Arizona–Arizona State football rivalry

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The Territorial Cup
Arizona State Sun Devils trident logo.png  University of Arizona Block A.svg
First meetingNovember 30, 1899
Arizona State 11, Arizona 2.[1]
All Time Series Count87
Series recordArizona: 47–39–1[2]
Arizona State: 39–47–1[2]
Largest victoryArizona: 67–0 (1946)[2]

Arizona State: 61–14 (1951), 47–0 (1958)[2]

Longest streakArizona: 11 (1932–1948)[2]

Arizona State: 9 (1965–1973)[2]

Current streakArizona State: 2 wins (2012–2013)[2]
Arizona: 2 losses (2012–2013)[2]

The Arizona–Arizona State football rivalry, sometimes known as the Duel in the Desert, is a college football rivalry between the University of Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State University Sun Devils. The winner receives the Territorial Cup, the oldest trophy in college football.[3] The two schools first played in 1899, and the game now continues annually as a Pacific-12 Conference match-up. It is part of the wider Arizona–Arizona State rivalry, which crosses all sports.


The rivalry dates to 1899, when the University of Arizona played Tempe Normal School – which later became Arizona State University – as part of the Arizona Territorial Football League Championship. The championship was a four-way series also including Phoenix Union High School and Phoenix Indian School. Arizona and Tempe Normal met on November 30, 1899 for a Thanksgiving Day match at Carillo Gardens field in Tucson. Contemporary newspaper stories indicate that this was the first game for the University squad, while the Normal team was comparatively more experienced and better trained. The event drew 300 enthusiastic fans and was followed by a post-game Thanksgiving celebration for both teams hosted by the University. The "Normals", as they were called, won the game 11-2; as they had previously defeated the other schools, they were declared champions and received the Territorial Cup.[4]

The two teams played each other sporadically for the next decades, and have played almost every year since 1925. The rivalry became particularly heated in the late 1950s amid the political contention over turning Arizona State College into an official university, a change opposed by the University of Arizona and many of its alumni. In 1958, the year the measure was to be put to a statewide vote, Arizona State defeated Arizona 47–0. The blowout win was a major point of pride for Arizona State, which became a university later that year.[5]

Another notably heated game came in 1968. The contest was expected to decide which team would go on to the Sun Bowl, but before the game, Arizona coach Darrell Mudra issued an ultimatum to the Sun Bowl committee that his team would not play in the bowl unless they were selected regardless of who won. The committee chose Arizona, who promptly lost to Arizona State by a score of 30-7 in what became known as the "Ultimatum Bowl". The events led to the creation of the Fiesta Bowl as a default bowl for Arizona State should they receive no other bids; the Fiesta Bowl went on to become part of the highly lucrative Bowl Championship Series.[5]

In the modern era of the game, it has often been played on the day after Thanksgiving. It has most recently been scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving to accommodate network television coverage. Starting with the 2009-2010 school year, State Farm became the presenting sponsor for the State Farm Territorial Cup Series. This series encompasses each of the 19 sports that Arizona and Arizona State compete head to head in. Each sport is worth 1 point in the year long competition. The school that wins the most head to head competitions is awarded the new State Farm Territorial Cup Series Trophy. Arizona leads the Series 3-1.

Territorial Cup[edit]

Each year's winner receives the Territorial Cup, a traveling trophy. The trophy was originally used in 1899 for the series that involved the teams' first ever meeting. As Tempe Normal School won all three of its games, it was declared champion and awarded the trophy.[6] The cup's name refers to the fact that Arizona was a U.S. territory at the time; it became a state in 1912.

After the tournament, the trophy's whereabouts were unknown until 1980, when it was rediscovered in the basement of a church adjacent to Arizona State's campus. The cup was put on display in the Alumni Association headquarters and then the University Archives.[7] It was later authenticated as the original cup by the NCAA, making it the oldest trophy in college football.[3]

In 2000, Arizona contacted Arizona State about displaying the cup on their campus. The following year, then ASU President Lattie Coor ordered that the Territorial Cup be shared as a traveling trophy, to be displayed by each year's winner. Coor and then UA President Peter Likins signed a protocol governing the cup's use and care. Each year, the tradition is celebrated at a pre-game reception for boosters; a replica version was also made to trade off at the game itself.[8][7]

The cup itself is silver plate over Britannia base metal and was manufactured by Reed and Barton of Taunton, Massachusetts. It was a standard style priced at $20 ($462.05 in 2010 dollars) in Reed and Barton's 1910 catalog. The inscription reads "Arizona Foot Ball League Championship 1899 Normal".[8]

Game results[edit]

Arizona leads the series 47–39-1, which includes a 20–2 start for Arizona from 1899 to 1948 when Arizona State was Tempe Normal School, Arizona State Teacher's College, and into its 3rd year as Arizona State College (1945-1948). Arizona State did not come under the control and patronage of the state's Board of Regents until 1945 and the teams did not play each other every year until 1946. Since that time, Arizona State leads the series 37-30-1.

