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ASU Moment of the Year quarterfinals: No. 3 Hockey national title vs. No. 6 Wisconsin 'knumble'

Victory is sweet for the Sun Devils, but which memorable win was better?

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On Wednesday, basketball beating Arizona (68 percent) was victorious over Dallas Escobedo's no hitter.


Today's matchup pits the downright odd versus a team that was the best of the best.

Seed No. 3: Hockey wins national championship

They went 34-2 in the regular season, won the Cactus Cup against the University of Arizona, won the Western Collegiate Hockey League, entered the national tournament as the No. 1 seed, and on March 11, the Sun Devils won it all on ice.

In Newark, Delaware, Arizona State completed its goal of bringing home the program's first national championship. Freshman forward Ryan Ostertag netted the first two goals of the game, then it was fourth line - a line which carried the team throughout the entire tournament- winger Troy Scott who scored the empty-netter to clinch the Murdoch Cup.

Arizona State was as dominant of a team as you could find anywhere. It lost twice all season, to Oklahoma who was seeded No. 2 in the tournament, and arch-rival Arizona. Including tournament play, Arizona State scored 5.6 goals per game and allowed only 1.4 per game.

The Cup was also the exclamation point on a season that later saw freshman goalie Robert Levin win Rookie of the Year, senior forward Kale Dolinski win Player of the Year and coach Greg Powers win Coach of the Year.

Seed No. 6: The "knumble" against Wisconsin

It was one of the most controversial finishes to any college football game in recent memory and it will go down in Arizona State football lore as one of the craziest and absurd finishes of any game in the history of Sun Devil Stadium.

It has affectionately been termed "the knumble."

18 seconds remained on the clock in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave hiked the football, ran to the middle of the field and what happened next can simply be described as chaos on the football field.

The night of the game we wrote an article trying to explain everything and who might be to blame. Multiple fans in the stands who we've spoken to since that night said they were simply looking around unsure of what was happening and before they knew it the game was over.

Regardless of what happened, the way it all unfolded and the controversy surrounding the entire incident will not soon be forgotten.

Hockey gets the win over the knumble.