Arizona–Arizona State football rivalry

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Arizona–Arizona State football rivalry
First meeting November 30, 1899
Arizona State 11, Arizona 2[1]
Latest meeting November 21, 2015
Arizona State 52, Arizona 37
Next meeting November 25, 2016 (@ Tucson)
Trophy Territorial Cup
Statistics
Meetings total 89
All-time series Arizona leads, 48–40–1
Largest victory Arizona: 67–0 (1946)
Longest streak Arizona: 11 (1932–48)

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. Though not one of the longest football rivalries, the winner receives the Territorial Cup, created for their 1899 matchup and which the NCAA has certified as the oldest rivalry trophy in college football.[2] While the Territorial Cup did not change hands as a regular part of the competition until 2001, the rivalry between the two schools continued after 1899, a semi-regular event until becoming an annual event from 1946 onwards. It is part of the wider Arizona–Arizona State rivalry, which crosses 20 varsity intercollegiate sports.

History[edit]

Arizona Arizona State
Location Tucson Tempe
Students 40,621 50,246
School Colors Cardinal & Blue Maroon & Gold
Mascot Wildcats Sun Devils

Football National Titles

  • Arizona - 0
  • Arizona State - 0

Football Conference Championships

  • Arizona - 6 (1935, 1936, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993) [3]
  • Arizona State - 17 (1931, 1939, 1940, 1952, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1986, 1996, 2007)[4]

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[5] – 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.[6]

The two teams played each other sporadically for the next decades, and have played almost every year beginning in 1925 (when Arizona State became a four year college). 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.[7]

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 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; it went on to become part of the highly lucrative Bowl Championship Series[7] and is now part of the College Football Playoff system.

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. The universities are tied in the Series at 3-3.

Territorial Cup[edit]

In 1899, and continuously since 2001, 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.[8] 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.[9] It was later authenticated as the original cup by the NCAA, making it the oldest rivalry game trophy in college football.[2]

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.[9][10]

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".[10]

Series history[edit]

Arizona leads the series 48–40–1, 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 (1901–25), Tempe State Teacher's College (1925–28), Arizona State Teacher's College (1928–45), and Arizona State College (1945–58).[5][11] 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 38–31–1.

Similarly, since Arizona State became a university in 1958, Arizona State leads the series 32–25–1. Since both teams moved from the Western Athletic Conference to what is now the Pac-12, Arizona leads the series 20–17–1. Arizona State won the latest match-up, defeating the Wildcats 52–37 on November 21, 2015 in Tempe.

Series statistics[edit]

Statistic Arizona Arizona State
Games played 90
Wins 48 40
Home wins 30 21
Road wins 18 19
Neutral site wins 0 0
Total points scored in the series 2623 1702
Most points scored in a game by one team 67 (1892) 58 (2013)
Most points scored in a game by both teams 92 (2013 – IU 56, PU 36)
Fewest points scored in a game by both teams 0 (1916 & 1925 – PU 0, IU 0)
Fewest points scored in a game by one team in a win 1 (1894) 3 (1921, 1923, 1940)
Most points scored in a game by one team in a loss 36 (2013) 35(2012)
Largest margin of victory 67 (1892) 37 (1988)
Smallest margin of victory 1 (1894, 1939, 1980, 1983, 1989)      1 (1930)     
Longest winning streak 11 (1948 to 1957) 8 (1944 to 1947)

Game results[edit]

