Rich Rodriquez must of had a hell of a halftime speech.
“There wasn’t any panic at halftime,” Rodriguez said. “We’re in shape. I told the guys before the game that we were going to have to play for 60 minutes.”
Arizona outscored California 43-27 in the second half and that would have been a story however the way the game ended trumped all of that.
With the Wildcats down 43-45 on the games final play Anu Soloman, who threw for a school record 520 yards, threw the Hail Mary and Austin Hill caught it to win the game for Arizona 49-45.
"Anu (Solomon) threw a great ball and I'm just happy I was able to make the
catch." Hill said. "The whole time I was hoping that I wouldn't get bumped into or anyone land on top of me so I could secure the catch. It means a lot to me that I was able to secure the catch."
"Winning on a Hail Mary is so improbable." Arizona head coach Rich Rodriquez said. "At first you are exhilarated and then you're thinking ‘how did that just happen?’ I'm so happy for Austin Hill who is a senior that bounced back. You're happy for Anu Solomon) who was off tonight, but kept battling and executed the last play. I'm happy for the people who stayed and watched the game. It's a good day to be an Arizona Wildcat."
"We’re sorry we didn’t find a way to win the ball game tonight, but I told them it won’t ever happen again." California quarterback Sonny Dykes said. "It is part of growing up, and getting a program turned around.”
Oh, by the way, it might have taken a Hail Mary, but Rich Rod is 4-0 at Arizona. Michigan isn't 4-0.
— Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak) September 21, 2014