ESPNU is reliving the top 25 college football games of 2013 and the Devils’ 32-30 #Blackout win over then-No. 20 Wisconsin has been named the 18th best game of the 2013 season.
Arizona State 32, #20 Wisconsin 30
Sept. 14, 2013, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Running back Marion Grice scored two of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Sun Devils hold off No. 20 Wisconsin, 32-30, on Saturday night in front of 66,155 fans in the third annual Blackout Game.
Grice scored on a 1-yard run in the closing seconds of the third quarter, then on runs of two and 12 yards in the fourth to put Arizona State ahead, 32-24. His four touchdowns were the most for a Sun Devil since Mike Williams in 2002 against Arizona.
Wisconsin used a fake punt to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Melvin Gordon, but still trailed 32-30 when its 2-point conversion failed.
The Badgers then drove to Arizona State’s 13-yard line and quarterback Joel Stave took a knee to set up a potential winning field goal. He put the ball down as he tried to kneel and left it there, causing confusion as to whether the play was dead. The clock kept running, though, and the Badgers couldn’t get another play after scrambling to the line of scrimmage.
ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly connected on 29 of 51 passes — many of those on back-shoulder throws along the sideline — for 352 yards and a touchdown. Grice finished with 84 yards on 22 carries to help ASU kick off a tough stretch in the schedule with a big non-conference win.
The Sun Devils’ defense racked up six tackles for loss and broke up six passes as defensive back Osahon Irabor led the way with seven tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss and a tone-setting sack in the first quarter.
Below are the top 25 games, and fans can vote on the order of the top five games through a SportsNation poll.
Do you agree with the Devils’ big non-conference win coming in at No. 18?
Top 5 College Football Games of 2013 (Order to be determined by fan vote)
· BCS Championship: Florida State (34) vs. Auburn (31)
· Chick-fil-A Bowl: Texas A&M (52) vs. Duke (48)
Top 25 College Football Games of 2013 (No. 25 - No. 6)
No. 25 Rose Bowl: Michigan State (24) vs. Stanford (20)
No. 24 New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State (48) vs. Washington State (45)
No. 22 Fresno State (52) vs. Rutgers (51) (Overtime)
No. 21 Navy (58) vs. San Jose State (52) (Three Overtimes)
No. 20 Georgia (44) vs. LSU (41)
No. 19 Orange Bowl: Clemson (40) vs. Ohio State (35)
No. 16 Oregon State (51) vs. Utah (48) (Overtime)
No. 15 Georgia (34) vs. Tennessee (31) (Overtime)
No. 14 Penn State (43) vs. Michigan (40) (Four Overtimes)
No. 12 Rutgers (55) vs. SMU (52) (Overtime)
No. 9 Big Ten Championship: Michigan State (34) vs. Ohio State (24)
No. 7 South Carolina (27) vs. Missouri (24) (Two Overtimes)