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In addition to our ongoing series of the centennial celebration of the 1914 Hall of Fame football team, this site will publish the Top 50 games in Arizona football history in the 50 days leading up to the season-opener against UNLV on Aug. 29 at Arizona Stadium. We are 28 days from kickoff. If you have missed any of the series, here is a link to catch up.
SCORE: No. 7 Arizona Wildcats 50, ASU Sun Devils 42
DATE: Nov. 27, 1998
SITE: Arizona Stadium, 57,953 in attendance
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: The best rushing performance by an Arizona player (before Ka’Deem Carey’s record-breaking game against Colorado in 2012) occurred when the Wildcats completed the best regular-season in school history.
Trung Canidate shattered Arizona’s single-game rushing record with 288 yards in 18 carries, including touchdown runs of 80, 66 and 48 yards, as the seventh-ranked Wildcats (11-1 with the win) held off a pesky Arizona State team that finished its season 5-6.
“I knew I had to run somebody over or put a move on,” Canidate told reporters afterward. “I put some moves on and I got into a flow and went to the house. The (offensive) line told me they would give me 14 inches of daylight. That’s all I needed.”
The 92-point shootout was the highest-scoring game in the intense intrastate rivalry.
Canidate, who held the Arizona record with 18 games with at least 100 yards rushing before Carey eclipsed that with 23, broke the single-game record of 232 yards at the time, set by Jim Upchurch against Texas-El Paso in 1973.
From the Press Box — Brad Allis
During our countdown series, some media members and former players will offer their insight to a few of the games. Brad Allis, a longtime Tucson sports journalist and radio personality, offers his memory of Arizona’s victory over ASU in 1998. Allis is an editor with WildcatSportsReport.com, which is affiliated with 247Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @WSRBrad.
“I remember that game was crazy. Although Arizona was always in control, they could never shake ASU. Every time Arizona made it a two possession ball game, the Devils would score. Trung was unreal. Although Carey’s game against Colorado was statistically better, this was the best game I have ever seen an Arizona offensive player have.”