Phoenix Area Sports
(Photos by Jacob M Cutler)
TEMPE, ARIZONA (November 21, 2015) The Territorial Cup, first played on Thanksgiving Day in 1899, is the nation’s oldest collegiate rivalry trophy and it is heading back to Tempe, AZ after the Arizona State University Sun Devils defeated their rival Arizona Wildcats by a score of 52-37 at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday November 21, 2015.
This was the 89th meeting between these schools. The Wildcats lead the series 48-40-1.
|Carrington skirts the sideline for a pick-six to seal the game.|
Last year, the Wildcats won the Pac-12 South when they hosted and defeated the Devils in Tucson. This year, a win for the Devils makes them bowl eligible for the fourth straight season under Coach Todd Graham.
Even though the score sounds like a blow-out, it was a much closer 38-30 game with less than seven minutes left, until two interceptions were run back for touchdowns by freshman Kareem Orr (Chattanooga, Tenn) and red-shirt senior Lloyd Carrington (Dallas, TX), giving the Devils 16 defensive touchdowns under Coach Graham, which is the most in the FBS since 2012.
The Player of the Game Award was given to senior WR Devin Lucien (Encino, CA). He caught nine passes for 190 yards and one touchdown.
Other notable performances came from sophomore Kalen Ballage (Peyton, CO) who rushed for a total of 110 yards. In the second quarter, a 65 yard run set up a one yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Mike Bercovici. Bercovici led the Devils with 315 yards passing, two touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown.
|Foster extends his streak to 51 games - Pac-12 record|
Scottsdale native DJ Foster rushed for 33 yards, one touchdown, and 14 yards receiving. This extends his streak of at least one reception to 51 games – a Pac-12 record. Foster is the only active FBS player to rush for over 2,000 yards and over 1,500 receiving in a career.
Sophomore Demario Richard (Palmdale, CA) rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown for the Devils before leaving the game due to injuring his ankle.
Red-shirt freshman Jalen Harvey caught the first pass of his collegiate career for the Devils which went for a 41 yard touchdown.
Zane Gonzales became the second All-Time leader in scoring for the Devils when he surpassed Thomas Weber’s 340 points by racking up a total of 10 points on the day giving him 348 in his career.
The Wildcats leading performances included an interception returned 21 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter by sophomore Cam Denson (Tucson, AZ). Red-shirt freshman quarterback Brandon Dawkins (Oxnard, CA) passed for 305 yards, 78 yards rushing, one touchdown run and two touchdown passes.
|21 yard pick-six by Denson puts Wildcats on board in Q2.|
The longest play of the year for the Wildcats came on a 95 yard touchdown pass to red-shirt junior Trey Griffey.
Senior kicker Casey Skowron (Phoenix, AZ) became the seventh All-Time Leading Scorer for the Wildcats, adding 13 points to his career total.
The Wildcats were bowl eligible coming into this game. It is the fourth-straight season under Coach Rich Rodriguez and the seventh time in the last eight years that the Wildcats will play in a bowl game.
This was the final regular season game for the Wildcats who are off next week prior to the bowl games.
The Devils travel to Berkely, CA to play the California Golden Bears on Saturday, Nov 28 for the final game of the regular season. The game time has been set to 8p.m. AZ time and will be covered by FoxSports1.