Sun Devils Prepare For No. 7 Oregon
Oct. 23, 2000
Fresh off a dramatic 23-20 overtime win at Washington State, the team's first conference road victory this season, the Arizona State Sun Devils return home to take on the No. 7/10 Oregon Ducks in ASU's Homecoming game. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Sun Devil Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. The Sun Devils bring a 5-2 overall record and a 2-2 conference mark (tied for fifth with Stanford) into this week's game. Oregon currently sits atop the Pac-10 Conference at 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference after downing then No. 21/20 Arizona 14-10 last week in Eugene. Saturday's game starts a two-game homestand for the Sun Devils, who need just one more victory to become bowl-eligible, while it marks the middle of a stretch that will see the team play four of five games in Sun Devil Stadium.
In the Series
Arizona State leads the all-time series with Oregon 13-7 dating back to a first meeting in 1966. The Sun Devils hold a 7-2 advantage in games played at in Tempe, while Oregon has won the last two meetings (both at Autzen Stadium) including a wild 20-17 come-from-behind victory last year which saw Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington throw a 29-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the game. ASU has won the last two games at Sun Devil Stadium with the last Oregon win in Tempe coming in 1993.
ABC will televise this week's game to a regional audience with Keith Jackson, Tim Brant and Todd Harris (sidelines) calling the action. This week's game marks the first ABC telecast of the season for the Sun Devils, while the team is 2-2 when playing on national television this year with victories over San Diego State and California. ASU has a 57-51-2 (.527) all-time record when playing on live television. The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry the game live on its 12-station network on XTRA 910 AM and KFYI 550 AM. Tim Healey, Jeff Van Raaphorst, Mark Asher (sidelines), Vince Marotta and Doug Plank (pregame and postgame) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. The game can be heard live on ASU's official web site at www.TheSunDevils.com, while ASU's student radio station KASC 1260 AM will also broadcast the game from Sun Devil Stadium.
ASU received 14 votes in the Oct. 22 Associated Press (31st) and 23 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (T29th), while Oregon is ranked seventh and 10th in the same polls, respectively. The Sun Devils are 1-2 this year against ranked opponents, defeating then No. 25 Colorado State and falling at then No. 15/17 UCLA and to then No. 11/10 Washington. The Sun Devils' last victory over a ranked Pac-10 Conference opponent came on Nov. 1, 1997 when the team downed the 10th-ranked and Rose Bowl-bound Washington State Cougars 44-31 at Sun Devil Stadium. ASU will play nine opponents ranked or receiving votes in the preseason national polls this year.
Homecoming/Hall of Fame Weekend
As part of Homecoming Weekend, Arizona State will induct five former Sun Devil student-athletes into the Sun Devil Hall of Fame and one former coach into ASU's Hall of Distinction. Former men's basketball All-American Alton Lister (1978-81), women's golf All-American Lauri Merten (1979-82), early men's basketball standout Albert Nealey (1957-60), two-sport standout Jodi Rathbun (women's basketball and softball, 1983-87), All-American tailback Gerald Riggs (1978-81) and former men's basketball and men's golf coach Bill Mann (1961-75, 1986) will be enshrined in a formal ceremony Saturday afternoon and honored at halftime of the ASU-Oregon game. Arizona State brings a 53-14-3 (.779) record on Homecoming Day into this week's game with Oregon. The Sun Devils have won 13 of their last 15 Homecoming contests but suffered a 50-30 setback to eventual Pac-10 champion Stanford last year at Sun Devil Stadium.
Several members of the Arizona State coaching staff have connections to the University of Oregon and the city of Eugene, Ore., including head coach Bruce Snyder. Snyder is a 1963 graduate of the University of Oregon, playing linebacker and fullback for the Ducks in 1960 and 1962 (with a medical redshirt in 1961 for an injured knee). Snyder was a two-way starter for the 1960 Duck squad that appeared in the Liberty Bowl. Following his player career, Snyder spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Eugene's Sheldon High School before returning to his alma mater as running backs and quarterbacks coach from 1963-64. Tight ends and special teams coach Dick Arbuckle lettered for two seasons at Oregon as a safety and linebacker. He started at safety on that 1960 Liberty Bowl team and earned his undergraduate degree in 1961. Following his player career, Arbuckle spent time at three high schools in Eugene, earned his master's degree at Oregon in 1966 and then spent three seasons from 1974-76 as the Ducks' outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. ASU wide receivers coach Robin Pflugrad also has Eugene ties, playing football at North Eugene High School.
