California posts 'Best' win of the year

November, 15, 2009
11/15/09
12:12
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So, maybe California was just due for a play here, or a break there?

Cal's defense stepped up and the Bears earned their best win, 24-16, of a disappointing season.

Arizona isn't out of the Rose Bowl hunt, but its work is much harder now. The Wildcats must win their final three games against Oregon, Arizona State and USC -- the last two on the road. Do that, and they go to the program's first Rose Bowl.

Forget the strange fourth quarter, with Arizona seemingly pulling defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Wildcats only gained 274 yards. They entered the game averaging 449 yards per game. Cal outrushed the Wildcats 176 to 73.

Cal, perhaps inspired by the presence of injured running back Jahvid Best on the sideline, just shut down an offense that had been cruising.

I wonder if the Bears can duplicate that next weekend at Stanford.

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