Fighting game! Arizona and Arizona State mascots FIGHT on the sideline with cheerleaders needed to intervene
During the Arizona and Arizona State rivalry game, the two schools’ mascots fought just as hard as the players on the field.
Except instead of fighting the opposing team on the field, they were seen coming to blows on the touchline.
Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak to beat the Sun Devils 38-35 on Friday night, but tensions appeared to rise between the two teams during the clash.
Sparky the Sun Devil and Wilbur the Wildcat have an impromptu boxing match on the sidelines
It is unknown which mascot won the battle between Wilbur the Wildcat and Sparky the Sun Devil, after the cheerleaders intervened, however, during the fight, Arizona State scored a touchdown to take a temporary lead.
The culmination of Jedd Fisch’s rebuilding project – at least so far – came on a perfect afternoon in the desert with the ideal ending: a long-awaited victory in the rivalry.
Michael Wiley rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona beat Arizona State 38-35 on Friday to end a five-game losing streak in the Territorial Cup rivalry.
“We’ve got all these young guys that are just going to get better,” Fisch said. “And if we keep improving, then the construction should never end, it’s an endless game.”
Michael Wiley (6) passes the ball between Arizona State defensive backs Chris Edmonds (5)
The Wildcats (5-7, 3-6 Pac-12) twice led by 10 points and allowed Arizona State to come back both times in a wild game that featured a combined 1,018 yards.
Wiley was Arizona’s workhorse, finishing with the second-most rushing yards in Territorial Cup history behind Trung Candidate’s 288 for Arizona in 1998.
The Wildcats rushed for 280 yards to make up for a rare quiet day from Laura’s Jayden, capping a season of recovery after going 1-11 a year ago.
“The emotions of the last few years and the results we’ve had, this one feels good,” Wiley said.
Trenton Bourguet threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns for Arizona State (3-9, 2-7) in Shaun Aguano’s final game as interim coach. The Sun Devils got the ball back at their own 28-yard line with 1:33 to play, but Bourguet threw his second interception after getting hit.
The turnover was the fifth for Arizona State, crushing their Territorial Cup hopes.
Isaiah Taylor #18 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates on the sidelines during the final moments of the second half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium
“To all the Sun Devils, this cup means a lot, it means a lot to those guys in the locker room and a lot to me,” Aguano said. “I just want to apologize for not saving it.”
The Sun Devils recovered from some early mistakes to lead 14-10 at halftime.
Neither team could stop the other in the second half, combining for five touchdowns and 429 yards in the third quarter alone.
Giovanni Sanders caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Bourguet to put Arizona State up 21-17. Wiley scored on runs of 12 and 72 yards to make it 31-21 Arizona.
Adama Fall #19 of the Arizona Wildcats holds up the Territorial Cup after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 38-35
Xazavian Halladay scored on a 1-yard run after Jalin Conyers hauled a 27-yard pass between two defenders, then Conyers scored on a wide-open 4-yard pass to put Arizona State up 35-31.
DJ Williams responded with a 6-yard score to put Arizona back on top and the Wildcats got the ball back on a sack by Bourguet with 3:17 to play.
Arizona State had one last chance after stopping the Wildcats on fourth down, but Isaiah Taylor made a diving interception after Jacob Manu hit Bourguet’s arm.
A melee ensued among several players, but the play stood, ending Arizona State’s bid for the longest Territorial Cup winning streak since 1965-73.
“They were bringing in a corner blitz and I liked it because we know we’re going to have a one-on-one matchup,” Bourguet said. ‘I just didn’t have time.’
With that play, it was finally time for Arizona to lift the Territorial Cup again.