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Football (1983):Arizona State posted a solid 32-21 victory over Oklahoma in its first major network television appearance since 1980. Twenty-eight seconds into the final quarter ASU's Alvin Moore scored from a yard out to give the Devils a 25-21 margin. On the Devil's next possession, QB Todd Hons connected with speedster Ron Brown on a 52-yard pass play for the game's final score.
Wrestling (1985) With their 28-15 victory over Michigan, the Sun Devils recorded their 200th victory in program history in a dual held in Columbus, Ohio.
Football (1987): After years of waiting, the Sun Devils finally made it to Rose Bowl for the first time. ASU registered a 22-15 victory over Big Ten Champ Michigan in John Cooper's second season as head coach.
Wrestling (1977): The Sun Devils traveled to Seattle and captured the 100th victory in program history by defeating host Washington, 30-8.
Men's Basketball (2000): Eddie House ties the Pac-10 record with 61 points at California in a 111-108 double-overtime thriller.
Wrestling (1963): The team recorded its first victory on the mats by defeating Cal Poly Pomona, 38-0, in a dual at CS Los Angeles. ASU was 1-1 heading into the dual with both results coming by forfeit.
Water Polo (2004): The Sun Devils traveled to Ann Arbor for the Michigan Invitational and rebounded from a tough 6-5 overtime loss earlier in the day to No. 9 Indiana by blowing out Marist, 20-2. The 20 goals and 18-point margin of victory were the highest in program history. Tessa Wyborny led the offensive charge with four goals and three assists while rookie Ashley Bower accounted for three goals and three assists of her own.
Water Polo (2007): The U.S. Water Polo Coaches Association released its preseason rankings with the Sun Devils earning their highest starting position in the poll at No. 7.
Wrestling (1972): Despite dropping the first nine duals of the year, including two earlier in the day, the Sun Devils rebounded to defeat UC Santa Barbara, 33-9, as part of the UCLA Quadrangular in Los Angeles. The win was not only the first of the year for the team, but also the first in the career of John Wadas, the program's second head coach.
Volleyball (2008): Jason Watson is named Volleyball head coach.
Men's Basketball (1998): Getting 27 points from Jeremy Veal, including nine in overtime, the men's basketball team snapped a 14-game losing streak against ranked teams by defeating No. 4 Stanford 90-87 in Palo Alto.
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Water Polo (2003): Opening day for the team's second year of play was historic again as the Sun Devils shutout UC Santa Cruz, 14-0. Eight different Sun Devils scored in the game, including Gili Kollan and Tessa Wyborny, who scored three each, and Katie Davis, who added two. Lizzie Houck and Kristie Meyer, both freshmen, tended the nets and kept UCSC off the score sheet defensively.
Water Polo (2003): In just their second season of play and the 30th game all-time, the unranked Sun Devils recorded their first upset victory as they handed visiting No. 19 Pacific a 10-6 setback at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. ASU jumped out to a 5-0 lead through the first quarter and continued to score in each quarter to take the game. Tessa Wyborny and Bryn Kuech each scored twice to pace the team to victory.
Water Polo (2006): Todd Clapper leads the team on deck for the first time as its head coach and watches as his No. 16 Sun Devils down host Cal Baptist, 10-5, at the Lancer Invitational for his first coaching victory at ASU.
Water Polo (2002): The newest varsity team on campus began play as the water polo team played host to Santa Clara in a pair of games at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Sun Devils dropped their first game of the day, 8-6, in overtime before rebounding later in the day to defeat the visiting Broncos, 9-2. With 5:06 remaining in the first quarter of play, Ashley Orzalli netted the program's first goal and added another later in the game while Kim Yost scored four in the team's debut.
Water Polo (2008): On the second day of the Stanford Invitational, the No. 10 Sun Devils recorded the biggest upset victory in the program's short existence as they knocked off No. 2 USC, 8-5. Addison McGrath netted four goals to pace the offense and Caylinn Wallace halted 10 shots on goal to preserve the victory that ASU took in the first quarter with a quick 3-0 lead through one before holding leads of 4-1 and 7-3. The win provided another bit of history as ASU's win marked the first time since the NCAA began sponsoring water polo (2001) that a team outside of the Top 5 had defeated a Top 3 team (predominately USC, UCLA and Stanford).
Track & Field (2007): Amy Hastings traveled to Seattle, Wash., with several of her distance teammates to compete in the Husky Classic and walked away with a time of 15:30.17 in the 5,000m run, setting the American collegiate record. A personal-best and school-record by over 15 seconds (she previously had run the record of 15:45.45), Hastings broke the mark of 15:34.5 set in 1981 by Virginia's Margaret Groos. Hastings automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with the run that saw her finish 41 seconds ahead of the race's runner-up finisher.
Men's Basketball (2003): ASU scores season high 108 points by topping the USC Trojans at home
Wrestling (1990): A record home crowd of 5,497 fans were on hand to see the Sun Devils defeat visiting Oklahoma State, 19-16, inside the Student Activity Center (Wells Fargo Arena).
Men's Basketball (2003): Game against Arizona sells out in 25 minutes
Track & Field (1999): Marcus Brunson clocked a time of 6.06 in the 55m dash at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Reno, Nev., and crushed the previous school record of 6.17 (LaMonte King) to win the event title at the league meet. His mark also established a meet record.
Water Polo (2008): The program's all-time leading scorer and its first, First Team All-American, Addison McGrath went on a scoring binge in the team's home contest with No. 4 Hawai'i as she set a single-game scoring record with seven goals on the night. It was not enough, though, as the Rainbow Wahine escaped with a 13-12 decision over the No. 8 Sun Devils.
Wrestling (1991): The team traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., where it set a Pac-10 record by capturing its seventh championship crown in a row, breaking the tie it held with Oregon State. Marco Sanchez (134) and Ray Miller (158) each captured individual titles to help lead the Sun Devils to their title with 112 points, which was ahead of runner-up CS Bakersfield's 101.5 points scored in the two-day tournament.
Baseball (1990): The Sun Devils and UCLA Bruins play an 18-inning game that lasts five hours and 36 minutes. It is the longest game in school history. The Devils won 6-5.
Track & Field (2007): Sarah Stevens defended her MPSF shot put crown in style as she hit a mark of 17.72m (58-01.75) to set a meet record at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash.
