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In summer 2001, officials at Arizona and Arizona State received NCAA Division I-A designation for the 1899 Territorial Cup as the oldest trophy for a rivalry game in America. The annual Arizona-Arizona State winner obtains possession of the Cup for its Hall of Fame, a replica goes to the winning school's president's office, and two later trophies used over the years in the hard-fought rivalry are awarded to the winning coach and the Most Valuable Player.

On Thanksgiving Day in 1899, then Arizona Territorial Normal School defeated Arizona 11-2 in front of a reported 300 fans, and the Cup had its first curator. But over the years, the silver-plated antique prize was misplaced and supplanted by various other awards for the Big Game - the Governor's Trophy (1953-1979), a "Victory" sculpture by artist Ben Goo, and a Saguaro Trophy, among others. To ensure the safety of the original trophy, the actual Territorial Cup will be moved from one school to the other only under escort and the supervision of gloved archivists. The Ben Goo Trophy, awarded from 1979 to 1998 as the game trophy, has become the Big Game Most Valuable Player award. The Saguaro Trophy, a smaller bronze piece commissioned from artist Dora Perry in 1998, is presented and kept each year by the winning coach.


The University of Arizona leads the all-time series 47-37-1.

 

         
         
Arizona State University
(39) 
      The University of Arizona
(47) 
         
1899 1931 1949       1902 1914 1915
1950 1951 1952       1919 1925 1926
1956 1957 1958   Tied   1928 1929 1930
1959 1963 1965   1987   1932 1933 1934
1966 1967 1968       1935 1936 1937
1969 1970 1971       1941 1942 1946
1972 1973 1975       1947 1948 1953
1976 1977 1978       1954 1955 1960
1980 1981 1991       1961 1962 1964
1992 1996 1999       1974 1979 1982
2000 2002 2003       1983 1984 1985
2005 2006 2007       1986 1988 1989
2010
2012 2013        1990 1993 1994
            1995 1997 1998
            2001 2004 2008
            2009   2011
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