winning score, the quarterback hit Criner for a 51-yard gain to get Arizona to Cal’s 12-yard line. After a 6-yard run from Nicolas Grigsby and an incomplete pass, Arizona scored.
Stats that matter: Criner finished with 68 yards on five catches in the game, but 59 of those yards game on the final drive of the game. Grigsby finished with 65 yards on 12 carries.
It’s history: The win made Arizona 4-0, and the Wildcats eventually moved to 7-1. But Stoops and the UA lost the last five games and finished 7-6, falling to Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl. Cal finished 5-7 and missed out on a bowl game, losing its final game of the season to Washington 16-13.