Game Notes: UA vs. ASU

Arizona defeated Arizona State on Saturday in impressive fashion. Read on to for a closer look at how it happened.

Arizona went into Tempe on Saturday night and got revenge from last year's disappointing loss at Arizona Stadium, as UA defeated Arizona State 31-27 in a thrilling matchup. The victory helps the Wildcats salvage something out of what has been an otherwise disappointing season.

The victory brings the Wildcats' record to 3-8 while the loss puts a massive dent in ASU's aspirations to play for the Pac-12 title. Arizona showed a lot of heart in the 2011 Territorial Cup, battling back from a two possession deficit in the fourth quarter to pull off the upset. It was a team effort that earned this victory for the Wildcats, who received contributions from players all across the field.

  • Wide receiver Juron Criner dominated the ASU defense throughout the night. The senior caught nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Criner looked determined every time he touched the ball and was simply too much for the Sun Devil's secondary to handle.

  • True freshman Ka'Deem Carey saved his best game of the season for the most important one. The running back was a factor in both the running and passing games and seemingly had his way each time he touched the ball. Carey rushed the ball 13 times for 92 yards on the ground and caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Carey was instrumental throughout and showed why many UA fans are excited for his future.

  • Quarterback Nick Foles had a big game under center for Arizona. The field general went 35-for-51 for 370 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Foles did an excellent job of getting everyone involved, as the senior quarterback completed passes to 10 different targets.

  • Gino Crump continued his surprising individual season with a big night versus Arizona State. The senior capped his six-reception, 69-yard night with a crucial, 33-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Crump's touchdown showed determination as he eluded every ASU defender that attempted to bring him down.

  • ASU had a huge night passing the ball as quarterback Brock Osweiler threw for 487 yards. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, Osweiler threw two interceptions deep in Arizona territory that killed two potential scoring drives. Despite Osweiler's big night through the air, his two mistakes were a big reason why ASU lost the contest.

  • UA's defense surrendered plenty of yards, but was able to make big plays at opportune times. An interception by Shaquille Richardson killed ASU's first potential scoring drive, while a pick by Jourdon Grandon late in the fourth prevented Arizona State from taking a late lead.

  • Relatively unknown linebacker Bilal Muhammad received a significant amount of playing time and made the most of his opportunity. Numbers can't justify the full impact Muhammad had on the game, as he was a menace all over the gridiron, especially in the Sun Devils' backfield. Muhammad finished with three tackles; two of which came behind the line of scrimmage.

  • True Freshman Tra'Mayne Bondurant continues to be one of the most active defensive players on the roster. The defensive back lined up all over the field and collected eight total tackles while breaking up four passes. Bondurant made several key plays against the ASU passing game and was a huge factor in UA's positive plays on the defensive side of the ball.

  • Cornerback Trevin Wade had one of his best games of the season. The senior collected five total tackles, broke up a pair of passes and forced a huge fumble in the second half that was recovered by linebacker Derek Earls.

  • Arizona's run defense has been very suspect for the greater portion of the 2011 season, but rose to the occasion against the Sun Devils on Saturday. The Wildcats gave up just 61 yards on the ground to ASU – an average of 2.7 yards per carry.

  • It was the third Territorial Cup victory in four years for UA. After spending several years trying to get back on track against Arizona State, UA has seemingly taken over the rivalry in recent years.

  • This was the third straight season where this game came down to the final play. In 2009, Alex Zendejas kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to seal the victory for UA. In 2010, Zendejas luck went in the opposite direction as he had a game-winning extra point blocked in the fourth quarter and then had another extra point blocked in overtime to give ASU the win. In 2011, Shaquille Richardson knocked down an Osweiler pass in the end zone that clinched the game for Arizona.

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