Track & Field (2006): Jacquelyn Johnson, in her only appearance in the pentathlon at the MPSF Indoor Championships, easily won the conference title as she set a meet record of 4,207 points at the Championships in Seattle, Wash.
Track & Field (2009): In her final indoor conference meet, Sarah Stevens went out in style as she won her third weight throw title in a row with a meet record toss of 21.58m (70-09.75) at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle. With the victory and her shot put crown that would follow the next day, Stevens ended her MPSF career with four-consecutive shot put titles, three-consecutive shot put titles and a sweep of the two throwing events in each of her final three seasons.
Track & Field (2008): While taking a break from the pentathlon, Jacquelyn Johnson continued to keep herself busy as she won the 60m hurdles, helped the 4x400m relay to victory and captured the title in the long jump at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle. Her long jump victory, however, also came with a school and meet record leap of 6.50m (21-04.00) and helped her qualify for the NCAA meet, where she earned All-America honors.
Wrestling (1993): ASU traveled to Boise, Idaho, and captured the Pac-10 Championship crown for the ninth time in only its 15th year as a member of the conference. The victory came in dominating fashion as ASU scored 152.75 points to set a Pac-10 Championships record (CS Bakersfield broke the Sun Devils' record three years later by scoring 155.0 in 1996).
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Track & Field (2008): Two weeks before setting the indoor collegiate record, Ryan Whiting grabbed two more records in the event as he easily won the shot put at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle. Whiting raised his school record in the event to 21.47m (70-05.25) and establish a new meet record as well.
Baseball (1973): Eddie Bane strikes out 19 batters in a 9-0 victory over Cal State Northridge. Bane did not allow a baserunner, retiring 27 in a row for the only perfect game in Arizona State Baseball history.
Men's Basketball (1981): Arizona State, led by Byron Scott's 25 points on 11-of-14 field goals, goes into Corvallis and beats unbeaten and top-ranked Oregon State 87-67 on the final day of the regular season. Sam Williams adds 19 points and Fat Lever 14 for ASU, who led 40-20 at the half. ASU shot 17-of-22 (.773) in the first half.
Baseball (1971): Roger Schmuck begins a hitting streak that will last 45 games, a school record. The 45-games is the third longest streak in NCAA history.
Track & Field (2007): For the first time in its history, the women's track & field program claimed a national team title as ASU scored 38 points to edge LSU (33) and Tennessee (30) for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships crown in Fayetteville, Ark. Jacquelyn Johnson defended her pentathlon crown (4,393 points, Sarah Stevens captured the shot put title (18.16m) and the 4x400m relay of Bridgette Williams, Johnson, Shauntel Elcock and Latosha Wallace held off Tennessee at the line to put the Sun Devils on the top step of the podium.
Track & Field (2006): Amy Hastings recorded another first in ASU history, this time becoming the first Sun Devil woman to win a national title in a distance event on the track as she won the 5,000m run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Hastings, the only Sun Devil to win a Pac-10 title in cross country, finished first in the race in 15:51.63 and earned her sixth career All-America honor at the time.
Track & Field (2008): In helping the men to their first national title indoors, Kyle Alcorn and Ryan Whiting played big roles in jump-starting the team scoring on the first day of the two-day NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Whiting, in the field, dominated the shot put competition where, on his fifth throw of six, Whiting let it fly with a mark of 21.73m (71-03.5), nine inches past the previous mark set in 1977. On the track, Alcorn took the baton as the anchor leg of the distance medley relay and brought the team from fifth place to national runners-up with a school-record 9:32.49. The next day, the 14th-ranked Alcorn would continue his success by winning the 3,000m national title.
Water Polo (2004): In their first season of play as members of the MPSF, the toughest water polo conference in the nation, the Sun Devils had dropped their first three league games of the season before recording their first as they handed visiting Pacific a 13-4 defeat at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. No. 17 ASU got two goals each from Katie Hedley, Heather Rempfer and Kimberlee Stevens while seven others each added one apiece.
Men's Basketball (1991): Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 seasons, Bill Frieder leads ASU to a 79-76 NCAA Tournament win over Rutgers in Atlanta.Ike Austin leads the way with 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting while Tarence Wheeler also gets 25 points. ASU trailed 36-30 at the half but had 11 steals and shot 29-of-54 (.537) from the field in the win.
Track & Field (2009): One day after Ryan Whiting won his second indoor shot put title in a row, Jason Lewis recorded a personal-best throw by nearly three feet to capture the weight throw and give ASU a sweep of the men's throws at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Lewis, ranked fourth in the nation heading into the meet, advanced to the finals in sixth place (through three throws) and then took the lead for good in the fifth round with his school-record toss of 22.88m (75-00.75) which surpassed his previous PR of 22.04m (72-03.75). Lewis left the meet with two All-America honors (the first two of his career) and 15 team points, the most by any Sun Devil on the weekend, to help ASU to fifth overall as a team (25 points).
Track & Field (2008): Not only did the women successfully defend their indoor national title from 2007, they were joined as team champions by the ASU men, who captured their first indoor crown. The women scored 51 points and the men 44 to take the top spots. Kyle Alcorn won the men's 3,000m run and Ryan Whiting set a collegiate record (21.73m) to win the shot put to lead ASU with the program's first two indoor national titles. The women were led by an NCAA record from Jacquelyn Johnson in the pentathlon (4,496 points) as she claimed her third title in the event. All told, nine men and nine women each earned All-America honors to help the their respective teams to victory.
Wrestling (1985): Eddie Urbano became the second Sun Devil wrestler to win an individual national title as he defeated Jim Heffernan (Iowa), 4-1, in the final at 150-pounds. Urbano, who won his crown in Oklahoma City, Okla., joined Curley Culp as the program's NCAA champions.
Wrestling (1995): Markus Mollica joined Dan St. John as the program's only multiple NCAA champions as he defeated Mark Branch (Oklahoma State), 5-3, in the final of the 167-pound division at the NCAA Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. Mollica's title was the fifth for a Sun Devil in the past seven years and the seventh overall (at the time).
