Scores

Final

(24) California 23

(6-2, 3-2 Pac-12)

Arizona State 21

(4-4, 2-3 Pac-12)

3:30 PM ET, October 31, 2009

Sun Devil Stadium, TEMPE, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
#24CAL 14 3 3 323
ASU 0 14 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: K. Riley (CAL) - 351 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Marshall (ASU) - 16 CAR, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Williams (ASU) - 3 REC, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Cal edges ASU as Tavecchio nails field goal in final minute

Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Giorgio Tavecchio kicked a 24-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, and California (No. 24 BCS) rallied for a sloppy 23-21 victory over Arizona State on Saturday afternoon.

Tavecchio's kick capped an 11-play, 74-yard drive that began at Cal's 19 with 3:16 to go. Golden Bears quarterback Kevin Riley was 5-of-6 on that march, and he finished with 351 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Fast Facts

• Giorgio Tavecchio hit a field goal with 21 seconds remaining to give Cal its third straight victory.

•  The Golden Bears improved to 6-1 against Arizona State under Jeff Tedford.

• Jahvid Best was held to just 63 yards on 17 carries, the third time this season he's been held under 100 yards.

• Cal's Kevin Riley threw for a season-high 351 yards, just his second career 300-yard game.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The Golden Bears (6-2, 3-2 Pac-10) have won three straight.

It was an ugly, penalty-filled game, with two middle-of-the-Pac-10 teams combining for 23 penalties for 238 yards. They also had five turnovers.

Danny Sullivan passed for 244 yards and a touchdown for ASU (4-4, 2-3), but he also threw two interceptions.

Tavecchio also connected from 25 and 51 yards.

The weather was gorgeous -- 74 degrees and sunny at kickoff. The first half was hideous.

In the first two quarters, the Golden Bears and Sun Devils combined for four turnovers, five fumbles and 145 penalty yards.

The Sun Devils rank 120th, and last in the nation, in penalty yards per game, with 84.4. They had 85 at halftime -- with 75 coming on personal fouls.

Cal jumped ahead 7-0 on an 11-yard pass from Riley to Jahvid Best five minutes into the game. The Bears made it 14-0 on a 12-yard strike from Riley to Marvin Jones.

That's when Cal imploded. After forcing a fumble by ASU's Ryan Bass near their own goal line, the Bears gave the ball right back when Riley fumbled at his own 3.

On the next play, ASU backup quarterback Samson Szakacsy hit Jovon Williams for a 3-yard TD pass -- the first pass of Szakacsy's career.

ASU tied it at 14-14 on its next snap. Sullivan, back in at quarterback, found Kyle Williams for an 80-yard TD.

But then Sullivan threw an interception to Syd'Quan Thompson, who returned it 38 yards to set up a 25-yard field goal by Tavecchio, giving Cal a 17-14 halftime lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CAL
ASU
1st Downs2315
Total Yards408329
Passing351247
Rushing5782
Penalties12-11511-123
3rd Down Conversions5-164-12
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers23
Possession34:4225:18

Passing Leaders

CaliforniaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Riley27/443518.020
Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sullivan16/292448.412

Rushing Leaders

CaliforniaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Best18633.508
Ross155.005
Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall16714.4112
Bass581.604

Receiving Leaders

CaliforniaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ross36722.3056
Best7618.7117
Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams39130.3180
McGaha47619.0025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCALASU
TD10:18Jahvid Best 11 Yd Pass From Kevin Riley (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 70
TD04:11Marvin Jones 12 Yd Pass From Kevin Riley (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERCALASU
TD10:21Jovon Williams 3 Yd Pass From Samson Szakacsy (Thomas Weber Kick) 147
TD07:12Kyle Williams 80 Yd Pass From Danny Sullivan (Thomas Weber Kick) 1414
FG01:00Giorgio Tavecchio 25 Yd 1714
THIRD QUARTERCALASU
FG07:11Giorgio Tavecchio 51 Yd 2014
FOURTH QUARTERCALASU
TD10:21Cameron Marshall 6 Yd Run (Thomas Weber Kick) 2021
FG00:21Giorgio Tavecchio 24 Yd 2321