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Arizona State vs. Arizona: A history of the Territorial Cup

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
2015 Tempe 5-5 6-5

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