Wrestling (1988): HISTORY MADE With seven All-Americans and 93 team points scored, the Sun Devils walked away from Ames, Iowa, with the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship crown. The only program west of Oklahoma to capture a Division I title in wrestling, ASU edged out runner-up Iowa (85.5) and host Iowa State (83.75) for the title. Mike Davies (190) led the way by finishing second while six of his teammates earned All-America honors with three third-place finishes and one each taking fourth, fifth and sixth.
Wrestling (1993): Wrestlers Shawn Charles and Ray Miller completed their senior seasons at the NCAA Championships by collecting the fourth All-America honors of their careers to become the first Sun Devils to earn the national honor all four years they competed. Both advanced to the finals where Charles dropped a 7-5 decision to Tony Furler (Nebraska) at 126 pounds before Miller defeated Shaon Fry (Missouri), 6-2, to win the national title at 167 pounds. Along with Miller's title, Marcus Mollica won a title at 158 pounds to give ASU multiple champions in the same NCAA event for the first time in program history.
Wrestling (2003): Top-seeded Eric Larkin scored a 10-8 decision over second-seeded Jared Lawrence (Minnesota) in the 149-pound final at the NCAA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., giving the Sun Devil his fourth All-America honor and capping an undefeated 34-0 season. The fourth, four-time All-American in program history, Larkin, the Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, also was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler (OW) before being selected for the Dan Hodge Award.
Wrestling (1996): Marcus Mollica became just the third Sun Devil to earn four All-America honors in a career as the senior finished fourth at 167 pounds in the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Mollica, who won national titles in 1993 and 1995, dropped a 4-3 decision to Charles Burton (Boise State) in the third-place match.
Wrestling (1990): Dan St. John became the first Sun Devil to capture multiple NCAA individual titles as he won his second title in a row, this time taking the 167-pound division with a 6-3 decision over Brad Traviolia (Northwestern) in College Park, Md. One year earlier, St. John won the 158-pound crown by defeating Joe Pantaleo (Michigan) in the final. In that match, the score was tied, 1-1, at the end of regulation before St. John won the overtime session, 3-1.
Wrestling (1967): Already a star on the mats and on the football field for the Sun Devils, Curley Culp added to his successful collegiate career by capturing the heavyweight national title at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Kent, Ohio. The program's first national champion, Culp went 4-0 in impressive fashion as he won his first match with a 15-5 superior decision before pinning two foes in a row (1:50 and 3:46). Culp captured the title in just 51 seconds as he pinned Nick Carallo (Adams State), his third fall in a row.
Wrestling (1965): Three ASU wrestlers placed among the Top 4 in their respective weight classes at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Wyoming and collected the first All-America honors in program history. Glenn McMinn Sr., advanced to the final at 115 pounds where he fell to Tadaaki Hatta (Oklahoma State), 9-6; Buzz Hayes took fourth at 147 pounds with a 10-4 loss to Mark Scureman (Army) in the third-place match; and Charlie Tribble finished third at 177 pounds by pinning Roger Mickish (Oklahoma) in 1:40.
Water Polo (2009): Two scoring records were set at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center today as the Sun Devils blasted visiting Cal Lutheran, 25-6, in the opening game of the ASU Invitational. The goals scored by ASU are the most in program history for one game while freshman Lynlee Smith scored seven of those goals to tie the single-record that Addison McGrath set one year earlier. The 19-point margin of victory also is the highest in program history.
Women's Soccer (2007): Kevin Boyd is named Women's Soccer head coach.
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Men's Basketball (2006): Herb Sendek is named ASU's men's basketball head coach.
Water Polo (2005): Looking to rebound from a tough 12-0 shutout loss to No. 1 UCLA one day before, the Sun Devils came out on fire - especially goalie Caylinn Wallace - and upset No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, 8-7, in overtime at home. Wallace was the catalyst as she halted a program-record 22 shots on net, including her final stop of the game on a penalty shot that preserved the win. Offensively, Katie Hedley had three goals and Holly Newman added a pair to lead the team to victory.
Wrestling (2003): Just 12 days after winning his first national title and collecting the fourth All-America honor of his career, Eric Larkin was presented with the Dan Hodge Award, which is widely regarded as the 'Heisman Trophy' of wrestling and is given annually to the most dominant wrestler in the nation. With a flawless 34-0 record while competing at 149 pounds, Larkin scored bonus points in 20 of his wins, including 11 victories by fall, two by technical fall and seven by major decision. Only three times all season did the final buzzer sound with his opponent within three or few points on the scoreboard. Larkin, at the time only the second Pac-10 wrestler to earn the Award, closed his career with a record of 123-12, which ranked him sixth on the all-time victories list at ASU.
Track & Field (1980): A great tradition began on this date as the first Sun Angel Track Classic was held at Sun Angel Stadium. Hundreds of the top collegiate and professional athletes from around the world were on hand to compete in what has remained as one of the top meets in the Southwest each and every season. Jesse Owens, the former Ohio State sprinter and Olympic champion, was the meet honoree for the inaugural Classic.
Track & Field (1984): The program hosted the 5th Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe with four of ASU's men entertaining the crowd on hand as it set a collegiate record that, as of the 2009 season, remains in tact today. The team of Pete Richardson, Eddie Davis, Treg Scott and Mike Stahr combined to compete in the 4x800m relay and crossed the finish line in 7:08.96 to set a standard that remains the oldest on the books for collegiate relay records.
Baseball (2001): The Sun Devils score a run in their 350th consecutive game, establishing a new NCAA record. ASU would end up scoring in 506 straight games, a streak that lasted from 1995 to 2004.
Wrestling (2009): Kelsey Campbell, the first female member of the Sun Devil wrestling program, won the Asics U.S. Wrestling Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., capturing the 59kg women's freestyle division and earning a place on Team USA. A two-time National Women's Collegiate champion, Campbell upset top-seeded Deanna Rix (NYAC), 1-0, 1-0, to win her first senior national event.
Track & Field (1976): After three losses, the ASU men scored a 95-47 defeat of visiting Northern Arizona to record the team's first victory at the newly renovated Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe. After calling Goodwin Field home from 1937-67, Joe Selleh Track & Field was opened on campus and used until 1976 when a $3 million renovation on the site added the grandstand, scoreboard and other amenities to the facility that the Sun Devils have called home ever since.
