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ASU Football: '12 Plays of Christmas' No. 5: Kalen Ballage's truck run against Oregon

Kalen Ballage steamrolling an Oregon defender checks in at No. 5 in our countdown of the 12 best plays of the ASU football season.

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A walk-off interception. That is what ended a triple-overtime, hard-fought battle with two aggressive, offensive teams that found the Arizona State Sun Devils on the losing end of a 61-55 victory for the Oregon Ducks.

The Sun Devils played their best offensive game of the year, after being subject to a lot of criticism in prior weeks, but the defense just couldn't make a stop in the end and it was an offensive miscue that would overshadow the 742 total yards gained, thanks in large part to the success of the running game.

Both Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage racked up over 100 yards on the night. By the end of the night, the duo combined for 262 rushing yards, Richard with 135 and two touchdowns and Ballage with 127 yards and on just 12 carries. It was one of those 12 carries however, that continues to reverberate in the minds of ASU fans.

Play No. 5: Kalen Ballage's truck run versus Oregon

Ballage added another clip to his highlight reel against Oregon with a 33-yard mad dash that saw him tightrope the sidelines to stay inbounds and lower his shoulders to completely flatten an Oregon defender that had many yelling 'Beast Mode' for the days to follow.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound sophomore stole the momentum in this bulldozing charge after providing the key play in the previous six-play, 75-yard drive that spanned two minutes and resulted in a Richard touchdown that put the Sun Devils up 11 points late in the third quarter.

Despite the disheartening outcome, Ballage's impressive performance was seen on ESPN highlight reels and talked about among future opponents, as the young running back established himself as a force that wasn't to be reckoned with against the Ducks.

You can watch the play here. Video courtesy Campus Insiders