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THANKS TO A HISTORIC FIND IN A CHURCH BASEMENT SEVERAL YEARS AGO, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA CAN NOW CLAIM THE OLDEST INTERCOLLEGIATE RIVALRY TROPHY IN

THE NATION. THE TERRITORIAL CHAMPIONSHIP CUP, WHICH HAS BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE NCAA,

WAS FIRST PRESENTED TO TEMPE NORMAL SCHOOL (NOW ASU) ON NOV. 30, 1899 FOLLOWING AN 11-2

VICTORY OVER THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA AT TUCSON’S CARILLO GARDENS FIELD.

The priceless Territorial Cup was

lost for a time and was discovered

several years ago in the basement

of a church that was being

demolished. According to the NCAA,

the previous oldest trophy was the

Michigan/Minnesota Little Brown

Jug, which dates back to 1909. A

replica of the cup will be displayed

on the field at each year’s Arizona-

Arizona State football game, and

the winning team in one of the

nation’s oldest and fiercest rivalries

will be awarded the actual trophy to display in its Hall of Fame each year.

In addition to the Territorial Cup, there is an abundance of hardware handed

out at each year’s game. The Big Game Trophy, a sculpture by artist Ben

Goo, which was the prize in the

rivalry game from 1979 to 1997,

is awarded to the game MVP to

be displayed in the school’s Hall

of Fame. The award is now called

the Bob Moran MVP Award, named

after longtime East Valley Tribune

sports reporter Bob Moran, who

covered both schools as a beat

writer and columnist in his long

and distinguished career. Also, the

Saguaro Trophy, a bronze sculpture

by artist Dora Perry, which served

as the reward starting in 1998, is given to the coach of the winning team to

display in his office for the year.

Arizona State has had a solid hold on the rivalry over the past 14 years, going

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