Arizona State’s rivalry clash with Arizona was over almost as soon as it started. From the opening kick, the Sun Devils absolutely dominated en route a 70-7 beat down of the Cats in Tucson.
It was the most points ever put up by ASU against Arizona. The Territorial Cup will remain in Tempe for a fourth consecutive year.
D.J. Taylor returned the opening kick from the opposing end zone and took it 105 yards all the way back for a house call to put the Devils up 7-0 in the blink of an eye to start the game.
Then on Arizona’s first offensive possession, a botched handoff resulted in a fumble and an ASU recovery. Running back DeaMonte Trayanum proceeded to make Arizona pay with a five-yard touchdown run.
It would be all Devils from there and the nail was slammed into the coffin early. Arizona coughed up the ball seven times, and as expected in the offensive game plan, ASU continued to pound the rock.
The Devils had 10 touchdowns, including three from Rachaad White and one rushing from Jayden Daniels.
Daniyel Ngata had one as well, and walk-on Jackson He added the last score of the evening in the fourth quarter to become the first Chinese born player to record a touchdown in FBS history.
The Sun Devils ran for 227 yards and threw for 260. It was the first time since 1969 that the program put up 70 points.
It is the first time since 1975-78 that ASU has won four straight Territorial Cups against Arizona.
The Devils obliterated the Wildcats on their home turf and Herm Edwards remains undefeated in his tenure against the school down south with his third consecutive win against the rival.