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Arizona Wildcats vs. ASU Sun Devils Memories: Lamont Lovett and Doug Penner




These are quotes from interviews I’ve had with former Arizona players about the ASU-Arizona rivalry. This site will run a series of the interviews through Friday, when the Wildcats and Sun Devils play each other in Tucson.


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Years at Arizona: 1990-93

Position: Running back

Lamont Lovett played special teams and was a running back for Arizona along with his brother Lamar, both hailing from Los Angeles. Lamont is the color analyst for radio broadcast on the Wildcat Sports Network. I listen to many broadcasts with Lamont and Brian Jeffries, the Voice of the Wildcats, on Sirius/XM, and Lamont has improved year by year with his analysis. It’s obvious he knows what he talks about through his experience. He made a big play in this rivalry, recovering a teammate’s fumble in the end zone for a touchdown at ASU in his senior year. The Wildcats won the game 34-20 before heading back to Sun Devil Stadium and defeating Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.



Years at Arizona: 1985-88

Position: Offensive lineman

Doug Penner was a four-year letterman for Arizona Wildcats from 1985-1988 who never lost to ASU. The Wildcats were 3-0-1 during Penner’s time with the Wildcats. During his senior year in 1988, the UA and ASU did not go to a bowl. Penner noted in an Associated Press story that the game “is our bowl game”. Arizona won that game 28-18 at Arizona Stadium to increase “The Streak” (Arizona’s unbeaten streak against ASU) to seven straight games.


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“My greatest UofA vs ASU memory was watching Art Greathouse limp around on a torn hamstring all week in practice and beg the coach to put him into the game, where he proceeded to rush for 100 yards and lead Arizona to victory (21-17 in Tucson). One of the gutsiest performances I have seen, because I know how hurt he was. That was 1990.”

— Lamont Lovett

“My greatest memory is walking off the field in late November of 1988 beating our rival in the last game I ever put a Wildcat uniform on in our home stadium and sitting on the 50 yard line with my teammates and fans not wanting to walk off the field.”

— Doug Penner

[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He has written articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.


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