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Arizona State snuffs PAT try in overtime to win

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona State blocked extra-point attempts at the end of regulation and the second overtime, beating rival 30-29 Arizona on Thursday night.

Arizona State (6-6, 4-5 Pac-10) rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and broke through for a blocked extra point with 27 seconds left in regulation to keep the score tied at 20.

Cameron Marshall scored on a 2-yard run in the second overtime and David Douglas of Arizona (7-5, 4-5) answered with a 9-yard touchdown run, but James Brooks leaped to block Alex Zendejas’ extra point to send Arizona to its fourth straight defeat.

Thomas Weber kicked five field goals for Arizona State, which must wait to see if the NCAA accepts its bowl waiver after one of the wildest finishes in this heated rivalry.

Arizona had BCS hopes after opening the season 7-1. A blowout loss to Stanford ended that goal and two more losses left the Wildcats reeling and on course for a smaller bowl.

The Sun Devils found themselves in a tough spot after a series of just-miss losses and a win over an FCS team that didn’t count toward a bowl, needing to beat their rivals and get a waiver from the NCAA to get into a bowl.

Arizona State’s defense held on a fourth down near Arizona’s 30 on the a drive and Weber nailed a 40-yard field goal to put ASU up 20-14 with 3 minutes left.

Nick Foles answered by hitting Douglas on 5-yard TD pass, but Arizona State blocked the PAT, adding another wild chapter to a rivalry already filled with them.



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