TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona State scored on the opening kickoff and had a 14-point lead in the opening minute. Turnovers came by the bunches and so did the touchdowns.
By the time they were done, the Sun Devils had scored the most points in Territorial Cup history and possibly cost their biggest rival's coach his job.
D.J. Taylor returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Arizona State scored twice in the opening 56 seconds to rout rival Arizona 70-7 Friday night.
“I’ve never been part of a game like that in my life,” Arizona State co-defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis said.
Arizona State (1-2) made a mockery of the annual Territorial Cup game from the opening kick return, capitalizing on a string of Arizona turnovers to build a 35-0 lead by early in the second quarter.
Freshman DeaMonte Trayanum converted an Arizona fumble on its first drive into a 4-yard TD run 43 seconds after Taylor's TD return and the Sun Devils piled on one score after another.
Rachaad White ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns, Jayden Daniels accounted for three scores and Arizona State won its fourth straight in the series for the first time since 1975-78. It was also the Sun Devils' first win since the 2019 Sun Bowl.
“There is no playbook for it,” Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. “I was just happy to see these guys win a football game.”