'Duel in the Desert' Football Classics
PHOENIX--FSN Arizona plans to help its statewide audience kick its football fever up a notch this weekend with a 10-hour blast from the past of Arizona-Arizona State games the FSN network produced for its national cable football package in recent years.The network will air five consecutive WIldcat-Sun Devil football games from noon to 10 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, Aug. 19. Each game has been condensed to a two-hour taste of one of the nation's top football rivalries -- actually recognized by the NCAA as the oldest 'trophy' game on record, with the Territorial Cup at stake each November.
Here is the FSN AZ schedule for the broadcasts:
* 12 p.m. ?- It’s Jake Plummer, Pat Tillman and the Rose Bowl-bound Sun Devils in their big 56-14 victory that capped an undefeated 1996 regular season. ASU snapped Arizona's three-game winning streak in the series with the solid victory in front of UA's home crowd of 59,920 -- the largest crowd to watch a game in Arizona Stadium history. ASU had 651 yards in total offense and held UA to 170.
* 2 p.m. ?- Arizona cements its best-ever season to improve to 11-1 with a nervous (for UA partisans) 50-42 victory over ASU in front of a crowd of 57,953 in Tucson. The game featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense, notably a UA-record 288 yards rushing by Trung Canidate, including touchdown runs of 80, 66 and 48 markers. ASU had trouble running, so Ryan Kealy threw for 511 yards. Each team twice missed two-point PAT tries, UA linebacker Marcus Bell had 21 tackles, ASU had two guys with nine pass receptions, etc.
* 4 p.m. ?- ASU's two-year run with the Cup ends as Arizona's Bobby Wade catches 11 passes for 157 yards and the effervescent Clarence Farmer runs for 158 yards and a score to lead Arizona to a 34-21 victory over the Devils in front of a smallish crowd of 55,831 in Sun Devil Stadium. Wade gets the Most Outstanding Player honor in the first year of its selection by the attending media. Farmer's pounce on ASU's midfield logo at game's end sparks some loss of composure by both squads.
* 6 p.m. ?- Defensive end Terrell Suggs takes the line of scrimmage as his own and helps lead the Sun Devil defense, while game MVP Mike Williams runs for 162 yards to help ASU beat UA, 34-20, on the Cats' home turf and a small crowd of 47,005 in Tucson in 2002. Suggs makes three hits behind the line, the Cats turn the ball over five times, Andrew Walter throws for a pile of yards and Williams scores four times carrying the ball.
* 8 p.m. ?- The Wildcats put an exclamation mark on head coach Mike Stoops' debut season by taking down the No. 18-ranked Sun Devils, 34, 27, in front of an aroused crowd of 55,095 in Arizona Stadium. Then redshirt-freshman RIchard Kovalcheck earns the most outstanding player honor with 239 yards passing, including three tosses for scores. The Devils turn the ball over five times, leading to 24 Wildcat points.