2014 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

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2014 Arizona State Sun Devils football
Arizona State Athletics wordmark.svg
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 36–31 vs. Duke
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Division South Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 14
AP No. 12
2014 record 10–3 (6–3 Pac-12)
Head coach Todd Graham (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball (2nd season)
Base defense Hybrid Attacking
Home stadium Sun Devil Stadium
(Capacity: 65,870)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 2 Oregon x$^   8 1         13 2  
Stanford   5 4         8 5  
Washington   4 5         8 6  
California   3 6         5 7  
Oregon State   2 7         5 7  
Washington State   2 7         3 9  
South Division
No. 19 Arizona x   7 2         10 4  
No. 10 UCLA   6 3         10 3  
No. 12 Arizona State   6 3         10 3  
No. 20 USC   6 3         9 4  
No. 21 Utah   5 4         9 4  
Colorado   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Oregon 51, Arizona 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 13, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Sun Devils football team represented Arizona State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Todd Graham and played their home games at Sun Devil Stadium. They were a member of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. The Sun Devils finished the season 10–3 (6–3 in Pac-12 play) with a 36–31 victory over Duke in the Sun Bowl. It marked the first time since 1973 that Arizona State won ten or more games in back-to-back seasons.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
ASU
Alma Mater
Todd Graham Head coach 3 East Central (1987)
Mike Norvell Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks 3 Central Arkansas (2005)
Keith Patterson Defensive coordinator 1 East Central (1986)
Chris Ball Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive backs 3 Western State College (1985)
Chris Thomsen Offensive line 2 TCU (1993)
Paul Randolph Defensive line 3 Tennessee-Martin (1990)
Jackie Shipp Defensive line 2 Oklahoma (1983)
Chip Long Tight ends 3 North Alabama (2005)
DelVaughn Alexander Wide receivers 3 USC (1995)
Bo Graham Running backs 2 Tulsa (2006)
Reference:[1]

Previous season[edit]

The 2013 Sun Devils finished 10–4 (8–1 in the Pac-12) and made an appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game, where they were defeated by Stanford. They were invited to the Holiday Bowl, where they were upset by Texas Tech.[2] It was the first time the Sun Devils won 10 games and finished ranked since the 2007 season.

Players drafted[edit]

Round Pick Player Position NFL Team
3 82 Will Sutton Defensive Lineman Chicago Bears
4 121 Carl Bradford Outside Linebacker Green Bay Packers
6 201 Marion Grice Running Back San Diego Chargers
UFA - Alden Darby Defensive Back San Diego Chargers
UFA - Robert Nelson Defensive Back Cleveland Browns
UFA - Davon Coleman Defensive Lineman Dallas Cowboys
UFA - Chris Coyle Tight End Houston Texans
UFA - Chris Young Linebacker Houston Texans
UFA - Evan Finkenberg Offensive Lineman Miami Dolphins
Reference:[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 7:30 PM Weber State* No. 19 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ P12N W 45–14   52,133
September 6 4:00 PM at New Mexico* No. 17 University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM CBSSN W 58–23   25,742
September 13 7:00 PM at Colorado No. 16 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ESPNU W 38–24   38,547
September 25 6:00 PM No. 11 UCLA No. 15 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ FS1 L 27–62   60,876
October 4 4:30 PM at No. 16 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA FOX W 38–34   70,115
October 18 7:30 PM No. 23 Stanford No. 17 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ ESPN W 26–10   59,012
October 25 7:45 PM at Washington No. 14 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ESPN W 24–10   64,666
November 1 8:00 PM No. 18 Utahdagger No. 15 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ FS1 W 19–16 OT  53,754
November 8 1:30 PM No. 8 Notre Dame* No. 11 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ ABC W 55–31   65,870
November 15 8:45 PM at Oregon State No. 7 Reser StadiumCorvallis, OR ESPN L 27–35   40,525
November 22 11:00 AM Washington State No. 13 Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ P12N W 52–31   51,428
November 28 1:30 PM at No. 12 Arizona No. 13 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ (Territorial Cup) FOX L 35–42   56,083
December 27 12:00 PM vs. Duke* No. 15 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS W 36–31   47,809
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.
Reference:[4]

Game summaries[edit]

Weber State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 7 7 14
#19 Sun Devils 17 14 14 0 45

New Mexico[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Sun Devils 22 10 13 13 58
Lobos 7 14 0 2 23

Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Sun Devils 14 10 14 0 38
Buffaloes 0 14 3 7 24

UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Bruins 6 21 21 14 62
#15 Sun Devils 10 7 10 0 27

USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 0 15 3 20 38
#16 Trojans 7 10 3 14 34

1st quarter scoring: USC – Nelson Agholor 53-yard punt return (Andre Heidari kick)

2nd quarter scoring: AS – Jaelen Strong 4-yard pass from Mike Bercovici (Alex Garoutte kick); AS – Strong 77-yard pass from Bercovici (Kody Kohl pass from Bercovici); USC – Javorius Allen 1-yard run (Heidari kick); USC – Heidari 35-yard field goal

3rd quarter scoring: AS – Garoutte 19-yard field goal; USC – Heidari 33-yard field goal

4th quarter scoring: USC – Cody Kessler 8-yard run (Heidari kick); AS – D.J. Foster 21-yard pass from Bercovici (Garoutte kick); USC – Allen 53-yard run (Heidari kick); AS – Cameron Smith 73-yard pass from Bercovici (Garoutte kick); AS – Strong 46-yard pass from Bercovici

Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Cardinal 0 0 3 7 10
#17 Sun Devils 0 14 3 9 26

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Sun Devils 0 10 0 14 24
Huskies 0 0 7 3 10

Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
#18 Utes 0 6 10 0 0 16
#15 Sun Devils 6 7 0 3 3 19

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Fighting Irish 3 7 7 14 31
#11 Sun Devils 17 17 0 21 55

The Sun Devils played their biggest game in the Todd Graham era against highly ranked Notre Dame, a game that many analysts viewed as an elimination game for a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff. ASU stormed out of the gates leading 34–3 late in the first half, and although the Irish managed to cut the lead to 3 in the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils pulled away and secured a 55–31 victory. With the win, ASU moved into the top-10 for the first time since the 2007 season.

Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Sun Devils 10 14 0 3 27
Beavers 14 0 7 14 35

Washington State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 17 0 7 31
#13 Sun Devils 0 21 7 24 52

Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Sun Devils 7 14 0 14 35
#12 Wildcats 14 7 14 7 42

Duke (Sun Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 3 14 0 14 31
#15 Sun Devils 10 10 10 6 36

Roster[edit]

The 2014 team roster can be viewed here

Rankings[edit]

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 13 14 15 Final 
AP 19 17 16 15 15 RV 20 17 14 15 11 7 13 13 17 15 12 
Coaches 18 16 14 13 12 24 20 18 14 14 12 8 14 13 18 16 14 
CFP Not released 14 9 6 13 13 17 15 Not released


Offseason[edit]

Players Drafted[edit]

Round Pick Player Position NFL Team
1 30 Damarious Randall Defensive Back Green Bay Packers
3 70 Jaelen Strong Wide Receiver Houston Texans
4 114 Jamil Douglas Offensive Lineman Miami Dolphins
4 135 Marcus Hardison Defensive Lineman Cincinnati Bengals
Reference:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football – 2014 Coaches". Arizona State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Football – 2013 Season". Arizona State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Football – 2014 NFL Draft". National Football League. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Schedule". Arizona State University Department of Athletics. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Football – 2015 NFL Draft". National Football League. Retrieved May 4, 2015.