Last Time Out
For the second time this season, sophomore Mike Barth kicked a 41-yard field goal to give the Sun Devils a victory on the last play of a game. This time the field goal came in overtime to lead ASU to a 23-20 victory over Washington State at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Barth's winning kick came after the snap was fumbled on a 35-yard
attempt on third down but recovered by the Sun Devils who improved to 5-2 and 2-2
in the Pac-10. Washington State had the first possession in overtime, but the drive ended when senior Adam Archuleta intercepted Jason Gesser's pass on the goal line.
On WSU's first drive of the game, sophomore Solomon Bates intercepted Gesser's pass and returned it 34 yards, setting up Mike Williams' 1-yard run for the Sun Devils' first score. Junior Tom Pace made it 14-0 with a 2-yard scoring run after sophomore Justin Taplin returned a punt 47 yards to the WSU 17. Anousith Wilaikul kicked a 37-yard field goal to start the Cougars' scoring late in the first quarter but missed a 41-yarder that would have won the game with 1:12 remaining in regulation.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jeff Krohn sat out the second quarter with a mild concussion. He was replaced by senior Griffin Goodman who was intercepted by Billie Newman at the Arizona State 21 in his first series. Two plays later, Deon Burnett scored on an 8-yard run to pull Washington State to 14-10. A punt snap that sailed through the end zone late in the second quarter made it 14-12. Goodman later connected on a 34-yard pass play to junior Donnie O'Neal to put the Sun Devils up 20-12 with a minute left in the first half, while the Cougars' Marcus Williams caught a pass from Gesser to tie it at 20 midway through the third quarter.
Deja Vu All Over Again
If sophomore Mike Barth's 41-yard field goal on the game's last play at Washington State looked familiar, it should. Barth's game-winner marked the second time this season that the Sun Devil kicker made a 41-yarder to give the Sun Devils a victory with the other one coming in the final seconds of regulation against then No. 25 Colorado State at Sun Devil Stadium on Sept. 16. It was also the third time this season that a Sun Devil victory was decided by a field goal as Barth kicked a 21-yard field goal with 14:53 remaining in the game to give ASU a 10-7 win in its season-opener at San Diego State on Aug. 31.
Barth's two game-winning field goals mark the first time in school history that two Sun Devil victories have come down to a field goal on the last play of the game.
Lightning Strikes Twice
If the end of the game wasn't electrifying enough, the Sun Devils' trip home from Pullman, Wash., certainly was. About 60 miles north of Phoenix, the Sun Devils' team charter carrying players, coaches and support staff was hit by lightning. There was an extremely loud explosion, and bright lights surrounded the plane, startling everyone on board. No one on the flight knew what had happened, and most thought the plane had blown an engine or that there was an explosion of some kind. The interior lights went off for a bit as the flight attendants scrambled up and down the aisles. Several minutes later, there was another boom and flash of orange, yellow and red inside and outside the cabin as the plane was hit again.
After about 10 minutes of not knowing what had happened, the senior attendant came through the cabin and informed the team that the plane had been hit by lightning, twice! The pilot then came on the intercom and said that the plane was 40 miles outside of Phoenix and that he would have the team on the ground soon.
When the plane finally touched down at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (it seemed like 4,000 miles, not 40), everyone on board cheered and clapped. As the safe, but shaken team deplaned and boarded its buses back to campus, the pilot took a flashlight and examined the outside of the plane, discovering what appeared to be a small hole in the tail.
Arizona State's last two victories over Washington State have marked milestones for ASU head coach Bruce Snyder. Last week's 23-20 overtime victory over the Cougars marked the 54th Pac-10 victory for the Sun Devil mentor moving him into a tie with Washington's Jim Owens for 10th in career conference wins. Last season, ASU's 33-21 win at Sun Devil Stadium was his 50th victory at Arizona State and his 50th career win in Pac-10 conference play. Combining his record in Tempe and during a five-year stint at California, Snyder is 54-48-4 in conference games. He is just the 12th coach in the 84-year history of the league to plate 50 wins. The other 11 are: Terry Donahue, UCLA, 98 wins, Don James, Washington, 97, John McKay, USC, 70, Howard Jones, USC, 65, O.E. Hollingbery, WSU, 64, John Robinson, USC, 63, Larry Smith, Arizona, 63, Dick Tomey, Arizona, 60, Rich Brooks, Oregon, 56, Bruce Snyder, Arizona State, 54, Jim Owens, Washington, 54, James Phelan, Washington, 51.
