1996 Arizona State Sun Devils football
Pac-10 champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–20 vs. Ohio State
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1996 record11–1 (8–0 Pac-10)
Head coachBruce Snyder (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorDan Cozzetto
Defensive coordinatorPhil Snow
Home stadiumSun Devil Stadium
(Capacity: 73,379)
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The 1996 Arizona State Sun Devils football team represented the Arizona State University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A college football season. The team's head coach was Bruce Snyder, who was coaching his fifth season with the Sun Devils and 17th season overall. Home games were played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. They participated as members of the Pacific-10 Conference.

Regular seasonEdit

In 1996, the Sun Devils went a surprising 11–1, highlighted by a 19–0 shutout of the number-one-ranked, two-time defending national champion, Nebraska Cornhuskers in Tempe, ending Nebraska's 26-game win streak. The upset win also gained a measure of revenge from the previous season, when they went into Lincoln and were not only defeated by a 77–28 margin, but were enraged after the eventual national champions threw a long touchdown pass in the game's final minutes. ASU quarterback Jake Plummer led the Sun Devils, propelling Arizona State into the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Had the Sun Devils won, they would have had a very good chance of winning at least a share of the national championship, as they would have been the only undefeated major-college team in the nation. The Sun Devils led 17–14 with 1:47 left in the fourth quarter, but surrendered a late touchdown to Ohio State, falling by a final score of 20–17. As it turned out, Florida State lost in the Sugar Bowl to the Florida Gators; had the Sun Devils won, they would have had a perfect 12–0 record while the Gators would have finished with one regular season loss (to the Seminoles).


The Sun Devils finished the season with an 11–1 record.

September 77:00 PMWashingtonNo. 20FSNW 45–4273,379
September 147:00 PMNorth Texas*No. 18
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
W 52–746,173
September 217:15 PMNo. 1 Nebraska*No. 17
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
FSNW 19–074,089
September 283:30 PMOregonNo. 6
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
FSNW 48–2754,618
October 57:00 PMBoise State*No. 5
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
W 56–749,018
October 1212:30 PMat UCLANo. 4ABCW 42–3466,107
October 1912:30 PMUSCNo. 4
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
ABCW 48–35 2OT74,947
October 2612:30 PMat StanfordNo. 4ABCW 41–932,550
November 22:00 PMat Oregon StateNo. 4W 29–1421,946
November 94:30 PMCaliforniadaggerNo. 4
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
FSNW 35–774,963
November 234:30 PMat ArizonaNo. 4FSNW 56–1459,920
January 11:30 PMvs. No. 4 Ohio State*No. 2ABCL 17–20100,635


1996 Arizona State Sun Devils football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
RB 8 Battle, TerryTerry Battle Sr
WR 24 Boyer, RickyRicky Boyer So
TE 82 Bush, SteveSteve Bush Sr
QB 11 Campbell, SteveSteve Campbell So
T 70 Gable, GlenGlen Gable Jr
WR 83 Jackson, LenzieLenzie Jackson So
TE 87 Jennings, BrianBrian Jennings Fr
TE 88 Kendall, DevinDevin Kendall Sr
RB 29 Martin, MichaelMichael Martin Jr
WR 81 Mitchell, KennyKenny Mitchell So
G 56 Murphy, KyleKyle Murphy Jr
T 74 Roque, JuanJuan Roque Sr
FB 44 Paulk, JeffJeff Paulk So
QB 16 Plummer, JakeJake Plummer Sr
WR 3 Poole, KeithKeith Poole Sr
RB 21 Redmond, J. R.J. R. Redmond Fr
C 65 Robertson, KirkKirk Robertson Sr
G 51 Ruegamer, GreyGrey Ruegamer So
T 71 Smith, MarvelMarvel Smith Fr
OL 67 Thompson, PatPat Thompson Sr
Pos. # Name Class
DE 98 Amey, VincentVincent Amey Jr
DE 55 Baumgartner, DaveDave Baumgartner Sr
DT 94 Burnstein, BrentBrent Burnstein Sr
DE 93 Crawford, MalchiMalchi Crawford Jr
LB 47 Finn, ChrisChris Finn Sr
DB 39 Richardson, DamienDamien Richardson Jr
LB 59 Rodgers, DerrickDerrick Rodgers Sr
DT 92 Staat, JeremyJeremy Staat Jr
CB 10 Simmons, JasonJason Simmons Sr
SS 9 Simmons, ThomasThomas Simmons Jr
LB 36 Smith, DerekDerek Smith Sr
DT 99 Swayda, ShawnShawn Swayda Sr
DB 42 Tillman, PatPat Tillman Jr
DB, RB 22 Turpin, RaenaurdRaenaurd Turpin Sr
LB 50 Von der Ahe, ScottScott Von der Ahe Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 17 Anderson, LanceLance Anderson Jr
K 41 Nycz, RobertRobert Nycz Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt


1996 Team Players in the NFLEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Juan Roque Tackle 2 35 Detroit Lions
Jake Plummer Quarterback 2 42 Arizona Cardinals
Derek M. Smith Outside Linebacker 3 80 Washington Redskins
Derrick Rodgers Outside Linebacker 3 92 Miami Dolphins
Keith Poole Wide receiver 4 116 New Orleans Saints
Scott Von der Ahe Linebacker 6 182 Indianapolis Colts
Shawn Swayda Defensive tackle 6 196 Chicago Bears
Terry Battle Running back 7 206 Detroit Lions

Awards and honorsEdit


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