Arizona State Sun Devils
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Arizona St Helmet2011
First season 1897
Head coach Dennis Erickson
Home stadium Sun Devil Stadium
Stadium capacity 73,379
Stadium surface Grass
Location Tempe, Arizona
Conference Pac-12
All-time record 551–344–22
Postseason bowl record 12–11–1
Conference titles 17
Consensus All-Americans 16
Current uniform
Colors Maroon and Gold            
Fight song Maroon and Gold
Mascot Sparky
Marching band Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band
Rivals Arizona Wildcats
Website Arizona State Sun Devils Official Site

The Arizona State Sun Devils' football program competes in NCAA Division I FBS as part of the Pacific-10 Conference.

The Sun Devils had their greatest 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. In 1996, the Sun Devils came within a matter of seconds of pulling out a win in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State that would have given them an undefeated season and (potentially) a share of the national championship.

The team plays its home games at Sun Devil Stadium, which currently has a capacity of 72,955.

Head coachesEdit

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
1958–1978 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– Dennis Erickson 4 25–24 .510
Total 22 coaches 97 554–347–22 .600


Conference championshipsEdit

Year Conference Record Conference
1931* Border 6–2 2–2
1939* Border 8–2–1 4–1
1940* Border 7–2–2 4–1–1
1952* Border 6–3 4–0
1957* Border 10–0 3–0
1959* Border 10–1 5–0
1961* Border 7–3 3–1
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 7–0
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 Champions 17
  • Co-champ(s)


All-time bowl recordEdit

Arizona State has played in 24 bowls in its history and owns a 12-11-1 record in those games. Among the most common bowls its played in are the Fiesta Bowl (six times) and the Sun Bowl (four times). The team had gone to four consecutive bowl games, and nine in the last 12 seasons.

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1940Sun BowlTCatholic00
January 2, 1941Sun BowlLWestern Reserve1326
January 2, 1950Salad BowlLXavier2133
January 1, 1951Salad BowlLMiami (OH)2134
December 30, 1970Peach BowlWNorth Carolina4826
December 27, 1971Fiesta BowlWFlorida State4538
December 23, 1972Fiesta BowlWMissouri4935
December 21, 1973Fiesta BowlWPittsburgh287
December 26, 1975Fiesta BowlWNebraska1714
December 25, 1977Fiesta BowlLPenn State 3042
December 16, 1978Garden State BowlWRutgers3418
January 1, 1983Fiesta BowlWOklahoma3221
December 22, 1985Holiday BowlLArkansas17 18
January 1, 1987 Rose BowlWMichigan2215
December 30, 1987Freedom BowlWAir Force33 28
January 1, 1997Rose BowlLOhio State1720
December 31, 1997Sun BowlWIowa177
December 25, 1999Aloha BowlLWake Forest 323
December 25, 2000Aloha BowlLBoston College1731
December 27, 2002Holiday BowlL Kansas State2734
December 31, 2004Sun BowlWPurdue2723
December 27, 2005Insight BowlWRutgers4540
December 24, 2006Hawaii BowlLHawaii2441
December 27, 2007Holiday BowlLTexas3452
Total 24 bowl games 12-11-1


Practice facilitiesEdit

Bill Kajikawa Practice FieldsEdit

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

Camp TontozonaEdit

An Arizona State University property, is a 36-acre (145,687 m2) camp just outside of 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.[1]

Verde Dickey CenterEdit

Formerly opened as Devil Dome and nicknamed,"The Bubble", $8.4 million practice facility broke ground on May 15, 2008[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


Arizona State's primary rival is Arizona. The football rivalry game between the schools is known as "The Duel in the Desert" and is played for the Territorial Cup. The University of Arizona has the all-time series lead with a record of 46-37-1. This record dates back to 1899 before Arizona State was recognized as a University; however ASU was an NCAA participating university/college as an independent member and member of the Border Conference prior to 1958. All games played prior to the establishment of ASU as a university in 1958 are officially counted by the NCAA and are official games against all opponents in every NCAA recognized sport. Tempe Normal (ASU) won the first matchup in 1899, 11-2.

Since becoming an official university in 1958,[5] Arizona State has the overall lead in the rivalry series with a record of 29 wins, 21 losses, and one tie, though they went 0–8–1 during a nine-year stretch from 1982-90. Since ASU and Arizona have become major conference members of the Pacific 10 Conference in 1978, the University of Arizona leads the series 18-14-1. ASU has recently enjoyed more success in the series, winning three out of the past five meetings and six of the last ten. They won the most recent contest on December 2, 2010, 30-29 (double overtime) in Tucson.

Individual award winnersEdit

Terrell Suggs - 2002
Terrell Suggs - 2002
Thomas Weber - 2007
Terrell Suggs - 2002

Current NFL playersEdit

Other famous playersEdit

See alsoEdit


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