It's the oldest trophy in college football.
It's been lost and found, and once again represents the prize awarded to the winner of the annual football game between the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
Saturday night in Tempe, the 13th-ranked Sun Devils will host their bitter rivals to the south in hopes of keeping the Territorial Cup on campus for the second straight season.
But that's not the only thing on the line in this, the 87th gridiron meeting of the two schools. The Wildcats (7-4) are looking to improve their position in the conference bowl pecking order. And with a win, the Sun Devils (9-2) will host the Pac-12 Championship Game December 7 against Stanford with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.
Arizona leads the all-time series 47-38-1 and in the Pac-10/Pac-12 era, holds a 19-15-1 advantage. But since the turn of the century, ASU has an 8-5 edge, including last year's thrilling 41-34 win in Tucson.
Since 1978, this is only the third time each team has had seven or more wins entering the contest, and the first since 1986 when a 7-2 Arizona team knocked off the 4th-ranked Sun Devils 34-17, ruining their undefeated season and eliminating any hope they had of capturing a national championship.
As we get closer to Saturday's contest, here's a little thumbnail history of what this heated rivalry game has looked like since the two schools joined the Pac-10 in 1978.
|Year||Site||ASU Record||UA Record||Score||Details|
|1978||Tucson||7-3||5-5||ASU 18-17||Sun Devils win 4th straight in rivalry|
|1980||Tucson||6-4||5-5||ASU 44-7||ASU stormed to 31-0 halftime lead|
|1981||Tempe||8-2 (#18)||6-4||ASU 24-13||--|
|1982||Tucson||9-1 (#6)||5-4-1||UA 28-18||Wildcats knock ASU out of Rose Bowl|
|1983||Tempe||6-3-1||6-3-1||UA 17-15||UA's Max Zendejas kicks GW 45-yard field goal as time expires|
|1984||Tucson||5-5||6-4||UA 16-10||Max Zendejas kicks three field goals, including a 52-yarder|
|1985||Tempe||8-2||7-3||UA 16-13||Max Zendejas' 32-yd FG keeps ASU out of the Rose Bowl again|
|1986||Tucson||9-0-1 (#4)||7-2 (#14)||UA 34-17||Wildcats ruin ASU's undefeated season|
|1987||Tempe||6-4||4-4-2||Tie 24-24||Dick Tomey ops to kick FG for tie; Wildcats end season with three ties|
|1988||Tucson||6-4||6-4||UA 28-18||Ronald Veal hits Derek Hill on a 55-yard Hail Mary TD pass on last play of first half|
|1989||Tempe||6-3-1||6-4||UA 28-10||Sun Devils take field in all gold uniforms|
|1990||Tucson||4-5||6-4||UA 21-17||Bobby Roland preserves win by intercepting Paul Justin at UA 4-yard line with :30 left|
|1991||Tempe||5-5||4-6||ASU 37-14||"The Streak" ends at 9; Larry Marmie's final game as ASU coach|
|1992||Tucson||5-5||6-3-1 (#16)||ASU 7-6||Kevin Galbreath's 51-yd TD run in 4th qtr gives ASU win|
|1993||Tempe||6-4||8-2 (#19)||UA 34-20||Dan White throws three second-half touchdowns|
|1996||Tucson||10-0 (#4)||5-5||ASU 56-14||ASU completes perfect regular season|
|1997||Tempe||8-2 (#17)||5-5||UA 28-16||Ortege Jenkins throws three first-half TD passes|
|1998||Tucson||5-5||10-1 (#7)||UA 50-42||Trung Canidate runs for 288 yards and 3 TDs|
|2000||Tucson||5-5||5-5||ASU 30-17||Sun Devils force three turnovers; Terrell Suggs scores def. TD; Mike Barth scores on fake FG|
|2001||Tempe||4-6||4-6||UA 34-21||Wildcats take 20-0 lead after first quarter; Clarence Farmer 158 yards rushing and one TD|
|2002||Tucson||7-5||4-7||ASU 34-20||Mike Williams runs for 162 yards and four TDs|
|2003||Tempe||4-7||2-9||ASU 28-7||Andrew Walter throws for 281 yards and three touchdowns|
|2004||Tucson||8-2 (#18)||2-8||UA 34-27||Richard Kovalchek throws for three scores, ASU commits five turnovers|
|2005||Tempe||5-5||3-7||ASU 23-20||Terry Richardson 71-yard punt return TD; Jess Ainsworth kicks GW 20-yard FG with :09 left|
|2006||Tucson||6-5||6-5||ASU 28-14||Rudy Carpenter throws three TD passes; Wildcats gain only 168 total yards|
|2007||Tempe||9-2 (#13)||5-6||ASU 20-17||Rudy Carpenter throws two touchdown passes|
|2008||Tucson||5-6||6-5||UA 31-10||Willie Tuitama throws for 284 yards and two scores; ASU only 162 total yards|
|2009||Tempe||4-7||7-4||UA 20-17||Kyle Williams muffs fourth-quarter punt; Alex Zendejas kicks GW FG with no time left|
|2010||Tucson||5-6||7-4||ASU 30-29 (2OT)||James Brooks blocks two extra points to preserve ASU win|
|2011||Tempe||6-4||2-8||UA 31-27||Backup QB Bryson Beirne hits Juron Criner on GW TD with 5:18 left|
|2012||Tucson||6-5||7-4||ASU 41-34||Sun Devils explode for 24 points in the fourth quarter|