Sun Devils Down The Wildcats In 74th Desert Showdown, 30-17
Nov. 24, 2000
TUCSON, Ariz. - Mike Barth kicked three field goals and ran 13 yardsfor a touchdown on a fake field-goal play as Arizona State beat mistake-proneArizona 30-17 on Friday to give Bruce Snyder one more game as Sun Devils'coach.
Terrell Suggs recovered a fumble by Arizona's Clarence Farmer in the endzone for a touchdown. An interception and fumble by the Wildcats set up two ofBarth's field goals.
The Sun Devils (6-5 overall, 3-5 Pac-10) snapped a three-game losing streakand will advance to a bowl game, probably the Oahu Bowl, where Snyder willcoach the team a final time. He was fired last week after nine seasons at theschool.
Arizona (5-6, 3-5) lost its fifth straight, its longest losing streak in oneseason since 1958. Coach Dick Tomey, in his 14th season with the Wildcats, is11-12 the last two years. He will find out his fate in a meeting, probably nextweek, with athletic director Jim Livengood.
Ortege Jenkins, in his final game for Arizona, threw for a touchdown and ranfor another. He completed 16 of 31 passes for 176 yards but was sacked eighttimes.
The punting game was a major difference in the contest.
Donnie O'Neal blocked a running, rugby-style punt attempt by Arizona's ChrisPalic early in the third quarter to give Arizona State the ball at the Arizona15. The Sun Devils couldn't move the ball, but on a field-goal attempt, holderGriffin Goodman handed the ball to Barth, who ran up the middle for the scoreto put Arizona State up 13-10 with 12:09 left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats responded with a seven-play, 77-yard drive. Clarence Farmer's44-yard run was the big play. Jenkins threw 14 yards to wide-open tight endBrandon Manumaleuna for a touchdown to give Arizona its final lead, 17-13, with3:40 left in the third.
On Arizona State's next possession, Nick Murphy's 45-yard punt went out ofbounds at the Arizona 3. On the next play, Farmer fumbled, the freshman Suggsrecovered and ASU led for good, 20-17, with six minutes left in the third.
The Sun Devils went 60 yards in 11 plays to make it 27-17 on Tom Pace's3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Leo Mills' fumble, recovered by Arizona State's Willie Daniel, set upBarth's 48-yard field goal that put ASU up 30-17 with 9:05 remaining.
Arizona had it second-and-goal at the 5 in the fourth quarter, but Jenkinsthrew two incomplete passes to end the threat.
Arizona led 10-6 at halftime on Jenkins' 3-yard touchdown run, set up byBobby Wade's 54-yard punt return.
Arizona outgained Arizona State 371-264.
Snyder finished his Arizona State career 4-5 against Arizona. With theWildcats, Tomey is 8-5-1 against ASU. The Wildcats lost four of their six homegames.
By Bob Baum
AP Sports Writer