California nips Arizona State 23-21 on late kickOct 31, 2009 - 11:29 PM By ANDREW BAGNATO AP College Football Writer
TEMPE, Ariz.(AP) -- Giorgio Tavecchio kicked a 24-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, and California 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.
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.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
--- --- --- --- -----
CALIFORNIA 14 3 3 3 23
ARIZONAST 0 14 0 7 21 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: CALIFORNIA - TD, JAHVID BEST 11 YD PASS FROM
KEVIN RILEY (GIORGIO
TAVECCHIO KICK), 4:42.
CALIFORNIA - TD, MARVIN JONES 12 YD PASS FROM
KEVIN RILEY (GIORGIO
TAVECCHIO KICK), 1
Oct 31 6:58 PM
ARIZONAST 21 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Oct 31 6:58 PM
ARIZONAST 21 0:21 LEFT, 4TH QTR
California 23, Arizona State 21 4th - 0:21Oct 31 6:54 PM
ARIZONAST 21 10:21 LEFT, 4TH QTR
California 20, Arizona State 21 4th - 10:21Oct 31 6:26 PM
ARIZONAST 14 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Oct 31 6:13 PM
ARIZONAST 14 7:11 LEFT, 3RD QTR
California 20, Arizona State 14 3rd - 7:11Oct 31 5:53 PM
ARIZONAST 14 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Oct 31 5:12 PM
ARIZONAST 14 1:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 17, Arizona State 14 2nd - 1:00Oct 31 5:04 PM
ARIZONAST 14 7:12 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 14, Arizona State 14 2nd - 7:12Oct 31 4:44 PM
ARIZONAST 7 10:21 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 14, Arizona State 7 2nd - 10:21Oct 31 4:31 PM
ARIZONAST 0 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Oct 31 4:17 PM
ARIZONAST 0 4:11 LEFT, 1ST QTR
California 14, Arizona State 0 1st - 4:11Oct 31 4:04 PM
ARIZONAST 0 10:18 LEFT, 1ST QTR
California 7, Arizona State 0 1st - 10:18Oct 31 3:50 PM
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