After a very competitive quarterfinals, we have move on to the Final Four in our #SunDevilMoments series. Yesterday, we saw Ryan Hingst's no-hitter clinch the final spot in the semifinals by just one vote over Jon Rahm winning the Ben Hogan Award.
Here is how the bracket looks thus far.
#SunDevilMoments Final Four - No. 1 Seed: Kalen Ballage's Moonwalk against UCLA vs. No. 4 Seed: ASU Winning Heros of the Dorm Title
The Sun Devils stepped into Rose Bowl Stadium with little to make many question how the result of their contest against the No. 7 UCLA Bruins would turn out.
ASU was coming off the heels of a 42-14 blowout loss to USC. It finished the September portion of the campaign 2-2, and was looking to begin October on the right foot--and, somehow, it did.
Thanks to a complete performance, the Sun Devils were in the driver's seat with just under a minute left to go, lined up on the Bruins' 23-yard line.
ASU faced third-and-six, but already up by eight points and within field-goal range, the Sun Devils decided to run the ball to eat more clock.
Mike Bercovici handed it to tailback Kalen Ballage on a zone read, freezing edge defender Deon Hollins in the process. Ballage slammed into a cluster of blockers and defenders around the 20-yard line, before surging ahead to the first-down marker.
Game over, time to head back to Tempe and cele- ... Is he still going?
Now turned with his back facing the end zone, with the help of right tackle Billy McGehee and tight end Kody Kohl, Ballage was carrying a pair of UCLA defenders, still heading towards the goal line.
As more Bruins attempted to join in the scrum, offensive linemen Vi Teofilo and Nick Kelly, and Bercovici joined in the effort, moving the pile on, and before they knew it... paydirt.
It was only Ballage's second game of the season after missing the first three with mononucleosis. He finished the contest with 11 carries for 59 yards, including the game-cinching touchdown.
The play may not have been on par with the Jael Mary, but Ballage's "Moonwalk" score was the perfect end cap to a deserved 38-23 win for ASU against a very good opponent in UCLA.
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 Heros 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 â 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.