Next week, House of Sparky will begin our "#SunDevilMoments" tournament, featuring the 16 best moments from the athletic season. This week we will introduce all 16 seeds, then reveal our match-ups where you, the reader, will vote on what was the ASU athletics Moment of the Year.
It felt as thought all of the disappointment surrounding the Sun Devils football team didn't exist for that one day.
On November 21, 2015, ASU reclaimed the Territorial Cup from its arch rival Arizona, but not without a frantic finish. After maintaining a comfortable lead throughout the contest, the Wildcats had drawn within two possessions with three minutes left, but were reeling following a pick-six from Kareem Orr to put the Sun Devils ahead 45-30 on the previous drive.
Momentum on ASU's side, it felt as though any sort of points it could manufacture would ice the contest. That's when senior cornerback Lloyd Carrington left his mark on his final duel against the team from down south.
With 2:40 left, Arizona faced fourth-and-14 on its own 24-yard line. Wildcats freshman quarterback Brandon Hawkins—who had earlier entered in relief of interim starter Jerrard Randall—was dealt a six-man rush, with a safety blitz off the left side.
Under direct siege off his right, Hawkins flung a pass intended for Trey Griffey at the first-down marker, but Griffey hadn't turned around yet. Meanwhile, Carrington was able to soar into the air, secure the ball, then took off towards the end zone.
At around the 16-yard line, a Wildcat offensive lineman reached out his hand, contacting Carrington as he raced down the sideline. The corner began to acrobatically maneuver his way off-balance, teetering over the boundary the rest of the way, before high-stepping into the end zone for the game-cinching score.
Carrington's pick-six closed the game out for ASU, and provided Sun Devil football fans with a moment of joy and elation in the midst of what was a relatively underwhelming year.
You can watch the highlight here, with Carrington's game-icing pick occurring at the 1:44 mark.