Jake Plummer Snakes Past UCLA in 1996
Anyone looking for a reason why Arizona State QB Jake Plummer was nicknamed “The Snake” need only look at his game-winning touchdown against UCLA in 1996.
Trailing the Bruins, 34-28, with just under seven minutes remaining and the ball at UCLA’s 15-yard line, Plummer took the snap from under center and pitched it out to the right to RB J.R. Redmond. Redmond then threw back across his body to Plummer downfield, and “The Snake” wove through what felt like half of the Bruins defense en route to the end zone.
The Sun Devils would add another touchdown late to make the final score 42-34. Plummer led them to an undefeated regular season - earning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors in the process - before ASU fell to Ohio State in the 1997 Rose Bowl, 20-17.
Plummer unexpectedly retired from pro football in 2007 after an 10-year NFL career spent with the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos. He’s currently in his first season as a college football analyst for the Pac-12 Network.
His alma mater travels to UCLA again this Saturday.