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TEMPE – Arizona follows Arizona State 14-9 at halftime of the annual Territorial Cup game at Sun Devil Stadium.

The 20-point underdog Wildcats are aiming for their first win against the Sun Devils since 2016. ASU won last year’s game 70-7.

UA quarterback Will Plummer is on his way to a career game, having completed 15 of 19 passes for 215 yards. Plummer also lost a fumble which led to an ASU touchdown.

The Sun Devils edged the Wildcats 80-1. Rachaad White has 50 of those yards and a touchdown.

In many ways, the first half was typical of the 2021 Cats.

Arizona have entered the red zone three times and haven’t scored any touchdowns. The Wildcats also made a critical turnover.

With a score of 7-6 in favor of ASU in the second quarter, Arizona faced a third and fourth of 34. Plummer was forced out of the pocket. Before Plummer could throw the ball, Jack Jones stripped it. The ball leapt to 1, where ASU’s Tyler Johnson fell on it. White crashed into the end zone on the next game to bring the score to 14-6.

Tyler Loop’s third field goal in the first half, with 2:19 remaining, reduced the deficit to five points.






Arizona’s Tyler Loop hits a basket in the second quarter.




If you’ve taken less than 2.5 out of the number of games it would take for Jedd Fisch to launch a gadget game, you’ve cashed your ticket. In Arizona’s second scrum game, Jamarye Joiner took a straight snap. Only two linemen were positioned near the balloon. Joiner threw a back pass to Plummer, who then sent the ball to Dorian Singer for a 44-yard gain at ASU 24.

Typically, the Wildcats couldn’t score a touchdown once they entered the red zone. Tyler Loop’s 32-yard field goal gave Arizona a 3-0 lead. The Wildcats entered the country last in touchdown percentage in the red zone this week, converting just 32.3% of the time (11 of 34).

The ASU responded with a touchdown. Key plays: Jayden Daniels’ 11-yard scrum; passing 27 yards from Daniels to Whites; and Daniels’ 14-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Pearsall.






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Arizona wide receiver Thomas Reid III takes on ASU’s DJ Taylor in the second quarter. The play led to a brawl, one of many that broke out between the state’s rivals.




Arizona responded with another long drive that ended in a basket. Plummer and Singer clung to a long ball again, this one over 36 meters. The Wildcats hit the 1-yard line three games later. A false start on Jordan Morgan pushed them back. They had to settle for another basket from the Loop, which brings the score to 7-6.

Contact sports reporter Michael Lev at 573-4148 or mlev@tucson.com. On Twitter @michaeljlev

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