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Golden Nuggets: Cal drops heartbreaker to Arizona in epic fourth quarter collapse

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A shocking reminder, in just four seconds, of a long history of heartbreak.

Christian Petersen

Let's get some positive news first, shall we?

Men's Water Polo

#4 Cal men's water polo defeated #5 Long Beach State, 8-6, Saturday night at the Kap7 NorCal Classic in Stockton. The Bears are now 7-0.

Volleyball

Mary McKennon unleashed a career-high five aces and the Bears scored a whopping 21 points off her serve, helping Cal to a 25-14, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Saint Mary's on Friday at McKeon Pavilion.

Men's Tennis

Cal opened the 2014-15 season by winning twice in singles and once in doubles on the first day of the Porsche Napa Valley Tennis Classic on Friday at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort.

Men's Soccer

Senior midfielder Connor Hallisey and sophomore forward Christian Thierjung lead #15 Cal over #11 Delaware.

Women's Soccer

Taylor Comeau leads #10 Cal to 3-0 shutout over Pacific.

CONCACAF Women's Championship

Alex Morgan scores another goal as the USWNT routs Mexico again, 4-0, in the last warm-up prior to the Women's Championship and World Cup Qualifiers.

Football

Sit down with sophomore QB Joey Mahalic, the oldest player on the football team, and hear his story, including his five years of minor league baseball prior to arriving at Cal.

California Golden Bears 45, Arizona Wildcats 49

Cal, once again, finds new and creative ways to lose. The Bears led in every second of the game, except for the opening minutes and the very last second. It's heartbreaking, but Bears fans have been here before, and as Kyle Bonagura of ESPN says, isn't all bad.

Time to take Cal seriously: First, poor Cal. To play that well for that long only to lose on a Hail Mary is torture for a team and fan base that suffered mightily a year ago. Be extra nice to your Cal fan friends this week; this isn't the time for jokes. As devastating a loss as this could be, the performance did legitimize the Golden Bears' first two games. Quarterback Jared Goff played like an All-American for long stretches, and the defense played well early before being gassed. That fourth quarter, however, was worse than anything the Cal defense did a year ago. The lack of depth was again on display, just like it was against Northwestern.

For more on what we at CGB feel about our first loss of the season, check out the Roundtables and other wrapups. Fill out a report card as well.  For now, a look at the instant reactions to a crazy finish.