Welcome to our new summer series. A lot has happened over Todd Graham's first three seasons as Arizona State's head football coach. Over the next two weeks, we will be ranking 15 of Graham's 28 total wins so far before the 2015 season, which has potential to send the program to new heights. Today we have No. 4 in our countdown, when ASU skinned the Wildcats 58-21 to secure the Territorial Cup.
No. 4: November 30, 2013- Sun Devils decimate Wildcats 58-21, will host Pac-12 Championship
Our choice for Todd Graham's fourth best win at ASU was one that was record setting. It elicited multiple superlatives. It thrust unlikely heroes into the spotlight and handed the team home field advantage all in the satisfying slaughter of ASU's biggest rival.
ASU scored the second-most points in the history of the Territorial Cup against the Wildcats in this matchup, dismantling them 58-21. Kicker Zane Gonzales captured his 18th consecutive field goal, setting a new Sun Devil record.
Quarterback Taylor Kelly also set a school record in this game after a touchdown pass to Darwin Rogers led to most points responsible for in a season. Kelly threw for 274 yards
D.J. Foster rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns against the Wildcats, filling in as running back for an injured Marion Grice, after spending the year primarily as a receiver.
Star-receiver Jaelen Strong had 142 yards on four receptions, one of which was a 61-yard touchdown reception, all amounting to Strong's second-highest yardage total of the season.
The Sun Devil defense forced four turnovers, the most memorable being a 64-yard interception for a touchdown by now-Green Bay Packer Damarious Randall.
The turnover-laden Arizona offense was buried in a 27-0 hole after the first half, and could never decrease the deficit to less than 16 points on the day. The Sun Devils put the nail in the Wildcat coffin, finishing the day with 21 unanswered points for the memorable Territorial Cup victory.
WHAT IT DID FOR ASU:
The biggest product of this exciting Graham win was ASU's ability to secure home field advantage for the Pac-12 championship game against the Stanford Cardinal after capping off their season with seven straight wins to the title game. While ASU would ultimately fall to the Cardinal in the title, this win showed that this was a championship-caliber squad, armed with players that would not be inhibited by positional shifts or injured starters.