Devils Dominate Cats, Earn Bowl Bid

TUCSON - Any win against on you archrival's field, is a great one. When you take in consideration that this win was gained while being an underdog and has assured your team a bowl berth that 28-14 ASU victory Arizona was much more just another rivalry win.

The first quarter may have been the best Arizona State (7-5, 4-5) played all season. Arizona (6-6, 4-5) simply had no answer to the Sun Devils' aerial attack. On its first possession, it took the maroon and gold less than four minutes to get on the scoreboard. Rudy Carpenter tosses one of his three touchdown passes to Chris McGaha to give his team a lead that would never relinquish.

Carpenter goes for it on 4th and 8, as the sophomore signal caller finds Jamaal Lewis for 38 yards and a score. An illegal kick by Arizona punter Nick Folk after a botched punt puts ASU on its opponent's seven-yard line and one play later Carpenter finds Zach Miller for a score and a commanding 21-0 edge.

The visitors from Tempe allowed their hosts back into the game and cut down their sizeable lead. Willie Tuitama finds Syndric Steptoe for a six-yard score early in the second half to make it 21-7. Carpenter proceeds to lose a fumble on Arizona's 9-yard line, which the defense is able to negate, and at the same time get called for roughing the passer which sidelines Willie Tuitama for the rest of the game. On his team's next possession Carpenter's pass finds Arizona's Michael Klyce. He returns the ball for 42 yards and at the end of his run is awarded 15 more yards due to a late hit by Carpenter. Two plays later, back-up QB Adam Austin found Mike Thomas for a 22-yard score, and Arizona went down to the locker room down only 21-14.

Austin's first two possessions of the third quarter end up as interceptions. Following ASU's second takeaway on Arizona's 23-yard line, Dimitri Nance scores from one yard out. That touchdown would be the last score of the game, which was enough for the Sun Devils defense which stifled the Wildcats' offense, and ensured that the Territorial Cup remains in Tempe for the second straight year.

Carpenter was 17 of 25 for 214 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Ryan Torain eclipsed the 1,000-yard season total, rushing for 139 yards on 24 carries. Zach Miller led the receivers with eight catches and 61 yards. The ASU defense limited Arizona to 33 yards rushing and 135 yards passing. The Sun Devils had the ball for 34 minutes during Saturday's contest.

Up next for the Sun Devils will be an invitation to the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl on December 21st or the San Francisco Emerald Bowl on December 28th. At 6-6 Arizona is likely to be shut out of a bowl game.

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