Two days ago, it was Colby Woodmansee's walk-off home run (55%) pulling the upset over the Jael Mary (45%) to punch his ticket to our #SunDevilMoments championship matchup. Here is how the bracket shaped up.
#SunDevilMoments Series Seed No. 2: ASU beats Notre Dame, rises to No. 6 in the nation.
It was one of the biggest games being played at Sun Devil Stadium in a long time. Thousands filled the stands and dozens of high level recruits filled the sidelines to watch at battle of top 10 teams in the desert. It was No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 9 Arizona State in a crucial non-conference battle.
After allowing an early field goal, the Sun Devils exploded for 34 straight points in the first half. Taylor Kelly threw two touchdown passes and Damarious Randall intercepted an Everett Golson pass and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown, leading ASU to a 34-10 lead into halftime.
The wheels fell off a bit early in the second half, as the Fighting Irish scored 21 straight points to pull within 34-31 with just over six minutes to play. ASU responded with a five-play, 75-yard drive in just over two minutes, capped by a Demario Richard 4-yard touchdown reception to give ASU a 41-31 left.
With the Irish driving to try to close the gap, Lloyd Carrington picked off Golson and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown. The Sun Devils added a late score and won the game by a final score of 55-31.
D.J. Foster finished with one of his best days on the ground, carrying the football 21 times for 120 yards. Taylor Kelly went 17/28 for 224 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The swarming Sun Devil defense forced five turnovers and scored two touchdowns of their own.
The victory over Notre Dame was ASU's signature victory last year and propelled ASU to No. 6 in the College Football Playoff Poll when it was released on November 11 of last year.
#SunDevilMoments Series No. 4: Colby Woodmansee's Walk-off Home Run
On February 13, ASU baseball ushered in a new era. The Sun Devils moved away from historic Packard Stadium into the friendlier confines of Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Not only was February 13 the first time the Sun Devils played a game at Phoenix Muni, it was the first game for new head coach Tracy Smith in maroon and gold.
The Sun Devils began the 2015 season hosting No. 5 Oklahoma State and former ASU assistant coach Josh Holliday. ASU struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning with an RBI single from Colby Woodmansee and an RBI double from Dalton Dinatale to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
The Cowboys answered with two runs in the top of the fifth and took a 3-2 lead the next inning when Kevin Bradley singled home Connor Costello.
That lead held until the bottom of the eighth when ASU tied the game at three on a Jordan Aboites RBI double. Ryan Burr threw a scoreless ninth and 10th frame and Woodmansee led off the bottom of the 10th with the game tied. On a 1-2 count, Woodmansee smashed a solo home run to left field to give ASU a 4-3 victory.
That game began a trend that the Sun Devils continued all season. ASU posted six walk-off victories this season and found themselves in tight contests all season.