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Arizona tops ASU to bring the Territorial Cup back to Tucson

Posted at 11:28 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-26 19:52:41-05

Samajie Grant ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona racked up a school-record 511 yards on the ground to roll over rival Arizona State 56-35 Friday night.

Working out of a huddle for the first time under coach Rich Rodriguez, Arizona (3-9, 1-8 Pac-12) reeled off one big play after another, starting with Brandon Dawkins' 71-yard touchdown run on the game's third play.

The Wildcats had three players eclipse 100 yards rushing for the first time since 1993, turning the Territorial Cup into a runaway while ending their eight-game losing streak.

Dawkins had 183 yards rushing, Zach Green added 126 yards and both scored two touchdowns for the Wildcats, who didn't throw a pass in the second half.

Arizona State (5-7, 2-7) lost its sixth straight game and failed to become bowl eligible for the first time in five seasons under coach Todd Graham.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arizona State had the nation's worst pass defense for the second straight season and ended with one of its worst performances ever against the run.

Arizona had a disappointing season, but putting up a performance like this against its rival will go a long way to washing away some of the bad taste.

UP NEXT

Arizona State's season ends without a bowl game for the first time since 2010.

 

Arizona's season is over.