On September 21, 1996, I attended one of the most amazing performances I have ever dreamed of. It wasnot a movie, play, opera, or a concert it was a collegiate football game. Number ten in the nation, Arizona Statehosted top-ranked and two time defending champion the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It was such a stellar eventbecause of the play of Jake Plummer, the Arizona State defense, and the actions of the crowd.Jake The Snake Plummer is the Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback. Jake finished third in theHeisman Trophy, and was by far one of the most exciting players to watch in college football.
On this warmSaturday night Jake Plummer was magnificent. Early in the game Plummer was hit hard for a big sack. The nextplay Jake dropped back and saw Nebraskas All-American defensive end Grant Wistrom coming right at him. The Snake ducked under Wistrom, slithered to his left and found his favorite receiver, Keith Poole all alone inthe endzone. Plummer to Poole was the only touchdown in the game.
The whole night Plummer was scramblingaround and picking on the awesome Cornhusker defense.Arizona State pulled one of the biggest shockers of the decade because the defense had an historic night . I remember how tough and quick the Sun Devil defense was attacking the opponents not allowing them to get onthe scoreboard. Mitchell Fright Night Freedman the safety and defensive captain had a heroic night.
With hisright hand broken in a cast, from the pervious game, it did not phase this defensive play maker. Freedman forcedthree fumbles, recovered one and had three tackles. The icing on the cake was early in the forth period of play. Nebraskas All-American tailback did a slant pattern across the middle and jumped trying to make an unbelievablecatch. Fright Night got in his path lowered his shoulder and decleated the Cornhusker, putting him on theinjured list.
Arizona States defense recorded a school record three safeties and held the awesome offensive ofNebraska to a miserable 226 total yards. Arizona State went into this game with nothing to lose. They were a three touchdown underdog and theDevils knew that the twelfth man, crowd, would be a big factor. 74,089 maroon and gold fans all pitched in to dowhat was necessary. The crowd caused Nebraska offside penalties one after another because they were so loudwhen Nebraska would try to hike the ball. The crowd stayed at this upset for sixty exciting minutes.
When thegame ended the fans stormed the field congratulating the victorious Sun Devils. The crowd then removed the goalpost and carried them for a couple miles. The next day Jake Plummer thanked all the Sun Devil fans for thesupport during the Saturday night victory.This sporting event really was spectacular. Im so glad I attended this game and remained a Sun Devilfan. When everybody charged the field I went down as well and grabbed myself a chunk of grass to remember thisperformance. I have attended a lot of events but this Arizona State 19-0 victory over Nebraska was by far the mostBibliography: