ASU football plays their final game of the regular season against Arizona as the Sun Devils look to retain the Territorial Cup.
Quarterback Manny Wilkins, in his final conference game of his career, has made it clear he doesn’t plan on losing Saturday.
For ASU’s group of seniors, Saturday will mark the final Territorial Cup game of their career as Arizona State travels down to Tucson to face Arizona.
The Sun Devils entered the rivalry game after being eliminated from Pac-12 South contention with a 31-29 loss at Oregon last week.
Arizona State played a poor first half as they trailed 28-13 at halftime before making a second half surge. The Sun Devils scored a Manny Wilkins rushing touchdown with 4:35 remaining in regulation.
ASU attempted a game-tying two-point conversion but the attempt failed after it was ruled wide receiver Frank Darby didn’t get a foot inbounds.
There’s been some controversy in the call as the play was not reviewed on the field. Photos appear to show Darby did get his foot in.
Despite the failed two-point conversion, ASU did have their chance after the Wilkins score to take the lead. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert threw an interception with 3:53 remaining to give the ball back to the Sun Devils.
On the ensuing possession, Wilkins was strip sacked and Oregon recovered the fumble with 3:02 remaining.
The Ducks would run out the clock as an offsides penalty granted Oregon a first down with ASU unable to stop the clock.
It was a disappointing result for the Sun Devils considering they forced four Oregon turnovers, but the Ducks did finish with 449 yards of total offense.
Their opponent Saturday, Arizona, is coming off a humiliating loss in Pullman against No. 8 Washington State as the Cougars demolished the Wildcats 69-28.
Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew set a school-record with seven touchdown passes as he finished with 473 yards on 43-of-55 passing.
Washington State led 55-14 at halftime thanks to a 34-point second quarter. The Wildcats defense surrendered 605 yards of total offense.
In a losing effort, quarterback Khalil Tate put up good numbers throwing for 294 yards and four touchdowns but Arizona’s four turnovers resulted in 21 points for Washington State.
The Wildcats (5-6) entered the season as one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 South considering how well Tate played last season. The partnership of Tate and new head coach Kevin Sumlin has not panned out as envisioned.
Tate has become a strict passer in Sumlin’s system and it has limited his playmaking ability that Arizona thrived off of last season.
Arizona running back J.J. Taylor has had a solid season for the Wildcats posting 1,290 yards and six touchdowns. This matchup will feature two of the best tailbacks in the conference in Taylor and ASU’s Eno Benjamin.
The key in this game will be Arizona State’s offense. If the Sun Devils can display a balanced attack offensively, they should be able to expose a leaky Arizona defense.
Arizona State’s defense is much better than Arizona’s and unlike the game against Oregon, linebacker Merlin Robertson will be available the whole game.
This is a must-win for the Wildcats if they want to be bowl eligible while Arizona State will look to position themselves for a stronger bowl game with a victory.
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. MT
Stream: Foxsportsgo.com and Fox Sports Go app
Broadcast Team: Chris Vosters and Petros Papadakis
This will be Arizona State’s second appearance on FS1 this season with the first occurrence happening in Week One against UTSA, a game the Sun Devils won 49-7.