Water Polo (2008): For the third time this season and just the sixth all-time, the Sun Devils defeated a Top 5-ranked team, this time handing No. 4 San Diego State a 10-7 loss at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe. Ranked sixth nationally, ASU jumped out to a 3-0 lead before taking a 5-3 halftime lead and an 8-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Caylinn Wallace had eight saves while Addison McGrath netted three goals and Lauren Hayes, Katy Lawlor and Kelly Phelps each scored twice.
Wrestling (2009): Kelsey Campbell competed in the 2009 Pan-American Wrestling Championships in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and finished with a silver medal in the 59kg women's freestyle division. The tournament was the first international event in which Campbell represented the U.S.
Water Polo (2008): After winning 10 of its last 11 games with a nine-game winning streak and its only loss to No. 1 UCLA, ASU was rewarded with its highest national ranking as it climbed to No. 4 in the weekly poll.
Track & Field (1963): The quartet of Mike Barrick, Henry Carr, Ron Freeman and Ulis Williams traveled to Walnut, Calif., to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays and returned home with not only a Relays title in the mile relay (4x400m), they also brought back a world record. The Sun Devils clocked in at 3:04.5 to set the new standard in the event that lasted until 1966. Carr, Freeman and Williams all went on to be Olympians with Carr and Williams running the fourth and third leg, respectively, of the gold medal 1964 U.S. team.
Men's Golf (1999): Paul Casey rallies from eight strokes back on the final day of the Pac-10 Championship in Seattle by posting a 10-under 60. Casey had 11 birdies, including six straight starting at the third hole. It marked the second straight Pac-10 title for Casey.
Water Polo(2006): At the MPSF Championships in Irvine, Calif., the No. 9 Sun Devils took on the host No. 6 Anteaters and played the program's longest game as the contest ended with ASU winning, 13-12, in four overtimes. Tied at 10-10 at the end of regulation, ASU took an 11-10 lead after the first of two overtime sessions before UCI scored twice to take the game to sudden victory. After a scoreless first period of sudden victory, Tessa Wyborny gathered a pass, moved in on goal and then softly lobbed a shot over the extended goalie to end the game. Rowie Webster scored five goals in the game with Ashley Bower and Wyborny adding two each.
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Wrestling (2009): Shawn Charles is named Wrestling head coach.
Track & Field (2007): Two Sun Devils added their name to the history books at the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford as Sarah Stevens won two titles and Aaron Aguayo one on the first day of the Championships. Stevens captured the shot put and discus events on the same day, making her just the fifth woman in Pac-10 history to sweep both throws in the same meet. Aguayo became the 11th athlete in conference history to win the same event four times in a career as he took the steeplechase. He was just the second man to win four titles in a distance event (1,500m or longer) with Oregon's Steve Prefontaine (3-mile run).
Baseball (2009): The Sun Devils win clinch their third straight Pac-10 Championship with an 8-0 win over Oregon. It is the first time a school has won three straight conference titles since the before the merger in 1999.
Track & Field (2008): On their home track, the Sun Devil women ran away with their third Pac-10 Championship in a row as ASU scored 186.5 points to win by 69.5 points over Stanford (117), the largest margin of victory in Pac-10 history. The point total also was just three off the record (189.5) set by UCLA. The Sun Devils captured titles in three of the four throwing events with Jessica Pressley winning the shot put and discus and Sarah Stevens taking the hammer; Charonda Williams swept the 100m and 200m events; Jacquelyn Johnson set a Pac-10 record while winning the heptathlon (one week earlier) as the 4x400m relay of Jeavon Benjamin, Jordan Durham, Shauntel Elcock and Dominique' Maloy capped the win with their relay title.
Swimming (2009): Dorsey Tierney-Walker is named Swimming head coach.
Track & Field (1981): The ASU men scored 133 points and won the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford, marking the first time the program won the conference title in only its third year in the Pac-10. Head Coach Len Miller was selected as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and LaMonte King was the Athlete of the Year after he won the 200m, the long jump and joined Ron Brown, Greg Moore and Dwayne Evans on the champion 4x100m relay. Dan Raby added a title in the 1,500m run and Howard Henley won the 400m dash to help ASU to victory.
Baseball (2009): Mike Leake is named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year, the first back-to-back winner in Pac-10 history.
Baseball (2009): Jason Kipnis wins the Pac-10 Player of the Year Award, the third straight season a Sun Devil has won the award.
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Track & Field (1990): Gea Johnson (heptathlon), Maicel Malone (400m) and Lynda Tolbert (100mH) all won individual national titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Durham, N.C., to record the most national titles won by the team in a single national meet. The trio of titles was the first for the women and the second all-time after the men's team won three in 1963 - Henry Carr (220y), Frank Covelli (javelin) and Ulis Williams (440y). The women have since repeated this feat twice (2007, 2008).
Track & Field (1977): For the first time in the program's history, the Sun Devils were crowned national champions as the men captured the title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Champaign, Ill. Kyle Arney won the high jump and Herman Frazier took the 400m dash to lead the way as nine different Sun Devils combined to collect seven individual and two relay All-America honors. Frazier (400m/4x100m/4x400m) and Rich Walker (110mHH/400mH/4x400m) both led the way as three-time All-America honorees while Tony Darden (200m/4x100m) and Gerald Burl (4x100m/4x400m) both garnered two honors each. Other All-Americans included Arney, Steven Williams (4x100m), Cliff McKenzie (4x400m), Ralph Haynie (pole vault) and Dannie Jackson (long jump).
Track & Field (2006): Victoria Jackson, who three weeks earlier won the Pac-10 title in the 5,000m run, captured the first national title of her career as she won the 10,000m run at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., with a school-record time of 32:54.72 in the 25-lap race. Jackson's win marked the longest distance a Sun Devil national title had come in, surpassing the 1992 title Maicel Malone won in the 400m dash. Along with Amy Hastings' win in the indoor 5,000m run, the Sun Devil women swept the longest individual races held each year at the NCAA level.
Baseball (1981): Arizona State captures its fifth National Championship in a 7-4 win over Oklahoma State in Omaha. Stan Holmes wins the Most Outstanding Player award.
