Whatever you want to call it, it still means Arizona is the Pac-12 South Champion.
Arizona defeated rival Arizona State 42-35 on Friday and Stanford defeated UCLA to give the Wildcats the Pac-12 South title.
Arizona State started on its own 25 with a one-yard run by Demario Richard. Two plays later, Taylor Kelly was stripped by Scooby Wright and Anthony Lopez ran it in from 25 yards out as the extra point put the Wildcats up 7-0 with 14:16 left in the first quarter.
The Sun Devils took over on their own 25 with a five-yard run by Kelly. After a false start, Richard ran for two yards.
Arizona proceeded to go three and out and the Sun Devils got the ball on the UA 28 after a 25-yard punt.
D.J. Foster got a four-yard run on first down and two plays later, Jaelen Strong got a 21-yard reception. Kelly then ran for two and Arizona’s defense stood on the next two plays to take over on its own two-yard line.
Arizona was able to get a first down with a 13-yard pass to Austin Hill, but Anu Solomon fumbled on the next play and Demetrius Cherry ran it in with the extra point tying the game at seven with 5:56 left in the first quarter.
Starting on their own 25, the Wildcats got an eight-yard run from Nick Wilson. Two plays later, Samajie Grant caught a 69-yard pass and the extra point gave Arizona a 14-7 lead with about five minutes left in the quarter.
The Sun Devils started on their own 25 with a two-yard run by Foster followed by a gain of ten on the ground.
Richard then ran for four yards and Kelly ran for six. Eventually Arizona forced a third down and Kelly only gained six when he needed 11, thus resulting in a punt.
The Wildcats had the ball on their two and Solomon found Cayleb Jones for nine yards. Wilson then gained a first down with a four-yard run, but the drive ended in a punt due in large part to a sack on Solomon.
ASU got the ball on its own 25 and ended the first quarter with a six-yard run by Foster. Foster ran for two yards to start the quarter and two plays later, Kelly hit Strong for 50 yards.
Frederick Gammage gained eight yards on the ground and Kelly did the same on the next play. After an incomplete pass, Strong grabbed a three-yard touchdown and the extra point tied the game at 14 with 11:54 left in the first half.
Arizona started its drive on its own 30 with a sack on first down. Jones caught a 12-yard pass and Wilson then ran for nine yards. Arizona got into a third and short situation, but could not pick it up and was forced to punt.
ASU took over on its own ten with a four-yard run by Foster. A few plays later, Will Parks was called for pass interference on third down. However, the Sun Devils got nothing more going and were forced to punt.
A blocked punt gave Arizona the ball on the ASU 30 and the drive started with a seven-yard run by Wilson. Arizona then found itself in fourth and short and Wilson ran it to the right side for a 21-yard touchdown.
The extra point put the Wildcats up 21-14 with just under four minutes left in the half.
After a 27-yard run by Richard, Arizona forced fourth down with two sacks. However, Davonte’ Neal muffed the punt and ASU got the ball on the Arizona 12.
On second down, Richard ran for five yards and then he caught a seven-yard touchdown to the the game at 21 at the half.
Arizona got the ball on its own 25 to start the half and Wilson ran for 14 yards on first down. Three plays later, Wilson ran for four yards and Hill caught a 15-yard pass on the next play.
Two plays later, Hill caught a ten-yard pass. Wilson ran for three yards and David Richards gained 31 on the next play. Wilson proceeded to score from one-yard out and the extra point put the Wildcats up 28-21 with 12:22 left in the third.
The Sun Devils started on their own 25 with a 14-yard pass to Smith. Strong then caught one for six yards and Foster gained five on the next play.
Foster then caught a 16-yard pass and two plays later, Gammage gained six. ASU attempted a 45-yard field goal, but it missed, giving the Wildcats possession on its own 28 with 9:18 left in the third.
On first down, Wilson scored from 72 yards out and the extra point put Arizona up 35-21 with 9:06 left in the third.
The Sun Devils took the ball on their own 17 with a seven and eight-yard run by Richard. Foster then caught a ten-yard pass and Arizona was called for pass interference on the next down.
On second and third down, Arizona picked up two consecutive sacks to force a punt and take the ball on its own 18.Both teams had unsuccessful drives before Arizona found itself in second and nine to start the fourth quarter. Solomon was sacked and then completed a short punt, as the Arizona punt gave ASU the ball on its own 35.
Jourdon Grandon was called for pass interference and Smith caught a 21-yard pass on the next play.
Gammage proceeded to catch a pass for six and then nine yards. Richard ran for 10 yards to the Arizona two and Mike Bercovici connected with Kody Kohl for the touchdown, as the extra point cut the Arizona lead to 35-28 with 11:23 left.
After a 24-yard run by Wilson, the Wildcats got nothing else going and had to punt, giving the Sun Devils the ball on their own eight.
On second down, Grandon game up with an interception at the ASU 16. Solomon was sacked on first down, but found Grant for a 20-yard touchdown on the next play as the extra point put the Wildcats up 42-28 with 8:31 left.
ASU got the ball on its own 22 with a 12-yard pass to Smith. Parker Zellers was then called for a personal foul and Foster gained four on the ground the next play.
After a sack, Bercovici found Lewis for seven yard and Foster for 12 before connecting with Gary Chambers for 24.
Two plays later, Bercovici found Nelson for the nine-yard touchdown as the extra point put ASU within seven with 5:02 left.
The Wildcats proceeded to go three and out and ASU got the ball on its own 43. Arizona got a sack on second down, but a pass interference call extended the drive.
Foster caught a nine-yard pass on first down and ASU got the first with a four-yard run by Richard.
After a pass for a loss of two, Bercovici threw three straight incomplete passes and the Wildcats were Pac-12 South Champs.