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ASU football bounces back and knocks off No. 15 Cal 24-17

ASU defeated Cal, the Pac-12's lone undefeated team, for its first conference win of the season

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ASU freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) looks for an open receiver vs.​ Kent State on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.


On a short week, Sun Devil football traveled to Berkeley and knocked off the undefeated No. 15 California Golden Bears, 24-17. 

ASU's defense produced a bounce back performance after allowing 34 points to Colorado last week. The group took advantage of facing a backup quarterback for much of the game after Cal starter Chase Garbers left the game late in the first half with an apparent arm injury.

In addition to a second quarter interception from sophomore safety Aashari Crosswell, the Sun Devil defense held Cal to 245 total yards on the night.

Offensively, the Sun Devils' ground game led the way. 

Junior running back Eno Benjamin rushed for 100 yards and all three of ASU's touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels managed the game effectively and threw for 174 yards and rushed for 84 on 12 carries.

Daniels helped orchestrate a 15-play, 75-yard drive to give the Sun Devils a four point lead late in the fourth quarter. 

After a defensive stop, the Devils added some late insurance on a field goal from redshirt sophomore kicker Cristian Zendejas, who also missed two kicks.

After the bounce back performance, the Sun Devils enter their first bye week 4-1.  

ASU will host conference foe Washington State in Tempe on Oct. 12.


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