This one probably transcends our 2019-20 Sun Devil Classics list.
The game followed every single rule of a trap game: an unranked ASU looking for a bowl berth, a nearly sold-out crowd at Sun Devil Stadium and No. 6-ranked Oregon, led by senior QB Justin Herbert, looking to secure a trip to the College Football Playoff.
Spoiler alert: Sun Devil true-freshman QB Jayden Daniels has more than just blood in his veins.
Jayden Daniels ICE in his veins. Things are getting wild in Tempe. pic.twitter.com/ldOzUPmTGj— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 24, 2019
Oregon actually struck first to serve as a crowd silencer to the Tempe faithful, although OC Rob Likens had just begun to employ a vertical (not horizontal) passing scheme for Daniels. Instead of screens in the flat to junior Frank Darby and checkdowns to junior Eno Benjamin, Daniels’ third pass of the night was a 57-yard bomb to Darby.
How’s that for a switch-up?
The crowning jewel of the game, and likely Daniels’ freshman campaign, was an iconic 81-yard rocket to connect with the veteran Aiyuk. The true freshman made it so effortless, and the pass will likely serve as a reminder in this extended offseason for what’s to come.
Despite a last-ditch drive from Herbert, the Sun Devil offense took a knee, 31-28 emblazoned on the scoreboard. The Inferno student section did not miss a beat.
Cell service wasn’t strong enough to get this out after the game, but pretty wild to see the student section rush the field at the end of tonight’s ASU/Oregon game! Go Devils! pic.twitter.com/HJAnMCkbfF— Josh Frigerio, ABC15 (@JoshFrigerio) November 24, 2019
An instant classic in Tempe. Chills. And because of Aiyuk’s CFP shattering touchdown, an iconic gif was born on social media.