The Century Mark
With 103 yards on 26 carries at Washington State, junior Tom Pace became the second ASU rusher to gain 100 yards in a game this season. ASU improved to 232-40-5 (.847) all time when a player tops the century mark in rushing, while the Sun Devils are 33-8 (.805) since Bruce Snyder's arrival in Tempe. Earlier this season, true freshman Mike Williams turned in a 143-yard showing against Colorado State to become the first true freshman to top the century mark since Mario Bates rushed for 161 yards against Arizona at home on Nov. 23, 1991.
Heap Becomes ASU's Career-Leading Tight End
Combine junior Todd Heap's blond hair, hands of glue and nose for the football and you'll know why ASU head coach Bruce Snyder has called his tight end the 'Golden Retriever.' Heap has established himself as the best tight end in the Pac-10 and in ASU history, becoming the first Sun Devil tight end to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors. A 1999 third-team Associated Press All-American last year, Heap is a virtual unanimous selection for the preseason All-Pac-10 tight end and has been named a first-team preseason All-American six of seven preseason publications.
With five catches for 53 yards at Washington State, Heap became ASU's career leader in receptions by a tight end with 91 career receptions in two-plus seasons, surpassing Ken Dyer's 88 receptions (1965-67). The junior had already captured the career mark in receiving yards vs. Washington on Oct. 14 and now has 1,424 yards in his career. He needs just one touchdown to tie Joe Petty (1970-72) for ASU's career record in that category as well with 10 TD catches in two-plus seasons.
Last year, Heap set single-season records for ASU tight ends with 55 catches and 832 yards receiving. He is just the ninth Sun Devil to catch 50 passes in a season and became the first tight end to lead ASU in receiving since Ryan McReynolds had 28 catches in 1988. Thirty-nine of his 55 receptions resulted in a first down or TD. He had career highs in receptions (8) at Notre Dame and receiving yards (170) against Arizona. He had three 100-yard receiving games in 1999. He had at least three receptions in all but two games in 1999 (he was sidelined by injury/illness in both).
Top of the Heap
This year, junior Todd Heap leads the team in receiving despite facing double and triple coverage on virtually every play with 24 catches for 383 yards and three touchdowns. Of his 24 catches this year, 16 have resulted in a first down or a touchdown. In the last three games, nine of his 10 catches have resulted in first down or touchdown with the other catch being for nine yards in a drive that resulted in ASU's second touchdown vs. Washington State. Heap has caught a pass in 22 straight games (91 catches in that span), which is the 14th longest streak in the nation.
The Sun Devils have outscored their opponents 57-16 in the first quarter and have not allowed a first-quarter touchdown in the last six games since allowing an 11-yard touchdown pass by San Diego State.
ASU's defense has been equally stingy in the opponent's first drive. The team has allowed just eight first downs and 183 yards resulting in two punts and four turnovers in its opponents' first series of each game. Arizona State has forced a turnover to end its opponent's first drive in each of the last four games (three fumbles and an interception). Sophomore Alfred Williams forced and recovered a fumble at UCLA, junior Kurt Wallin and freshman Terrell Suggs teamed up against Cal, Suggs forced a fumble which was recovered by junior Eric Fields vs. Washington and sophomore Brandon Falkner intercepted a pass at Washington State.
The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-10 Conference in third-down defense, allowing their opponents to convert on just 28.6 percent of their third downs. Oregon leads the Pac-10 at 24.5 percent. Two weeks ago, Washington finished the game just 3-for-16 in third-down conversions and went 1-for-10 to start the game, not converting a third down until midway through the third quarter.
A preseason favorite for Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and one of 11 semifinalists for the Dick Butkus Award, senior Adam Archuleta leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 72, an average of 10.3 tackles per game. Of those tackles, 79 percent are solo stops (57 of 72). Leader of a linebacking corps tabbed the seventh-best in the nation by The Sporting News, he has paced the team in tackles in three of the past five games (and second to fellow linebacker Solomon Bates in the other two). Archuleta turned in a career-best 16 tackles at UCLA, a total which included 15 solos. He has had at least one tackle for loss in each of ASU's seven games this year, including three for a loss of 20 yards at UCLA, and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 11 total TFL this season. Archuleta has had at least one tackle for loss in 21 of his last 24 games.
