BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California's offense got off to a slow start and the defense struggled to finish for a third straight game. Three big plays by Ashtyn Davis in between helped tilt things in the Golden Bears' favor.
Davis scored on an 89-yard kickoff return, made his second interception of the season to set up another score, then chased down a receiver from behind to prevent a touchdown as Cal overcame a sluggish start and beat FCS-level Idaho State 45-23 on Saturday.
"Ashtyn's gotten better and better since he's been playing a lot for us last year until now," Bears coach Justin Wilcox said. "He plays fearless. He's a talented athlete and getting better and better as a player. It's nice to see him make those (plays)."