September 21, 2007

Arizona-Cal Game Preview

Whether you want to call it "revenge" or "redemption", or just a flat out great opportunity to begin Pac-10 play, the Cal football team's match up with Arizona at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium is the first stepping stone for the Bears journey towards a possible conference championship. Considering it was the Wildcats who put a halt to coach Jeff Tedford's crew a year ago, No. 6 Cal is unquestionably anxious to begin..

The scene is still all too fresh in the memories of many Bears' players who made the trek down to Tucson, (Ariz.) last season. Just one week away from its highly anticipated battle with No. 4 USC, a then-conference undefeated Cal team went down to the desert and dropped a tantalizing 24-20 contest to Arizona - a result that surprised pundits all across the country.

The Bears held a 17-3 lead at halftime, thanks to two touchdowns from dynamo DeSean Jackson, before watching Arizona rally back to take a 24-17 advantage late in the fourth quarter. Cal had one more chance inside two minutes to tie the score, but a Nate Longshore pass on 3rd-and-7 from the Wildcats' 27-yard line was popped in the air by Arizona defensive tackle Yaniv Barnett and subsequently picked off by linebacker Ronnie Palmer to end the Bears' hopes.

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