CACTUS BOWL VINES: Watch Things Get Weird In Phoenix
Tanya Ray Fox 01:32 pm, January 03rd, 2016
The Cactus Bowl probably would have been the most exciting bowl game thus far if it hadn't been for TCU overcoming a 31-point halftime deficit to beat Oregon 47-41 in 3OT. You can always count on the Ducks to rain on the Sun Devils' parade, even when they get their asses kicked in an historical meltdown.
Even still, the Motel 6 (my god) Cactus Bowl in Phoenix between Arizona State and West Virginia was nothing if not entertaining. In a game that featured eight lead changes, ASU had a chance to win it in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, only to turn it over on downs after consecutive incomplete Mike Bercovici passes to Tim White and Kody Kohl. It was a disappointing end to Bercovici's career in a game that ASU should've won, considering they're de facto home field advantage.
The final score was a tight 43-42, which means that there were more than a few plays that both teams made earlier in the game to drastically affect the result, but it's this wacky-ass play that will probably haunt the Sun Devils the most.
Cue the circus music!
It's pretty brutal to have an opportunity at a big turnover slip from your grasps in such a fluky manner, especially when you end up losing the game by one point. That extra possession could've been the difference maker. Instead, the Mountaineers improbably maintained possession and scored the points for themselves.
That wasn't even the most bizarre thing to happen in the game, though.
Bercovici was understandably not leaving anything to chance while on the field; something to be expected from a guy playing in the very last game of his football career. Watch closely to what happens at the end of this play as he scrambles from the line of scrimmage and continues to run with the ball after the whistles are blown.
Yes, you saw that correctly. That's the ASU quarterback getting tackled and subsequently scolded...by the ref. What the hell is happening there? Take a closer look at how pissed this old dude is.
Okay I'm sorry but there is no way he should be that angry. Cut the kid some slack. This is the last time he will ever put on a Sun Devils uniform. It's an emotional game. These guys have sacrificed a lot of their season, only to end up in the friggen MOTEL 6 BOWL. That's rough enough. There was no need for Old Man River over here to be a dick about it.
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