Updated Dec 27, 2013 - 11:41 am
Arizona Sports' 2013 Year in Review: Game of the Year
When you live in a sports market like Phoenix, there are hundreds of options every year for the title of "Game of the Year."
Half of our panel of voters thought one game stood out above the rest in 2013.
At one point, the game between 14th-ranked UCLA and 17th-ranked Arizona State looked like it would be a rout. The Sun Devils exploded for 21 second-quarter points, building a 35-13 halftime lead.
But the Bruins fought back. UCLA freshmen Myles Jack and Paul Perkins each had touchdown runs in the third quarter to pull their team within eight points at 35-27. ASU answered with a 28-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez to stretch ASU's advantage back to 11 points.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley found Shaquelle Evans on a 27-yard scoring strike with 11:25 left, but the Bruins couldn't convert the two-point conversion, leaving ASU up 38-33.
After an ASU punt, UCLA drove deep into Sun Devil territory, but Hundley was sacked on 3rd and 6 from the ASU 7-yard line, forcing a 38-yard field goal attempt from Ka'imi Fairbairn, which he missed
ASU would punt back to UCLA four plays later and the Bruins got into ASU territory before being pushed backward on consecutive holding penalties. Facing a 4th down and 35 from their own 30-yard line, Hundley hit Jordan Payton for 16 yards -- far short of the first down.
The win was the first in Pasadena for the Sun Devils since 2007, and more importantly, clinched their first-ever Pac-12 South title.
Here's how our panel voted:
Tyler Bassett: ASU beats UCLA to clinch Pac-12 South
Dan Bickley: ASU beats UCLA to clinch Pac-12 South
Jon Bloom: Phil Mickelson's first-round 60 at WM Phoenix Open
Dave Burns: ASU beats UCLA to clinch Pac-12 South
Paul Calvisi: ASU beats UCLA to clinch Pac-12 South
Jarrett Carlen: Diamondbacks beat Phillies 12-7 in an 18-inning game that took over seven hours to play
Dave Dulberg: ASU beats Wisconsin in wild finish
Doug Franz: ASU beats UCLA to clinch Pac-12 South
John Gambadoro: ASU beats UCLA to clinch Pac-12 South
Bryan Gibberman: Cardinals beat Titans 37-34 in overtime in Week 15
Adam Green: Arizona basketball wins at Michigan, 72-70
Craig Grialou: ASU beats UCLA to clinch Pac-12 South
Vince Marotta: ASU beats Wisconsin in wild finish
Carter Nacke: ASU beats Wisconsin in wild finish
Jules Tompkins: ASU beats Wisconsin in wild finish
Ron Wolfley: ASU beats UCLA to clinch Pac-12 South
Editor's Note: The voting for this category was completed before the Cardinals' 17-10 win over the Seahawks in Seattle, in case you were wondering why that game didn't show up on even one ballot.
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