Arizona is famous for making people hot under the collar over some of its controversial political stands, but yesterday it was its football teams that were upsetting things. In the last 25 years of college football, as far I can tell, on only four occasions have two state schools from the same state upset ranked teams on the same day.
The next year, on October 20, 1990, the #22 Iowa Hawkeyes squeaked by #10 Michigan 24-23, while the Iowa State Cyclones stunned #16 Oklahoma 33-31.
I am including Navy’s September 27, 2008 24-17 victory over #16 Wake Forest (since it is a public institution) on the same day Maryland beat #20 Clemson 20-17.
Yesterday, the University of Arizona Wildcats were 20 point underdogs against the visiting #5 Oregon Ducks, while the #19 Arizona State Sun Devils traveled to the Rose Bowl to play #14 UCLA for the Pac-12 South crown. The two Arizona teams combined opened up 63-22 leads at halftime.
The Ducks never mounted a serious comeback and were upset 42-16.
In Pasadena, the Bruins fought back but came up short 38-33.
For once the state has caused a stir across the nation that Arizonans can be proud, for yesterday was indeed a rare achievement.