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ASU vs. Arizona: Game Balls

Find out which players shined and receive our game balls for Arizona State's victory over Arizona.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Sun Devils keep the Territorial Cup for a second consectuive year with a 58-21 domination of the Arizona Wildcats. There were plenty of positives to take away from last night's game.

Zane Gonzalesz set an Arizona State record with 18 consecutive field goals made. The Arizona State defense forced four turnovers and De'Marieya Nelson showed not only can he play tight end and defensive end, he also has some running back in him.

Here are the game balls for Arizona State's Territorial Cup victory.

DJ Foster

The sophomore was asked to carry the load as Marion Grice was sidelined with an ankle injury. Foster finished with a career-high 124 rushing yards on 23 carries. Foster averaged an impressive 5.4 yards per carry and had 25 total touches Saturday night.

Foster won the Bob Moran Territorial Cup MVP last night and was Arizona State's best offensive player. He showed that next year, he can carry the load without Grice.

De'Marieya Nelson

Nelson made a strong case to take away the game MVP from Foster. The junior tight end did it all against Arizona, including scoring two touchdowns on the ground on top of his duties as a tight end. Nelson has shown this season that he can play defense and be a standout on special teams. Last night, he added running back to his arsenal.

Nelson carried the ball eight times for 35 yards and two touchdowns. He also made three tackles, forced and recovered a fumble on special teams. In the ground game, Nelson provides some thunder to Foster's lightning.

The Secondary

There is a reason Todd Graham elected to send the entire secondary to the post game press conference. The unit intercepted Arizona quarterback BJ Denker three times including a 64-yard INT return for Damarious Randall in the third quarter. That play shifted momentum and essentially put the nail in the coffin.

The two senior leaders got interceptions on senior day as both Alden Darby and Osahon Irabor picked off B.J. Denker. Randall led Arizona State with 12 total tackles, Robert Nelson added seven tackles and Darby finished with six.

Did we miss anyone? Who would you give a game ball to from Saturday night's victory?