A first-team All-Pac-10 linebacker and ASU's defensive MVP last year, Archuleta recorded double-digit tackle efforts in six of his 11 games, leading ASU six times. Despite missing the season-opener with a hamstring injury, Archuleta ranked second in the Pac-10 with 10.2 tackles per game, trailing only Arizona's Marcus Bell (10.3). He became the first Sun Devil since Scott Von der Ahe to record more than 100 tackles in a season with 111. His 21 tackles for loss led the league and was the seventh-highest single-season total in ASU history. Since the Pac-10 began keeping track of TFL in 1990, he is only the second Sun Devil to lead the conference (Derrick Rodgers, 1996). In his career, Archuleta ranks fifth in ASU history with 50 tackles for loss.
ASU's weak-side trio of junior rush tackle Kurt Wallin, senior linebacker Adam Archuleta and freshman rush end Terrell Suggs has wreaked havoc on opponents this season. Between the three of them, they have accounted for 28 percent of ASU's tackles (120 of 487), 46 percent of its tackles for loss (29 of 63) and 50 percent of its sacks (11 of 22). Here's a look at the totals of the trio so far this season:
In its last 38 games, if ASU wins or breaks even in the turnover battle, the Sun Devils are 21-3. In that same span, ASU is 1-13 when losing the turnover battle. During that span, the unexpected only happened against UCLA in 2000 (loss), Washington in 2000 (loss), Washington State in 1999 (win) and Oregon in 1999 (loss). ASU is third in the Pac-10 and tied for 11th in the nation in turnover margin this season (+8).
ASU's offense had been characterized by big plays this season, especially through the air. While the longest play in its first two games was a 21-yard run by junior Davaren Hightower in the season-opener against San Diego State, ASU has had 28 plays from scrimmage longer than that (24 passing, four rushing) in the last five games.
Junior tight end Todd Heap and senior linebacker Adam Archuleta were both honored last week in the CNNSI.com 'Half-Season' All-America team. Heap earned first-team honors, while Archuleta was a second-team selection on the list which recognizes the top players in the country at the halfway point of the season.
In seven games, the Sun Devils have already forced 19 fumbles, nine more than the team forced all last season (10), and recovered 15. Sophomore Solomon Bates leads the team and is tied for second in the Pac-10 with four forced fumbles, while freshman Terrell Suggs forced a fumble on UW's first drive and is tied for second in the conference with three on the year. Senior Nijrell Eason and junior Kurt Wallin have each forced a pair of fumbles as well.
In its last two games in the series with the Washington Huskies, Arizona State has forced 13 fumbles and recovered 11 (7 FF, 6 FR in 1999 and 6 FF, 5 FR in 2000). Heading into their game with the Sun Devils, the Huskies had lost just four fumbles all year before having five balls stripped away by the Sun Devils.
Back-to-Back in the Pac-10
The Sun Devils have lost back-to-back conference games just once in the last four seasons. Earlier this season, the Sun Devils rebounded from a loss at UCLA in the team's Pac-10 opener with a 30-10 win over Cal and then came back from a 21-15 loss to Washington with a 23-20 overtime victory at Washington State. Since 1995, the Sun Devils' only back-to-back Pac-10 losses came at Oregon and at Arizona to end the 1998 season.
Three Starters at QB
The Sun Devils have started three quarterbacks in seven games this year with freshman Jeff Krohn missing action against UCLA and Cal due to mononucleosis and senior Ryan Kealy suffering a knee injury vs. UCLA. That trend isn't as out of the ordinary as it might seem since Arizona State has had three starters at quarterback three previous times in the last 10 years (Paul Justin, Kurt Lasher and Bret Powers in 1990, Troy Rauer, Grady Benton and Garrick McGee in 1992 and Ryan Kealy, Chad Elliott and Steve Campbell in 1998). ASU is second the Pac-10 Conference in passing offense at 264.1 passing yards per game despite the personnel changes:
Watch Out for Falling Records
Keep a pencil handy when updating ASU's passing records because senior Griffin Goodman set a pair of school records against California, marks that fellow quarterback Jeff Krohn had also rewritten just two games before. With his 11-for-28, 394-yard showing vs. Cal, Goodman averaged 35.8 yards per completion and 14.1 yards per attempt., school records in both categories for 21 to 30 attempts and 11 to 20 completions. With a 6-of-10, 248-yard performance against Utah State, Krohn set the school records in both categories for 5 to 10 completions and 10 to 20 attempts with 41.3 yards per completion and 24.8 yards per attempt.
