The Arizona State Sun Devils begin the game driving 72 yards all the way up to Cal's 3-yard line, but ASU settled with Zane Gonzalez's 21-yard field goal. The California Golden Bears' first drive was similar, as it ended in nine plays, 47 yards with a 39-yard field goal from Matt Anderson.
ASU was forced to punt on its next drive, but Cal receiver Kanawai Noa muffed the punt, giving up the ball to ASU's Marcus Ball on the Golden Bears' 10. The Sun Devils capitalized with Devin Lucien's 9-yard touchdown reception courtesy of quarterback Mike Bercovici.
While quarterback Jared Goff and the Cal offense were still starting slowly, Lucien continued his onslaught with two more touchdowns from Bercovici — one for 3 yards and another for 36. After Lucien's third touchdown,
The Golden Bears finally found the endzone when Goff threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Treggs.
In ASU's third possession of the third quarter, backup quarterback Manny Wilkins came in on one play and ran 25 yards, bringing the Sun Devils to Cal's 6-yard line. ASU passed on three consecutive plays and was forced to settle for another Gonzalez field goal to boost the lead to 13 points.
Cal quickly responded by marching up the field in six plays that ended with Goff's 16-yard touchdown pass to Chad Hansen, cutting ASU's lead to 30-24 in the middle of the third quarter.
That set up the theme of the third quarter. As ASU settled for another Gonzalez field goal — this time from 31 yards out — Cal worked together another seamless drive on offense, as Goff heated up and found Maurice Harris for a 9-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 33-31. As the third quarter expired, the Sun Devil offense looked confused and discombobulated while the entire Golden Bears bench rode all of the game's momentum.
It eventually became a battle of Goff vs. Gonzalez. Even as ASU's offense, Gonzalez continued to shine as his fifth field goal of the night put ASU 36-31. It still wasn't enough to cool down Goff, as he threw a pass to Khalf Muhammad on a play that went 58 yards for a touchdown. Gonzalez responded with his sixth field goal — from 22 yards out — to put ASU up 39-37. Of course, Goff countered with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Darius Powe to give Cal a six-point lead with six minutes left in the fourth quarter.
With under three minutes to go, ASU saved the best drive of the second half for late in the game, moving 76 yards in nine plays as Mike Bercovici found Raymond Epps for a 4-yard touchdown despite a broken screen play.
Using up all of its time, Cal quickly got into field goal range and got as close to ASU's 9-yard line. Anderson set up for a 27-yard field goal and made it to give Cal the win, 48-46.