Matt Scott threw three touchdown passes, including a late 17-yard strike to David Richards that made it a one-possession game, but it wasn't enough as the Arizona Wildcats fell to their arch-rival Arizona State Sun Devils, 41-34, at Arizona Stadium on Friday night.
ASU used a 24-point fourth quarter in order to mount a lopsided comeback after they were outscored 27-17 through three quarters. That's when things went terribly wrong for the Wildcats. After Jon Mora's 39-yard field goal brought the Sun Devils to within a touchdown, Arizona would lose a fumble, have a punt blocked, and throw in interception on its next three possessions, all of which resulted in points for Arizona State.
Junior running back Marion Grice scored three of the Sun Devils' five rushing touchdowns on the evening and led ASU's ground attack, totaling 156 yards on 18 carries for an 8.7 yards per carry average. As a team, they rushed for 269 yards. Arizona State's win came largely as a result of winning the turnover battle by a margin of 4-2.
Scott threw three interceptions, and the Wildcats lost a critical fumble in the fourth quarter.
Box Score Hero: Marion Grice, ASU running back, 18 carries, 156 yards, three touchdowns, one reception for 18 yards
Rankings Ramifications: Arizona went into the game ranked 24th, and will likely fall outside of the top 25 due to the upset loss
But Did They Cover? The Wildcats failed to cover as they were 2.5-point favorites to beat the Sun Devils at home
Projected Bowl Games for Each Team: Arizona vs. Nevada, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 15, 2012 | ASU vs. Navy, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Dec. 29, 2012