Through the Air
Prior to the Washington game, ASU's four quarterbacks have racked up 1,159 passing yards in three games including 374 yards against Utah State, 365 yards at UCLA and 420 yards vs. Cal. The performance vs. California is the top showing by a Pac-10 team so far this season. The last time ASU topped 1,000 yards in three games was in 1990 (1,090 - 374 vs. Washington State, 242 vs. Arizona, 474 vs. Houston). The Sun Devils' three 300-yard games are the most since the 1989 team had three all year.
Passing Into the End Zone
Sun Devil quarterbacks have thrown 13 touchdown passes in seven games this season including five to junior Donnie O'Neal, four to senior Richard Williams and three to junior Todd Heap. Last year, the team had just eight TD passes through the first seven games and only 14 all season, while Williams was last year's leading receiver catching just five TD passes all season. ASU's 13 touchdown passes are the most for the team since Jake Plummer threw 19 in the team's first six games in 1996.
Spreading the Wealth
Twelve players have caught passes this year for the Sun Devils including five wide receivers, three tight ends, three tailbacks and a fullback. Junior Todd Heap leads the receiving corps with 24 catches, 383 yards and three TDs, while junior Donnie O'Neal has 22 catches for 452 yards and five touchdowns followed by senior Richard Williams with 22 catches for 401 yards and four TDs. Three wide receivers have topped the century mark in single-game receiving yards this season, most recently redshirt freshman Shaun McDonald who had two catches for 122 yards and a touchdown vs. Cal.
In its first seven games, Arizona State has amassed 46 pass deflections, the most for the team through seven games in at least 16 years. Senior Nijrell Eason leads the team and the Pac-10 with 14 on the season. Last year, Courtney Jackson finished the season with nine total to lead the squad. Senior Kenny Williams has batted away nine passes this season, which is tied for sixth in the conference. Last year, the team had just 17 pass deflections through its first seven games, while the 1996 team is the only team in recent history to come close to ASU's total this year with 42 pass deflections in its first seven contests. The Sun Devils also rank second in the Pac-10 (to this week's opponent, Oregon) and 14th in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
Getting to the Quarterback
As a team, the Sun Devils are fifth in the Pac-10 in sacks with 22, just four shy of the total the team had all of last season (26). California's Kyle Boller had been sacked just eight times all season, but ASU's defense got to him early with three sacks including one on Cal's first drive which caused Boller to fumble and turn the ball over.
One of the biggest surprises of the young season has been the emergence of true freshman Terrell Suggs. Suggs, who didn't turn 18 until October 11, jumped to the top of the depth chart at defensive end during preseason camp and has become a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Despite missing the Washinton State game with a rib sprain, Suggs is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with five sacks for a loss of 34 yards, including at least one in each of ASU's first three games. Eric Fields tallied a total of 10 sacks to lead the squad last year.
Arizona State has picked off 10 passes this year with seven players getting into the action. Last year, the Sun Devils intercepted a total of 11 passes all season. The Sun Devils snagged three interceptions against Utah State and then again at Washington State, the most since picking off three against USC last year. With two interceptions against UCLA, ASU had at least one interception in its first four games. The 1998 team was the last to pick off at least one pass in four straight games when it had one in each of its last five games that season.
Senior Nijrell Eason leads the team and is tied for third in the Pac-10 with three interceptions on the season (one at SDSU, one vs. USU and one at UCLA). Last year, Willie Daniel and Courtney Jackson paced the team with two interceptions each all season.
Noting Jeff Krohn
Redshirt freshman Jeff Krohn has notched a 4-0 record as ASU's starting quarterback, turning in the best performance of his young career in ASU's 44-20 win over Utah State. He completed six of 10 attempts for a career-high 248 yards and four passing touchdowns, including 72- and 70-yard TD strikes to senior Richard Williams in his first two completions. Krohn's four TD passes were the most for a Sun Devil since fellow quarterback Ryan Kealy completed four scoring strikes against Arizona on Nov. 27, 1998. It marked the 18th time an ASU signal caller has thrown four TD passes in a game, while the school record stands at seven by Mike Pagel against Stanford in 1981.
