Sun Devil's double-overtime win earns Game of the Week honors
The Sun Devil's 30-29 Territorial Cup victory over Arizona Dec. 2 was named College Football Game of the Week by the United States Sports Academy, the school announced today.
ASU blocked a pair of extra-point attempts in the fourth quarter and second overtime, respectively, to secure their sixth win of the season. Junior defensive end James Brooks got a hand on both the botched kicks.
Brooks blocked a potential game-winning extra point at the end of regulation to force the game into overtime after completing an 11-point fourth-quarter comeback. Senior kicker Thomas Weber and the Wildcat's kicker Luis Zendejas each hit field goals in the first overtime. Sophomore running back Cameron Marshall put the Sun Devils ahead by seven in the second overtime before Arizona found the endzone to pull within one.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund. The College Football Game of the Week, voted upon by a national panel of experts, is nominated for the College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season.
The College Football Game of the Year Award was developed in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a college football game exemplify the principles of high athletic endeavor, complete dedication to victory, and unified team effort. The College Football Game of the Year Award is a part of the Academy's Awards of Sport series, which was established as "a tribute to the artist and the athlete." Past game-of-the-year recipients include Rutgers, Appalachian State, Texas Tech and Alabama. Information courtesy of United States Sports Academy.