Losers of a program-record 11 straight games, the Arizona Wildcats were hoping to get off to a good start in the Territorial Cup. That didn’t happen. At all.
The Wildcats found themselves in a 14-0 hole just 56 SECONDS into the game.
How does that even happen? Well...
ASU returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Nobody even touched D.J. Taylor, who was only credited for a 100-yard return even though it was more like 108.
Possibly the worst kickoff coverage of the entire CFB season pic.twitter.com/XBDzF36Oex— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) December 12, 2020
After two penalties on the ensuing kickoff pinned Arizona deep in its own territory, the Wildcats fumbled on their second play from scrimmage. ASU recovered and rushed for a four-yard touchdown on the very next play.
But wait! It got even worse.
On Arizona’s next possession, freshman wide receiver Ma’jon Wright was stripped on a short catch over the middle and the Sun Devils recovered, setting them up with another short field.
That play was ruled an incompletion after a review but, what do you know, Grant Gunnell was intercepted on the very next play and this time the turnover stood as called.
The Sun Devils weren’t able to capitalize that time, missing a 40-yard field goal, so at least there’s that.
Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin’s seat was hot coming into this game. 56 seconds later it was on fire.