While he missed games against UCLA and Cal after being diagnosed with mononucleosis, Krohn returned to action vs. Washington in relief of starter Griffin Goodman, completing 12 of 33 attempts for 170 yards, a TD strike to junior Todd Heap and two interceptions. In his first start back from his illness, Krohn completed 18 of 27 attempts for 214 yards at Washington State despite missing all of the second quarter with a mild concussion.
On the season, Krohn has completed 65 of 136 attempts for 869 yards (173.8 ypg), six touchdowns and four interceptions.
In the Backfield
Arizona State's woes in the backfield have been well documented this season with honorable-mention All-Pac-10 selection Delvon Flowers going down with an ACL tear in a preseason scrimmage and junior Davaren Hightower out several weeks with pneumonia, but a pair of newcomers have stepped in with some big numbers. True freshman Mike Williams is leading the team in rushing with 89 carries for 394 yards and three touchdowns in six games. In his first two games, Williams had 159 yards and a touchdown in 43 carries, the third best two-game total for a Sun Devil in 30 years, while he nearly topped the century mark against UCLA with 97 yards and two TDs on 10 carries.
Junior Tom Pace made his Sun Devil debut against Utah State with 65 yards on 16 carries and followed that up with 19 yards on eight carries at UCLA. While he fell just short of topping the century mark with 93 yards and a touchdown in 17 carries vs. Cal, Pace became the second Sun Devil to reach 100 yards with 103 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries at Washington State, including some crucial yardage in ASU's overtime drive.
A 5-10, 195-pounder out of Mesa (Ariz.) High School, Pace played running back (under ASU offensive line coach George Yarno who was the offensive coordinator in Moscow from 1995-98) and returned kicks for the University of Idaho in 1996 before going on a two-year mission. In 1996, he finished second on the Vandal team in rushing with 212 yards and two touchdowns in 41 carries (a team-leading average of 5.2 yards per carries). Even more impressive were his return numbers as he led the team and ranked among the best in the nation with 839 yards on 32 kickoff returns (26.2 ypr). After returning from his mission, Pace played one season at Ricks Junior College in Rexburg, Idaho, before joining the Sun Devil squad the week before the Colorado State game.
ASU to Retire Mike Haynes' Number
Mike Haynes, a two-time All-American cornerback at Arizona State University from 1972-75 and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will have his Sun Devil No. 40 retired this season, athletic director Gene Smith announced.
In a ceremony performed at halftime of the November 4 game against USC, Haynes' number will become the fourth retired at ASU. Like the trio of retirees before him, Haynes' name and number will adorn the face of the press box at Sun Devil Stadium.
Senior linebacker Adam Archuleta, who currently wears No. 40, will be allowed to retain the number through the 2000 season.
'We are honored to have had Mike represent Arizona State and Sun Devil athletics,' Smith said. 'Retiring his number is a symbol of our thanks for all that he has done in the name of this university.'
'I am truly honored by this gesture,' said Haynes. 'I enjoyed a wonderful career at Arizona State University and I am blessed to be a part of the Sun Devil family.'
In his ASU career, Haynes was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection. As a junior in 1974, he led the nation with 11 interceptions, second-best all-time at ASU. During his senior campaign, the Sun Devils were a perfect 12-0 and finished second in the wire service polls. The New England Patriots selected Haynes with the fifth overall pick in the 1976 NFL Draft. He went on to play in nine Pro Bowls, the second-most by any ASU player, and earn two Super Bowl rings with the Oakland Raiders.
Upon his graduation in 1951, Wilford 'Whizzer' White's No. 33 became the first number retired at ASU. Bobby Mulgado joined him in 1958 when his No. 27 was honored. In 1997, White's son Danny White became the third when his No. 11 was retired.
While defensive end Terrell Suggs became just the second true freshman in school history to start the first game of the year for the Sun Devils at San Diego State, he and tailback Mike Williams both started against Colorado State and Utah State, marking the first time since 1995 that the Sun Devils have had a pair of freshmen in the starting lineup. That year, ASU had two freshmen starters in three games including wide receivers Kenn