1996 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

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1996 Arizona State Sun Devils football
Pac-10 champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–20 vs. Ohio State
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1996 record11–1 (8–0 Pac-10)
Head coachBruce Snyder (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorDan Cozzetto
Defensive coordinatorPhil Snow
Home stadiumSun Devil Stadium
(Capacity: 73,379)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Arizona State $   8 0         11 1  
No. 16 Washington   7 1         9 3  
Stanford   5 3         7 5  
UCLA   4 4         5 6  
Oregon   3 5         6 5  
California   3 5         6 6  
USC   3 5         6 6  
Arizona   3 5         5 6  
Washington State   3 5         5 6  
Oregon State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Arizona State Sun Devils football team represented the Arizona State University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A college football season. The team's head coach was Bruce Snyder, who was coaching his fifth season with the Sun Devils and 17th season overall. Home games were played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. They participated as members of the Pacific-10 Conference.

Regular season[edit]

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

Schedule[edit]

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

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 7:00 PM Washington No. 20 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona FSN W 45–42   73,379
September 14 7:00 PM North Texas* No. 18 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, Arizona W 52–7   46,173
September 21 7:15 PM No. 1 Nebraska* No. 17 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, Arizona FSN W 19–0   74,089
September 28 3:30 PM Oregon No. 6 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, Arizona FSN W 48–27   54,618
October 5 7:00 PM Boise State* No. 5 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, Arizona W 56–7   49,018
October 12 12:30 PM at UCLA No. 4 Rose BowlPasadena, California ABC W 42–34   66,107
October 19 12:30 PM USC No. 4 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, Arizona ABC W 48–35 2OT  74,947
October 26 12:30 PM at Stanford No. 4 Stanford StadiumStanford, California ABC W 41–9   32,550
November 2 2:00 PM at Oregon State No. 4 Parker StadiumCorvallis, Oregon W 29–14   21,946
November 9 4:30 PM Californiadagger No. 4 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, Arizona FSN W 35–7   74,963
November 23 4:30 PM at Arizona No. 4 Arizona StadiumTucson, Arizona (Duel in the Desert) FSN W 56–14   59,920
January 1 1:30 PM vs. No. 4 Ohio State* No. 2 Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) ABC L 17–20   100,635
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.

Roster[edit]

1996 Arizona State Sun Devils football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense 29 Jr Michael Martin RB
Pos. # Name Class
RB 8 Terry Battle Sr
WR 24 Ricky Boyer So
TE 82 Steve Bush Sr
QB 11 Steve Campbell So
T 70 Glen Gable Jr
WR 83 Lenzie Jackson So
TE 87 Brian Jennings Fr
TE 88 Devin Kendall Sr
WR 81 Kenny Mitchell So
G 56 Kyle Murphy Jr
T 74 Juan Roque Sr
FB 44 Jeff Paulk So
QB 16 Jake Plummer Sr
WR 3 Keith Poole Sr
RB 21 J. R. Redmond Fr
C 65 Kirk Robertson Sr
G 51 Grey Ruegamer So
T 71 Marvel Smith Fr
OL 67 Pat Thompson Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 98 Vincent Amey Jr
DE 55 Dave Baumgartner Sr
DT 94 Brent Burnstein Sr
DE 93 Malchi Crawford Jr
LB 47 Chris Finn Sr
DB 39 Damien Richardson Jr
LB 59 Derrick Rodgers Sr
DT 92 Jeremy Staat Jr
CB 10 Jason Simmons Sr
SS 9 Thomas Simmons Jr
LB 36 Derek Smith Sr
DT 99 Shawn Swayda Sr
DB 42 Pat Tillman Jr
DB, RB 22 Raenaurd Turpin Sr
LB 50 Scott Von der Ahe Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 17 Lance Anderson Jr
K 41 Robert Nycz Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

1996 Team Players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1997 NFL Draft.

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

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  2. ^ http://www.nssahalloffame.com/72/index.aspx