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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 Saturday, when the Wildcats and Sun Devils play each other in Tempe.
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WARNER SMITH, offensive lineman
“My best memory of the ASU game was from 1993. We were at our absolute low point. We had just blown our shot at the Rose Bowl against Cal and we were decimated by injuries. If ASU won, I think they were supposed to go to the Sun Bowl. If we won, the rumor was that we’d get another crack at Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. Chuck Cecil spoke to the team the night before the game at our hotel in Tempe. He was INTENSE!! ‘Reach down the devil’s throat, grab his little tiny heart, and CRUSH him!!’ It felt like Braveheart!! We could’ve played the game in the hotel parking lot. No one slept that night. The game was a three-hour brawl. Desert Swarm thumped Jake Plummer. Dan White sliced through the scummies like a surgeon. Afterwards, sure enough, Fiesta Bowl representatives were in our locker room to tell us we were going to face the Miami Hurricanes on New Years Day.”
LAMONTE HUNLEY, linebacker
“The greatest memory of this great game is the start of “The Streak” (in 1982). I’m proud to have been a part of that great team.”
JAY DOBYNS, receiver
“Greatest memory: Coach (Larry) Smith crying after the ’82 game. That game was so important to him and his passion for it was contagious.”