Gameday: Cal at Arizona State

Cal goes for its third straight win and sixth overall this Saturday in Tempe versus Arizona State. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. PT, and the game will be televised regionally on ABC...

California (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) vs. Arizona State (4-3, 2-2 Pac-10)

Saturday, Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Tempe, Ariz. - Sun Devil Stadium

TV: ABC - Terry Gannon (Play-By-Play), David Norrie (Analyst)
Radio: *Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline) *Each broadcast begins with a 30-minute pregame show. The postgame show includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the "Postgame at the Paragon" program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Kate Scott.. ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KGIL 1260 AM (Los Angeles), XSURF 540 AM (San Diego), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento).
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Jon Doss, Danny Freisinger. Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal fans can listen to the ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network broadcast feed on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on channels 218 (Sirius) and 194 (XM). Visit for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.

Series Facts
Games Played: 28
Series Record: tied, 14-14
First Meeting: 9/25/76, 31-22 Cal
Last Meeting: 10/4/08, Cal 24-14
Current Streak: Cal win one
Tedford vs. WSU: 5-1

The Golden Bears have won two in a row overall, two of three on the road this season and five of six against Arizona State dating back to the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford on the Berkeley campus in 2002.

Cal has been dominating in each of its last two victories against UCLA (45-26) and Washington State (49-17). Cal scored 35 points in the first half of both games, including 28 points in the first quarter vs. WSU, and never trailed in either contest.

The Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 and rank No. 10 nationally in scoring offense with an average of 35.14 points per game. Cal's lofty ranking comes despite a total of only six points in back-to-back losses at Oregon and vs. USC. The Bears have averaged 48.0 points per contest in their other five outings.

Big plays have been the story all season for Cal, especially of late as Cal scored 11 consecutive touchdowns from outside the red zone in the wins at UCLA and against Washington State. All six times the Bears found the end zone at UCLA and each of the first five times against Washington State, the scoring play either started from outside the opponents' 20-yard line or was an interception or punt return for more than 20 yards. In all, Cal has had 46 plays (28 passes, 18 rushes) go for at least 20 yards this year, 16 of which have been for touchdowns.

Arizona State had won two in a row with victories at Washington State (27-14) and vs. Washington (24-17) before falling at Stanford (33-14) in its most recent game last Saturday.

ASU leads the Pac-10 in total defense (280.0 ypg) and had been leading the Pac-10 in rushing defense until allowing 237 yards on the ground at Stanford. The Sun Devils still rank second with an average of 83.4 yards allowed per contest. The Sun Devils are third in the conference in scoring defense (18.4 ppg) and pass defense (196.6) and have held five of seven opponents to less than 20 points.

Series Notes

Cal and Arizona State are tied 14-14 in the all-time series between the clubs. But the Golden Bears have had their way in the series since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in Berkeley in 2002 with five wins in the last six meetings. The only Sun Devil win during the stretch was a 31-20 victory the last time the squads met in Tempe on Oct. 27, 2007. Cal won last year's meeting at Memorial Stadium, 24-14. Although Jahvid Best missed the contest with a dislocated elbow, Shane Vereen filled in the starting tailback and finished with 93 yards on a career-high 27 rushing attempts.

Gameday Features

Q&A: Arizona State in Detail

ASU Defense Presents Challenge

Cameron Jordan Video Feature

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