Coming into Friday night’s game, Arizona was in the midst of the longest losing streak in program history at 11 games dating back to last season.
Things didn’t change, and the first play of the game summed up the season as ASU’s D.J. Taylor took the opening kick-off 100 yards to the house. Arizona trailed at halftime 42-7 showing no life from the opening kick. This led to a record-setting night with the largest margin of victory for the Sun Devils over the Wildcats 70-7 making 70 points the most scored in Territorial Cup history.
Arizona was dominated in almost every statistical category possible, giving up 495 yards, 268 rushing yards, and committed seven turnovers that resulted in 35 ASU points.
Throughout the game, former players spoke out on Twitter, showing their frustration with the program’s direction, including Wildcat legend Joe Tayfoa who played under coach Dick Tomey.
Congratulations #UofAFootball for turning in the worst performance in school history. Fitting that it should cap off the worst season in school history. I’m sorry coach Tomey for allowing this to happen to our legacy. #BearDown
— Joe Tafoya (@JoeTafoya) December 12, 2020
The Wildcats saw three different quarterbacks in the game as starter Grant Gunnell struggled after coming off an injury, going 12-for-17 with 78 yards and one pick. The three quarterbacks combined for 213 yards going 26-for-46, and threw three interceptions.
It was a record-setting night for ASU in the Territorial Cup as it broke the record for most points scored in the game with 70 points (previous record 67), and it was the largest margin of victory over the Wildcats.
Arizona’s single touchdown came from running back Michael Wiley, who busted a 20-yard run to put the Wildcats on the board in the second quarter. Wiley finished with 42 yards on nine carries while scoring the team’s only points of the game.
It was a rough night for senior running back Gary Brightwell, who rushed for a team-high 49 yards on 17 attempts while fumbling the ball three times in the game.
Here’s senior tight end Bryce Wolma talking about what went wrong in the game and where is the team mentally right now after the blowout loss to ASU:
Defensively Arizona couldn’t stop ASU running back Rachaad White, who went off for 133 yards and three touchdowns on his way to winning the MVP trophy for the Territorial Cup.
Here’s linebacker Parker Henley talking about how he thought the team prepared for this game and what is the mindset moving forward:
Arizona is now on a 12-game losing streak. The Wildcats are 9-20 under coach Kevin Sumlin and haven’t posted a winning record with the current staff.
Here’s Sumlin talking about what went wrong in the game and he discussed his future with the program:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.