Cal coach Jeff Tedford said Tuesday that Kevin Riley will be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season unless he gets injured.

"Kevin is our starting quarterback and gives us the best chance to win," Tedford said. "We're not going to make a change there unless something unforeseen happens."

Riley, Cal's three-year starter, has not played well in recent weeks. He threw two costly interceptions during Saturday's 48-14 loss at USC and played poorly the week before against UCLA, but the Bears still won, 35-7.

Tedford elected to leave Riley in for the entire game against the Trojans, despite the fact Cal trailed 42-0 at halftime. He said backups Beau Sweeney and Brock Mansion aren't close to being at the same level as Riley.

"If they were close to being the best quarterback that we have on this football team then they would see time," Tedford said. "That's not the case. Kevin still does some very good things and gives us the best chance to win. Those guys aren't to his level right now."

  • Tedford became agitated at Tuesday's weekly news conference when a reporter asked how he would answer if fans ask how the team will come back from Saturday's shellacking. That was after an earlier question by the same reporter, who pointed out that Cal's Pac-10 record in recent years doesn't match the program's standard.

    "You want us to give up, is that what you want me to say?" Tedford said. "You keep probing at things like things are going in the wrong direction. We're not going to give up. You're not going to get that answer out of me. We're going to fight as hard as we can to play our best each and every week."

  • Riley hopes to draw on history for improved play Saturday against Arizona State. Riley had one of the best games of his career last year at ASU, throwing for 351 yards and two touchdowns and leading the Bears on a 74-yard game-winning scoring drive in the final minutes.

    "Anytime you have success like that in a clutch situation, you definitely feel positive about it. It felt good," Riley said.

  • One of the few -- and perhaps only -- bright spots against USC was the play of strong safety Chris Conte, who led the Bears with 16 tackles, tied for the second-most in a game by a Pac-10 player this season. It was also Conte's career-high and moved him into a tie for the team lead with 39.

    Conte also recorded 1½ tackles for loss and generally appeared to be sprinting all over the field in an attempt to make plays.

    "I don't think I've ever felt like that after a game before," Conte said. "The next day, I couldn't walk."

  • The Bears' offensive line has struggled with pass protection in each of the past two games, but Tedford said no changes will be made against the Sun Devils.

    Sophomore Matt Summers-Gavin, who started at left guard last season, is being used sparingly after missing training camp with a knee injury.

    "We will always consider that if someone is not playing well, then you have to evaluate that and make changes if needed," Tedford said. "This week, we're not. Against good people, you're going to get beat from time to time. You just hope people don't take turns. We have to play together, especially that group up front. It has to play as a unit."

    SATURDAY'S GAME
    Arizona State (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10) at Cal (3-3, 1-2), 12:30 p.m. CSNBA