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. 5 Moment of the ASU Football Season: Koron Crump’s scoop-and-score and chasedown tackle vs Arizona
There’s a reason Koron Crump was named Arizona State’s Defensive MVP following the conclusion of his first year in Tempe. The junior college transfer hit the ground running as a Sun Devil, totaling 10.5 tackles for loss to go with nine sacks and three forced fumbles on the season.
As a junior, Crump starred on defense in addition to impacting games as a special teams gunner, enabled by his extraordinary speed and sure tackling.
Our first of Crump’s two stand out plays from the Territorial Cup came in the first quarter, as Arizona attempted to add on to an early 7-0 lead. After pulling off a 71-yard scamper to the end zone on Arizona’s first drive, Dawkins tried to step up in the pocket on the ensuing Wildcat drive and recreate his rushing success.
Instead, the edge-rushing JoJo Wicker fled his block and collided with the Wildcat quarterback, stripping the ball in the process. The ball fell perfectly to Crump - who had stepped back into coverage - and he raced the remaining 42 yards home for the game-tying score.
After ASU found the end zone early in the second half to climb back within seven points at 28-21, the Wildcats came back out looking to continue the first half rushing success that paced them to a lead. Facing a 1st and 10 at their own 35, Zach Green burst straight through the middle of the ASU defense and outran the chasing members of the ASU secondary for what appeared to be another long rushing touchdown for Arizona.
That’s when Crump’s speed and never-ending hustle showed itself again, as he re-entered the picture with straight will and wrestled Green down at the Sun Devil 9-yard line. Arizona scored on the next play, as Samajie Grant needed only one spin move to shake himself free for a touchdown score, but the effort of Crump to even force the Wildcats into running another play was memorable.