House of Sparky is sharing 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 ahead of Christmas Day.
Our No. 7 Moment of the ASU Football Season: Laiu Moeakiola’s pick-6, Koron Crump’s fumble recovery vs. Cal.
After falling behind to the Golden Bears 24-10 at the half, the Arizona State Sun Devils outscored Cal 41-17 in the second half in a come-from-behind home win.
This was ASU’s first conference game and kept their 4-0 start to the season alive; after three non-conference wins against NAU, Texas Tech and Texas-San Antonio.
The 51-41 win over Cal was an early statement for the Sun Devils who showed their resilience and heart as a second half team.
Senior safety Laiu Moeakiola and junior linebacker Koron Crump made equally impressive and important plays late in the fourth quarter against Cal.
After Zane Gonzalez nailed a 23-yard field goal with 5:23 to play to put ASU ahead 37-34, Moeakiola didn’t give the Golden Bears a chance to take the lead. Webb stared down his target and fired. Moeakiola broke on the ball, snatched it out of the air, then returned the ball 28 yards for a pick-six. ASU took a double-digit lead, 44-34.
Still, Cal wasn’t finished. Webb and Cal’s powerful offense was moving up the field before an Koron Crump fumble recovery sealed the deal for ASU, with Edmond Boateng knocking it loose for the Sun Devils.
This completed another comeback victory to open up conference play.