BERKELEY, California (Ticker) -- An emotional week for John Mackovic ended with Arizona snapping a six-game losing streak.
Jason Johnson threw for four touchdowns and 492 yards as the Wildcats notched their first Pac-10 Conference win of the season with a 52-41 victory over California.
Arizona (4-7, 1-6 Pac-10) had 40 players go to the university president to complain about what they felt was Mackovic's abusive style. The coach called a news conference on Wednesday in which he broke down and apologized.
"This game, I'll remember a long time," Mackovic said. "I just don't have as much time left as they do. We didn't talk a lot (before the game). There was a lot of talking Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, we didn't talk a lot. We just worked hard.
"I told the guys this game was really about them and what they are made of. I didn't say it as a challenge. I got all the publicity, but it was about them. And they showed unbelievable courage, unbelievable character and heart."
Tight end Justin Levasseur had a pair of touchdown catches. Levasseur was the player who Mackovic reportedly called "a disgrace to his family."
Levasseur's second touchdown reception gave Arizona the lead for good at 38-34 with 12:37 remaining. Johnson added a seven-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Wade and Beau Carr ran for a score from four yards out for a 52-34 bulge.
The Wildcats also got touchdowns off an interception return and a blocked punt. The wild game also featured a 94-yard kickoff return by California's Lashaun Ward.
Wade had 11 receptions for a career-high 222 yards and Andre Thurman added nine catches for 151. Johnson completed 31-of-45 passes despite being sacked five times.
Kyle Boller completed 22-of-45 passes for 298 yards and a pair of touchdowns for California (6-5, 3-4). Joe Igber added 96 yards rushing on 19 carries.