Is there anything more exciting than seeing Sun Devil Stadium full of thousands of ASU fans screaming the fight song while sporting maroon and gold attire? If you are a Sun Devil football fanatic, probably not. And even if you aren’t, here are a few facts about ASU Football to make next game day a little more sentimental.
11. THE BEGINNING
ASU’s football team is 120 years old this year. Over the course of more than a century, the team has gone through four mascots: The Owls, The Normals, The Bulldogs and The Sun Devils. Sparky the Sun Devil was not officially introduced as mascot until 1946.
10. WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER
The team has won around 600 games, tied 24 and lost just under 400 in the total course of their time playing.
9. GRAHAM SLAM
Under the coaching of Todd Graham, ASU has become 13th in the nation for average points scored per game with 36.7 points.
8. PICK OFF THE OPPONENT
The Devils have soared to first place in the Pac-12 for a number of interceptions since Coach Graham took over.
7. THAT SCHOOL DOWN SOUTH
The Territorial Cup that ASU passionately fights University of Arizona for every year is the oldest rivalry trophy in NCAA history. The Sun Devils have won 39 of the 88 games played.
6. SUN DEVIL SANDWICH
Sun Devil Stadium is the only football stadium that was built in between two mountains.
5. SPIRIT, PRIDE, SUCCESS
As of this year’s kickoff game victory against New Mexico State University, The Sun Devils have won 19 consecutive home openers. Sun Devil spirit seems to be an important factor in the players’ game day success.
4. HOLY SUN DEVIL
Pope John Paul II performed mass at Sun Devil Stadium in 1987 during his tour of the United States. The stadium was turned into a cathedral and all traces of Sparky were deliberately covered for the event.
3. NFL APPEARANCES
Super Bowl XXX was played at Sun Devil Stadium in 1995. That game resulted in the Dallas Cowboys beating the Pittsburgh Steelers for their third Super Bowl win in four years. Both teams were playing to tie the San Francisco 49ers for most Super Bowl victories.
2. GOING PRO
A total of 215 Sun Devils have been drafted into the NFL since 1948, 24 of which were first-round picks. The Dallas Cowboys have picked up more Sun Devils than any other NFL team.
1. LET’S TACO ‘BOUT THIS
Sun Devil Stadium has a ban on tortillas. The ban originated after students started a tradition of throwing them onto the field in support of offensive tackle Juan Roque in 1996. The tradition continued for 13 years before ASU officials made the ban.