It would be foolish to pretend this year’s matchup carries as much weight as a year ago.
After all, when last these teams met on the field, the ASU Sun Devils and UA Wildcats were top-15 teams who, unbeknownst to them when the game began, were playing for the Pac-12 South title.
This year, neither team is ranked, as each is hoping to salvage a disappointing season with a big rivalry game victory.
The Sun Devils enter the game 5-5 (3-4 in Pac-12) looking to reach bowl eligibility, while the Wildcats (6-5, 3-5) are just hoping to improve their postseason standing.
But of course, there’s more than that on the line in a series the Wildcats lead 48-39-1.
The winner of this game will claim the oldest trophy in college football along with the all-important bragging rights that come with it.
As we get closer to Saturday’s contest, here’s a little thumbnail history of what this heated rivalry game has looked like since the two schools joined the Pac-10 in 1978.
|Year||Site||ASU Record||UA Record||Score||Details|
|1978||Tucson||7-3||5-5||ASU 18-17||Sun Devils win 4th straight in rivalry|
|1979||Tempe||6-4||5-4-1||UA 27-24||Brent Weber makes last-second field goal to lift Wildcats|
|1980||Tucson||6-4||5-5||ASU 44-7||ASU stormed to 31-0 halftime lead|
|1981||Tempe||8-2 (#18)||6-4||ASU 24-13||Teams combine for 10 turnovers in rain-soaked game|
|1982||Tucson||9-1 (#6)||5-4-1||UA 28-18||Wildcats knock ASU out of Rose Bowl|
|1983||Tempe||6-3-1||6-3-1||UA 17-15||UA’s Max Zendejas kicks GW 45-yard field goal as time expires|
|1984||Tucson||5-5||6-4||UA 16-10||Max Zendejas kicks three field goals, including a 52-yarder|
|1985||Tempe||8-2||7-3||UA 16-13||Max Zendejas’ 32-yd FG keeps ASU out of the Rose Bowl again|
|1986||Tucson||9-0-1 (#4)||7-2 (#14)||UA 34-17||Wildcats ruin ASU’s undefeated season|
|1987||Tempe||6-4||4-4-2||Tie 24-24||Dick Tomey ops to kick FG for tie; Wildcats end season with three ties|
|1988||Tucson||6-4||6-4||UA 28-18||Ronald Veal hits Derek Hill on a 55-yard Hail Mary TD pass on last play of first half|
|1989||Tempe||6-3-1||6-4||UA 28-10||Sun Devils take field in all gold uniforms|
|1990||Tucson||4-5||6-4||UA 21-17||Bobby Roland preserves win by intercepting Paul Justin at UA 4-yard line with :30 left|
|1991||Tempe||5-5||4-6||ASU 37-14||“The Streak” ends at 9; Larry Marmie’s final game as ASU coach|
|1992||Tucson||5-5||6-3-1 (#16)||ASU 7-6||Kevin Galbreath’s 51-yd TD run in 4th qtr gives ASU win|
|1993||Tempe||6-4||8-2 (#19)||UA 34-20||Dan White throws three second-half touchdowns|
|1994||Tucson||3-7||7-3||UA 28-27||Wildcats rally from 27-15 deficit in fourth quarter; Jon Baker misses last-second field goal|
|1995||Tempe||6-4||5-5||UA 31-28||Wildcats score 17 unanswered points in fourth quarter; Jon Prasuhn’s last-second field goal wins it|
|1996||Tucson||10-0 (#4)||5-5||ASU 56-14||ASU completes perfect regular season|
|1997||Tempe||8-2 (#17)||5-5||UA 28-16||Ortege Jenkins throws three first-half TD passes|
|1998||Tucson||5-5||10-1 (#7)||UA 50-42||Trung Canidate runs for 288 yards and 3 TDs|
|1999||Tempe||5-5||5-5||ASU 42-27||Backfield tandem of J.R. Redmond and Delvon Flowers leads ASU to 226 rushing yards|
|2000||Tucson||5-5||5-5||ASU 30-17||Sun Devils force three turnovers; Terrell Suggs scores def. TD; Mike Barth scores on fake FG|
|2001||Tempe||4-6||4-6||UA 34-21||Wildcats take 20-0 lead after first quarter; Clarence Farmer 158 yards rushing and one TD|
|2002||Tucson||7-5||4-7||ASU 34-20||Mike Williams runs for 162 yards and four TDs|
|2003||Tempe||4-7||2-9||ASU 28-7||Andrew Walter throws for 281 yards and three touchdowns|
|2004||Tucson||8-2 (#18)||2-8||UA 34-27||Richard Kovalchek throws for three scores, ASU commits five turnovers|
|2005||Tempe||5-5||3-7||ASU 23-20||Terry Richardson 71-yard punt return TD; Jess Ainsworth kicks GW 20-yard FG with :09 left|
|2006||Tucson||6-5||6-5||ASU 28-14||Rudy Carpenter throws three TD passes; Wildcats gain only 168 total yards|
|2007||Tempe||9-2 (#13)||5-6||ASU 20-17||Rudy Carpenter throws two touchdown passes|
|2008||Tucson||5-6||6-5||UA 31-10||Willie Tuitama throws for 284 yards and two scores; ASU only 162 total yards|
|2009||Tempe||4-7||7-4||UA 20-17||Kyle Williams muffs fourth-quarter punt; Alex Zendejas kicks GW FG with no time left|
|2010||Tucson||5-6||7-4||ASU 30-29 (2OT)||James Brooks blocks two extra points to preserve ASU win|
|2011||Tempe||6-4||2-8||UA 31-27||Backup QB Bryson Beirne hits Juron Criner on GW TD with 5:18 left|
|2012||Tucson||6-5||7-4||ASU 41-34||Sun Devils explode for 24 points in the fourth quarter|
|2013||Tempe||9-2 (#13)||7-4||ASU 58-21||D.J. Foster runs for 124 yards and 2 TDs, Jaelen Strong tallies 142 receiving yards and a TD|
|2014||Tucson||9-2 (#13)||9-2 (#11)||UA 42-35||Nick Wilson runs for 178 yards and three TDs as the Wildcats win the game and the Pac-12 South|
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