Don Hansen

“2014 Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays” – Play #10


During this month, every weekend is full of Holiday Parties, and this year, the ASU Devils Den happily and merrily brings back its “Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays”. These are the top 12 plays from the Arizona State season that you can enjoy talking about over delicious holiday cocktails with friends and family. The “Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays” will count down from Play #12 to our Play #1 as voted on by the ASU Devils Den team.


Play #12 – Brown’s One Handed Interception
Play #11 – Smallwood’s Strip Sack

Play #10

With freshmen like Tashon Smallwood, DJ Calhoun, and Demario Richard stealing the headlines, it was easy to miss the special teams standout true freshman Deandre Scott. While Scott plays defensive back, his responsibility for 2014 was specials teams kick-off coverage, and against Stanford, Deandre Scott made one tackle, but that tackle is our Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays Play #10.

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Photo Credit: Jeff Vinton

After two losses to Stanford in the 2013 season, the Sun Devils were seeking revenge at home.The Arizona State offense was moving the ball well without any turnovers, and the young Arizona State defense was the star of the show after its first half shut out of the Cardinal. However, the game was closer than it should have been as the Sun Devil offense was settling for field goals and the Cardinal offense was finding a bit more room on offense down only two scores. With back-up quarterback Mike Bercovici  leading the offense, the Sun Devils were up 23-10 with four minutes left in the game. Senior placekicker Alex Garoutte kicked the ball off to Cardinal freshman running back Christian McCaffrey who returned the ball 19 yards before D. Scott dove from behind punching the ball free and the Sun Devils recovered.

The uneasiness in Sun Devil stadium was gone, and Sun Devil nation realized it was about to defeat the Stanford Cardinal, one of the top physical programs in college football over the past several seasons under David Shaw and formerly Jim Harbaugh. This play made the list because it was a tremendous individual effort by true freshman Deandre Scott in a game that needed a big play. The play ended any attempt by Stanford for a comeback, and the victory in this game meant a lot to the success of the season and the overall Sun Devil football program.

About Don Hansen

Don Hansen

Don is a 2003 graduate of Arizona State University where he spent four years sitting in the front rows of many ASU athletic events leading the rowdy student section. Now, Don co-hosts the "ASU Devils Den" podcast covering every detail of ASU football. Don works and resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his beautiful Sun Devil wife and their two beautiful daughters!

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