Halftime: California 26, Arizona State 3

October, 23, 2010
10/23/10
5:12
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California is just a different team at home.

The Bears are dominating Arizona State 26-3 at halftime and appear to be on their way to their fourth win in four home games this season.

Just FYI: The Bears have three remaining home games, including a Nov. 13 visit from No. 2 Oregon.

QB Kevin Riley? He's 15 of 22 for 184 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. He just missed a third TD pass at the end of the second quarter.

Not to quote myself or anything that self-absorbed, but I wrote this earlier this week:

When Riley is on target, the Bears roll. In the victories against UC Davis, Colorado and UCLA, he completed 63 percent of his passes for 538 yards, with eight touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 182.65. In three losses to Nevada, Arizona and USC, Riley completed 55.4 percent of his throws for 586 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 106.66.


The Bears look nothing like the team that got trounced 48-14 at USC a week ago. They look like the team that whipped UCLA 35-7.

That, of course, is part of the problem. Cal can look a lot of different ways. Just not consistent -- one way or the other.

Meanwhile, Arizona State is showing some signs of road wear. The Sun Devils have played four of their past five games -- and three in a row -- on the road. And they haven't won at Cal since 1997.

The offense is out of sorts, and Riley and RB Shane Vereen are having their way with the defense. The Bears have outgained the Sun Devils 252 yards to 167.

QB Steven Threet threw two first-half interceptions, giving him 13 for the season, which is worst in the Pac-10 by a wide margin.

Ted Miller | email

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