1975 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

The 1975 Arizona State Sun Devils football team represented Arizona State University in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. The offense scored 347 points, while the defense allowed 127 points. Led by head coach Frank Kush, the Sun Devils were undefeated in the regular season (11–0), perfect in Western Athletic Conference play (7–0), and won the Fiesta Bowl. After beating Nebraska, 17–14, Kush said, "From the players' standpoint, this was probably the most important game since I have been here. Not only was the game important for the recognition this team will receive, but it also helps gain recognition for the great teams and players we have had here in the past." They finished the season (12–0) overall and were ranked # 2 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll. This remains the highest ranked finish in Arizona State football history. Arizona State was also selected as National Champions by Sporting news that year giving Arizona State their second national championship.

1975 Arizona State Sun Devils football
WAC champion
Fiesta Bowl champion
Fiesta Bowl, W 17–14 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1975 record12–0 (7–0 WAC)
Head coachFrank Kush (18th season)
Defensive coordinatorLarry Kentera
Captains
Home stadiumSun Devil Stadium
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
1975 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Arizona State $ 7 0 0     12 0 0
No. 18 Arizona 5 2 0     9 2 0
Colorado State 4 2 0     6 5 0
BYU 4 3 0     6 5 0
New Mexico 4 3 0     6 5 0
Utah 1 4 0     1 10 0
Wyoming 1 6 0     2 9 0
UTEP 0 6 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Sun Devils finished the season with a 12–0 record.

Game Date Opponent Result Sun Devils points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 13 Washington W 35 12 1-0-0
2 Sept. 20 @ Texas Christian W 33 10 2-0-0
3 Sept. 27 Brigham Young W 20 0 3-0-0
4 Oct. 4 Idaho W 29 3 4-0-0
5 Oct. 11 @ New Mexico W 16 10 5-0-0
6 Oct. 18 @ Colorado State W 33 3 6-0-0
7 Oct. 25 Texas El-Paso W 24 6 7-0-0
8 Nov. 1 @ Utah W 40 14 8-0-0
9 Nov. 8 Wyoming W 21 20 9-0-0
10 Nov. 14 Pacific W 55 14 10-0-0
11 Nov. 29 Arizona W 24 21 11-0-0
12 Dec. 26 vs.Nebraska W 17 14 12-0-0

RosterEdit

1975 Arizona State Sun Devils football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 81 Glenn Crawford So
TE 15 Bruce Hardy So
WR 84 John Jefferson So
QB 12 Fred Mortensen So
TE 89 Dan Smith So
QB 10 Dennis Sproul So
RB 36 Fred Williams Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 53 Larry Gordon Sr
DE 82 Al Harris Fr
CB 40 Michael Haynes Sr
S 30 Dan Paschke So
S 43 Alex Stencel Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

ArizonaEdit

1 234Total
Arizona 0 1470 21
Arizona State 3 777 24

[1]

1975 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Mike Haynes Defensive Back 1 5 New England Patriots
Larry Gordon Linebacker 1 17 Miami Dolphins
Randy Moore Defensive Tackle 12 334 Denver Broncos
Chris Lorenzen Defensive Tackle 16 438 Cleveland Browns

[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sun Devils go unbeaten, make Fiesta." Eugene Register-Guard. 1975 Nov 30.
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1976.htm