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ASU Football: '12 Plays of Christmas' No. 11 Smith sails past Fighting Irish

It was an afternoon to remember in the Tempe sun

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest highlights of the Sun Devils' season was their victory over Notre Dame which catapulted Arizona State to the No. 6 ranked team in the country. Part of that huge 55-31 victory over the Fighting Irish was the play of Cameron Smith that day, but one play in particular stood out.

Play No. 11 (tied for 12th): Cameron Smith 43-yard touchdown catch vs. Notre Dame

Point Breakdown:

3 points: The play occurred in a Sun Devil victory

5 points: The play was a Sun Devil touchdown

7 points: The play went for 40 or more yards

Total: 15 points

ASU was already up 24-3 early in the second quarter and trying to pad a 24-3 lead with even more points in the early going. They found those points in the form of Smith's touchdown.

Taylor Kelly lined up in the shotgun, took a bit of a high snap from Nick Kelly and then play actioned a draw to D.J. Foster. Kelly pulled the ball back in as Foster ran a swing route out of the backfield. He dropped back a tad more, planted both feet and found Smith, hitting him in stride. Smith beat his corner easily on the play with his breakaway speed.

Smith finished with four receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown that afternoon. It was a touchdown ASU would need to hold the lead over Notre Dame as the Sun Devils nearly let the game get away in the third quarter and clung to a 34-31 lead. Some clutch play by the defense kept ASU in front to eventually pull away for the win.

The play begins at the 1:20 mark in this video: