For the third time in four years, the Territorial Cup will reside in Tempe as the Sun Devils beat the Arizona Wildcats 52-37 Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd at Sun Devil Stadium.
It was an emotional day as the Sun Devils honored their seniors as players such as Mike Bercovici, D.J. Foster, Christian Westerman, Antonio Longino and Nick Kelly ran out of the Tillman Tunnel for the final time.
A lot of performances stood out in the victory, here are your Territorial Cup Game Balls.
Devin Lucien - Wide Receiver
Lucien was named the Bob Moran Territorial Cup MVP so he is an obvious choice for our first Game Ball. The senior wide receiver broke out for 190 yards on nine catches with a touchdown. Lucien set up ASU's first score with a 58-yard reception and scored ASU's second touchdown of the game with a 59-yard reception late in the first quarter.
For the first time this season, ASU hit multiple long passes in a game as Mike Bercovici played perhaps his best game of the season. Lucien as a major factor in that as he averaged 21.1 yards per catch. The vertical passes helped open up the run game and powered ASU to 52 points against the Wildcats.
Mike Bercovici - Quarterback
The senior signal-caller has taken his lumps by the fans and media this season. Against Arizona, he was nearly flawless. Bercovici went 21-of-32 for 315 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for a touchdown and converted a crucial fourth-and-one with a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.
One thing that stood out was how Bercovici was able to make throws down the field. He hit Lucien for gains of 58 and 59 and threw a 41-yard touchdown to Jalen Harvey. With the exception of the interception, where he was picked trying to throw a screen pass in the second quarter, Bercovici played flawless football and made sound decisions all night.
Salamo Fiso - Linebacker
Fiso is the best defensive player on the team and he may be the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Against Arizona, Fiso collected seven total tackles, six solo tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He makes the calls on the ASU defense and he has been the most consistent player on the unit all season, and that continued against Arizona.
Llyod Carrington - Cornerback
Carrington has been with Todd Graham since his days at Pitt, transferring to Tempe when Graham took the job at ASU. In his last game at Sun Devil Stadium, Carrington racked up seven total tackles, six solo tackles and one interception that he took back 38 yards for ASU's final touchdown.
Graham said after the game he nearly cried when Carrington scored because of how long the senior has been with Graham. Carrington has been an underrated part of ASU's defense all season and he stood out once again on Saturday.
The ASU Offensive Line
The unit has four seniors including Vi Teofilo, who started 42 career games as a Sun Devil. ASU quarterback Mike Bercovici was sacked just twice against Arizona, the Sun Devils averaged 5.2 yards per carry and had two running backs go over 100 yards.