If a team is going to win a potentially season defining game, one which puts a team in a national conversation, then naturally the winners are going to need some big plays to occur. That's exactly what happened against Notre Dame for the Sun Devils, and why the game makes another appearance in our "12 plays of Christmas countdown at No. 10.
Play No. 10: Damarious Randall 59-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Notre Dame
3 points: The play occurred in a Sun Devil victory
6 points: The play was a Sun Devil touchdown scored by the defense
7 points: The play went for 40 or more yards
Total: 16 points
Randall's touchdown was before Cameron Smith's in the game itself, but comes in one spot ahead on our countdown. Everett Golson lined up in shotgun formation. The Fighting Irish had the ball on the ASU 43-yard line. Golson took the snap and tried to find an open wide receiver on a slant route. Marcus Hardison immediately got his hands up, tipping the pass and influencing its trajectory. Randall saw this happen, altered his direction slightly, and the ball fell right into his hands. He saw nothing but green in front of him and with his speed, he wouldn't even need Jordan Simone as a lead blocker. Randall cruised into the end zone to give the Sun Devils a 24-3 lead.
It seemed like it would have been a fluke for ASU and slow start for Notre Dame early on, but Randall's interception proved that wouldn't be the case and the maroon and gold (or on this day anthracite) proved they were for real. His interception was key as the Fighting Irish worked their way back into the game, but couldn't take the lead.
The play starts at the :57 mark in this video: