Arizona–Arizona State football rivalry
|The Territorial Cup|
|Series record||Arizona leads 47-39-1 (.546)|
|First meeting||November 30, 1899
; 115 years ago|
Arizona Normal 11, Arizona 2
|Last meeting||November 30, 2013
Arizona State 58, Arizona 21
|Next meeting||November 28, 2014 in Tucson|
|Largest win||Arizona: 67–0 (1946)
Arizona State: 61–14 (1951),
and 47–0 (1958)
|Longest win streak||Arizona: 11 (1932–1948)
Arizona State: 9 (1965–1973)
|Current win streak||Arizona State: 2 (2012–2013)|
The Arizona–Arizona State football rivalry, sometimes known as the Duel in the Desert, is a college football rivalry between the University of Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State University Sun Devils. The winner receives the Territorial Cup, which the NCAA has certified as the oldest rivalry trophy in college football. The two schools first played in 1899, and the game now continues annually as a Pacific-12 Conference match-up. It is part of the wider Arizona–Arizona State rivalry, which crosses 20 varsity intercollegiate sports.
The rivalry dates to 1899, when the University of Arizona in Tucson played the Normal School of Arizona in Tempe – which later evolved into Arizona State University – as part of the Arizona Territorial Football League Championship. The championship was a four-way series that also included Phoenix Union High School and Phoenix Indian School. Arizona and the Normal School met on November 30, 1899 for a Thanksgiving Day match at Carrillo Gardens Field in Tucson. Contemporary newspaper stories indicate that this was the first game for the University squad, while the Normal team was comparatively more experienced and better trained. The event drew 300 enthusiastic fans and was followed by a post-game Thanksgiving celebration for both teams hosted by the University. The "Normals", as they were called, won the game 11-2; as they had previously defeated the other schools, they were declared champions and received the Territorial Cup.
The two teams played each other sporadically for the next decades, and have played almost every year since 1925. The rivalry became particularly heated in the late 1950s amid the political contention over turning Arizona State College into an official university, a change opposed by the University of Arizona and many of its alumni. In 1958, the year the measure was to be put to a statewide vote, Arizona State defeated Arizona 47–0. The blowout win was a major point of pride for Arizona State, which became a university later that year.
Another notably heated game came in 1968. The contest was expected to decide which team would go on to the Sun Bowl, but before the game, Arizona coach Darrell Mudra issued an ultimatum to the Sun Bowl committee that his team would not play in the bowl unless they were selected regardless of who won. The committee chose Arizona, who promptly lost to Arizona State by a score of 30-7 in what became known as the "Ultimatum Bowl". The events led to the creation of the Fiesta Bowl as a default bowl for Arizona State should they receive no other bids; the Fiesta Bowl went on to become part of the highly lucrative Bowl Championship Series.
In the modern era of the game, it has often been played on the day after Thanksgiving. It has most recently been scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving to accommodate network television coverage. Starting with the 2009-2010 school year, State Farm became the presenting sponsor for the State Farm Territorial Cup Series. This series encompasses each of the 20 varsity intercollegiate sports that Arizona and Arizona State compete head to head in. Each sport is worth 1 point in the year long competition. The school that wins the most head to head competitions is awarded the new Territorial Cup Series Trophy. Arizona leads the Series 3-2.
Each year's winner receives the Territorial Cup, a traveling trophy. The trophy was originally used in 1899 for the series that involved the teams' first ever meeting. As the Normal School won all three of its games, it was declared champion and awarded the trophy. The cup's name refers to the fact that Arizona was a U.S. territory at the time; it became a state in 1912.
After the tournament the trophy's whereabouts were unknown until 1980 when it was rediscovered in the basement of a church adjacent to Arizona State's campus. The cup was put on display in the Alumni Association headquarters and then the University Archives. It was later authenticated as the original cup by the NCAA, making it the oldest rivalry game trophy in college football.
In 2000, Arizona contacted Arizona State about displaying the cup on their campus. The following year, then ASU President Lattie Coor ordered that the Territorial Cup be shared as a traveling trophy, to be displayed by each year's winner. Coor and then UA President Peter Likins signed a protocol governing the cup's use and care. Each year the tradition is celebrated at a pre-game reception for boosters. A replica version was also made and is the trophy presented to the winner after the game.
The cup is silver plate over Britannia base metal and was manufactured by Reed and Barton of Taunton, Massachusetts. It was a standard style priced at $20 ($462.05 in 2010 dollars) in Reed and Barton's 1910 catalog. The inscription reads "Arizona Foot Ball League Championship 1899 Normal".
Arizona leads the series 47–39-1, which includes a 20–2 start for Arizona from 1899 to 1948. Arizona State University was previously known as the Normal School of Arizona (1899–1901), Tempe Normal School (1901–1925), Tempe State Teacher's College (1925–1928), Arizona State Teacher's College (1928–1945), and Arizona State College (1945-1958). Arizona State did not come under the control and patronage of the state's Board of Regents until 1945 and the teams did not play each other every year until 1946. Since that time, Arizona State leads the series 37-30-1.
Similarly, since Arizona State became a university in 1958, Arizona State leads the series 31–24-1. Since both teams moved from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pacific-12 Conference, Arizona leads the series 19-16-1. #12 Arizona State won the latest match-up, defeating the Wildcats 58–21 on November 30, 2013 in Tempe.