Similarly, since Arizona State became a university in 1958, Arizona State leads the series 31–24-1. Since both teams moved from the Western Athletic Conference to the Pacific-12 Conference, Arizona leads the series 19-16-1. #13 Arizona State won the latest match-up, defeating the Wildcats 58–21 on November 30, 2013 in Tempe.

Arizona victories are colored ██ blue and Arizona State victories are colored ██ maroon. Ties are white.

All Time Results[2]
1899Arizona State 11Arizona 2Tucson
1902Arizona 12Arizona State 0Tucson
1914Arizona 34Arizona State 0Tucson
1915Arizona 7Arizona State 0Tucson
1919Arizona 59Arizona State 0Tucson
1925Arizona 13Arizona State 3Tucson
1926Arizona 35Arizona State 0Tucson
1928Arizona 39Arizona State 0Tucson
1929Arizona 26Arizona State 0Tucson
1930Arizona 6Arizona State 0Tucson
1931Arizona State 19Arizona 6Tempe
1932Arizona 20Arizona State 6Tucson
1933Arizona 26Arizona State 7Tempe
1934Arizona 32Arizona State 6Tucson
1935Arizona 26Arizona State 0Tucson
1936Arizona 18Arizona State 0Tempe
1937Arizona 20Arizona State 6Tucson
1941Arizona 20Arizona State 7Tempe
1942Arizona 23Arizona State 0Tempe
1946Arizona 67Arizona State 0Tucson
1947Arizona 26Arizona State 13Tempe
1948Arizona 33Arizona State 21Tucson
1949Arizona State 34Arizona 7Tempe
1950Arizona State 47Arizona 13Tucson
1951Arizona State 61Arizona 14Tempe
1952Arizona State 20Arizona 18Tucson
1953Arizona 35Arizona State 0Tempe
1954Arizona 54Arizona State 14Tucson
1955Arizona 7Arizona State 6Tempe
1956Arizona State 20Arizona 0Tucson
1957Arizona State 47Arizona 7Tempe
1958Arizona State 47Arizona 0Tucson
1959Arizona State 15Arizona 9Tempe
1960Arizona 35Arizona State 7Tucson
1961Arizona 22Arizona State 13Tempe
1962Arizona 20Arizona State 17Tucson
1963Arizona State 35Arizona 6Tempe
1964Arizona 30Arizona State 6Tucson
1965Arizona State 14Arizona 6Tempe
1966Arizona State 20Arizona 17Tucson
1967Arizona State 47Arizona 7Tempe
1968Arizona State 30Arizona 7Tucson
1969Arizona State 38Arizona 24Tempe
1970Arizona State 10Arizona 6Tucson
1971Arizona State 31Arizona 0Tempe
1972Arizona State 38Arizona 21Tucson
1973Arizona State 55Arizona 19Tempe
1974Arizona 10Arizona State 0Tucson
1975Arizona State 24Arizona 21Tempe
1976Arizona State 27Arizona 10Tucson
1977Arizona State 23Arizona 7Tempe
1978Arizona State 18Arizona 17Tucson
1979Arizona 27Arizona State 24Tempe
1980Arizona State 44Arizona 7Tucson
1981Arizona State 24Arizona 13Tempe
1982Arizona 28Arizona State 18Tucson
1983Arizona 17Arizona State 15Tempe
1984Arizona 16Arizona State 10Tucson
1985Arizona 16Arizona State 13Tempe
1986Arizona 34Arizona State 17Tucson
1987Arizona State-24Arizona-24Tempe
1988Arizona 28Arizona State 18Tucson
1989Arizona 28Arizona State 10Tempe
1990Arizona 21Arizona State 17Tucson
1991Arizona State 37Arizona 14Tempe
1992Arizona State 7Arizona 6Tucson
1993Arizona 34Arizona State 20Tempe
1994Arizona 28Arizona State 27Tucson
1995Arizona 31Arizona State 28Tempe
1996Arizona State 56Arizona 14Tucson
1997Arizona 28Arizona State 16Tempe
1998Arizona 50Arizona State 42Tucson
1999Arizona State 42Arizona 27Tempe
2000Arizona State 30Arizona 17Tucson
2001Arizona 34Arizona State 21Tempe
2002Arizona State 34Arizona 20Tucson
2003Arizona State 28Arizona 7Tempe
2004Arizona 34#18 Arizona State 27Tucson
2005Arizona State 23Arizona 20Tempe
2006Arizona State 28Arizona 14Tucson
2007#13 Arizona State 20Arizona 17Tempe
2008Arizona 31Arizona State 10Tucson
2009Arizona 20Arizona State 17Tempe
2010Arizona State 30Arizona 29Tucson
2011Arizona 31Arizona State 27Tempe
2012Arizona State 41#24 Arizona 34Tucson
2013#12 Arizona State 58Arizona 21Tempe

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