California nips Arizona State 23-21 on late kick

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Arizona State quarterback Danny Sullivan looks for an open receiver in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against California Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) By Paul Connors Arizona State quarterback Danny Sullivan looks for an open receiver in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against California Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) By Paul Connors

TEMPE -- Giorgio Tavecchio kicked a 24-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, and California rallied for a sloppy 23-21 victory over Arizona State on Saturday afternoon.

Tavecchio's kick capped an 11-play, 74-yard drive that began at Cal's 19 with 3:16 to go. Golden Bears quarterback Kevin Riley was 5-of-6 on that march, and he finished with 351 passing yards and two touchdowns.

The Golden Bears have won three straight.

It was an ugly, penalty-filled game, with two middle-of-the-Pac-10 teams combining for 23 penalties for 238 yards. They also had five turnovers.

Danny Sullivan passed for 244 yards and a touchdown for ASU, but he also threw two interceptions.

Tavecchio also connected from 25 and 51 yards.

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