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NCAAF Arizona State Sun Devils

General Information

  • NCAA Division: Division I
  • Conference: Pac12
  • City: Tempe,
  • Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium

Championships

  • National Championships: 2
  • Conference Titles: 17
  • Division Titles: 1
  • Bowl Record: 15-17-1

Past Conferences

  • Independent (1897-1930)
  • Border (1931-1961)
  • WAC (1962-1977).

Arizona State Sun Devils Football History

The Arizona State Sun Devils fielded its first football team in 1896 under head coach Frederick M. Irish. He led the team in its first 10 seasons to a 12-8 overall record. The Sun Devils had multiple coaches from 1910 through the 30s and 40s. In 1929 they joined the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association. under head coach Ted Shipley. The Sun Devils went on to play in their first bowl game in 1939 under head coach Dixie Howell. Dixie led the Sun Devils to a 23-15-4 overall during his four-year tenure.

The Red Devils didn’t enjoy much success during the 30s and 40s. In 1949, they returned to a bowl game for the first time in 10 seasons. They played and lost in the Salad Bowl in both 1949 and 1950 under head coach Edward Doherty.

Dan Devine became head coach in 1955 after a short stint with Clyde Smith. Devine accomplished a lot during his three-year tenure as head coach. The Sun Devils finished with a combined 27-3-1 combined record under Devine. Additionally, they posted an 11-2 conference record. The 1957 season was their most successful under Devine. They enjoyed their first undefeated season after finishing 10 overall and 4-0 in conference play. The Sun Devils were ranked as high as 11th during the 1957 season. The Sun Devils were dominant on the ground as they rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 36 touchdowns on the year. Devine received an offer from Missouri and accepted it in December 1957.

Frank Kush was hired in 1958 and would remain at the helm until through the 60s and 70s. Kush led the Sun Devils to 19 winning seasons, including five double-digit win seasons and two undefeated seasons. Kush quickly built a reputation as one of the toughest coaches in the country. His practices took place in the desert heat and he ran drills like “Bull in the Ring” to test a player’s toughness. He led the Sun Devils to a 10-1 overall and a 6-0 conference record in the 1959 season. The 60s were solid for the Sun Devils as they put up a winning season in each season. Unfortunately, they didn’t make a single bowl game despite their good records.

However, the 70s were especially prosperous for the Sun Devils. In 1970, the Sun Devins finished with an 11-0 overall record and a 7-0 conference record. They went on to win the Peace Bowl. The Sun Devils put up a combined 43-4 overall record and a 25-2 conference record from 1970-1973. Additionally, they won four straight major bowls and won the WAC conference in each season.

In 1975, the Sun Devils finished with a 12-0 record and went on to win the WAC again. Additionally, they won the Fiesta Bowl and finished the season ranked second. The 1977 season marked the only time the Sun Devils lost a bowl game under coach Kush. He was fired during the 1979 season. He remains the winningest coach in Sun Devils’ history. He ended his career with a 176-54-1 overall record and a 6-1 bowl record.

Darryl Rogers coached the Sun Devils from 1980-1984. In 1982, Rogers led the Sun Devils to a 10-2 record and won the Fiesta Bowl. He finished his career with 37 wins and went on to coach the Detroit Lions.

John Cooper and Larry Marmie coached the Sun Devils for the next several years. Cooper led the Sun Devils to a 10-1-1 record in his first season. They finished the season ranked 4th in the nation after winning the Rose Bowl. He left for Ohio State after the 1987 season. Marmie coached the Sun Devils for four seasons. He finished his career with a disappointing 22-21-1 overall record.

Bryce Snyder was named head coach ahead of the 1992 season. The Sun Devils’ best season under Snyder came in 1996. The Sun Devils finished with a 11-1 overall record and finished with an 8-0 record in conference play. They went on to lose the Rose Bowl. Snyder won coach of the year when the season ended. After that, the Sun Devils put up just one more winning season under Snyder.he stepped down after the 2000 season. He has the second most wins in school history with 58.

Dirk Koetter coached the Sun Devils from 2001-2006. The 2004 season was successful under Koetter as they finished with a 9-3 record and a win in the Sun Bowl. Koetter was out as head coach after the 2006 season.

Todd Graham would be named head coach in 2012 after a five year stint by Dennis Erickson. After an 8-5 record in his first season, Graham led the Sun Devins to two 10 win seasons in 2013 and 2014. Graham was named PAC 12 coach of the year after the 2013 season. The Sun Devils beat the Duke Blue Devils in 2014 the Sun Bowl. The Sun Devils were averaged at best during Graham’s last three seasons at the helm finishing with a combined 18-20 combined record and an 0-2 bowl record.

Former NFL coach Herm Edwards was named head coach in 2018. Edwards led the Sun Devils to winning seasons and a bowl game in each of his first two seasons. The 2019 was capped off with a win in the Sun Bowl. Edwards time at the helm was mostly up and down as he led the Sun Devils to three winning seasons and two losing seasons. He was relieved of his duties in September 2022.

All Time Stats

Passing Yards

-Andrew Walton: 10,617
-Rudy Carpenter: 10,491
-Jake Plummer: 8,827
-Taylor Kelly: 8,819
-Manny Wilkins: 8,624

Rushing Yards

-Woody Green: 4,188
-Freddie Williams: 3,424
-J.R. Redmond: 3,299
-Demario Richard: 3,202
-Wilford White: 3,173

Receiving Yards

-Derek Hagan: 3,939
-John Jefferson: 2,993
-N’Keal Harry: 2,889
-Shaun McDonald: 2,867
-Aaron Cox: 2,694

What is the highest win total in program history?

The 1975 Sun Devils finished with a perfect 12-0 record under head coach Frank Kush. They also finished 7-0 in conference play and were crowned Western Atlantic Conference champions.

What was the worst season in program history?

The 1937 Sun Devils finished with a 0-8 overall record under head coach Rudy Lavik. It was the first and only time the Sun Devils finished a season winless.

How many total bowl games have the Sun Devils appeared in?

The Arizona State Sun Devils have played in 33 bowl games and currently hold a 15-17-1 record. Their most recent bowl game was in 2021 in the Las Vegas Bowl under head coach Herm Edwards.
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