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100 Day Sun Devil Football Countdown To Kickoff, #31: Terry Richardson Takes It To The House vs. Arizona

Terry Richardson celebrates his amazing return (Photo: ASU)
Terry Richardson celebrates his amazing return (Photo: ASU)

It should probably come as little surprise that many of the moments spotlighted in our 100-Day Countdown to Kickoff list come from the Duel in the Desert games between Arizona State and UofA.

Such heated and hate-fueled battles always brings out the best in each team as they leave everything out on the turf in an effort to mangle and maim the other. In doing so, it's produced such extraordinary moments as "The Catch", "The Run" and the block party in 2010.

Another fantastic moment that warrants discussion alongside those comes from 2005's game, and it checks in on our list at No. 31.

With 8:12 left in the game, the Wildcats held a 20-12 lead over the Sun Devils in Tempe., and the Sun Devils needed a spark in the worst way.

Arizona faced a fourth and seven from their 18-yard line and ASU's sensational return man Terry Richardson was back deep to receive. The kick sailed deep...a little too deep as it was a bit passed the Wildcat coverage.

Richardson caught the kick, veered left and swung back a bit to avoid a tackle. Getting a block to seal the backside pursuit, he turned up the sideline and kicked in the afterburner. At the Wildcat 25-yard line, only the punter remained, and he sure as hell wasn't going to stop Richardson, who sped passed him for the remarkable touchdown.

Rudy Carpenter then found Zach Miller for the game-tying two-point conversion, and the momentum was all in ASU's favor.

The Sun Devils would then go on to win the game on Jesse Ainsworth's chip shot field goal with just nine seconds left. Fork 'em, Devils.

See the previous entries on House of Sparky's 100 day countdown here

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