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ASU Football: '12 Plays of Christmas' No. 12: Ballage seals victory over Washington

As Christmas approaches we bring back our annual 12 Plays of Christmas, celebrating the best 12 plays of the ASU football season as voted upon by our staff.

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The first half was arguably the worst half the Arizona State Sun Devils have played in the Todd Graham era. ASU looked lifeless and trailed the Washington Huskies 17-3 at the half.

Led by a relentless defense and a power running game, the Sun Devils stormed back in the second half, outscoring the Huskies 24-0 in the game's final 30 minutes.

The Arizona State defense forced four turnovers in the half, but it was a rushing touchdown by Kalen Ballage that sealed the ASU victory.

Play No. 12: Kalen Ballage's 48-yard touchdown run vs. Washington

The Sun Devils lined up in the pistol formation with Ballge a few yards behind quarterback Mike Bercovici and three receivers spread out. Ballage took the handoff and right right through a gaping hole set by Billy McGehee, Kody Kohl and pulling guard Vi Teofilo.

Ballage bounced off a tackle about three yards past the line of scrimmage and squirmed through two Washington defenders at the UW 40-yard line. He evaded a tackle attempt from a Washington defensive back Budda Baker at the 30-yard line and scampered into the end zone to give ASU a 27-17 lead with just under six minutes to play in the game.

Ballage will be featured a few more times in our countdown of ASU's 12-best plays of the season. For now, enjoy his game-sealing touchdown run against the Huskies.

Video Courtesy Pac-12 Networks