Track & Field (2007): Just under three months after winning their first national team title, the women's program added the outdoor title to its mantel with 60 points to LSU's 53 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Jacquelyn Johnson secured her third outdoor heptathlon title (5,984 points) and the fifth of her career, Jessica Pressley won the shot put title (18.00m) and April Kubishta took the crown in the pole vault (4.25m) to pace the team to its second title of the year. The win gave ASU the women's outdoor title 30 years after the men won their only crown and also made the women just the third program in NCAA history to sweep the indoor and outdoor crowns in the same season. Another sweep took place individually as ASU took the shot put title outdoors (Pressley) and in (Sarah Stevens).
Track & Field (2004): Trailing by 21 points heading into the seventh and final event of the women's heptathlon at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas, true freshman Jacquelyn Johnson needed to defeat defending national champion Hyleas Fountain (Georgia) by at least 2.4 seconds to claim her first title and did just that as she ran 2:19.60 in the 800m to win the title. Fountain ran 2:22.82, a little over three seconds behind Johnson, to bring the final scores to 5,807-5,785 in Johnson's favor. The title was the first of seven for the Sun Devil great (four outdoor heptathlons and three indoor pentathlons).
Track & Field (2009): With two national titles from the past two indoor meets, Ryan Whiting set out to capture his first outdoor title and succeed with a winning toss of 20.11m (65-11.75) to complete his sweep of the event in 2009. With that sweep, Whiting became the 12th different man to do so in the 45-year history of the national meet (18th time overall) and was the first since 2007.
Baseball (1965): Head Coach Bobby Winkles and the Sun Devils capture their first National Championship, defeating Ohio State 2-1 in the title game of the College World Series. Sal Bando is named the Most Outstanding Player, and the Devils finish the season 54-8.
Track & Field (2008): After helping the team to victory indoors back in March, Kyle Alcorn set his sights on winning an outdoor national title and did just that as he captured the 3,000m steeplechase (8:28.66) in Des Moines, Iowa, at the NCAA Championships. His win gave the men's team its first outdoor national champion since 1996 when Pal Arne Fagernes won the javelin.
Track & Field (1959): Alex Henderson competed in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that were held in Berkeley, Calif., and won the 2-mile run race to give the Sun Devil program its first national champion. Henderson won the race in 8:46.80.
Baseball (1967): The Sun Devils bring home their second National Championship, crushing Houston 11-2 in the College World Series title game. Ron Davini is the Most Outstanding Player for the College World Series thanks to his .409 average in the Omaha. Tom Burgess fans 15 in the clincher.
Baseball (1977): Head Coach Jim Brock captures his first National Championship, the fourth for Arizona State, with a 2-1 win over South Carolina. Bob Horner was named the MOP thanks to his .444 average in Omaha with two home runs.
Baseball (1969): Arizona State wins its third National Title in five years, beating Tulsa 10-1 at the College World Series. John Dolinsek earns MOP honors, while Larry Gura earned the win in the title game, giving him a school record 19 wins on the year.
Baseball (2005): Jeff Larish homers three times against Nebraska at the College World Series, tying both an Arizona State and College World Series record. The Devils beat the Cornhuskers in dramatic fashion, winning on a single in the bottom of the 11th inning to eliminate Nebraska.
Men's Basketball (2003): Tommy Smith is selected in the 2nd round of the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls
Softball (2005): Clint Myers is named Softball head coach.
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Women's Basketball (1996): Charli Turner Thorne is named Women's Basketball head coach.
Wrestling (1991): Zeke Jones won the first of his five world championship crowns as the former Sun Devil wrestler captured the 52kg freestyle title at the World Cup of Wrestling in Toledo, Ohio.
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Men's Golf (2001): Chez Reavie wins 2001 U.S. Public Links title (July 14, 2001)
Women's Golf (2002): Melissa Luellen is named Women's Golf head coach.
Track & Field (1952): Bill Miller became the first Sun Devil track & field athlete to compete in the Olympics as he represented the United States at the 1952 Helsinki Games. Competing in the javelin, Miller also became the first ASU track & field athlete to medal as he took the silver with a toss of 72.46m after taking the initial lead through the first round of competition.
Track & Field (1996): Greg Kraft is named Track & Field Head Coach.
Wrestling (1996): Townsend Saunders finished second in the 68kg freestyle division at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, giving the former Sun Devil his first Olympic medal after finishing seventh in 1992. A four-time Pan-American champion, Saunders earned only the second Olympic wrestling medal in ASU history.
Swimming/Diving (1997): Mark Bradshaw is named Swimming/Diving Head Coach.
Water Polo (2001): Six months prior to the start of their first season as a varsity program, Arizona State announces the hiring of Vicki Gorman to lead the team as its first head coach.
Track & Field (1996): Maicel Malone ran with Team USA at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and helped the relay to a gold medal as the Americans won the race in 3:20.91. With the win, Malone became the first American woman in Sun Devil track & Field history to earn a gold medal and only the second in the program's history to win a gold after Ria Stalman (Holland) won the discus in 1984.
Wrestling (1992): Zeke Jones became the first wrestler in Sun Devil history to capture an Olympic medal as he took the silver at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Jones, then a two-time World Champion, finished second in the 52kg freestyle division. He closed his international competition career in 1997 with five world titles, seven total medals at world-level events and four Pan-American Championship medals (one gold).
Water Polo (2005): Todd Clapper is named Water Polo head coach.
Men's Basketball (2012): James Harden becomes the second Sun Devil to earn a gold medal in men's basketball as USA tops Spain 107-100 in the London Olympics. Harden joins Joe Caldwell, who earned his gold in Tokyo in 1964. Eric Boateng (Great Britain) and Ike Diogu (Nigeria) also played in the Olympics, as ASU tied Duke and Wake Forest for most men's basketball players in the 2012 Olympics.
Track & Field (1984): Entering the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, no woman with ties to the ASU program had won a medal at the Olympics in track & field. Following the Games, however, two former Sun Devils had claimed medals with both coming in a close contest in the women's discus. Ria Stalman (Holland) took the lead in the first round with a toss of 64.50m, but Leslie Deniz (USA), in the fifth of six rounds, took over the lead with her toss of 64.86m. On the final throw of the competition, Stalman responded and won the event with her mark of 65.36m, giving the former Sun Devils gold and silver
Gymnastics (1980): John Spini is named Gymnastics head coach.
