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California tries to extend winning streak vs. Arizona State

Sep 19, 2006 - 10:12 PM No. 22 Arizona St (3-0) at No. 21 California (2-1), 3:30 pm EDT

BERKELEY, California (Ticker) - California would not mind playing like it last did against Arizona State.

The 21st-ranked Golden Bears look to extend their winning streak over the 22nd-ranked Sun Devils to four games when they meet in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams.

California, which has won four of the series' last five games, last met Arizona State two years ago, when it posted a 27-0 victory here.

The Sun Devils have not defeated the Bears since a 30-10 triumph in Tempe in 2000.

Cal (2-1) has won back-to-back games after a season-opening loss at Tennessee, including last week's 42-16 home rout of Division I-AA Portland State.

Nate Longshore threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch ran for 112 yards and a score on just six carries before both were pulled at halftime. The Bears collected 375 yards in the first two quarters.

The Sun Devils (3-0) manhandled lowly Colorado, 21-3, on the road last week.

Sophomore Rudy Carpenter improved to 7-1 as a starter after throwing for 248 yards and two TDs for Arizona State, which limited Colorado's Bernard Jackson to 86 passing yards and sacked him five times.

The Sun Devils lead the nation with 18 sacks, four fewer than they had all of last season.

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