James Brooks walked off the Arizona Stadium field and unleashed a primal scream into a reporters face. Then he smiled.
That felt good, man! he yelled. Felt good to rise up.
Rise up is literally what Brooks did on Dec. 2, 2010. First, the Arizona State defensive end jumped higher than hed ever jumped before to block Alex Zendejas extra-point try and send the 84th playing of the Territorial Cup into overtime. Then, when Arizona scored to pull within one in the second overtime, Brooks produced an encore on a low PAT attempt, preserving ASUs 30-29 victory.
Brooks twin blocks provided a perfect metaphor for Territorial Cups past. Many a star player has left his imprint on the ASU-UA rivalry, whether it was John Jeffersons leaping catch to preserve ASUs perfect 1975 season, or Chuck Cecils 106-yard interception return to secure victory for Arizona in 1986 over ASU's unbeaten Rose Bowl-bound team.
But the Territorial Cup showdown is littered with lesser-known names who rose up for one ...