TEMPE, Ariz. – C.J. Anderson scored three touchdowns, Isi Sofele ran for 145 yards and another score and California ended the regular season with a 47-38 win over Arizona State Friday night.
Anderson scored on two runs and a 74-yard catch, and Giorgio Tavecchio hit four field goals to help Cal (7-5, 4-5) ensure its ninth winning season in 10 years.
Zach Maynard threw for 237 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as the bowl-bound Bears racked up 484 yards.
Arizona State (6-6, 4-5) lost its chance of winning the Pac-12 South earlier in the day and may have put coach Dennis Erickson’s job in jeopardy with its fourth straight loss.
Cameron Marshall ran for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but had a big fumble in the fourth quarter for the Sun Devils.
Brock Osweiler threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
Cal had been going the opposite direction as Arizona State.
The Bears came in with two wins in three games, the loss a tight one against No. 8 Stanford last week in a soggy Big Game. Bowl-eligible for the eighth time in nine seasons, Cal was looking for another win to secure a winning record and a better postseason slot.
Cal did just that by keeping Arizona State’s defense off-balance, complementing Maynard’s passing by running for 247 yards.