It took them until the last game of the year, but the Arizona State Sun Devils finally got the necessary breaks to win a close game.
ASU’s 30-29 double-overtime victory over UA was the second straight Territorial game that was decided by special teams.
It was also the first Territorial Cup in 111 years to go into overtime.
In 2009, Kyle Williams muffed a punt, setting up Wildcats kicker Alex Zendejas for the game-winning field goal.
While he was the hero last year, Zendejas became public enemy No. 1 for the Wildcat fans last night.
Zendejas had two crucial PATs blocked by ASU defensive end James Brooks.
The first point-after attempt came when the game was tied with just 27 seconds remaining. All the Wildcats had to do was make the PAT, and they most certainly would have won.
Zendejas redeemed himself in the first overtime by making a field goal, but he will be remembered for what happened in the second overtime. A simple PAT attempt would have tied the game and sent it into its third overtime, but once again the kick was blocked.
Kickers are not often the story of a game, but both kickers had a huge impact on Thursday night’s game. The blocked PATs are causing fans to compare Zendejas to Boise State’s Kyle Brotzman, while Thomas Weber reminded Sun Devil fans why he won the Lou Groza Award in 2007
Weber has struggled throughout the season but ended his career on a high note, as he was a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts, including a 52-yarder.
This game was a defensive struggle for the most part, and sophomore linebacker Vontaze Burfict showed ASU fans just how good he can be. He has always been talented and made huge plays, but what stood out in this game was the fact that he was able to keep his emotions in check and the flags in the referees' pockets.
Burfict was not penalized at all during this game, something that he needs to learn to do more often because he is such a great linebacker when he controls his emotions.
While he struggled at times, quarterback Brock Osweiler was able to make plays with his arm and legs and most importantly did not turn the ball over.
The Sun Devils have had turnover problems all year, so it was refreshing to see a turnover-free game.
While momentum may have been on Brock’s side after the UCLA win, he struggled a lot against UA.
However, he did get the win, which means it is safe to say there will be another quarterback competition in 2010.
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