Author’s note: This piece was originally written before the 2012 Territorial Cup game. However, given the fact that I wasn’t terribly fond of how that one went, nothing on my list has changed.
When tasked with putting together a list of my favorite Territorial Cup rivalry memories, I did so with a caveat: I began my college career in 2002, and it was at that moment I became an Arizona Wildcat fan. Nothing before that really mattered to me, so unlike my colleague Vince Marotta, I do not have nearly as many games to choose from. So note that I cannot really count some of Arizona’s big wins, including the 1982 victory over No. 6 ASU or the 1986 win over the fourth-ranked and then-undefeated Sun Devils.
I can’t even claim the streak.
However, that does not mean I’ve been unable to enjoy the rivalry, as it has given me some incredible memories.
1. 2011: Arizona 31, ASU 27
There are few things better than beating Arizona State, especially when that win makes up 25 percent of Arizona’s victory total. That the Wildcats knocked off the bowl-bound Sun Devils – in their own building — was just the icing on the cake.