Though Arizona State entered the 2015 season with lofty expectations that were largely unfulfilled, its victory over Arizona in the 89th edition of the Territorial Cup is worth a lot of goodwill in the Sun Devil community.
The win, and how ASU has responded in recent weeks after losing three close games in a row can easily be perceived as an emblem of the program's culture, which has been established in large part due to the work of and attitude of a senior class that was honored on at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday.
"I'm so grateful to [the seniors] because it's a great time to be a Sun Devil," ASU coach Todd Graham said. "We didn't hit the mark where we wanted to this year, but that one heals you up quite a bit. I liked that one. That was worth about five wins there, at least that's what all the fans say when I talk to them.
"But this group of seniors have really laid a great foundation, and we're going to have a brand-new stadium here in a very short period of time. A new sports complex, shows unbelievable commitment, the leadership here, Dr. Crow, and Ray Anderson, man, we've got a chance to do some really special things."
The accompanying video is Graham providing his perspective on the significance of the win and ASU's culture, and includes Territorial Cup highlights.