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Arizona State Sun Devils football
2016 Arizona State Sun Devils football team
Arizona State Sun Devils Wordmark.png
First season 1897; 119 years ago (1897)
Head coach Todd Graham
5th year, 39–23 (.629)
Stadium Sun Devil Stadium
Seating capacity 65,870
Field surface Grass
Location Tempe, Arizona
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Pac-12 (1978–present)
Division South (2011–present)
Past conferences Independent (1897–1930)
Border (1931–1961)
WAC (1962–1977)
All-time record 595–374–24 (.611)
Bowl record 14–13–1 (.518)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 2 (1970, 1975)
Conference titles 17
Division titles 1
Consensus All-Americans 17
Current uniform
Colors Maroon and Gold[1]
Fight song "Maroon & Gold"
Mascot Sparky
Marching band Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band
Rivals Arizona Wildcats

The Arizona State Sun Devils football team represents Arizona State University in the sport of American football. The Sun Devils team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12). Arizona State University has fielded a football team since 1897 and has an all-time record of 589-369-24 (a .612 winning percentage). The Sun Devils play at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, which has a capacity of 65,870. The Sun Devils have won seventeen conference titles.

A number of successful and professional football players once played for ASU. The school has 2 unanimous All-Americans and 16 consensus selections and 13 alumni currently playing in the NFL. Among the most lauded and notable players the school has produced are Pat Tillman, Terrell Suggs, Mike Haynes, Darren Woodson, Charley Taylor, and John Henry Johnson. In addition to its players, ASU's football program has been noted for its coaches, most notably Frank Kush, for whom Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium is named. Kush also led the Sun Devils on their longest winning streak against the University of Arizona, ASU's traditional rival.


The Sun Devils had great success in the 1960s and 1970s under head coach Frank Kush. In that 22-year stretch, they compiled a 176–54–1 record, putting Arizona State on the college football map. From 1969 to 1971, the team put together a school-record 21-game winning streak. The 1986 team won the Pac-10 Championship and went on to defeat the Michigan Wolverines in the 1987 Rose Bowl. The 1996 team carried an undefeated season into the 1997 Rose Bowl, but suffered a narrow last-minute defeat to Ohio State which removed them from National Championship consideration.

Head coaches[edit]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1897–1906 Frederick M. Irish 8 12–8 .600
1914–1916 George Schaeffer 3 7–8 .467
1919 George E. Cooper 1 0–2 .000
1922 Ernest C. Wills 1 0–3–1 .125
1923–1929 Aaron McCreary 7 25–17–4 .587
1930–1932 Ted Shipkey 3 12–10–2 .542
1933–1937 Rudy Lavik 5 13–26–3 .345
1938–1941 Dixie Howell 4 23–15–4 .595
1942 Hilman Walker 1 2–8 .200
1946 Steve Coutchie 1 2–7–2 .273
1947–1950 Ed Doherty 4 25–17 .595
1951 Larry Siemering 1 6–3–1 .650
1952–1954 Clyde Smith 3 15–13–1 .534
1955–1957 Dan Devine 3 27–3–1 .887
1958–1979 Frank Kush 22 176–54–1 .764
1979 Bob Owens 1 3–4 .429
1980–1984 Darryl Rogers 5 37–18–1 .670
1985–1987 John Cooper 3 25–9–2 .722
1988–1991 Larry Marmie 4 22–21–1 .511
1992–2000 Bruce Snyder 9 58–47 .563
2001–2006 Dirk Koetter 6 40–34 .541
2007–2011 Dennis Erickson 5 31–31 .500
2012–present Todd Graham 5 37–19 .661
Total 23 coaches 98 595–374–24 .614

Home Stadium[edit]

Main article: Sun Devil Stadium

The Sun Devils play their home games at Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Sun Devil stadium was constructed in 1958 and originally held a capacity of 30,000.[2]

On September 21, 1996, the playing surface was renamed Frank Kush Field after the long time ASU coach in a 19-0 upset of then top-ranked Nebraska.[2]

Prior to the construction of Sun Devil Stadium, the Sun Devils played their home games at the following locations:


