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Arizona Wildcats vs. ASU Sun Devils memories: Max Zendejas




During the week will publish quotes from interviews we’ve had with former Arizona players about the ASU-Arizona rivalry. The series of the interviews will run through Saturday, when the Wildcats and Sun Devils play each other in Tempe.

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Years at Arizona: 1982-85

Position: Place-kicker

Zendejas is the best placekicker in Arizona history, just ask ASU fans, who watched him beat them twice in Tempe in 1983 and 1985. He also made the game-winning field goal at Notre Dame in 1982. His nephew Alex Zendejas also beat ASU with a last-second field goal in Tempe in 2009.

“What I remember most is playing against my brother Luis and watching my dad switching hats after kicking the game-winning field goal and putting them out of the Rose Bowl. The 45-yard kick to beat ASU in 1983 and the 57-yarder which beat ASU in Tempe in 1985 are also what I remember. I broke that last record I needed to break (actually tying Lee Pistor with the longest field goal in school history of 57 yards).”


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Max Zendejas made this game-winning 45 yarder at ASU as time expired in 1983

Max Zendejas made this game-winning 45 yarder at ASU as time expired in 1983

Max Zendejas reacts to kicking the xx-yard field goal to gave Arizona a 16-13 victory over ASU (Tucson Citizn file photo)

Max Zendejas reacts to kicking the 32-yard field goal to give Arizona a 16-13 victory over ASU in 1985 (Tucson Citizen file photo)

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