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Arizona State vs. Arizona 2012: Despite strong defense, Wildcats can't overcome turnovers

Four turnovers doomed the Arizona Wildcats on Friday night, as the Arizona St. Sun Devils secured the a 41-34 win that saw the Sun Devils put up 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. SB Nation's Arizona blog Arizona Desert Swarm is understandably disappointed, but that doesn't mean they've written off the season just yet:

The loss brings a damper to what should have, could have, might have been a stellar season. The Stanford loss, the Oregon State loss and the showing against the Sun Devils on Friday all represented how close Arizona was, with just one more win, might've been a storybook season.

Luckily, a senior class led by Scott and an injured Dan Buckner can salvage the disappointment with a bowl game on the horizon.

Matt Scott had three touchdowns and Ka'Deem Carey turned in another great game (172 yards on 25 carries, 6.9 average), and the Arizona defense surprised many with their ability to keep ASU under control for three quarters. Despite that, three interceptions and a fumble from Scott left ASU with more momentum than the Wildcats could handle.

The three interceptions all resulted in touchdowns, while the two ASU fumbles recovered by Arizona only resulted in two field goals. In a rivalry game with huge momentum swings, that was more than enough to set the Wildcats up for the loss.

The full post has a lot more on the game, so don't miss it.