  • Colors – Arizona State's traditional colors are maroon and gold.
  • Songs - The fight songs for Arizona State are "Maroon and Gold" and "Go Go Devils". After a touchdown "Maroon and Gold" is played. After a field goal "Go Go Devils" is played. For big plays, a shortened version of either song is played.
  • Mascot – Arizona State's mascot is "Sparky the Sun Devil". Sparky was adopted as ASU's mascot in 1946 following a vote was held to replace the Bulldog, the mascot at the time.
  • Devil Walk - Prior to each home game, fans and the Sun Devil Marching Band welcomes the team inside Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe) as they head to the football stadium. At the conclusion of the event, the marching band performs a short concert.
  • Marching Band - Main article: Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band

Arizona State fields a 300+ member marching band that performs at all home football games, bowl games, and the rivalry game with the University of Arizona. In addition to half time shows and stand tunes, the Sun Devil Marching Band always play the Arizona State fight songs and the Alma Mater.


Arizona State's main rival is the University of Arizona.

ASU has had its longest and most intense rivalry with Arizona. The football rivalry game between the schools is known as "The Duel in the Desert" and is played for the Territorial Cup. Arizona State won the first matchup in 1899, 11-2. The Arizona Wildcats have the all-time series lead with a record of 49-40-1. This record dates back to 1899, before Arizona State was recognized as a university; however, ASU was a member of the Border Conference from 1931–1961 along with the University of Arizona. ASU was not considered a "major school" until 1931. Since that year the series is tied at 38-38-1.[3]

Since becoming a university in 1958,[4] Arizona State has the overall lead in the rivalry series with a record of 31-24-1. Since ASU and Arizona became Pac-12 conference members in 1978, the University of Arizona leads the series 19-16-1. ASU has recently enjoyed more success in the series, winning six out of the past ten meetings. In recent contests, an unranked Sun Devils team upset a ranked Arizona Wildcats team 30-29 in Tucson in 2010. After a strong start in 2011, ASU ended the season with a loss to Arizona on November 19, 2011, 31-27 in Tempe. The Sun Devils finished the 2012 season with a win over the #24 ranked Arizona Wildcats in Tucson; ending the game with a score of 41-34. In 2013, the #13 ranked Sun Devils beat the Wildcats 58-21 in Tempe. In 2014, the Wildcats hosted the cup and beat the Sun Devils 42-35, and claimed the Pac-12 South Championship.


National championships[edit]

Year Record Coach Selectors
1970 11–0 Frank Kush Poling System
1975 12–0 Frank Kush National Championship Foundation, Sporting News

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Record Conference
1931 Border 6–2 3–1
1939 Border 8–2–1 4–0
1940 Border 7–2–2 3–0–1
1952 Border 6–3 4–0
1957 Border 10–0 4–0
1959 Border 10–1 5–0
1961 Border 7–3 3–0
1969 WAC 8–2 6–1
1970 WAC 11–0 7–0
1971 WAC 11–1 7–0
1972 WAC 10–2 5–1
1973* WAC 11–1 6–1
1975 WAC 12–0 7–0
1977* WAC 9–3 6–1
1986 Pac-10 10–1–1 5–1–1
1996 Pac-10 11–1 8–0
2007* Pac-10 10–3 7–2
Total Conference Championships 17

[*] denotes conference co-champions


Arizona State at the Rose Bowl

All-time bowl record[edit]

Arizona State has played in 29 bowls in its history with a combined record of 14–14–1.

