Updated Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 02:31 AM
TUCSON, Ariz. — Marion Grice ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona State added another chapter to what has become a wild rivalry by scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat Arizona 41-34 Friday night.
Trailing 27-17 after Arizona scored 18 points in the third quarter, the Sun Devils (7-5 overall, 5-4 Pac-12) fought back, turning two turnovers and a blocked punt into three touchdowns.
"This is THE game, the most important thing for us," first-year Arizona State coach Todd Graham said. "It wasn't just big to win, but how we won the game."
Kevin Ayers had a blocked punt to set up Cameron Marshall for an 8-yard touchdown that gave Arizona State the lead, and Robert Nelson returned an interception 66 yards before Michael Eubank's 1-yard touchdown made the score 41-27.
Matt Scott found David Richards for a 17-yard touchdown in the final two minutes to cut Arizona State's lead to 41-34, but the Wildcats couldn't come up with the onside kick.
Ka'Deem Carey ran for 172 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats (7-5, 4-5). Scott threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns but had four turnovers, including an interception and a fumble in the fourth quarter.
Arizona State's comeback helped Graham land the first blow on Arizona's Rich Rodriguez in the 85-game series' first game between new coaches since Arizona's John Mackovic beat ASU's Dirk Koetter in 2001.
A heated rivalry to begin with, the Territorial Cup took on added meaning this season with the coaches trying to get a head start on each other.
"I'm disappointed we lost," said Rodriguez, previously Michigan's coach. "I love our kids and I'm really proud of our seniors, but I'm disappointed we lost. The kids are, too, I'm sure. Our guys competed hard."
BOULDER, Colo. — Reggie Dunn got his hands on the football one time, and that was all he needed to send Utah past Colorado 42-35, sealing the worst season in the Buffaloes' history.
"I can't for the life of me figure out why they kicked to Reggie Dunn," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "But we're glad they did."
Utah's previous two opponents, Washington and Arizona, used short kickoffs to keep the ball away from the NCAA record-holding returner, and the Buffaloes (1-11 overall, 1-8 Pac-12) used booming touchbacks at altitude to do the same thing for most of the afternoon.
But after Marques Mosley's 100-yard kickoff return for a Colorado score with 8:25 left, Buffaloes kicker Zach Grossnickle booted the ball right to Dunn, who responded with his own 100-yard TD return as Utah (3-6, 5-7) snapped a 35-35 tie in the season finale for both teams.
Dunn extended his NCAA record with his fifth career 100-yard kickoff return — and his fourth this season.
The Utes doubled their season total with four interceptions of Nick Hirschman, and they sent the Buffaloes to their worst finish since the school's inaugural 0-4 campaign in 1890. Colorado failed to win a game at home for the first time since 1920.
"Tough game, tough loss," said weeping Colorado coach Jon Embree.