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January 1st, 1987 was without question the high point in the program's history.
Despite a loss to Arizona in the season finale, the Sun Devils had already punched their ticket to Pasadena with their first-ever Pac-10 title.
Awaiting them was one of the elite teams in the country, the Michigan Wolverines. Led by quarterback Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines came into the game ranked No. 4 in the nation.
Michigan jumped out to an early 8-0 first-quarter lead on a Jamie Morris touchdown run and subsequent two-point conversion, and Harbaugh's 29-yard scoring scamper was enough to give the Wolverines a 15-13 halftime lead.
The lead was short-lived. ASU took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 80 yards, with quarterback Jeff Van Raaphorst finding Bruce Hill for a one-yard touchdown to take the lead.
It was then that the Sun Devil defense took control of the game.
They shut out Michigan for the entire second half, and another Sun Devil field goal completed the 22-15 win.
Van Raaphorst was named the game's offensive MVP on the strength of his two touchdown passes.
ASU finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation.
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