Update: Late in the fourth quarter ASU leads 41-34.
The momentum has shifted in the state of Arizona’s annual rivalry game, and — true to Territorial Cup tradition — it’s been the lesser-known players who have stepped up.
John Bonano booted a field goal and ran in a fake PAT for a two-point conversion and Garic Wharton and Austin Hill caught touchdown passes, and the Arizona Wildcats have sprung ahead of rival Arizona State 27-17.
The Wildcats will punt to start the fourth quarter. The crowd of 51,901 is an announced sell-out.
ASU drove on the first drive of the second half, and Jon Mora — a former UA kicker now with the Sun Devils — extended the visitors’ lead to 17-9.
Arizona then posted its best possession of the game. Quarterback Matt Scott drove the team 83 yards on 11 plays, and found Hill for a 22-yard pass. The Wildcats went for one instead of two, and cut the lead to 17-16.
Bonano made up for an earlier PAT miss with a two-point conversion scamper following the Wildcats’ next score, however, giving them a 24-17 lead with 6:23 remaining in the quarter. The run came after arguably the catch of the year, a 40-yard pass from Matt Scott to Garic Wharton. Wharton, a speed merchant not known for his hands, leapt in traffic, caught the pass, landed, spun and ran in for the score. The Wildcats did it all without Ka’Deem Carey, who was sidelined with for most the quarter with an injury to his right shoulder/collarbone. He returned for a few plays at the end of the quarter.