Cross Country (2004): Louie Quintana named ASU's Cross Country Head Coach .
Track & Field (2004): After placing eighth in his initial appearance in the Olympics, Dwight Phillips returned to the Games in Athens and won the gold medal in the long jump from the opening attempt. The former Sun Devil opened the competition with a mark of 8.56m and, through three rounds of preliminary action, the closest mark to his was 8.32m. Phillips, after two fouls and two passes, hit the board in the final round to post a leap of 8.35m, which measured as the third-best mark of the event.
Volleyball (1989): With a 3-0 sweep of Wichita State, Patti Snyder Park collected her first win as the program's head coach, sparking a 14-year tenure that would see her win 216 matches and two Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors (1990, 1992) while also leading the program to seven NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Soccer (2000): ASU enters the rankings for the first time in program history as the No. 19 team in the nation. The ranking came on the heels of defeating No. 21 Michigan, 4-0, at home.
Soccer (1999): Erin Reinke records 14 saves in a 1-0 road loss to Minnesota, setting a program record for saves in a match.
Soccer (1996): Sharon Gillis nets the first goal in program history to help the Sun Devils to the first victory in program history. The 3-0 defeat of CS Northridge also marked the program's first shut-out victory and first shut-out.
Wrestling (2007): Former wrestler Jeff Funicello captured the bronze medal in beach wrestling (under-85kg division) for the U.S. in the inaugural event hosted by FILA on the sands of Camvuva, Turkey. Funicello also represented the U.S. in two other inaugural world championship events that week as he took seventh place in Sombo (Russian jacket wrestling/submission) on September 7 in Antalya, Turkey, before going 1-1 (DNP) in grappling (submissions) on September 9.
Track & Field (1960): Two Sun Devil sprinters, brothers Melvin and Malcolm Spence, competed for Antilles and South Africa, respectively, at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games with both earning medals. Melvin was the anchor of the 4x400m relay team that took bronze thanks in part to his final lap of 45.0, the best in the field, while brother Malcolm anchored South Africa to fourth place. Earlier in the Games, Malcolm had the upper hand on his brother by taking the bronze in the 400m dash (45.3) while Melvin was 10th overall.
Cross Country (2008): Ali Kielty ran 13:39.6 and won the Dave Murray Invitational in Tucson to take the first victory of her collegiate career. Her win also marked the fifth time in six years a Sun Devil woman won the race and the second year in a row.
Soccer (2004): Sun Devil Soccer Stadium welcomed a program-record 1,505 fans as the Sun Devils hosted Notre Dame. The visiting Irish won the contest, 2-1.
Soccer (2000): ASU blasts visiting Pittsburgh, 7-0, and, in the process, posts trio of offensive records, including goals in a game (seven), assists in a game (eight) and total points in a game (22).
Soccer (2000): After setting a program record for goals in a game in its 7-0 defeat of Pittsburgh, the Sun Devils returned to their home pitch just five days later and equaled the record scoring output as they downed Eastern Michigan, 7-0. Patrice Feulner scored three goals in the contest and added one assist to set the single-match record for points with seven.
Cross Country (2005): Amy Hastings broke a tie with Lynn Nelson for the most wins in a career as she led the women's team to the Roy Griak Invitational title by winning her fifth career race -- and her first at the Griak. Hastings covered the 6,000m course in 20:58 to help the seventh-ranked Sun Devils to a winning total of 88 points with host Minnesota in second (156) and No. 20 Baylor in third (177).
Soccer (1999): ASU defeated No. 21 Iowa State, 3-1, inside Sun Devil Soccer Stadium to earn its first home victory over a ranked opponent.
Cross Country (2008): Ali Kielty ran 13:39.6 and won the Dave Murray Invitational in Tucson to take the first victory of her collegiate career. Her win also marked the fifth time in six years a Sun Devil woman won the race and the second year in a row.
Soccer (1997): In a span of just 10 minutes, Jaclyn Clark nets three goals for the Sun Devils to record the first hat-trick in program history. Her feat came during her team's 5-0 home victory over Creighton.
Cross Country (2008): Ali Kielty ran 13:39.6 and won the Dave Murray Invitational in Tucson to take the first victory of her collegiate career. Her win also marked the fifth time in six years a Sun Devil woman won the race and the second year in a row.
Soccer (1997): The Sun Devils hit the air-waves for the first time in program history as FSN Arizona televised ASU's home contest with New Mexico. In the end, however, the Lobos won the match, 3-1.
Track & Field (2000): It had been 16 years since an ASU man had won a gold medal in track and field when the 2000 Sydney Games rolled around and that drought ended `down under' as Nick Hysong, the 1994 NCAA Champion, captured the gold medal in the pole vault in a closely contested event. Hysong was one of four men that cleared 5.90m and failed on all three attempts at 5.96m and was awarded the gold based on misses, which he had only one during the competition (his first attempt at 5.70m).
Cross Country (1983): Lynn Nelson broke a tie with Sabrina Peters for the most individual wins in a season in program history as she defeated the field in a dual at Kansas with a winning time of 17:58.0 to take her fourth race of the year.
Cross Country (2005): Brooke Bennett won her second race of the season as she captured the ASU Invitational at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, taking the event 17:55. Her second win of the season moved her to fourth on the all-time wins list at ASU and the fourth ASU woman to win more than one race in a season.
Men's Golf (1992): Randy Lein is hired as the men's golf coach, a hiring that would result in six straight Pac-10 titles from 1995-2000 and a national title in 1996.
Football (1978): Quarterback Mark Malone led the Sun Devils to an upset victory over second ranked USC. ASU won 20-7 in front of a state-record crowd of 71, 138 in the newly expanded Sun Devil stadium.
Track & Field (1964): A very impressive display of speed from two Sun Devil sprinters was first on display this day as Henry Carr captured the first gold medal in ASU Track & Field history by capturing the 200m dash in a then-Olympic record 20.3. Carr entered the Olympiad as the reigning world record holder as he ran 20.2 earlier in the year..
Football (1961): Frank Kush had the most wins in Sun Devil football coach history after a 24-23 victory over Oregon State. This gave Kush his 28th victory...