Arizona victories are colored ██ blue and Arizona State victories are colored ██ maroon. Ties are white.
|All Time Results|
|1899||Arizona State 11||Arizona 2||Tucson|
|1902||Arizona 12||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1914||Arizona 34||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1915||Arizona 7||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1919||Arizona 59||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1925||Arizona 13||Arizona State 3||Tucson|
|1926||Arizona 35||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1928||Arizona 39||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1929||Arizona 26||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1930||Arizona 6||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1931||Arizona State 19||Arizona 6||Tempe|
|1932||Arizona 20||Arizona State 6||Tucson|
|1933||Arizona 26||Arizona State 7||Tempe|
|1934||Arizona 32||Arizona State 6||Tucson|
|1935||Arizona 26||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1936||Arizona 18||Arizona State 0||Tempe|
|1937||Arizona 20||Arizona State 6||Tucson|
|1941||Arizona 20||Arizona State 7||Tempe|
|1942||Arizona 23||Arizona State 0||Tempe|
|1946||Arizona 67||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1947||Arizona 26||Arizona State 13||Tempe|
|1948||Arizona 33||Arizona State 21||Tucson|
|1949||Arizona State 34||Arizona 7||Tempe|
|1950||Arizona State 47||Arizona 13||Tucson|
|1951||Arizona State 61||Arizona 14||Tempe|
|1952||Arizona State 20||Arizona 18||Tucson|
|1953||Arizona 35||Arizona State 0||Tempe|
|1954||Arizona 54||Arizona State 14||Tucson|
|1955||Arizona 7||Arizona State 6||Tempe|
|1956||Arizona State 20||Arizona 0||Tucson|
|1957||Arizona State 47||Arizona 7||Tempe|
|1958||Arizona State 47||Arizona 0||Tucson|
|1959||Arizona State 15||Arizona 9||Tempe|
|1960||Arizona 35||Arizona State 7||Tucson|
|1961||Arizona 22||Arizona State 13||Tempe|
|1962||Arizona 20||Arizona State 17||Tucson|
|1963||Arizona State 35||Arizona 6||Tempe|
|1964||Arizona 30||Arizona State 6||Tucson|
|1965||Arizona State 14||Arizona 6||Tempe|
|1966||Arizona State 20||Arizona 17||Tucson|
|1967||Arizona State 47||Arizona 7||Tempe|
|1968||Arizona State 30||Arizona 7||Tucson|
|1969||Arizona State 38||Arizona 24||Tempe|
|1970||Arizona State 10||Arizona 6||Tucson|
|1971||Arizona State 31||Arizona 0||Tempe|
|1972||Arizona State 38||Arizona 21||Tucson|
|1973||Arizona State 55||Arizona 19||Tempe|
|1974||Arizona 10||Arizona State 0||Tucson|
|1975||Arizona State 24||Arizona 21||Tempe|
|1976||Arizona State 27||Arizona 10||Tucson|
|1977||Arizona State 23||Arizona 7||Tempe|
|1978||Arizona State 18||Arizona 17||Tucson|
|1979||Arizona 27||Arizona State 24||Tempe|
|1980||Arizona State 44||Arizona 7||Tucson|
|1981||Arizona State 24||Arizona 13||Tempe|
|1982||Arizona 28||Arizona State 18||Tucson|
|1983||Arizona 17||Arizona State 15||Tempe|
|1984||Arizona 16||Arizona State 10||Tucson|
|1985||Arizona 16||Arizona State 13||Tempe|
|1986||Arizona 34||Arizona State 17||Tucson|
|1988||Arizona 28||Arizona State 18||Tucson|
|1989||Arizona 28||Arizona State 10||Tempe|
|1990||Arizona 21||Arizona State 17||Tucson|
|1991||Arizona State 37||Arizona 14||Tempe|
|1992||Arizona State 7||Arizona 6||Tucson|
|1993||Arizona 34||Arizona State 20||Tempe|
|1994||Arizona 28||Arizona State 27||Tucson|
|1995||Arizona 31||Arizona State 28||Tempe|
|1996||Arizona State 56||Arizona 14||Tucson|
|1997||Arizona 28||Arizona State 16||Tempe|
|1998||#7 Arizona 50||Arizona State 42||Tucson|
|1999||Arizona State 42||Arizona 27||Tempe|
|2000||Arizona State 30||Arizona 17||Tucson|
|2001||Arizona 34||Arizona State 21||Tempe|
|2002||Arizona State 34||Arizona 20||Tucson|
|2003||Arizona State 28||Arizona 7||Tempe|
|2004||Arizona 34||#18 Arizona State 27||Tucson|
|2005||Arizona State 23||Arizona 20||Tempe|
|2006||Arizona State 28||Arizona 14||Tucson|
|2007||#13 Arizona State 20||Arizona 17||Tempe|
|2008||Arizona 31||Arizona State 10||Tucson|
|2009||Arizona 20||Arizona State 17||Tempe|
|2010||Arizona State 30||Arizona 29||Tucson|
|2011||Arizona 31||Arizona State 27||Tempe|
|2012||Arizona State 41||#24 Arizona 34||Tucson|
|2013||#12 Arizona State 58||Arizona 21||Tempe|
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