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Final

Arizona State 41

(7-5, 5-4 Pac-12)

(24) Arizona 34

(7-5, 4-5 Pac-12)

Coverage: ESPN

10:00 PM ET, November 23, 2012

Arizona Stadium, TUCSON, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
ASU 0 14 3 2441
#24ARIZ 6 3 18 734

Top Performers

Passing: M. Scott (ARIZ) - 230 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: M. Grice (ASU) - 18 CAR, 156 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: G. Wharton (ARIZ) - 6 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Arizona State scores 24 in fourth quarter to rally vs. Arizona

Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Todd Graham spent months talking to fans about what they wanted in his first season as Arizona State's coach.

Their top priority: Beat Arizona.

The Sun Devils did just that, with a touch of flair to boot.

Adding an unexpected chapter to what's become a wild rivalry, Arizona State scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat Arizona 41-34 on Friday night and help Graham land the first blow against Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez.

"This is THE game, the most important things for us," said Graham, who shared the Territorial Cup trophy with former Sun Devils coach Frank Kush in the locker room. "It wasn't just big to win, but how we won the game."

It was pretty impressive.

Trailing 27-17 after Arizona scored 18 points in the third quarter, the Sun Devils (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) stormed back, turning two turnovers and a blocked punt into three touchdowns.

Jon Mora got the rally started with a field goal. Marion Grice, who ran for 156 yards, scored his third touchdown on a 4-yard run to tie the game after Keelan Johnson forced Arizona quarterback Matt Scott to fumble.

Kevin Ayers blocked a punt to set up Cameron Marshall for an 8-yard touchdown to give Arizona State the lead. Robert Nelson then returned an interception 66 yards before Michael Eubank's 1-yard touchdown made it 41-27.

Even after Scott hit David Richards on a 17-yard touchdown pass in the final two minutes to cut the lead to seven, the Sun Devils didn't let Arizona come up with the onside kick and ran out the clock.

The memorable victory ensured Arizona State's first winning season since 2007 and gave Graham a leg up on Rodriguez in the 85-game series' first game between new coaches since Arizona's John Mackovic beat ASU's Dirk Koetter in 2001.

"We were down by 10, we kept battling, kept making plays, forced a couple of turnovers; then what? We won the game," said Arizona State senior linebacker Brandon Magee, who had 17 tackles. "It happened just like that."

The Wildcats (7-5, 4-5) thought they had it won.

Trailing by eight at halftime, Arizona went up 10 in the third quarter after Scott hit Aaron Hill on a 22-yard touchdown and Garic Wharton on a 40-yarder, and John Bonano kicked a 23-yard field goal.

The Wildcats just couldn't hold on.

Arizona gave up the blocked punt in the fourth quarter, and Scott had two of his four turnovers -- an interception and a fumble -- in the final nine minutes to let the game slip away.

Ka'Deem Carey ran for 172 yards and a touchdown, and Scott threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions and the crucial fumble.

"I'm disappointed we lost," Rodriguez said. "I love our kids and I'm really proud of our seniors, but I'm disappointed we lost. The kids are, too, I'm sure. Our guys competed hard."

A heated rivalry to begin with, the Territorial Cup took on added meaning this season with new coaches trying to get a head start on each other.

After an unsuccessful stint at Michigan, Rodriguez brought gas-it-all-the-time offense to the desert, hoping to turn around a program that had fallen off hard the previous couple of seasons.

Even without much depth on his roster, Rodriguez's debut has been a success: seven wins, two over top-25 teams, and bowl eligibility in his first season.

Just 90 minutes up Interstate 10 in Tempe, Graham put his mark on the Sun Devils with his no-nonsense approach and high-octane offense. Arizona State got off to a great start, winning five of its first six games, then rallied from a four-game losing streak to become bowl eligible by beating Washington State last weekend.

For all they accomplished, Friday night's game was the biggest of the season. Bragging rights, an advantage in recruiting, a boost for fans and alumni -- plenty was riding on this game.

"This game was everything," Graham said.

It took a while to get going.

The only player on either team to get much going early, Carey passed Trung Canidate's single-season school record of 1,602 yards rushing, set in 1999, on Arizona's second drive, then launched himself over Arizona State safety Alden Darby for a 1-yard touchdown run to cap it.

Bogged down early, Arizona State got going by picking off two of Scott's passes. Grice followed both with touchdowns: a nifty 52-yard run and a score from 3 yards out to help the Sun Devils to a 14-9 halftime lead.

After that came the fireworks, the rivals trading big swings of momentum by combining for 52 points, 502 yards of offense and disparate emotions from teams that wanted this game more than any other this season.

"This was a high-energy game, and I didn't expect it to be any different," Arizona nose guard Tevin Hood said. "There were a lot of momentum shifts, and that really played a big part of the game."

The Sun Devils got the biggest shift, in the game and for the rivalry's two new coaches.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ASU
ARIZ
1st Downs2436
Total Yards460522
Passing191230
Rushing269292
Penalties7-861-15
3rd Down Conversions8-1710-18
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers24
Possession29:1830:42

Passing Leaders

Arizona StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kelly16/291916.600
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scott19/392305.933

Rushing Leaders

Arizona StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grice181568.7352
Foster16493.109
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Carey251726.9136
Jenkins21783.7013

Receiving Leaders

Arizona StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miles5397.8012
Foster23819.0029
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wharton68914.8140
Hill57014.0122

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERASUARIZ
TD07:59Ka'Deem Carey 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 06
SECOND QUARTERASUARIZ
TD09:42Marion Grice 52 Yd Run (Alex Garoutte Kick) 76
TD06:16Marion Grice 2 Yd Run (Alex Garoutte Kick) 146
FG00:00John Bonano 33 Yd 149
THIRD QUARTERASUARIZ
FG12:29Jon Mora 26 Yd 179
TD09:22Austin Hill 22 Yd Pass From Matt Scott (John Bonano Kick) 1716
TD06:23Garic Wharton 40 Yd Pass From Matt Scott (John Bonano Run For Two-Point Conversion) 1724
FG04:14John Bonano 23 Yd 1727
FOURTH QUARTERASUARIZ
FG11:51Jon Mora 39 Yd 2027
TD07:17Marion Grice 4 Yd Run (Alex Garoutte Kick) 2727
TD05:34Cameron Marshall 8 Yd Run (Alex Garoutte Kick) 3427
TD02:51Michael Eubank 1 Yd Run (Alex Garoutte Kick) 4127
TD01:54David Richards 17 Yd Pass From Matt Scott (John Bonano Kick) 4134

Research Notes

Ka'Deem Carey (ARIZ): 4th game this season with at least 170 rush yards. He's tied with David Fluellen of Toledo and Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada for the most in the FBS in 2012.

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