Arizona St. storms back for win over Arizona
Arizona St. storms back for win over Arizona
Against Arizona State, the Wildcats’ biggest rival, he couldn’t bring the Wildcats all the way back.
Scott threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns, but also had three interceptions and a key fumble in Arizona’s 41-34 loss to Arizona State Friday night.
“We had some tough losses, but our team never gave up, even in blowouts,” Arizona running back Daniel Jenkins said. “Matt is a great quarterback, and I told him not to hang his head. At the end of the day, he’s a great quarterback.” Trailing by eight at halftime, Arizona (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) scored 18 points the third quarter after Scott hit Aaron Hill on a 22-yard touchdown and Garic Wharton on a 40-yarder, and John Bonano kicked a 23-yard field goal.
The Wildcats just couldn’t hold on.
Arizona gave up the blocked punt, Scott had an interception and a fumble, and Arizona State scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.
Ka’Deem Carey ran for 172 yards and a touchdown to lead Arizona.
“I’m disappointed we lost,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. “I love our kids and I’m really proud of our seniors, but I’m disappointed we lost. The kids are, too, I’m sure. Our guys competed hard.” Arizona State (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) stormed back after trailing 27-17 in the third quarter.
Jon Mora got the rally started with a field goal. Marion Grice, who ran for 156 yards, scored his third touchdown on a 4-yard run to tie the game after Keelan Johnson forced Arizona quarterback Matt Scott to fumble.
Kevin Ayers blocked a punt to set up Cameron Marshall for an 8-yard touchdown to give Arizona State the lead. Robert Nelson then returned an interception 66 yards before Michael Eubank’s 1-yard touchdown made it 41-27.
Even after Scott hit David Richards on a 17-yard touchdown pass in the final two minutes to cut the lead to seven, the Sun Devils didn’t let Arizona come up with the onside kick and ran out the clock.
The memorable victory ensured Arizona State’s first winning season since 2007 and gave coach Todd Graham a leg up on Rodriguez in the 85-game series’ first game between new coaches since Arizona’s John Mackovic beat ASU’s Dirk Koetter in 2001.
“We were down by 10, we kept battling, kept making plays, forced a couple of turnovers; then what? We won the game,” said Arizona State senior linebacker Brandon Magee, who had 17 tackles. “It happened just like that.” A heated rivalry to begin with, the Territorial Cup took on added meaning this season with new coaches trying to get a head start on each other.
After an unsuccessful stint at Michigan, Rodriguez brought gas-it-all-the-time offense to the desert, hoping to turn around a program that had fallen off hard the previous couple of seasons.
Even without much depth on his roster, Rodriguez’s debut has been a success: Seven wins, two over Top 25 teams, and bowl eligibility in his first season.
Just 90 minutes up Interstate 10 in Tempe, Graham put his mark on the Sun Devils with his no-nonsense approach and high-octane offense. Arizona State got off to a great start, winning five of its first six games, then rallied from a four-game losing streak to become bowl eligible by beating Washington State last weekend.
For all they accomplished, Friday night’s game was the biggest of the season. Bragging rights, an advantage in recruiting, a boost for fans and alumni — plenty was riding on this game.
“This game was everything,” Graham said.
It took a while to get going.
The only player on either team to get much going early, Carey passed Trung Canidate’s single-season school record of 1,602 yards rushing, set in 1999, on Arizona’s second drive, then launched himself over Arizona State safety Alden Darby for a 1-yard touchdown run to cap it.
Bogged down early, Arizona State got going by picking off two of Scott’s passes. Grice followed both with touchdowns: a nifty 52-yard run and a score from 3 yards out to help the Sun Devils to a 14-9 halftime lead.
After that came the fireworks, the rivals trading big swings of momentum by combining for 52 points, 502 yards of offense and disparate emotions from teams that wanted this game more than any other this season.
“This was a high-energy game, and I didn’t expect it to be any different,” Arizona nose guard Tevin Hood said. “There were a lot of momentum shifts, and that really played a big part of the game.” The Sun Devils got the biggest shift, in the game and for the rivalry’s two new coaches.
LeBron’s last-second shot gives Cavs 98-95 win in Game 5
- James' 3-pointer buzzer beater puts Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs
- James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists.
CLEVELAND: LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.
As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.
James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.
Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.
Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.
Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points, and Young had 16 for the Pacers, who battled back to tie it 95-all on Sabonis’ 15-foot jumper with 33 seconds left. Indiana, which held Cleveland without a field goal for more than seven minutes during their fourth-quarter rally forced James into a turnover and had a chance to re-take the lead.
Oladipo, who shot just 2 of 15, drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped in for a block on a play reminiscent of his Game 7 block on Andre Iguodala in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Oladipo’s shooting woes continued. He’s only 12 of 50 from the field in the last three games. He scored 32 in the Pacers’ Game 1 win, but the Cavs have been double-teaming him ever since.
The third quarter has been a major problem for Cleveland all season. The Cavs had tried everything to try and shake things up after halftime, even doing layup lines at the break in Game 4 like a high school squad.
Turns out, all it took was some defensive intensity.
Down by seven at half, the Cavs swarmed the Pacers in the third quarter, forcing five turnovers in the first six minutes and holding Indiana to one field goal over the first 6:52 while opening with a 19-3 run.
Cleveland outscored Indiana 32-17 in the third, when the Pacers shot just 5 for 16 (31 percent) and committed seven turnovers.
The Cavs were again without starting point guard George Hill, who missed his second straight game with back spasms.
James had enough to worry about with the Pacers that he didn’t want to discuss close friend Dwyane Wade’s future.
Miami’s star is mulling retirement after the Heat were eliminated Tuesday in Philadelphia. James spent four years playing in Miami with Wade, who began this season with the Cavs before being traded.
James said that following his last game against Wade he told him, “’If it’s like our last time going against each other, then it’s been everything and more.” James wants to wait for Wade to make his decision and will then “give a more in-depth analysis of his career if he decides to hang ‘em up.”
Pacers: Following Lance Stephenson’s aggressive, wrestling-like takedown of Jeff Green in the waning moments of Game 4, coach Nate McMillan said he reminded the fiery forward to be careful. “The officials are going to be watching that, Lance knows that and there are some times where I think they (the Cavs) are taking advantage.” ... Dropped to 2-12 in their last 14 games in Cleveland. ... James’ triple-double in Game 4 was the sixth against Indiana in the playoffs. James has done it to the Pacers three times.
Cavaliers: With his 21st 40-point game in the playoff, James tied the logo — Jerry West — for the second-most all-time. Michael Jordan scored at least 40 in 38 postseason games. .... Hill’s back has improved in the past few days, but he didn’t look close to playing while sitting stiffly in his locker-room chair before the game. ... Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown sat courtside.
Game 6 is Friday night at Indianapolis.