They did it! The Arizona football team has won a game, defeating University of California, Berkeley, 10-3 on Saturday. Here are a few key stats that contributed to the victory.
Scoring more points than the opponent
763 days. It took 763 days for Arizona to score more points than their opponent in a single football game after last defeating Colorado 35-30 on Oct. 5 of the 2019 season. After 20 straight losses, the Wildcats deserve to celebrate.
Putting the win aside, the Wildcats could have and should have won this game far more easily had they not turned the ball over as often as they did. There were three interceptions thrown. One of them basically turned out to be a punt, when Will Plummer lofted a pass deep on a 3rd-and-14 play, but the other two were critical plays deep in Cal's territory. Both interceptions were tipped up in the air by Cal defensive lineman and were eventually picked off by the Golden Bears. That was at least likely six points wiped off the board.
68 rushing yards from Plummer
We saw flashes of his dual threat ability last week against USC and Plummer more than doubled his rushing yards this week against Cal compared to that game against the Trojans. He not only posted 68 yards on the ground, which led the team, but he was also able to use his legs on other plays, as well to extend plays that resulted in passes completed as well.
122 total yards of offense by Cal
While Cal was missing a number of key players in this game, including starting quarterback Chase Garbers, the Wildcats have no control over that. They can only play who is on the field opposite of them, and they played as well as the team could have hoped for given the circumstances.
Fresh off a victory, the Wildcats now get set to host the University of Utah next Saturday.
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