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Top 5 Moments in Sun Devil Stadium History #5: 2013 Blackout game was one to remember

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With Sun Devil Stadium about to go under major renovations, ASU Devils Den has decided to take a look back at the top moments the Sun Devil football team has experienced at Sun Devil Stadium as we know it now, as decided by the staff. This is the first post of in a five-part series. 

The list starts off with a game from the 2013. The Sun Devils’ annual blackout game always seems to have some sort of crazy or disappointing ending for the team. But I don’t think any blackout game in the past or future will be able to match the Devils’ 2013 matchup with the Wisconsin Badgers.

In the team’s first true test of the 2013 season, the Sun Devils went up against a team that had made the trip to the Rose Bowl for three straight years. Wisconsin had found most of their success for those years rushing, and 2013 was not any different for the team. The Badgers found a lot of success running the ball against the Sun Devil defense. Melvin Gordon ran for nearly 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Sun Devils were able to keep pace on offense thanks to over 300 yards passing from Taylor Kelly and a total of four touchdowns on the ground from Marion Grice. The Badgers scored with under four minutes to play on a Melvin Gordon 1-yard run and failed the 2-point conversion to make the score 32-30 ASU, and set up one of the most controversial and confusing endings in the history of Sun Devil Stadium.

Wisconsin got the ball back with 1:36 left in the game needing only a field goal to walk out with the win. A 51-yard catch and run from Joel Stave to Jeff Duckworth appeared to be the backbreaker for the Sun Devils at it put the Badgers in field goal range. Two plays later, Stave completed a pass on third down to Jarred Abbrederis to convert the first down at the Sun Devil 13-yard line.

Photo courtesy of Thornsx on YouTube

Photo courtesy of Thornsx on YouTube

With no timeouts, Joel Stave came back to the line to center the ball for a field goal. However, instead of spiking the ball and killing the clock, Stave decided to place the ball on the ground after taking a knee, and all hell broke loose in Tempe.

Thinking the ball was live, linebacker Anthony Jones fell on top of it. Unbeknownst to the Badgers, the game clock was still running. By the time Stave realized this, it was too late, as he could not get a snap off to kill the clock. Will Sutton sprinting down the field with his helmet off let Sun Devil nation know that their team had pulled off the improbable win.

Even after explanations from refs and the Pac-12 in the days that followed, it is still not fully clear what exactly happened that night in Tempe. But for the Sun Devil fans who were in Sun Devil Stadium for the 2013 blackout game, it’s one they not soon forget.

Featured photo courtesy of ESPN on YouTube

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