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2019-20 Sun Devil Classics: ASU Spoils No. 6 Oregon’s CFP Hopes

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Jayden Daniels and Brandon Aiyuk combined to play spoiler.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Oregon at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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.

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.

An instant classic in Tempe. Chills. And because of Aiyuk’s CFP shattering touchdown, an iconic gif was born on social media.