Arizona victories Arizona State victories Tie games
# Date Location Winning team Losing team Series
1 1899 Tucson Arizona State 11 Arizona 2 Arizona State 1–0
2 1902 Tucson Arizona 12 Arizona State 0 Tied 1–1
3 1914 Tucson Arizona 34 Arizona State 0 Arizona 2–1
4 1915 Tucson Arizona 7 Arizona State 0 Arizona 3–1
5 1919 Tucson Arizona 59 Arizona State 0 Arizona 4–1
6 1925 Tucson Arizona 13 Arizona State 3 Arizona 5–1
7 1926 Tucson Arizona 35 Arizona State 0 Arizona 6–1
8 1928 Tucson Arizona 39 Arizona State 0 Arizona 7–1
9 1929 Tucson Arizona 26 Arizona State 0 Arizona 8–1
10 1930 Tucson Arizona 6 Arizona State 0 Arizona 9–1
11 1931 Tempe Arizona State 19 Arizona 6 Arizona 9–2
12 1932 Tucson Arizona 20 Arizona State 6 Arizona 10–2
13 1933 Tempe Arizona 26 Arizona State 7 Arizona 11–2
14 1934 Tucson Arizona 32 Arizona State 6 Arizona 12–2
15 1935 Tucson Arizona 26 Arizona State 0 Arizona 13–2
16 1936 Tempe Arizona 18 Arizona State 0 Arizona 14–2
17 1937 Tucson Arizona 20 Arizona State 6 Arizona 15–2
18 1941 Tempe Arizona 20 Arizona State 7 Arizona 16–2
19 1942 Tempe Arizona 23 Arizona State 0 Arizona 17–2
20 1946 Tucson Arizona 67 Arizona State 0 Arizona 18–2
21 1947 Tempe Arizona 26 Arizona State 13 Arizona 19–2
22 1948 Tucson Arizona 33 Arizona State 21 Arizona 20–2
23 1949 Tempe Arizona State 34 Arizona 7 Arizona 20–3
24 1950 Tucson Arizona State 47 Arizona 13 Arizona 20–4
25 1951 Tempe Arizona State 61 Arizona 14 Arizona 20–5
26 1952 Tucson Arizona State 20 Arizona 18 Arizona 20–6
27 1953 Tempe Arizona 35 Arizona State 0 Arizona 21–6
28 1954 Tucson Arizona 54 Arizona State 14 Arizona 22–6
29 1955 Tempe Arizona 7 Arizona State 6 Arizona 23–6
30 1956 Tucson Arizona State 20 Arizona 0 Arizona 23–7
31 1957 Tempe Arizona State 47 Arizona 7 Arizona 23–8
32 1958 Tucson Arizona State 47 Arizona 0 Arizona 23–9
33 1959 Tempe Arizona State 15 Arizona 9 Arizona 23–10
34 1960 Tucson Arizona 35 Arizona State 7 Arizona 24–10
35 1961 Tempe Arizona 22 Arizona State 13 Arizona 25–10
36 1962 Tucson Arizona 20 Arizona State 17 Arizona 26–10
37 1963 Tempe Arizona State 35 Arizona 6 Arizona 26–11
38 1964 Tucson Arizona 30 Arizona State 6 Arizona 27–11
39 1965 Tempe Arizona State 14 Arizona 6 Arizona 27–12
40 1966 Tucson Arizona State 20 Arizona 17 Arizona 27–13
41 1967 Tempe Arizona State 47 Arizona 7 Arizona 27–14
42 1968 Tucson Arizona State 30 Arizona 7 Arizona 27–15
43 1969 Tempe Arizona State 38 Arizona 24 Arizona 27–16
44 1970 Tucson #9 Arizona State 10 Arizona 6 Arizona 27–17
45 1971 Tempe Arizona State 31 Arizona 0 Arizona 27–18
46 1972 Tucson Arizona State 38 Arizona 21 Arizona 27–19
47 1973 Tempe Arizona State 55 Arizona 19 Arizona 27–20
48 1974 Tucson Arizona 10 Arizona State 0 Arizona 28–20
49 1975 Tempe #8 Arizona State 24 #12 Arizona 21 Arizona 28–21
50 1976 Tucson Arizona State 27 Arizona 10 Arizona 28–22
51 1977 Tempe Arizona State 23 Arizona 7 Arizona 28–23
52 1978 Tucson Arizona State 18 Arizona 17 Arizona 28–24
53 1979 Tempe Arizona 27 Arizona State 24 Arizona 29–24
54 1980 Tucson Arizona State 44 Arizona 7 Arizona 29–25
55 1981 Tempe Arizona State 24 Arizona 13 Arizona 29–26
56 1982 Tucson Arizona 28 Arizona State 18 Arizona 30–26
57 1983 Tempe Arizona 17 Arizona State 15 Arizona 31–26
58 1984 Tucson Arizona 16 Arizona State 10 Arizona 32–26
59 1985 Tempe Arizona 16 Arizona State 13 Arizona 33–26
60 1986 Tucson #14 Arizona 34 #4 Arizona State 17 Arizona 34–26
61 1987 Tempe Tie 24 Tie 24 Arizona 34–26–1
62 1988 Tucson Arizona 28 Arizona State 18 Arizona 35–26–1
63 1989 Tempe Arizona 28 Arizona State 10 Arizona 36–26–1
64 1990 Tucson Arizona 21 Arizona State 17 Arizona 37–26–1
65 1991 Tempe Arizona State 37 Arizona 14 Arizona 37–27–1
66 1992 Tucson Arizona State 7 Arizona 6 Arizona 37–28–1
67 1993 Tempe Arizona 34 Arizona State 20 Arizona 38–28–1
68 1994 Tucson Arizona 28 Arizona State 27 Arizona 39–28–1
69 1995 Tempe Arizona 31 Arizona State 28 Arizona 40–28–1
70 1996 Tucson #4 Arizona State 56 Arizona 14 Arizona 40–29–1
71 1997 Tempe Arizona 28 #12 Arizona State 16 Arizona 41–29–1
72 1998 Tucson #7 Arizona 50 Arizona State 42 Arizona 42–29–1
73 1999 Tempe Arizona State 42 Arizona 27 Arizona 42–30–1
74 2000 Tucson Arizona State 30 Arizona 17 Arizona 42–31–1
75 2001 Tempe Arizona 34 Arizona State 21 Arizona 43–31–1
76 2002 Tucson Arizona State 34 Arizona 20 Arizona 43–32–1
77 2003 Tempe Arizona State 28 Arizona 7 Arizona 43–33–1
78 2004 Tucson Arizona 34 #18 Arizona State 27 Arizona 44–33–1
79 2005 Tempe Arizona State 23 Arizona 20 Arizona 44–34–1
80 2006 Tucson Arizona State 28 Arizona 14 Arizona 44–35–1
81 2007 Tempe #13 Arizona State 20 Arizona 17 Arizona 44–36–1
82 2008 Tucson Arizona 31 Arizona State 10 Arizona 45–36–1
83 2009 Tempe Arizona 20 Arizona State 17 Arizona 46–36–1
84 2010 Tucson Arizona State 30 Arizona 29 Arizona 46–37–1
85 2011 Tempe Arizona 31 Arizona State 27 Arizona 47–37–1
86 2012 Tucson Arizona State 41 #24 Arizona 34 Arizona 47–38–1
87 2013 Tempe #12 Arizona State 58 Arizona 21 Arizona 47–39–1
88 2014 Tucson #11 Arizona 42 #13 Arizona State 35 Arizona 48–39–1
89 2015 Tempe Arizona State 52 Arizona 37 Arizona 48–40–1
90 2016 Tucson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "History of the Territorial Rivalry Trophy between Arizona and Arizona State". Yahoo News. October 29, 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Arizona Wildcats football#Conference championships
  4. ^ Arizona State Sun Devils football#Conference championships
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