BERKELEY, Calif. -- Taylor Kelly threw three touchdown passes to help Arizona State send California to its worst start ever under coach Jeff Tedford with a 27-17 victory on Saturday.
The start of the season hasn't gone nearly as well for Cal (1-4, 0-2) and Tedford despite the team returning to renovated Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears have lost three straight games and are off to their worst start since losing their first 10 games in 2001 under Tom Holmoe -- who was succeeded the following season by Tedford.
After a strong start to his tenure, Tedford has a losing record since the start of the 2009 season. His only win this year came against Southern Utah of the FCS, and the frustration from fans was evident all afternoon.
The Sun Devils, who lead the Pac-12 in scoring and total defense, harassed Zach Maynard all afternoon, proving they can be just effective against a starting quarterback after feasting on backups the previous three weeks.
Maynard finished 9 for 28 for 126 yards with a touchdown. Isi Sofele rushed for 105 yards and scored Cal's only touchdown in the past two games.
Cal also was hurt by 12 penalties for 119 yards.
Kelly completed 26 of 45 passes for 292 yards, but Arizona State was unable to pull away. The Sun Devils settled for field goal attempts on four drives deep into Cal territory. Alex Garoutte made only two of them, hitting the upright on a 39-yard try in the third quarter and having a 38-yarder blocked by Nick Forbes early in the fourth to keep the lead at 20-10.
Kelly coolly led Arizona State on 74-yard drive, completing 4 of 5 passes for 45 yards, capped by a 22-yarder to Ozier to make it 27-17 with 6:17 to play.
Cal got booed off the field after falling behind 17-7 at the half. The Bears' offense produced nothing outside of a three-play, 76-yard drive that made the score 7-7 early in the second quarter. Maynard threw a 44-yard pass to Allen to start the drive, and Sofele capped it with a 24-yard run.
Cal had 63 yards of offense and one completion on its other seven drives in the first half against the Sun Devils' stingy defense. Sutton and Carl Bradford each had three tackles behind the line in the first half.
The Sun Devils scored early in the half on Rogers' first catch of the season, a 1-yarder from Kelly. They then capitalized on a fumble by Sofele to score on Kelly's 9-yard pass to Ozier with 53 seconds remaining.
Steve Spurrier, the visor-slinging, slick-talking "Head Ball Coach" who is the second-winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
USC athletic director Pat Haden spoke Tuesday about the decision to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian, calling it "very difficult," while also defending his handling of the situation.
Bevo XIV began his tenure at the age of 2 in 2004. He was a part of back-to-back Rose Bowl victories, including the January 2006 win that resulted in a BCS title.
Tennessee running back John Kelly was taken to the hospital as a precaution and released after getting hurt during the Volunteers' Tuesday afternoon practice.The injury was not specified.
Steve Sarkisian has been plagued of late by apparent substance-related circumstances, including arriving to team facilities appearing intoxicated Sunday, according to sources.
A former Texas A&M football recruit randomly attacked a jogger, using a "large-bladed knife" to repeatedly strike the man and lodging the weapon in his head, according to police documents.