The Wildcats get blown out by ASU in the Territorial Cup by 63 points


Lauren Salgado

Arizona Wildcats quarterback Will Plummer (15) passes football during the Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes game at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., December 5, 2020.

Ryan Wohl

The Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Arizona Wildcats by a score of 70-7. No, that’s not a typo.

This game was never close as ASU started the game up 14-0 only a minute into the game. ASU had four fumble recoveries and three interceptions to give them seven takeaways as a team.

The Wildcats played three different quarterbacks tonight in the first three quarters, and none of them were injured. This is the 12th straight loss for head coach Kevin Sumlin’s team dating back to last October.

“I think [the] guys are giving effort. It’s a combination of a lot of things,” tight end Bryce Wolma said. “When we get into the game, we aren’t executing. It’s tough. Everyone is extremely frustrated, we are a brotherhood, and we have to lift each other up.”

Arizona’s quarterbacks had only a little over 200 yards passing and three interceptions between three different quarterbacks. Sumlin replaced Grant Gunnell in the second quarter, who started the game after missing last week with a shoulder injury and explained his reasoning for doing so very early in the game.

“We thought Will [Plummer] came in and gave us a spark,” Sumlin said. “[Gunnell] turned the ball over early in the game and gave them short fields, dug a hole early in the game. No matter what your emotional level is when you turn the ball over like that, it’s not a good recipe. There are two options. You either quit or continue to fight.”

Sumlin’s message stayed positive after the game to his team, but it seems as if it might be too late to save his job and the season as a whole.

After the game, Sumlin answered the question everyone has been waiting for: Do you feel as if your job is under pressure right now?

“No, I mean this is what we sign up for; this is a tough deal,” Sumlin said. “As a coach you know you can’t approach life and your team like that, and we have to keep working at it.”

Sumlin hasn’t won a Territorial Cup since he has started coaching at Arizona, and that streak continues after a historic loss tonight to Arizona State. ASU had seven rushing touchdowns and rushed with ease whenever they wanted all night. Their leading rusher Rachaad White averaged 13.3 yards per carry.

Arizona gave up 63 points in the first three quarters and couldn’t get anything going on offense as they didn’t score a point in the second half of the game.

There is a lot of speculation if Arizona will play a game next week. As of now, Sumlin will still be the coach and more looms over the next few weeks.

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