U of A turns A Mountain red days ahead of ASU-UCLA matchup

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University's next matchup on the football field isn't against Arizona -- that game is still more than a week away -- but that didn't stop the Wildcats from launching a stealth attack, turning ASU's beloved A Wildcat red.

A dismayed Bruce Haffner flew over the desecration of A Mountain in the Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper Thursday morning, two days before our No. 19 Sun Devils take on the Bruins of UCLA. UCLA is No. 14.

Football pundits say Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl could decide the winner of the PAC-12 South Division. When it comes to conference records, ASU leads the division right now.

Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Arizona time.

Devils fans have been so focused on this weekend's game, that they haven't really looked ahead to next weekend's Territorial Cup -- the traditional Thanksgiving weekend game that pits ASU against Arizona.

Wildcats apparently took advantage of that to execute a sneak attack on A Mountain, painting the A red.

"They snuck in in the middle of the night, under cloak of darkness," Haffner said. "They didn't do that good of a job, though. It looks like a rush job. ... If there were going to do this, they should have done a little bit of a nicer job painting it."

A Mountain is a popular target for fans of opposing teams, especially the Wildcats. The A is usually attacked at least once a year.

When the A is painted, Sun Devil fans usually are quick to right the wrong.