House of Sparky is beginning its Top 12 Plays of Christmas series to commemorate the best moments from the Arizona State Sun Devils’ 2016 football season. Follow along as we reveal a new play every day leading up to No. 1, which will be unveiled on Christmas Day.
Our No. 11 Moment of the ASU Football Season: Koron Crump’s three sacks vs. Washington State
When Arizona State lined up for its homecoming contest against Washington State, the Sun Devils had lost two of their last three games and had just lost quarterback Brady White for the season due to an injury sustained in their win against UCLA.
Manny Wilkins returned briefly from his injury he suffered against USC but left the game after the first drive. So ASU was now down to its fourth-string quarterback in a shootout with Mike Leach’s Air Raid. Through the first half, ASU trailed the Cougars by three points.
Things weren’t looking the great for the Sun Devils.
However, even though the team was missing five starters, junior college transfer Devilbacker Koron Crump stood out.
In the third quarter, Crump recorded his first of three second-half sacks that allowed the Maroon and Gold to hang around while their offense struggled. In the fourth quarter, as ASU trailed by eight points with just 11 minutes to go, Washington State took over at its own 25-yard line.
On second down, Crump tore through the line and hit Falk to force a fumble. On the next play, Crump was in the backfield once again for a second consecutive sack, his third of the night.
Arizona State ultimately lost the game, but Crump’s career-high three sacks and a forced fumble solidified the Devilbacker position that was a crapshoot of a position battle in fall camp. Those three sacks also ended up being a third of his team-best nine sacks on the season.