A closer look at Arizona's 56-35 win over ASU

Arizona defeated Arizona State 56-35 to finish the season on a high note. Read on to find out more about the win.

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils 56-35 on Senior Day to win the Territorial Cup. Here is a closer look at what happened:

* The Wildcats came out strong and held off several ASU rallies in the second half to reclaim the Territorial Cup and bring it back to Tucson. The win now means that the home team has won the rivalry game in the last four seasons with the last win on the road coming from ASU in Rich Rodriguez's first season in 2012. 

* Arizona set a school record with 511 total rushing yards. The previous record only had a one year shelf life as the Wildcats had rushed for 499 yards against Northern Arizona last season. It also sets a new record for most rushing yards against a Pac-12 opponent. Arizona had previously rushed for 480 against UCLA in 1989. 

*The Wildcats broke the rushing record while having three players rushing for over 100 yards. Brandon Dawkins rushed for 183 yards on 12 carries and led all rushers. Samajie Grant was right behind him with 176 yards on the 19 touches on the ground. Arizona also got 126 yards rushing on 14 carries from Zach Green.

It was the first time that the Wildcats had three players with over 100 yards rushing since Chuck Levy, Ontiwaun Carter, and Billy Johnson did it against Oregon in 1993. 

* Arizona's 511 total rushing yards is 19 yards more than Arizona State had of total offense. The Wildcats accumulated 588 total yards to the Sun Devils' 492 and did it with 42 less plays. Arizona averaged 10.5 yards per play to Arizona State's five. 

* The Wildcats attempted just eight passes in the game and none in the second half. Dawkins completed just three of those, but one did go for a touchdown to Nate Phillips. The senior finished with 68 yards on two catches and the touchdown. Strangely enough, he would have been ASU's second leading receiver behind Fred Gammage's 116 yards. Senior tight end Josh Kern caught Dawkins' only other completion for nine yards. 

* While Arizona's defense had struggled all season with giving up third and fourth down conversions, it did not bend in that category against Arizona State. The Sun Devils were held to just 11 of 20 on third downs and one of six on fourth downs, turning the ball over five times. 

* In a game in which Arizona's defense came up big on multiple occasions, both teams still struggled to stop each other in the red zone. The Wildcats scored touchdowns on all five trips to the red zone, while the Sun Devils were able to punch it in for all three of their visits inside Arizona territory.

* Early in the game, Arizona State was able to pull even with Arizona when Koron Crump was able to scoop up a Dawkins' fumble and take it to the house for a score. Fortunately for the Wildcats, that was the only turnover of the night for them. Arizona was able to take advantage in the turnover game and force two on the night both coming from Manny Wilkins. The first turnover was a sack and fumble that was recovered by Saneilia Fuimaono. The other was an interception made by Davonte' Neal in the second half. 

* Arizona's win over ASU broke an eight-game losing streak dating back to September 24th when the Wildcats fell to the Washington Huskies in overtime. That streak tied the longest in school history overall and in conference play. 

* ASU kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a 53-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was only his second miss of the season and first in 17 attempts.

* ASU had the ball for 11 minutes more than Arizona. The Wildcats only needed 24:04 to gain 588 total yards due in large part to its 10.5 average gain per play. 


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