TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Sun Devils to a 35-21 win against visiting Cal Poly during a nonconference football game Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
Cal Poly, playing an active member of the Pac-12 Conference for the first time in school history, fell behind 21-7 in the second quarter. The Mustangs (1-1) showed some resiliency and responded with two touchdowns to tie the score and keep things close going into the final period.
How it happened: With the score tied at 21, Bercovici led a five-play, 46-yard scoring drive to put the Sun Devils ahead 28-21 with less than eight minutes remaining.
Bercovici, who finished 23 of 35 passing for 283 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, connected with tight end Kody Kohl on a 10-yard scoring strike.
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Despite blanket coverage from Cal Poly safety B.J. Nard, Kohl caught a touchdown for the fifth time in his past six games going back to last season.
Turning point: With less than three minutes to go, Arizona State wide receiver Tim White slashed the Cal Poly defense for a 59-yard gain down to the Mustangs' 5-yard line.
Bercovici threw a touchdown pass to White on the ensuing play to put the Sun Devils comfortably ahead 35-21.
The touchdown capped a five-play, 86-yard drive after Cal Poly punted from the Arizona State 46-yard line on its previous possession.
What it means: Cal Poly is now winless in four trips to Tempe, the last coming in 1947. Head coach Tim Walsh dropped to 0-6 all-time against teams from the Pac-12, though the previous five games were during his coaching tenure at Portland State.
Up next: Cal Poly returns to San Luis Obispo for its home opener against Northern Iowa at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Panthers (1-1) picked up their first win of the season Saturday by defeating Eastern Washington, 38-35. Northern Iowa lost its season opener 31-7 at Iowa State.