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1940 Sun Bowl T Catholic 0 0
January 2, 1941 Sun Bowl L Western Reserve 13 26
January 2, 1950 Salad Bowl L Xavier 21 33
January 1, 1951 Salad Bowl L Miami (OH) 21 34
December 30, 1970 Peach Bowl W North Carolina 48 26
December 27, 1971 Fiesta Bowl W Florida State 45 38
December 23, 1972 Fiesta Bowl W Missouri 49 35
December 21, 1973 Fiesta Bowl W Pittsburgh 28 7
December 26, 1975 Fiesta Bowl W Nebraska 17 14
December 25, 1977 Fiesta Bowl L Penn State 30 42
December 16, 1978 Garden State Bowl W Rutgers 34 18
January 1, 1983 Fiesta Bowl W Oklahoma 32 21
December 22, 1985 Holiday Bowl L Arkansas 17 18
January 1, 1987 Rose Bowl W Michigan 22 15
December 30, 1987 Freedom Bowl W Air Force 33 28
January 1, 1997 Rose Bowl L Ohio State 17 20
December 31, 1997 Sun Bowl W Iowa 17 7
December 25, 1999 Aloha Bowl L Wake Forest 3 23
December 25, 2000 Aloha Bowl L Boston College 17 31
December 27, 2002 Holiday Bowl L Kansas State 27 34
December 31, 2004 Sun Bowl W Purdue 27 23
December 27, 2005 Insight Bowl W Rutgers 45 40
December 24, 2006 Hawaiʻi Bowl L Hawaiʻi 24 41
December 27, 2007 Holiday Bowl L Texas 34 52
December 22, 2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas L Boise State 24 56
December 29, 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl W Navy 62 28
December 30, 2013 Holiday Bowl L Texas Tech 23 37
December 27, 2014 Sun Bowl W Duke 36 31
January 2, 2016 Cactus Bowl L West Virginia 42 43
Total 29 bowl games 14–14–1 785 784

Practice facilities[edit]

Bill Kajikawa Practice Fields[edit]

Bill Kajikawa Practice Fields, located on Sixth Street and Rural Road, is normally where Sun Devil football team practices when weather permits.

Camp Tontozona[edit]

An Arizona State University property, is a 36-acre (150,000 m2) camp just outside Payson, Arizona created by former legendary coach Frank Kush was used as a bonding place for his players. Tontozona has marked the unofficial start of the Sun Devils' seasons from 1960–2008. Due to the knack of losing practices to rainouts, short and torn up fields leading to excessive injuries, and travel costs, the team decided to move camp back to Tempe campus with the arrival of the Devil Dome.[5] After a 4-year absence the Sun Devils returned to Camp Tontozona starting in Aug 2012.[6] The team was able to make the return after a short fund raising effort by fans and alumni brought in over $160,000.[7]

Verde Dickey Dome[edit]

Formerly opened as Devil Dome and nicknamed,"The Bubble", $8.4 million practice facility broke ground on May 15, 2008[8] to provide a climate controlled space for the Sun Devil football team, Sun Devil Marching Band, ASU Intramurals and for other athletic department events. Before its full completion and turn over from the contractor to the university on the night of August 28, 2008 a powerful storm brought it down.[9] The Bubble was re-inflated early October and was fully repaired for use in July 2009. During the 2009 season the facility was renamed and dedicated to generous donor Dr. Verde Dickey as the Verde Dickey Center, to not only commemorate his donation for the facility but also his donations to Sun Devil Marching Band and projects such as renovation of locker rooms in Wells Fargo Arena and Sun Devil Stadium, Weatherup Basketball Center, The Athletes Performance Center, John Spini Gymnastics Center, and wrestling practice facility.[10]

Unanimous All-Americans[edit]

Consensus All-Americans[edit]


Retired jerseys[edit]

Retired Football Jerseys









Other names to be placed on the facade of the Sun Devil Stadium Press Box includes John Jefferson, Ron Pritchard, and Randall McDaniel. Jefferson, Pritchard and McDaniel were honored when they were selected to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

Current Professional Football players/coaches/commentators[edit]

Other notable players[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of July 24, 2015[11]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
vs San Diego State vs UTSA at Michigan State vs BYU at BYU vs LSU at LSU
at Texas Tech at San Diego State at UNLV vs UNLV
vs New Mexico State vs Michigan State vs Northern Arizona

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Color Palette" (PDF). Communication Guide. Arizona State University. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Arizona State University Official Athletic Site – Facilities". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Arizona State Sun Devils". College Football at Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Brief History of ASU". 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  6. ^ Haller, Doug (2012-05-12). "ASU football to return to Camp Tontozona August 14–18". AZ Central. 
  7. ^ Morgan, Craig (2012-05-31). "ASU announces return to Camp Tontozona". Fox Sports. 
  8. ^ "ASU breaks ground on new indoor facility". ASU News. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Storm damages ASU practice facility". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "ASU's practice bubble now has a name". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Arizona State Sun Devils Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2012-09-02. 

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