TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona had three second-half interceptions, including two that went for touchdowns, as the Wildcats came from behind Saturday night to beat the Cal Golden Bears 24-17 in a Pac-12 showdown at Arizona Stadium.
The Wildcats (3-3, 2-1 Pac-12) jumped ahead early but Cal (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) fought back for a 14-10 halftime lead on the strength of two touchdown runs by quarterback Brandon McIlwain.
But McIlwain had an errant pass picked off by Colin Schooler late in the third quarter. Schooler had the ball punched out as he was running toward the Bears end zone but the ball was picked up by Azizi Hearn who took it the rest of the way for a 34-yard touchdown.
Scottie Young followed that with a pair of interceptions, the second he returned 24 yards to give Arizona a 24-14 lead.
Arizona took a 10-0 lead early with Khalil Tate’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Tony Elllison and a 46-yard field goal by new old place kicker Josh Pollack.
Tate finished with 141 yards passing on the night. JJ Taylor ran for 73 yards on 15 carries.
The defense had a pair of sacks and held the Golden Bears out of the end zone on a 4th and goal at the 1 in the 3rd quarter.
It’s a short turn around for the Wildcats as they will travel to Utah to face the Utes on Friday night.