FINAL SCORE: Arizona State 27, Cal 17. Bears drop to 1-4, 0-2 in the Pac-12. Would need to win five of final seven games to become bowl eligible. But December football is not part of the Bears’ thought process right now.
“As far as making a bowl,” linebacker Nick Forbes said, “that’s a little farther down the line than I’m thinking about. I’m thinking about the next one.”
Here’s my game story.
5:56 4th Q: Cal offense goes 3 and out and punts.
6:17 4th Q: ASU answers back with 74-yard scoring drive. Kelly pasases 22 yards to WR Ozier and ASU leads 27-17.
9:33 4th Q: Keenan Allen’s right toe scratches turf on 10-yard reception in the left corner of the end zone — incomplete call overturned for TD on video review. Cal trails just 20-17.
11:27 4th Q: Nick Forbes gives Cal a chance by blocking 38-yd FG try by Garoutte. Bears still down 20-10.
1:12 3rd Q: Tedford opts for FG on 4th-and-7 from the 18 and Vincenzo D’Amato delivers 35-yarder. But will it be enough? Cal trails 20-10.
4:28 3rd Q: Alex Garoutte’s 33-yard field goal makes it 20-7. Cal in a deep hole, with just one TD over nearly the past seven quarters. The Bears need two more today to win.
HALFTIME: ASU 17, Cal 7. Bears leave field to smattering of boos after Tedford tells Maynard to take a knee with 25 seconds left one play after 34-yard pass to Chris Harper was wiped out by holding call vs. Jordan Rigsbee. Sofele has 12 carries for 89 yards with a TD and a lost fumble. Maynard is 3 for 8 for 63 yards. Brendan Bigelow has not carried the ball — hasn’t been on the field on offense as far as I could tell. Total offense: ASU 184 yards, Cal 139. Cal will get the ball to open the 3rd Q.
0:53 2nd Q: Taylor Kelly throws 9-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Ozier, capping 37-yard drive after lost fumble by Isi Sofele.
6:08 2nd Q: Alex Garoutte kicks 28-yd FG and ASU leads 10-7. Sun Devils goes 52 yards in 12 plays.
13:06 2nd Q: Isi Sofele runs 24 yards up the middle for the TD that ties score at 7-all. Maynard-to-Allen for 44 yards helps set up score. Cal goes 76 yards in 3 plays.
7:11 1st Q: ASU goes 67 yards in 7 plays with Taylor Kelly passing 1 yard to TE Darwin Rogers for the TD. Sun Devils lead 7-0.
MSG AND RODGERS UPDATE: OT Matt Summers-Gavin making his first start since the opener vs. Nevada. He did allow a sack on Cal’s first possession. TE Richard Rodgers also playing, although freshman Maximo Espitia started. Scoreless after one possession by each team.
TIPOTI OUT: Cal DE Aaron Tipoti will not play. Mustafa Jalil starts.
COIN FLIP: Cal wins flip and defers. Will kickoff, defending north goal. Game captains for Cal: Keenan Allen, Josh Hill, Brian Schwenke, Kendrick Payne.
WVA-BAYLOR FINALE: Mountaineers hold off Bears 70-63. Geno Smith 8 TD passes for West Virginia, giving him 20 with 0 INTs for season.
LINEUP CHANGE: Sophomore safety Avery Sebastian will make his first career start for the Bears in place of Alex Logan.
PSA: In case you’re missing it, Baylor just scored again and trails West Virginia 63-56 with 10:49 left in the 4th Q. That’s right: 17 touchdowns! Game is on FX.
WELCOME: We’re back at Memorial Stadium after treks to Ohio State and USC the past two Saturdays. Perhaps the homecoming is just in time for the Bears (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12), who have little margin for error but are unbeaten at home against the Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0) since 1997.
If the Bears don’t win this one, things could get ugly fast.
Gonna be a warm, sunny day in Strawberry Canyon. Will update as we get closer to kickoff.