Arizona State at California

Arizona St. 27, California 17


BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - 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.

Kelly connected with Kevin Ozier twice and Darwin Rogers once, and Arizona State (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) used six sacks to improve its impressive start under first-year coach Todd Graham.

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.

Will Sutton and Junior Onyeali spent much of the day in Cal's backfield, giving Maynard little time to throw. Maynard was inaccurate when he did have time.

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.

Cal responded with an 80-yard scoring drive that featured a 44-yard run by C.J. Anderson and a 10-yard TD pass from Maynard to his brother, Keenan Allen, to make it 20-17.

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.

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Scoring Summary
ARIZSTDarwin Rodgers 1 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Alex Garoutte kick)
CALIsi Sofele 24 yd run (Vincenzo D'Amato kick)
ARIZSTAlex Garoutte 28 yd FG
ARIZSTKevin Ozier 9 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Alex Garoutte kick)
ARIZSTAlex Garoutte 33 yd FG
CALVincenzo D'Amato 35 yd FG
CALKeenan Allen 10 yd pass from Zach Maynard (Vincenzo D'Amato kick)
ARIZSTKevin Ozier 22 yd pass from Taylor Kelly (Alex Garoutte kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2917
Third Down Efficiency9-204-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-1
Plays-Net Yards94-40966-285
Passing Yds293126
Kick Return Yds6699
Punt Return Yds2210
Time of Poss.35:4324:17
Individual Stats
ARIZST: Cameron Marshall 18-65, Marion Grice 10-47, Jamal Miles 2-14, D.J. Foster 4-12, Michael Eubank 2-2, Taylor Kelly 9-0, Team 3--24
CAL: Isi Sofele 15-105, C.J. Anderson 8-78, Eric Stevens 1-2, Team 2--6, Zach Maynard 12--20
ARIZST: Taylor Kelly 26-45-292-0, Michael Eubank 1-1-1-0
CAL: Zach Maynard 9-28-126-0
ARIZST: Rashad Ross 7-84, D.J. Foster 5-63, Chris Coyle 4-37, Marion Grice 4-25, Kevin Ozier 3-42, Jamal Miles 3-41, Darwin Rodgers 1-1
CAL: Keenan Allen 4-79, Bryce Treggs 2-22, Richard Rodgers 2-14, Chris Harper 1-11
Arizona State4th Pac-12 South2-75-7
California4th Pac-12 North3-65-7

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