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2019-20 Sun Devil Classics: Football stuns Sparty in East Lansing

Jayden Daniels Era arrived

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Since there are no sports amid the Coronavirus outbreaks, we are deciding to take a short trek down memory lane, highlighting the best games of the 2019-20 Arizona State athletic season thus far.

First up, we reminisced on the first road win of the Jayden Daniels era at quarterback, as the Sun Devils upset No. 18 Michigan State in East Lansing in September. Here were some of the signature moments:

Game Recap

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The Rundown:

The last five minutes of this game were wild. The defense stood up to the task all day, and Daniels had a signature final drive to cap off a 10-7 upset bid.

The offense had been stagnant all day, but on ASU’s game-winning touchdown drive, the group went 75 yards over 11 plays and two minutes and 44 seconds.

Just prior to the matchup, head coach Herm Edwards also made an offensive line adjustment, moving Cohl Cabral back to his original position while freshman Dohnovan West slid over.

The young o-line held up just enough against MSU’s stout defensive front, and three of the biggest offensive breakout plays happened on ASU’s last possession. The first occurred on a 40-yard deep ball down the sideline to Brandon Aiyuk.

The next biggest moment occurred just a few plays later, when on 4th and 13 from just outside the red zone, the freshman play-caller scrambled to his left to earn a first down.

Daniels once again used his legs to earn five yards after the pickup, then Eno Benjamin had the game-winning score by extending the football across the goal line to make the score 10-7.

Michigan State got the ball back with 50 seconds left and got into field goal range. Their kicker, Matt Coghlin, had already missed two on the day, but he put up a 42-yarder that appeared to tie the game.

That is, until Edwards challenged the play for 12 men on the field, which ultimately came out to be successful, pushing the Spartans back five yards. Coghlin got another attempt, and he missed wide left, capping off the three-point Sun Devil victory.

Defensively, safety Evan Fields had a monster game with 13 tackles, and the Sun Devils prevailed in their first road game of the year.