The last 6 regional cup football games have been played in Tucson

The last 6 regional cup football games have been played in Tucson

The Regional Cup—college football’s oldest rivalry—will wrap up its 96th annual meeting on Friday in Tucson.

While the Wildcats may own the all-time series lead at 49-45-1 going back to the competition’s inception in 1899, the Sun Devils have been the most favored team in recent years with a 15-7 record since the start of the millennium.

The latest push comes as both teams miss bowl season, with the Wildcats (4-7) hoping to finish 2022 calling it a turning point. For the Sun Devils (3-8), it is about research in an informal class where training research aims to renew feelings about the program.

Dating back to 2010, here’s a look at the last six Territory Cup football games played in Tucson:

2020: ASU 70, Arizona 7

It was December 11th, and due to the pandemic canceling much of the season — and the COVID-19 outbreak hitting ASU especially hard after starting the season late — the teams came in with an 0-6 record.

Arizona State returner DJ Taylor returned the opening kickoff for 100 yards and a score. Then a fumble after two Arizona plays from scrimmage led to another Sun Devil touchdown less than a minute into the game, and from there — just look at that score, man.

The Wildcats lost three more fumbles on the day and threw three interceptions among three running backs who played.

Sun Devils quarterback Jaden Daniels went 9 of 11 for 203 yards and two touchdowns, but ASU tried to keep the rushing explosion alive. Arizona State rushed 50 times for 259 yards (5.2 yards per carry), with Rashad White recording three scores and 133 yards.

None of the Sun Devils’ scoring drives were longer than seven plays.

The biggest result was Arizona firing head coach Kevin Sumlin hours after the loss to finish 0-5 on the year (the final game against Cal was canceled).

ASU won its final game of the year at Oregon State to finish 2-2.

2018: ASU 41, Arizona 40

The encounter between the two rivals in Old Pueblo was one of the greatest battles ever.

With Arizona trailing 40-21 in the fourth quarter, the game looked almost done and the Cup was slated to return to Tucson.

But the Sun Devils managed to score 20 unanswered points to take a one-point lead and set up the Wildcats with one last chance to kick a game-winning 45-yard field goal.

Unfortunately for Arizona, the kick sailed wide along with the team’s chances that season, as the loss brought the Wildcats’ record to 5-7 while the Sun Devils went 7-5 to the Las Vegas Bowl.

2016: Arizona 56, ASU 35

For those who may not remember, this can simply be described as a “running game”.

That’s because Arizona only completed three out of a whopping eight pass attempts in a game in which the Wildcats scored 56 points.

How can you ask?

In what was then-head coach Todd Graham’s last game in Tucson, the Sun Devils allowed an astonishing 515 yards on 46 attempts (11.2 per carry).

The Wildcats had three runners go 100+ yards that night: Brandon Dawkins (183), Samaji Grant (176) and Zach Green (126).

2014: Arizona 42, ASU 35

The 2014 Regional Cup had an additional element.

Because of UCLA’s loss to Stanford that day, the game ended up (unofficially) becoming the Pac-12 South “Championship Game”.

In what was a back-and-forth affair that featured such fan favorites as Arizona’s Scooby Wright and ASU’s DJ Foster, the Wildcats would eventually capture the only Pac-12 Championship game in school history.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were unable to beat the Oregon Ducks for the second time that season and fell to the runner-up spot in the College Football Playoff Tournament.

Arizona would then go on to face the Boise State Broncos in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

2012: ASU 41, Arizona 34

The 2012 edition marked the first meeting between former Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez and former ASU head coach Todd Graham.

In what was another provincial cup classic, the Sun Devils pulled off a come-from-behind victory thanks to two huge turnovers and a blocked close-header, all in the fourth quarter.

2010: ASU 30, Arizona 29

In what is arguably the craziest Territory Cup football game of the decade, Arizona pulled off a victory in the most unlikely of circumstances.

With 30 seconds left in the game and Arizona trailing 20-14, the Wildcats managed to get the tying score and sent the kicker to what was supposed to be a game-winning extra point.

Unfortunately for Alex Zendejas, his kick was blocked and forced into overtime between the two in-state archrivals.

But things are going to go from bad to worse for Zendejas and the Wildcats.

After an Arizona touchdown narrowed the Sun Devils’ lead to just one, ASU would claim victory by blocking another extra point.

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