The California Red Hawks came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Arizona Cardinals and pick up win number 1 in the 2011 season. The key point came late in the fourth quarter after Jake Locker connected with fellow rookie Julio Jones for a 26 yard touchdown when on the following kickoff, Austin Pettis lit up return man Steve Breaston forcing a fumble which the Red Hawks recovered. Jake Locker would once again find Julio Jones on a slant route giving them their first lead of the game. Despite having a career day, runningback John Clay committed a rookie mistake which almost cost his team the game. Trying to run out the clock, Clay fumbled the ball which the Cardinals picked up and returned for a 61 yard touchdown. The Red Hawks got the ball back and Jake Locker showed why he was the #4 pick in the draft as he led the team down the field and set up the game winning field goal from kicker Leigh Tiffin.