Don Hansen

“Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays” – Plays #9 and #10

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As we approach New Year’s Eve, the last holiday party of 2013, 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 #9 and #10 both come from the game at UCLA, so once again, in classic Rob and Don style, it’s two-fisting time.

Play #9

In a battle for the Pac-12 South Title and the right to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game, the #17 Arizona State Sun Devils traveled to Los Angeles to play the #14 UCLA Bruins on November 23, 2013.

The Sun Devils took the lead 14-10 very late in the first quarter on a DJ Foster rushing touchdown. The UCLA Bruins got the ball back, and on their second offensive play of that drive, the first play of the second quarter, our “ASU Devils Den Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays” Play #9 took place. You can watch Play #9 and the superb individual effort of Carl Bradford starting at 1:00 of the video below.

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley went for the running back swing pass, a staple of the Noel Mazzone offense. Hundley didn’t account for Bradford’s tremendous athleticism as Bradford rushed right into the throwing lane and got his big arms up in the air for the interception.

Bradford’s 18 yard interception return touchdown put the Sun Devils up 21-10 which kept all the momentum for the first half with the Sun Devils. Devilbacker Bradford finished the game with 8 tackles and 1 sack to go along with his interception and return touchdown.

 

Play #10

The Sun Devils continued to roll up points in the first half. With Arizona State leading 28-13 and under two minutes left, offensive coordinator Mike Norvell wanted more points, and quarterback Taylor Kelly led the Sun Devil offense down the field. With only eleven seconds left on the clock on the UCLA 19 yard line, Taylor Kelly went once again to his go-to wide receiver Jaelen Strong. ASU Devils Den Holiday Party 12 Pack of Plays” Play #10 can be found at the 1:44 mark of the video above.

Strong was lined up by himself to the near side of the field. The UCLA cornerback gives strong a weak push, but Strong easily fights through to continue his route. Kelly puts the ball right on Strong’s back shoulder, and the UCLA safety is late making the read. Strong has a touchdown, and the Sun Devils make a statement just before half to the Bruins.

This touchdown ended up being critical as it was the game winning score with the tremendous second half comeback by the Bruins, and the Sun Devils defeated the Bruins 38-33 to clinch the Pac-12 South.

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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