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ASU Football: '12 Plays of Christmas' No. 8 Back in the game

The times ASU trailed this season were fairly few and far between, but this was one of them.

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Washington State drove 75 yards in 11 plays and 80 yards in six plays respectively on their last two consecutive scoring drives. It gave the Cougars a 21-7 lead. More and more the game began to slip from the Sun Devils' hands in the first half and it looked like it might be a repeat of Corvallis a week prior. Cameron Smith and Taylor Kelly thought differently

Play No.8 (tied for 9th): Cameron Smith 42-yard touchdown catch vs. Washington State

2 Points: The play changed the momentum of a game

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: 17 points

Demario Richard lined up alongside Taylor Kelly to his left in the shotgun. Kelly caught the snap, took another three steps back and set his feet. Meanwhile Smith utilized his hands off the line of scrimmage to make an inside move on the corner Charleston White. He then burned White with his speed down the field. The pass from Kelly looked in the air like it might be too far for Smith, but he ran it down and hauled it in.

Smith and Kelly also connected on a 67-yard reception that day. It was part of a tremendous effort on Smith's part without the help of superstar wide receiver Jaelen Strong. The sophomore caught six passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon. The touchdown pass helped put ASU within a score and gave the offense the afternoon jolt it needed to come back and win the game.

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