NCAAF Game Recap - Arizona State at Arizona
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:30 PM EST

Aub
21
Ala
52
F
SCar
35
Clem
56
F
ND
24
USC
17
F
Mich
39
OHSt
62
F
GATec
21
UGA
45
F
Okla
59
WVU
56
F
Wash
28
WaSt
15
F
UCF
38
SoFL
10
F
LSU
72
TxAM
74
F(6OT)
Tex
24
Kans
17
F
Fla
41
FlaSt
14
F
UtSt
24
Boise
33
F
MD
3
PSU
38
F
KY
56
Lou
10
F
BYU
27
Utah
35
F
Syr
42
BC
21
F
Ill
16
NW
24
F
MisSt
35
Miss
3
F
Pitt
3
MiaFL
24
F
K St
38
IASt
42
F
NIU
21
WestMI
28
F
Ball
21
MiaOH
42
F
ColSt
19
AF
27
F
Hou
31
Mem
52
F
Neb
28
Iowa
31
F
C Mi
13
Toled
51
F
Akr
28
Ohio
49
F
E Mi
28
Kent
20
F
Buff
44
BGSU
14
F
Ark
0
Mizzu
38
F
CoCar
28
SoAl
31
F
UVA
31
VaTec
34
F OT
ECU
6
Cin
56
F
Oreg
55
OreSt
15
F
Navy
28
Tul
29
F
Bayl
35
TxTch
24
F
W Ky
30
LaTec
15
F
Purd
28
Ind
21
F
Marsh
28
FLInt
25
F
NCSt
34
UNC
28
F OT
Wake
59
Duke
7
F
OD
13
Rice
27
F
GaSo
35
GASt
14
F
NMSt
21
Lib
28
F
Wyo
31
NM
3
F
Troy
10
App
21
F
ULLaf
31
ULMon
28
F
Stan
49
UCLA
42
F
SMiss
39
UTEP
7
F
UAB
3
MidTN
27
F
AzSt
41
Ariz
40
F
Minn
37
Wisc
15
F
SMU
24
Tuls
27
F
Temp
57
UConn
7
F
ArkSt
33
TxSt
7
F
Tenn
13
Vand
38
F
Rut
10
MSU
14
F
Char
27
FlAtl
24
F
SJSU
13
Fres
31
F
Colo
21
Cal
33
F
NorTx
24
UTSA
21
F
OkSt
24
TCU
31
F
Nev
29
UNLV
34
F
Hawaii
31
SDSU
30
F OT

Nov 24, 2018, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Arizona State (7-5)

7

7

7

20

41

Arizona (5-7)

10

12

18

0

40

Arizona State rallies in fourth to beat rival Arizona 41-40
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:38 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State trailed its biggest rival by 19 points heading into the fourth quarter.

On the Sun Devils' sideline, quarterback Manny Wilkins told his teammates to treat it like a basketball game: get a stop, get a bucket, get a stop, get a bucket.

Arizona State's defense held up its end with two turnovers. The offense got the buckets. And when one last-second Arizona field goal attempt sailed right, the Sun Devils had the Territorial Cup back in their hands.

Eno Benjamin scored on a 22-yard touchdown as Arizona State rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat rival Arizona 41-40 on Saturday.

"We were just poised, trusted the game plan, nobody pointing fingers when something went wrong," said Wilkins, who threw for 265 yards and a touchdown. "That's why we finished with one more point than they did."

Arizona (5-7, 4-5 Pac-12) led 40-21 heading in the fourth quarter after Khalil Tate threw his third TD pass of the game, 8 yards to Tony Ellison.

Arizona State (7-5, 5-4) started its rally with Wilkins' 11-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion. Aashari Crosswell's interception return to Arizona's 22-yard line set up Brandon Ruiz's 39-yard field goal, then the Sun Devils recovered J.J. Taylor's fumble at Arizona's 22-yard line.

Benjamin burst up the middle, cut outside and finished off his third touchdown of the game to put the Sun Devils up 41-40 with 3:08 left.

The Wildcats got the ball back and marched down the field, but Josh Pollack, who made four field goals, pushed a 45-yard attempt wide right with 11 seconds left.

"This will sound crazy, but we're comfortable there; we're not in a panic," Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. "We just kind of keep fighting. That's the DNA of the players."

The Wildcats leave with an excruciating loss in their biggest game of the season. Arizona not only blew a big lead to lose to its biggest rival, it lost a chance to play a bowl game in coach Kevin Sumlin's first season.

Tate threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, and Taylor had 144 yards on 28 carries for Arizona.

"The biggest issue was the two turnovers on your side of the 50," Sumlin said.

Left with one final shot at a bowl game, Arizona jumped on it early, racking up yards in good-sized chunks.

Tate hit Ellison on a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Shawn Poindexter scaled over ASU cornerback Kobe Williams in the end zone for a 23-yard score.

The Wildcats had to settle for Pollack field goals on three trips into the red zone, though, including a 36-yarder on the final play of the first half to put Arizona up 22-14.

Wilkins hit Brandon Aiyuk on a 58-yard scoring pass and Benjamin bulled his way in for a 10-yard TD to keep the Sun Devils within reach.

Arizona started quickly in the second half as well.

PJ Johnson tackled Benjamin in the end zone for a safety, then Taylor returned the kickoff 66 yard to set up Pollack's fourth field goal.

Benjamin scored on a 14-yard run, but Gary Brightwell answered with a 35-yard scoring run. Tate then hit Ellison on a jump pass for an 8-yard score to put the Wildcats up 40-21.

Seemingly on their way to a bowl game, the Wildcats couldn't hold the lead, losing the game and their postseason bid.

"The circumstances of this year were different, we wanted to be better," Sumlin said. "We had a lot of moving parts this year."

THE TAKEAWAY

The Sun Devils defense struggled all game before coming up with the biggest plays when they needed them most.

The Wildcats had bowl eligibility within their grasp, only to let it slip through in the fourth quarter. This one will hurt.

BENJAMIN'S DAY

Benjamin entered the game third nationally with 1,444 yards rushing and needing 122 yards to break the school single-season record. He came up short, finishing with 80 yards on 21 carries, but ended up with the winning TD run.

TATE'S RETURN

Sumlin said the team would gather information before Tate makes a decision whether to return for his senior season in 2019. Tate threw for more than 2,500 yards and 26 TDs this season, but was far less of a running threat in Sumlin's system than he was last season, finishing with 224 yards after racking up more than 1,400 yards a year ago.

UP NEXT

Arizona State will play in a bowl game for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Arizona is done.

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Passing

AzSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Wilkins 31 18 58.1 1 265 58 0 96.8
Ariz Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Tate 39 21 53.8 3 282 47 1 92.0

Rushing

AzSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Benjamin 21 80 3.8 22 3
M. Wilkins 9 57 6.3 13 1
Ariz Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Taylor 28 144 5.1 18 0
K. Tate 9 46 5.1 21 0

Receiving

AzSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Aiyuk 5 106 21.2 58 1
N. Harry 4 55 13.8 38 0
Ariz Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Poindexter 6 99 16.5 47 1
S. Brown 5 76 15.2 26 0

Fumbles

AzSt F FL
M. Wilkins 1 0
E. Benjamin 1 0
Ariz F FL
J. Taylor 1 1

Returning

AzSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Aiyuk 1 37.0 0 37 0 - 0 0
N. Harry 0 - 0 0 1 -5.0 0 0
Ariz KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Brown 1 3.0 0 3 3 14.3 0 19
J. Taylor 2 41.0 0 66 0 - 0 0

Punting

AzSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Sleep-Dalton 5 217 43.4 56
Ariz Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Klumph 3 148 49.3 57

Takeaways

AzSt Int Yds InTD
A. Crosswell 1 24 0

Team Stats Comparison

AzSt Ariz
Points For 41 40
Total Yards 401 520
Rushing Yards 136 238
Passing Yards 265 282
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/31 21/39
Turnovers 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 1/1
First Downs 20 26
Penalties - Yards 9/74 7/62
Time Of Possession 43:43 17:17
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/12 9/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 5/43 3/49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter AzSt Ariz
Ariz 7:54 FG Josh Pollack 29 yd FG 0 3
Ariz 11:27 TD Tony Ellison 28 yd pass from Khalil Tate (Josh Pollack kick) 0 10
AzSt 12:32 TD Brandon Aiyuk 58 yd pass from Manny Wilkins (Brandon Ruiz kick) 7 10
2nd Quarter AzSt Ariz
Ariz 4:42 FG Josh Pollack 23 yd FG 7 13
Ariz 10:35 TD Shawn Poindexter 23 yd pass from Khalil Tate (failed 2pt rush) 7 19
AzSt 13:33 TD Eno Benjamin 10 yd run (Brandon Ruiz kick) 14 19
Ariz 15:00 FG Josh Pollack 36 yd FG 14 22
3rd Quarter AzSt Ariz
Ariz 1:46 SF Team safety 14 24
Ariz 2:43 FG Josh Pollack 40 yd FG 14 27
AzSt 5:37 TD Eno Benjamin 14 yd run (Brandon Ruiz kick) 21 27
Ariz 7:09 TD Gary Brightwell 35 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 21 33
Ariz 12:16 TD Tony Ellison 8 yd pass from Khalil Tate (Josh Pollack kick) 21 40
4th Quarter AzSt Ariz
AzSt 1:55 FG Brandon Ruiz 27 yd FG 24 40
AzSt 8:24 TD Manny Wilkins 11 yd run (Tommy Hudson 2pt pass from Manny Wilkins) 32 40
AzSt 11:27 FG Brandon Ruiz 39 yd FG 35 40
AzSt 11:52 TD Eno Benjamin 22 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 41 40

Game Information

Stadium: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 51,805
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