ASU Beats UA to Take Back Territorial Cup: The Finer Points

As you may know, or should know, Arizona State University beat the University of Arizona on Friday to win back college football's oldest trophy, by a score of 41-34.

Since you probably either saw the game, or heard about it, we'll give you some of the finer points you may have missed:

  • You can watch the game over and over again (or for the first time).

If you're the kind of person who spent Friday afternoon watching the DVR replay you have saved of the 2010 game, just waiting several hours to watch James Brooks block Alex Zendejas' extra point in double-overtime to win it for ASU, this might be an option for you. Or, if you haven't seen the game yet (31 total points in the fourth quarter!), you can still do that. Caveat: you have to have cable, or something. Click here for the replay.

  • These guys.

  • This guy.

  • Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell won't have to make an ass of himself.

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, an ASU alumnus, made a bet with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild last week, that forces the loser to buy lunch in the opposing city, while wearing the opposing school's football jersey. Also, the loser would have to buy beer. Now that hindsight's 20/20, that was a good gamble.

  • Stop asking Will Sutton about what Will Sutton is going to do.

Today, junior defensive lineman Will Sutton was named the PAC-12 player of the year. Yes, he's an animal. He's also told everyone and their mother that he isn't ready to say whether he's coming back for his senior season. So, let's rely on the next-best options: speculation, and Mel Kiper Jr., of Mel Kiper Enterprises:


"First of all, he's a young guy. He's had a great year. He's been a very difficult player to block in the interior. He gets exceptional leverage at the point of attack. He plays with high energy. Very good athlete. Quick feet. Hard worker. He's only a junior and has another year if he wants it. The thing is he's not that big, 6-1, 280. With another year at ASU, he's a guy that just gets the job young. He's one of the best collegiate DTs in the country. He just doesn't have ideal size. He will play in the NFL."

[ESPN chat, October 17]

  • UA still owns all the cool records.

Despite this year's victory, A-State doesn't own any of the three cool records in the Territorial Cup -- the overall series record, the biggest win, or the longest win streak. Was ASU even really a school when it won two of 22 games between 1899 and 1948?

  • "Blood, sweat, and tears" seems like false advertising.

If you've seen an ASU football game on TV this year, you've no doubt seen this commercial. Coach Todd Graham's determination comes through "blood, sweat, and tears," he says. Let's assume there were some tears shed this year. There was still very little profuse bleeding. Like, hardly any blood at all. There was plenty of sweat, though. Everyone's sweating. More blood, coach.

  • Fine, here's the highlight reel.

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Matthew Hendley
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