Scores

Final

Arizona State 14

(2-3, 1-1 Pac-12)

California 24

(4-1, 2-0 Pac-12)

Coverage: ABC Regional coverage

3:30 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Memorial Stadium (Berkeley, CA), Berkeley, CA

1 2 3 4 T
ASU 0 7 7 014
CAL 10 7 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: N. Longshore (CAL) - 198 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Vereen (CAL) - 27 CAR, 93 YDS

Receiving: N. Boateng (CAL) - 3 REC, 51 YDS, 1 TD

Longshore back in starting role, drives Cal by ASU

Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Nate Longshore passed for 198 yards and three touchdowns in his return to the starting lineup, and California held off punchless Arizona State in the second half of a 24-14 victory Saturday.

LaReylle Cunningham, Cameron Morrah and Nyan Boateng caught scoring passes from Longshore, the senior two-year starter who lost his job in training camp to Kevin Riley.

Cal (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10) reopened its quarterback competition this week after the offense made slow starts in its last two games, and coach Jeff Tedford kept the winner's identity secret until Longshore ran onto the Memorial Stadium field.

Longshore went 17-for-28 with an interception, and the Cal offense failed to score after the opening minutes of the third quarter. The Bears still did enough to overcome the absence of injured Jahvid Best, the Bears' top rusher and receiver, because Arizona State barely moved the ball for long stretches of its third straight loss.

Shane Vereen rushed for 93 yards and caught five passes for 51 more in Best's place during a fairly simple victory over the Sun Devils (2-3, 1-1), whose offense sputtered for the third straight week. Last season's conference co-champions averaged 32.3 points per game in 2007, but this Arizona State squad has managed just 44 total points during its first three-game losing streak of coach Dennis Erickson's short tenure.

Rudy Carpenter passed for 165 yards and threw two interceptions, while Keegan Herring didn't do much to help the Sun Devils' struggling rushing attack, running for just 37 yards in his return from injury. Kyle Williams caught Carpenter's only TD pass.

Longshore has been booed regularly by Cal's fans over the past two seasons, but the senior remains a favorite of Tedford, the quarterback guru who sent Trent Dilfer, Kyle Boller and Aaron Rodgers to the NFL.

Longshore took the field to scattered catcalls, but immediately led Cal on a strong opening drive that stalled inside the 5 on three incompletions. After Arizona State's Dimitri Nance fumbled, Longshore hit Cunningham with a diving 19-yard TD pass down the middle to put the Bears up 10-0 less than 10 minutes in.

Early in the second quarter, Longshore led another long drive culminating in Morrah's 22-yard TD catch. Arizona State finally got moving with a 70-yard drive culminating in Williams' 30-yard catch-and-run for a score midway through the period, but Cal extended its lead to 24-7 midway through the third on Boateng's second TD catch of the season.

The Bears blocked an Arizona State field goal attempt moments later, but were hit with a personal foul for jumping onto the line, allowing the Sun Devils to score on Herring's 8-yard run. Arizona State made two decent late drives, but Carpenter fumbled on a crushing sack by Zack Follett to kill the first, and Thomas Weber missed a field goal to finish the Sun Devils in the final seconds.

Best, Cal's versatile sophomore speedster, dislocated his elbow last week against Colorado State. He hopes to return at Arizona after Cal's upcoming bye week.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ASU
CAL
1st Downs1618
Total Yards236277
Passing165198
Rushing7179
Penalties7-454-33
3rd Down Conversions4-162-10
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers31
Possession30:3729:23

Passing Leaders

Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carpenter20/351654.712
CaliforniaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Longshore17/281987.131

Rushing Leaders

Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nance11393.5010
Herring14372.6113
CaliforniaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vereen27933.409
Ross2-4-2.003

Receiving Leaders

Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
McGaha6528.7016
Jones55010.0016
CaliforniaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Vereen55110.2014
Boateng35117.0130

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERASUCAL
FG09:35David Seawright 21 Yd 03
TD05:16Lareylle Cunningham 19 Yd Pass From Nate Longshore (David Seawright Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERASUCAL
TD12:28Cameron Morrah 22 Yd Pass From Nate Longshore (David Seawright Kick) 017
TD07:26Kyle Williams 30 Yd Pass From Rudy Carpenter (Thomas Weber Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERASUCAL
TD07:44Nyan Boateng 19 Yd Pass From Nate Longshore (David Seawright Kick) 724
TD00:18Keegan Herring 8 Yd Run (Thomas Weber Kick) 1424