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#SunDevilMoments First Round: Football's comeback against Washington vs. Richard's 93-yard touchdown reception

Up next in our #SunDevilMoments first round is the football team's wild comeback against Washington going up against a record-setting touchdown reception.

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We are cruising right along with the first round of our #SunDevilMoments series, and we are now ready to unveil the fourth matchup of the tournament. But first, here is how the bracket looks with three spots in the quarterfinals already secured.

#SunDevilMoments First Round - Seed No. 5: Football's comeback against Washington vs. Seed No. 12: Demario Richard's 93-yard touchdown reception

#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 5: Football's comeback against Washington

ASU came into the game against Washington having lost three straight and after getting into a 17-0 hole at one point and only cutting into that lead with a field goal before halftime, the Sun Devils were seeing their chances at bowl eligibility vanish before their eyes.

The Sun Devils came out of the locker room at halftime and were forced to punt, and after forcing the Huskies to punt as well, the comeback began.

Mike Bercovici lead ASU down the field and flipped the ball to Kalen Ballage for a three-yard touchdown run to make it 17-10.

Washington responded with a turnover on downs and missed field goal.

Bercovici then connected with Devin Lucien for a 32-yard touchdown pass to tie the game.

Four of the next five Washington drives resulted in turnovers by way of three interceptions from Kweishi Brown, Christian Sam and Marcus Ball and a fumble recovery by James Johnson.

As quickly as ASU found themselves trailing 17-0 to start the game, they were able to rattle off 27 straight by capitalizing on Husky turnovers.

One of the driving forces behind the comeback was linebacker Antonio Longino who finished the game with four tackles for loss and two sacks on Washington quarterback Jake Browning.

The comeback win also marked the emergence of Devin Lucien as perhaps ASU's most dangerous weapon in the passing game. Lucien finished this game with four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.

He'd follow that up with 190 yards and a touchdown against Arizona, 200 yards and three touchdowns against Cal, and 144 yards and a touchdown against West Virginia in the Cactus Bowl.

Those four performances helped pave the way for Lucien being selected in the seventh round by the New England Patriots.

ASU salvaged the season in this game. Without this win, there would have been no bowl game and the morale going into the Territorial Cup game against U of A could have been at an all-time low under Todd Graham.

While the overall ending to the 2015 season was disappointing for Sun Devil nation, this comeback stopped it from being a disaster.


#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 12: Demario Richard's 93-yard touchdown reception

The Sun Devils were working hard to maintain their advantage over 24-10 lead over the New Mexico Lobos when they were faced with a third-and-10 dilemma pitted at their own 7-yard line, one minute into the fourth quarter.

After struggling with lowly Cal Poly just a week before, in just its third game of the season, ASU desperately needed a play to spark a run to the finish line. That's when sophomore running back Demario Richard and senior quarterback Mike Bercovici linked up for what turned out to be a record-setting play.

A quarter before, Bercovici found Richard on a patented slip-screen call by then-offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, as the tailback followed a cavalcade of blockers 33 yards into the end zone, giving ASU a 17-0 lead. This time, despite holding a two-possession advantage, Norvell made an aggressive playcall which sent three receivers downfield past the first-down marker, providing Bercovici -- whose dropback carried him into his own end zone -- two underneath options: Richard and Tim White.

Initially, Bercovici allowed time for his deeper targets to garner separation, but to no avail. He then stepped up to the left of the pocket to avoid traffic and eyed Richard, who was now entering the vertical phase of a wheel route uncovered. Bercovici fired to a wide-open Richard, who raced down the sideline, picking up a downfield block from Ellis Jefferson before coasting into the end-zone.

Relief and jubilation, along with a needed and immediate injection of energy entered Sun Devil Stadium.

Not only did the Sun Devils grow their lead to 31-10 and eventually win the contest, but on that play Richard also broke the program record for most receiving yards by a running back in a single game (151) on just four receptions (seven targets).

The performance even bested teammate DJ Foster's career best single-game receiving total (107 yards vs UCLA, 2012), exemplifying just the type of potential "Baby Beast Mode" has.

Richard's ability as a receiver is something new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has made a point of utilizing throughout the spring, and with plays like this one, it's clear to see why.

You can watch the play unfold at the 0:39 mark of this video.

Now, it's your turn to vote for your favorite moment and send one of these #SunDevilMoments into the quarterfinals.