ARIZONA WILDCAT vs. ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
As Told by the Snarky Palooka
The Arizona Wildcats can ‘forget the Alamo Bowl,’ as archrival Arizona State uses overtime theatrics to end the UA’s three-year reign as Territorial Cup champs with a 30-29 win Thursday night in Tucson
Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict hurt his knee late in Thursday’s game against Arizona. As the saying goes in Tempe: Nobody’s Burfict.
Siamese fighting fish: That was Robert Golden, UA vs. Deveron Carr, ASU, both players wearing uniform No. 1 getting into an early-game, one-on-one tussle. Perhaps the two cornerbacks were confused as to why both of them were on the field at the same time.
The Territorial Cup is recognized as the oldest contested trophy in the FBS.
It will remain the oldest until someone finally takes a metal detector and digs up the Jabroni Cup — jewel of the Brooklyn College vs. CCNY rivalry — from the sand of Coney Island.
2:13 – 1Q: Thomas Weber, 52-yard FG
ASU 3, UA 0
College football needs more running punts. This game in the first half, however, simply needs fewer punts.
It’s 3-0 after the first quarter, thanks to five punts, a Sun Devil field goal and three Arizona three-and-outs.
If I wanted an exhibition of kicking and flailing legs, I’d have gone and watched a 6th-grade gym-class soccer game — at least until someone called the authorities about a middle-aged man yelling at middle school students.
How bad is it? Trevor Hankins of ASU squirreled a punt off his shin for net gain of 8-yards.
Not to be outdone, Arizona’s Alex Zendejas just boomed a zero-yard punt. Just wait, the night’s about to get worse for Zendejas.
In case you were wondering, Ruben Rodriguez once booted a punt -2 yards for the Seattle Seahawks.
An ESPN commentator accused ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler of leading his receivers with his eyes…presumable instead of leading them with his rugged good looks, flannel shirt and killer survival instincts. Did I mention the axe slung over his shoulder?