We move on to the third quarterfinal matchup in our #SunDevilMoments series. Yesterday, we saw our No. 4 moment, ASU winning Heros of the Dorm, top ASU football's comeback against Washington to secure a spot in the semifinals. Here is how our bracket looks with six moments remaining.
#SunDevilMoments Quarterfinals - Seed No. 2: Kareem Orr's Pick-six against Arizona vs. Seed No. 10: ASU women's basketball clinching a share of the Pac-12 title
#SunDevilMoments No. 2 Seed: Kareem Orr seals the Territorial Cup with a Pick-six
If you asked Arizona State fans to summarize the 2015 football season, they might use words such as "disappointing" or "frustrating" when describing ASU's 6-7 campaign.
That being said, one game always stands out among the rest when the schedule is released: the Territorial Cup. The Wildcats held the cup entering the 2015 season by way of their 2014 victory in Tucson.
On November 21, 2015 the two teams met on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Tempe.
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led 31-10 at halftime, seemingly on their way to a third victory over Arizona in Todd Graham's four years as head coach.
The Wildcats made their move in the third quarter, outscoring the Sun Devils 13-0 to bring the score to 31-23 after three. After ASU took a 38-23 lead on a D.J. Foster touchdown run, Arizona pulled within eight on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Hawkins to Tyrell Johnson.
After an ASU punt, Arizona took over at their own six-yard line with 4:08 left. After a four-yard rush and an incomplete pass, the Wildcats faced a third and six from the 10-yard line.
Arizona lined up with two receivers split to either side and a back next to Dawkins. The Sun Devils brought six and forced Dawkins to rush his throw.
The Arizona quarterback airmailed his intended receiver and the pass fell into the arms of a leaping Kareem Orr. The freshman safety took the ball at the 21-yard line near the far hash and went untouched into the end zone to give ASU a 45-30 lead to effectively put the game out of reach.
You can watch highlights of the game below. With Orr's interception coming at the 1:32 mark.
#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 10: ASU women's basketball clinches a share of the Pac-12
Perhaps no Arizona State coach is more accomplished than Charli Turner Thorne. She is the winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history and is No. 2 in the Pac-12 in total wins.
Turner Thorne will be starting her 20th season at ASU in 2016-2017. However it will be difficult to top her 19th season, in which she guided the Sun Devils to a share of the Pac-12 title.
The Sun Devils earned its highest NCAA Tournament seed (No. 2) in program history last season, after the Sun Devils won 26 games. ASU tied a program record with 16 conference victories, 15 consecutive victories and set the program record with 11 road wins.
The culmination of the season for the Sun Devils came on February 26 when ASU beat the USC Trojans 50-45 to earn a share of the Pac-12 title. It wasn't the cleanest effort for the Sun Devils, as they scored just four points in the first quarter and committed 23 turnovers in the game.
Arizona State used its size advantage to dominate on the boards, outrebounding USC 38-26. Sophie Brunner led the Sun Devils with 12 boards with Kelsey Moos adding nine.
Senior guard Katie Hempen led ASU with 11 points, Elisha Davis added nine and Sabrina Haines contributed with seven points and four rebounds.
The Sun Devils would eventually fall to Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.