Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Nate Longshore tossed four first-half touchdown passes to lead 21st-ranked California to a 49-21 thumping of No.22 Arizona State in the Pac 10 opener for both teams at Memorial Stadium. Longshore completed 18-of-26 passes for 270 yards with an interception, and Marshawn Lynch rushed 17 times for 124 yards. Lynch also caught a touchdown and DeSean Jackson hauled in four passes for 67 yards and a score, while also returning a punt 80 yards for a touchdown for the Golden Bears (3-1, 1-0 Pac 10), who have now won their last three games following a season-opening loss to Tennessee. Rudy Carpenter connected on just 16-of-35 tosses for 177 and two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for scores by the
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 7-0 lead just over four minutes into the contest as they took the opening possession of the game and marched 76 yards in 12 plays. Carpenter connected with Torain from nine yards out to cap the drive.
The two teams have now split their 26 all-time meetings 13-13, with Cal winning the last four contests...The Golden Bears are now 4-1 in Pac 10 openers under head coach Jeff Tedford...Both schools hit the road next week with Cal traveling to Oregon for a showdown with the Ducks, and ASU taking on Oregon State.