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15th-ranked Arizona downed 12th-ranked rival Arizona State 51-38 Saturday on the brand-new William David Sitton field. The Sun Devils led 21-18 in the first half, but the Wildcats outscored them 33-17 in the second stanza to secure the win.

"They tackled really well. Their line speed was great," said Arizona coach Sean Duffy of the Sun Devils. "Both teams had a long interception for a try in the first half. It was really, really close, evenly matched. The second half was when thing really started to open up."

With the temperature reaching the 80s on Saturday, fatigue and consequently depth, played a factor in the game.

"This is definitely the hottest game in Arizona this season, so the heat started to pick up. It was tough for both teams defensively. I think both teams were really feeling it offensively," said Duffy.

"A couple of guys came in and were huge, huge impact players that aren’t starters, but are 1-A type guys. They were huge, and that’s really what won us the game."

A couple of other guys who won Arizona the game were brothers David and Anthony Spencer. David scored three tries from the right wing and Anthony two from the left wing.

"Sibling rivalry in full effect. But they’ve got great attitudes," said Duffy of the Spencers. "David had a really long try, and a lot of guys would have been beating their chest, but he was just clapping his hands and congratulating the guys that set him up for the try. He’s just got a great attitude. Those guys are really huge building blocks for us in the attack that we had this weekend."

While the what and how were important Saturday, the where was just as much the story. William David Sitton Field was officially opened in a pre-game ceremony, with university dignitaries, the late Sitton’s daughters, and some of his best former players in Chris Kron and Peter Tiberio were all on hand for the event, which coincided with the program’s 45th anniversary weekend.

The field in Sitton’s honor is a picturesque natural-grass pitch in the heart of campus and the shadows of Arizona’s football stadium. With permanent seating, restrooms, lights and full-size uprights, it stands as a monument to the man that spent 35 years building the Arizona rugby program.