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ARIZONA PLAYER MEMORIES
MAX ZENDEJAS, placekicker
“What I remember most is playing against my brother Luis and watching my dad switching hats after kicking the game-winning field goal and putting them out of the Rose Bowl. The 45-yard kick to beat ASU in 1983 and the 57-yarder which beat ASU in Tempe in 1985 are also what I remember. I broke that last record I neede to brake (actually tying Lee Pistor with the longest field goal in school history).”
STEVE JUSTICE, long snapper
“Being a part of all those kicks Max made is memorable. Also being a part of that punt in 1985 that Byron Evans forced the fumble and Don Be’Ans recovered in the end zone for the TD!”
PAUL TOFFLEMIRE, center
“My greatest experience would have to be the ’89 season. The game was up in Tempe. The nose guard was All-Pac-10 (Dan Saleaumua) and he was bragging about how he & the D-line would change the outcome of the game. The O-line just kicked their asses. It was the biggest crowd in Sun Devil Stadium at the time and they wore their yellow uniforms & looked like a bunch of bananas running around!!!”
LAMONTE HUNLEY, linebacker
“The greatest memory of this great game is the start of “The Streak” (in 1982). I’m proud to have been a part of that great team.”
RIVALRY’S FIVE GREATEST GAMES
Series record: Arizona leads 47-38-1. Since “The Streak” ended in 1990, the UA is 10-12 against the Sun Devils. The visiting team has won in the last four years.
5. ASU 30, Arizona 7, Arizona Stadium, Nov. 30, 1968
The “Ultimatum Bowl” as it became to be known is the game that ignited the idea of the Fiesta Bowl and, as a result, produced future national championship football games in Phoenix. ASU (7-2) and Arizona (8-1) were about to meet in the Territorial Cup game. The Wildcats were coming off a significant 14-7 victory over No. 20 Wyoming the week before.
Officials of the Sun Bowl intended to invite the winner of the ASU-UA game to the El Paso bowl game. Instead, UA coach Darrell Mudra issued his infamous ultimatum: Take us now or don’t take us at all and we’ll shop for other bowls. The Sun Bowl officials buckled to his demand and offered Arizona its 1968 invitation before the motivated Sun Devils routed the Wildcats in Tucson.
The Ultimatum Bowl led to the successful Fiesta Bowl because Phoenix officials wanted to create their own bowl game to avoid what happened to the Sun Devils in 1968. The Fiesta Bowl began in 1971. ASU played in four of the first five games (winning four). By then, the Fiesta Bowl had been established nationally and financially. Arizona played Auburn in the 1968 Sun Bowl and lost 34-10.
4. Arizona 16, ASU 13, Sun Devil Stadium, Nov. 13, 1985
Poor John Cooper.
Yes, the former ASU coach guided the Sun Devils to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 1986, but he never beat the Arizona Wildcats in three tries. In the season Cooper and ASU went to the Rose Bowl, the Wildcats dominated the Sun Devils at Arizona Stadium in a 34-17 win. In the season after in Tempe, all the Sun Devils had to do was get a punt off in the waning seconds to beat the Wildcats. The punter fumbled and Arizona tied the game on a field goal to extend “The Streak” to six games without a loss to the Sun Devils. Cooper then left to Ohio State.