Rivalry Flashback: The shootout in '98

It was 1998, the Cats were 10-1 and looking at their best season in school history. The only thing standing between them and the top-5 was their arch rivals. ASU came to town and gave the Wildcats a huge scare, but in the end it was the play of Trung Canidate that would lead the way to the Wildcats' 50-42 win.

Canidate rushed for an amazing 288 yards on just 18 carries. He broke off scoring runs of 80, 66 and 48 yards.

On the other side Ryan Kealy had a career day throwing for 511 yards on 33-of-56 passing with four touchdown passes.

It was one of those wild back and forth affairs. The Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Keith Smith and Brad Brennan hooked up for a 72 yard touchdown to give Arizona their first lead. Smith would go on to throw for 183 yards on just five completions in eight tries.

The Sun Devils retook the lead with two touchdowns. Kealy's first touchdown toss gave the Devils a 15-7 lead. The Cats came back and put two straight touchdowns on the board to re-take the lead. Jim Wendler's one-yard dive and Scooter Sprotte's fumble recovery put Arizona up 19-15.

Canidate got hot in the second half as Arizona staked itself to a 43-28 lead. ASU wouldn't quit and twice got the lead as close as eight, but Canidate's third touchdown, the 48-yarder would seal the win for Arizona.

The Wildcats would go on to beat Nebraska 23-20 in the Holiday Bowl and finish the season 12-1 and ranked fourth in the country in both polls.

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