Don Hansen

“ASU Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays” – Plays #5 and #6


Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations of 2013 have passed, but Kwanzaa is on-going and everyone is preparing for a New Year. We continue our month long celebration of the 2013 Sun Devil season with the latest installment of our “ASU Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays“.  Plays #5 and #6 both come from the game at Utah, so once again, in classic Rob and Don style, it’s two-fisting time.

Play #5

Arizona State traveled to Utah to play the Utes in a Pac-12 South match-up. Winning in Utah was going to be extremely difficult. UCLA won by a very narrow margin earlier in the season in Utah, and the Utes successfully upset Pac-12 Champions Stanford at home. This was a difficult game for the Sun Devils as the Utah front seven on defense were dominating the Sun Devil offensive line. Arizona State found themselves down 19-7 in the fourth quarter of the game. Marion Grice and Taylor Kelly were able to drive the Sun Devils down the field to get the game to 19-14, and the Sun Devils defense was able to hold the Ute offense down in the fourth quarter. With four minutes left in the game, running back Grice had a terrific long run which set-up our “ASU Devils Den Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays” Play #5 which happens at 2:20 of the video below.

Wide receiver Richard Smith, who had been in a bit of a funk since the costly fumble against Notre Dame, stepped up in one on one coverage. While listed at 5’9″, Smith is extremely tough for his size. Smith made a nice inside move, caught and secured the ball, and then fought through the Utah defensive back and into the endzone to the tie the game at 19. This play, along with this game, showed that this team will fight until the end and never give up.

Play #6

Cornerback Robert Nelson made a spectacular leaping interception on the sideline which should have iced the game. However, the Sun Devil offense went three and out to give Utah the ball back down 20-19 with over a minute left on the clock. At 2:41 , our “ASU Devils Den Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays” Play #6 took place on a spectacular effort by star defensive tackle, senior Will Sutton.

As Utah quarterback Travis Wilson dropped back to pass, Arizona State defensive tackles Davon Coleman and Will Sutton performed a stunt. Sutton reading the quarterback’s eyes and seeing the RB sneak through the middle delayed his rush and jumped up to eat the pass up for an interception. This play won the game for the Sun Devils as they defeated the Utah Utah 20-19 in Utah.

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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