Cal-Arizona State: Kevin Riley Doing His Best To Keep Both Teams in It

WarderroCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2009

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Kevin Riley #13 of the California Golden Bears passes against the Washington State Cougars at California Memorial Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Bears looked to run away with this contest early, thanks to the sharp throwing of Kevin Riley, who connected on some nice deep balls and threw scores to Marvin Jones and Jahvid Best. 14-0 Cal early.

No problems, right? Wrong 

The Sun Devils, who have been marred with untimely penalties this whole afternoon, have made a game of it...thanks to Kevin Riley.

Cal's signal caller turned it over inside the Bear's five yard line—his second lost fumble of the game and third overall in the first half—allowing a sluggish Arizona State offense to score easily. It came on the heals of a Sun Devil fumble deep in Bear territory.

This game should eerily remind Cal fans of 2007's trip to Tempe, when the Bears were up 20-7 early and were blanked the entire second half.

Like most of their victories, the Blue and Gold are making contests unnecessarily close today with sloppy play after quick starts.

Cal has gotten off to starts of 14-0 twice now in Pac-10 play, as well as a 35-3 lead against Washington State—only to see opponents rattle off points in bunches.

Can the Bears ever keep their foot on the gas pedal? Stay tuned.