Track & Field (1964):On the final day of competition at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a pair of Sun Devils, Ulis Williams and Henry Carr, helped Team USA to a gold medal in the 4x400m relay, giving Carr his second gold of the Games. Williams ran the third leg and Carr was the anchor for a team that ran 3:00.7 to break the world and Olympic records in the event that were set at the 1960 Games by Team USA (3:02.2). Williams earlier had competed in the final of 400m dash and finished fifth overall.
Football (1981): ASU Quarterback Mike Pagel outplayed Stanford star John Elway completing 26 of 34 passes for 466 yards in a 62-36 victory. Pagel broke four Pac-10 records and seven school marks.
Wrestling (2000): Eric Albarracin, a former Sun Devil wrestler, represented the United States at the World Military Championships and earned a silver medal in the 54kg freestyle competition that was held at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. His medal is the first earned by a former ASU wrestler in a military championship event.
Football (1973): Ben Malone rushed 250 yards in a single game against Oregon State.
Cross Country (1968): For the fourth time on the season, Jerry Jobski won a race for the Sun Devils, this time winning the dual with New Mexico in 20:39.5. Jobski's four victories in 1968 also were the only four of his career and set the school record for both wins in a season and career wins.
Football (1982): The seven longest field goals in ASU history as of 1984, were off of Luis Zendejas' foot, including a school-record 55-yarder against Oregon State in 1982.
Cross Country (2000): Lisa Aguilera ran 20:25.0 to win the NCAA West Region Championships in Fresno, Calif., giving the women's program its first individual title in a championship meet. Eric Owers won the men's WAC title in 1962 for the men's first championship title while Amy Hastings would follow Aguilera in 2004 as the first conference winner for the women when she captured the Pac-10 title.
Men's Basketball (2003): Ike Diogu is named first preseason AP All-American in Sun Devil History
Football (1965): The Sun Devils had a 7-6 Homecoming victory over 14-point favorite Washington State team, which came to Tempe with a 7-1 record and a shot at the Rose Bowl.
Men's Basketball (2006): Herb Sendek earns his first win as the Sun Devil head coach with a 69-52 win over Cal State San Bernardino
Cross Country (1962): Just four months after joining the newly-created Western Athletic Conference (WAC), Arizona State played host to the conference's inaugural championship event by conducting the cross country meet at Papago Park in Phoenix. As a team, the Sun Devils finished fourth overall while sophomore Eric Owers won the individual title in 15:56.3.
Cross Country (2007): For the second time in three years, the women's team ended its season on the podium as the Sun Devils scored 251 points to finish fourth overall at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Jenna Kingma (21:01) and Ali Kielty (21:08) led the charge with both earning All-America honors as they finished 37th and 42nd, respectively. The team's finish led an academic year of success as the 2008 track and field team wn the indoor NCAA title and took second outdoors, making ASU only the second women's program in NCAA history to place in the Top 4 in all three meets in the same academic year.
Cross Country (2001): Lisa Aguilera and Fasil Bizuneh led their respective ASU teams at the NCAA Championships and earned All-America honors as both became the first two-time cross country All-Americans in program history. Aguilera placed 18th overall in 21:05 and Bizuneh took 22nd in 31:06.6 to help ASU place 23rd in the women's race and 20th in the men's race, respectively, in Greenville, S.C.
Cross Country (2006): Following a third-place finish at the Pac-10 meet and runner-up at the NCAA West Region race, Aaron Aguayo capped his senior season at the NCAA Championships by placing ninth overall in Terre Haute, Ind. Aguayo, who ran the 10,000m course in 31:06.0, recorded the highest individual placement at the NCAA meet in men's program history and the second-best overall finish in ASU history behind Lisa Aguilera's fifth-place run in 2000.
Cross Country (2000): Although the temperature in Ames, Iowa, for the NCAA Championships was just 17 degrees, Lisa Aguilera recorded the top finish in ASU history as she took fifth-place in the freezing 6,000m race, crossing the finish line in 20:46.3. The previous record-low finish for the women came on year earlier as Kelly MacDonald took 36th at the national meet.
Cross Country (2005): Amy Hastings again spear-headed another historical moment for ASU cross country as she became the only three-time All-American in program history by placing 11th overall (20:09) while leading the women to a fourth-place team finish and it's first trophy (Top 4) at the national meet. The team of Hastings, Jenna Kingma, Anna Masinelli, Victoria Jackson, Rachel Ellison, Cassie Rios and Corey Randall combined to score a school record-low 191 points to make the podium for the first time.
Wrestling (1992): Lee Roy Smith led the Sun Devils to a 23-15 victory at Clarion to open the 1992-93 season, the first without Bobby Douglas as the program's head coach. Smith went on to lead ASU for nine seasons and compiled a 91-58-1 overall dual record while his teams captured five Pac-10 Conference Championships
Cross Country (2004): In only their third NCAA Championship appearance, the ASU men made the most of its trip to Terre Haute, Ind., as they recorded a pair of school records by placing eighth nationally and scoring 351 points. Their previous two trips to the meet produced a 14th-place finish in 1999 and a 20th-place showing in 2001. Aaron Aguayo collected the first of his two All-America honors as he finished 22nd overall in 31:28 to pace the men's team.
Cross Country (1999): One year after the women, the men advanced to their first NCAA Championship appearance where Fasil Bizuneh led the team to a 14th-place finish (391 points). Bizuneh placed 19th overall (31:01) to pace the tam in Bloomington, Ind., while Kelly MacDonald joined Bizuneh as an All-American as she finished 36th overall (17:30) in the women's race. The duo combined to five ASU multiple All-Americans in the same season for the first time in program history.
Wrestling (1992): One day after his first coaching victory at the helm of the program, Lee Roy Smith led the Sun Devils to a 35-9 defeat of host Cleveland State to record the 300th victory in the program's history.
Football (1991):The Sun Devils crushed Arizona, 37-14, to end a nine-year winless streak against the Wildcats.
Cross Country (2003): A pair of ASU women's runners earned their first All-America honors as Amy Hastings (25th) and Desiree Davila (44th) garnered the awards at the NCAA Championships in Waterloo, Iowa, marking the first time the program had multiple All-Americans in the same season on one team (twice ASU had a season with one man and one woman earning the national accolade). Hastings finished with a time of 20:32.9 and Davila followed at 20:50.8.
