Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Arizona State pulls out a spectacular victory over the Arizona Wildcats in another incredible Territorial Cup battle according to our NCAA 13 simulation.
The day has finally come. After months of anticipation, the Territorial Cup is once again up for grabs as Arizona State heads to Tucson to face their bitter rivals, the Arizona Wildcats. There's a ton at stake here - state pride, Rich Rod and Todd Graham's first seasons, recruiting wars, bragging rights.
Without further ado, the NCAA 13 simulation results for tonight's game.
|9 for 17||3rd Down Conv||5 for 14|
|2 for 2||4th Down Conv||0 for 1|
|5 - 4 - 1||Red Zone - TD - FG||1 - 1 - 0|
|130||Kick Return Yards||89|
|6 - 54||Penalties - Yards||11 - 125|
This is the closest battle I've ever seen in a simulation.
Arizona started the scoring, intercepting a Taylor Kelly pass for a 30 yard pick six. At the half, the Devils trailed 21-10 and things did not look good for Graham and company.
The teams traded blows in the third quarter, as DJ Foster and Ka'Deem Carey each hit paydirt. With one quarter to go, Arizona held a comfortable 28-17 lead. That's when things got interesting.
With ten minutes to play, Kelly connected with Jamal Miles. Graham decided to go for two, looking to bring the game within one score. Unfortunately, the try failed. Five minutes later, Kelly found Kevin Ozier on a slant route into the end zone. Once again, the Devils went for two, and once again they failed. The score: 29-28.
Matt Scott led the Wildcats back down the field, and UA converted a 40-yard field goal attempt with just 2:06 left in the game. At 31-29, Taylor Kelly knew he had to get the job done.
Kelly answered the ball, spraying the ball around the field and distributing passes to Chris Coyle, Ozier and Rashad Ross to get the Devils within a 37-yard field goal of a Territorial Cup win.
Jon Mora lined up to take the kick, and the ball barely cleared the crossbar. With 27 seconds left, the Devils led 32-31.
And that's how it would end.
Looking for the real deal? Read our full preview of tonight's game.