Bears' Rugby Comes Back to Beat Arizona
February 13, 1999
Tucson, Ariz - After dominating some early season opponents, Cal needed a late comeback Saturday to beat the University of Arizona 41-29.
Arizona took the lead twice in the second half and the Bears edged ahead for good with less than ten minutes to play. While two late tries padded the margin, the Cal players knew theyd been in a battle. The Wildcats scored 17 unanswered points around the half time break to take a 22-21 lead and hold it for a good 15 minutes.
The Bears then surged ahead with a dazzling 80 meter try finished by wing Tel Cory-Sadler. But if Cal thought that score would quiet Arizona, they were mistaken. The Cats answered quickly to lead 29-26 and the clock was running down. With only seven minutes left in regulation time, No. 8 Shaun Paga scored from a storming run off the base of the scrum, a move that has become his trademark over the last two seasons. He added another try shortly after to make the lead a little more solid, and lock Rob Flegel added the exclamation point in injury time.
The Arizona team lived up to their billing as a team with a potent backline, commented Cal assistant coach, Jerry Figone: " They had crafty, athletic, and powerful backs complemented by some hard working forwards. To call their performance spirited would be an understatement."
Cals roadtrip concludes with a match against Arizona State on Monday.
1st Half 2nd Half Final Cal 21 20 41 Arizona 15 14 29Scoring
First Half: 17th minute, Kort Schubert, try (5), John Buchholz, conversion (2); 20th min., Buchholz try & conv.; 22nd min AZ drop goal (3); 24th min., Matt Pope, try, Buchholz conv.; 28th min, AZ try & conv.; Injury Time, AZ try.
Second Half: 11th min., AZ try & conv.; 24th min., Tel Cory-Sadler, try; 28th min., AZ try & conv.; 33rd min. Shaun Paga, try; 39th min., Paga, try; Injury Time, Rob Flegel, try.
Cal Record: 4-0-0