Cross Country (1998): Making their initial appearance at the NCAA Championships in Lawrence, Kan., the ASU women scored 534 points and placed in a tie for 23rd place. The meet marked the first of 11-consecutive years ASU reached the NCAA meet (as of the 2008 season), which stands as the eighth-longest streak in NCAA history. Priscilla Hein led the team that day as she earned All-America honors (the first for an ASU woman) by placing 39th overall in 17:42.6.
Wrestling (1974): For the first time in the program's history, a Sun Devil earned All-America honors in cross country as Larry Lawson garnered the national honor by finishing 16th at the NCAA Championships. Lawson covered the 10,000m course in 30:22.9 at the meet held in Bloomington, Ind.
Wrestling (1974): The Bobby Douglas Era got underway in impressive fashion as Douglas' Sun Devils went 3-0-1 in four duals held at Bakersfield, Calif., all on the same day. ASU opened Douglas' tenure with a 30-15 defeat of the host Roadrunners and then took down UC Santa Barbara, 25-12. After tying UCLA, 15-15, ASU finished the day with a 28-9 defeat of San Jose State. Douglas would go on to coach the program for 18 years, build an overall record of 226-74-6 and lead his teams to nine Pac-10 Championships and the 1988 NCAA Wrestling Championship, making ASU the most western school to win the Division I wrestling crown in NCAA history.
Football (1969 For the first time in then eight-year history of the Western Athletic Conference, the Sun Devils were the league's football champions. The Sun Devils clinched the title in front of a sell out crowd at Sun Devil stadium in a 38-24 victory over Arizona in their final game of the season
Football (1975): In the ASU-UA game in Tempe, with the 9-1 Wildcats leading the 10-0 Sun Devils 14-3, John Jefferson laid out horizontally to make a spectacular grab of an 8-yard pass. This pulled the Sun Devils to within four points starting ASU's rally to win 24-21. The play is forever know in Sun Devil lore as "The Catch."
Football (1957): The 47-7 home victory over Arizona completed an undefeated Sun Devil season. The team scored 57 touchdowns in the season, a record that wasn't broken until 1971.
Basketball (1996): Eddie House tied a Great Alaska Shootout Tournament record with seven three-pointers vs. Maine.
Football (1970): ASU's 10-6 victory over Arizona completed Frank Kush's first year coaching an undefeated Sun Devil football team. ASU went 10-0 taking the title of Western Athletic Conference Champion for the second year in a row. The team scored a total of 270 touchdowns in the season, more than every team before them.
Wrestling (2002): With their 36-9 victory over conference foe Portland State, the Sun Devils recorded the 400th win in program history in front of its home fans inside Wells Fargo Arena.
Football (1978): Arizona State and Rutgers collided in the inaugural Garden State Bowl, with the Sun Devils taking a 34-18 win. The Sun Devils came from behind to score the victory after trailing 10-0 late in the second quarter. Sun Devil receiver John Mistler was named MVP for his efforts in catching seven passes for 148 yards.
Football (2006): Dennis Erickson is hired as ASU's head football coach.
Wrestling (1981): Billy Rosado, in his fourth world-level competition, won the 48kg freestyle division at the World Super Championships in Nagoya, Japan, and gave the former Sun Devil his third medal on the world stage. Rosado's victory also is the first senior-level world title won by a Sun Devil wrestler in program history.
Football (1973): ASU defeated Pittsburgh 28-7 in the 1973 Fiesta Bowl. Pitt scored a touchdown in the first minute of play, but only the Sun Devils scored during the remainder of the game as ASU won its third consecutive Fiesta Bowl.
Football (1972): The Sun Devils won their third consecutive bowl title after defeating Missouri in the Fiesta Bowl. Arizona State All-American Woody Green scored four touchdowns and carried 25 times for 202 yards. Quarterback Danny White passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns. The Sun Devils gained a total of 718 yards, more than any team in the history of the post-season bowl games.
Football (1973): Frank Kush celebrated his 9th victory in a row over state rival Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats 55-19. ASU went 11-1 tying with Arizona for the top spot in the Western Athletic Conference.
Football (1977): Dennis Sproul completed 23 of 47 passes for 336 yards in the Fiesta Bowl VII. He was named the offensive player of the game and earned the first ever Art Bodine Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by the officials.
Football (1975): One of the biggest victory in Arizona State's football history was the 17-14 victory over Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl. The Sun Devils were undefeated 11-0, but they were still the underdogs to Cornhuskers who were co-champions of Big Eight. The victory led ASU to No. 2 in the final Associated press and United Press International standings.
Football (1971): The Sun Devils and Florida State's Seminoles combined to give the Fiesta Bowl the most spectacular opening game in collegiate bowl history. A contest of continual offensive one-upmanship, the two teams combined for 83 points- the most in modern bowl game history. The Sun Devils scored on a 1-yard run by Woody Green with only 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter to defeat the Seminoles 45-38.
Football (2005): Led by quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who threw 467 yards and four scores, Arizona State rolled up an Insight Bowl record 678 yards in total offense on its way to a 45-40 win over Rutgers University. Combined with its 27-23 win over Purdue in the Sun Bowl one year earlier, the 45-40 win over Rutgers gave ASU its first back-to-back bowl victories in nearly 20 years.
Football (1970): The Sun Devils conquered a fine UNC team and a raging Atlanta blizzard to begin their march into the national collegiate grid in the '70 Peach Bowl. It was the Sun Devil trademark of blazing speed that earned the 48-26 victory for ASU, as J.D Hill, Monroe Eley, Bob Thomas and Joe Spagnola led the way for Arizona State.
Football (1987) Arizona State won its second bowl game in a row, including its fourth in its last five tries, defeating Air Force 33-28, in the Freedom Bowl.
Football (1997): Sun Devil running back Rudy Burgess scored on a 19-yard screen pass from Sun Bowl MVP Sam Keller with 43 seconds remaining to give ASU a 27-23 come-from-behind victory over heavily-favored Purdue. This was the Sun Devil's first bowl victory since the 1997 Sun Bowl.
Football (2004) Quarterback Michael Martin finished his career with a 17-7 win over Iowa in the Sun Bowl. This Sun Bowl appearance marked the first time in 10 years that ASU played bowl games in consecutive seasons.
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