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Territorial Cup on the Line This Saturday
Arizona will battle rival Arizona State on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. MST in Sun Devil Stadium. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Arizona.
The nation's oldest rivalry trophy game (as recognized by the NCAA) will take place Nov. 19 when Arizona plays Arizona State University, with the Territorial Cup on the line. The game, at 7:30 p.m. MST, will be televised live on Fox Sports Arizona.
The Wildcats will fight to snap a three-game losing streak, while the Sun Devils will try to halt a two-game skid.
The UA will work for a second league victory to avoid matching historical lows (1-7) by the 2002 and 2003 clubs. A loss also would put Arizona in the unenviable situation of the 12th-best league record in the new Pac-12.
ASU, bowl eligible, needs a victory to cement its chances for a co-Pac-12 South title and a crack at the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 2. Arizona can have some tie-breaker influence in the league divisional title chase with a victory.
The game will be a match of teams with yard-producing passing games led by the UA's Nick Foles and ASU's Brock Osweiler. The Cats will try to put something special in their kicking units against a club that's nationally a top 20 squad in kick returns.
Based on recent games of 500 yards allowed by each team, defense doesn't appear high on the forecast.
ASU will open a two-game homestand at Sun Devil Stadium, where it's 5-0 in 2011. Look for some yellow – the teams are near the very bottom of the FBS in penalties and penalty yardage.
The Nov. 19 date for this game marks the earliest date on the calendar for which the schools have met since 1956.
Last week, Arizona closed its road schedule in Boulder against Colorado and left with pie on its face after a 48-29 loss. The Buffaloes, struck first with an 80-yard drive keyed by a 39-yard pass from Tyler Hansen, and never trailed.
The UA responded with a drive for a John Bonano field goal, but CU again took the ball 80 yards to push the lead to 14-3.
The UA trimmed it to a three-point game with a 65-yard drive keyed by a Ka'Deem Carey 27-yard run, but two possessions later the Buffs took advantage of superior field position (UA 28 yard-line) when Wildcat punter Kyle Dugandzic was called for a knee down while picking up a low snap, and punched it in in three plays for 20-10 lead at the break.
After two CU scoring drives in the third quarter, UA linebacker Tra'Mayne Bondurant's pick-six (29 yards) got the UA back on the board, and another Foles-driven drive made it look interesting in pulling the UA to within a pari of scores, 34-23.
But Colorado marched 80 yards in reply to put the game out of reach. The Cats picked up another score, and so did the Buffaloes, notching the most points they'd scored since 2007.
CU running back Rodney Stewart finished with 181 yards and three touchdowns on 24 totes to spearhead a 273-yard rushing effort by the Buffaloes, who also picked up 213 passing yards from Hansen (and 2 scoring throws). CU was 7-for-7 on touchdowns in the red zone.
Foles passed for 352 yards to become the Arizona all-time passing leader with 9,289 yards but suffered three interceptions in some one-dimensionality by the UA, which only rushed for 60 net yards. The loss dropped the UA to sixth place in the Pac-12 South at 1-7, a half-game behind Colorado.
Arizona concludes its 2011 season at home against Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 26. The game has been set for a 2 p.m. kickoff. There will not be a television broadcast.