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#SunDevilMoments Quarterfinals: Heroes of the Dorm vs. Football's comeback against Washington

Our quarterfinals continue as the Heroes of the Dorm title goes up against the football team's surprise comeback against Washington.

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We are ready to continue with the quarterfinals of our #SunDevilMoments tournament, and today we have a national champion going up against one of the most dramatic football games of the season. But before we dive into the matchup, let's first take a look at how our bracket stands at the moment.

#SunDevilMoments Quarterfinals - Seed No. 4: Heroes of the Dorm's title vs. Seed No. 5: Football's comeback against Washington

#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 4: Heroes of the Dorm's title

There was only one team at Arizona State that won a National Championship during the 2015-2016 academic year. Only one team reached the pinnacle of its sport. That team did not wear any helmets.

They did not bounce any balls or use any bats. Instead, they wore headsets and controlled characters in a video game. And for two nights in April, the captivated social media and the entire university.

On April 10, 2015, the Arizona State eSports team won the 2016 Heroes of the Dorm National Championship. The Sun Devils took down UT Arlington 3-0 in the nationally-televised best of five series. This comes a year after ASU fell to California in the 2015 Heros of the Dorm finals.

Arizona State won the title playing Heroes of the Storm, a five-on-five Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game ("MOBA for short) in a 64-team bracket consisting of American and Canadian universities.

It had also beaten Robert Morris, Laval, Pennsylvania, Eastern Carolina and UConn in the tournament en route to the title.

All six players — Michael Udall ("MichaelUdall"), Stefan Anderson ("akaface"), Parpham Emami ("Pham"), Austin Lonsert (Shot), Isaiah Rubin ("Snickers") and Vann Childs ("Vannity") won $25,000 per year in tuition for three years as a result of winning the tournament.

The event took place in front of a sold out crowd at the CentryLink Event Center in Seattle, Washington, and was televised nationally on ESPN2.


#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 5: ASU saves season with comeback over 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.