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1972 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

The 1972 Arizona State Sun Devils football team represented Arizona State University in the 1972 NCAA University Division football season.

1972 Arizona State Sun Devils football
WAC champion
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 49–35 vs. Missouri
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 13
1972 record10–2 (5–1 WAC)
Head coachFrank Kush (15th season)
Home stadiumSun Devil Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 13 Arizona State $ 5 1 0     10 2 0
BYU 5 2 0     7 4 0
Utah 5 2 0     6 5 0
Arizona 4 3 0     4 7 0
Wyoming 3 4 0     4 7 0
New Mexico 2 4 0     3 8 0
Colorado State 1 4 0     1 10 0
UTEP 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 16at Houston*No. 13W 33–28
September 23Kansas State*No. 10W 56–14
September 30at WyomingNo. 11L 45–43
October 7Oregon State*
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
W 38–7
October 14Utah
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
W 59–48
October 21at BYUNo. 19W 42–1723,561[1]
October 28Air Force*No. 16
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
L 39–31
November 4at UTEPW 55–14
November 11New Mexico No. 19
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
W 60–7
November 18San Jose State*No. 18
  • Sun Devil Stadium
  • Tempe, Arizona
W 51–21
November 25at ArizonaNo. 18W 38–21
December 23vs. Missouri*No. 15
W 49–3551,318[2]

Depth chartEdit

Captains: Larry Delbridge, Steve Matlock

OffenseEdit

POS Name
QB Danny White
HB Woody Green
FB Brent McClanahan
SE Ed Beverly
WB Steve Holden
TE Joe Petty
LT Steve Gunther
LG John Houser
C Ron Lou
RG Steve Matlock
RT Ed Kindig

DefenseEdit

POS Name
LDE Larry Shorty
LDT Deke Ballard
MG Tim Hoban
RDT Neal Skarin
LLB Bob Breunig
RLB Larry Delbridge
LCB Reedy Hall
RCB Prentice McCray
WS Wayne Bradley
SS Ron Lumpkin
K Juan Cruz

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Coaching staffEdit

Head coach: Frank Kush

Assistants: Don Baker (offensive backfield), Larry Kentera (DE/LB), Jerry Thompson (DL), Al Luginbill (DB), Joe McDonald (WR), Al Tanara (OL), Bill Kajikawa (freshman) [3]

Game summariesEdit

HoustonEdit

1 234Total
Arizona St 20 1003 33
Houston 14 0014 28

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RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
AP 12 13 10 11 NR NR 19 16 NR 19 18 18 15 13

[5]

1972 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1973 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Steve Holden Wide receiver 1 16 Cleveland Browns
Brent McClanahan Running back 5 118 Minnesota Vikings
Ed Beverly Wide receiver 5 122 San Francisco 49ers
Prentice McCray Defensive back 8 200 Detroit Lions
Ron Lou Center 14 339 Houston Oilers
Ron Lumpkin Defensive back 12 303 New York Giants

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1972 Football season – CougarStats
  2. ^ Fiesta Bowl website
  3. ^ a b 2010 Arizona State football media guide
  4. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1972 September 17
  5. ^ CFRC.net. Retrieved 2016-Jan-10.
  6. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1973.htm