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» He led ASU to three consecutive eight win seasons for the first time

since 1971-73 in his first three seasons at the helm.

» Of all the coaching hires made prior to the 2012 season, Graham has posted

the fourth-best record at 34-19, ranking behind only Urban Meyer (50-4),

Jim Mora (37-16) and Kevin Sumlin (36-16) in the last four seasons.

NOT WASTING TIME

» In his first four seasons, Todd Graham has an average of 8.5 wins per

year at ASU, which ranks him number one all-time in Sun Devil lore.

» ASU’s 31 regular–season wins under Coach Graham (2012-15) were the

most regular-season wins in a four-year span since 1980-83, and the

team’s 34 total wins were the most since 1975-78.

» Graham became the third-quickest coach to reach 30 wins, doing so in

43 games (Frank Kusk and Darryl Rogers each did so in 40).

» As far as Bowl Games go, Graham has wasted no time establishing himself

in the record books as his three appearances with the Sun Devils are already

tied for third among all ASU coaches and his two wins are tied for second.

ELITE COMPANY

» Head Coach Todd Graham had a school-record 28 wins in his first three

seasons as head coach at ASU, one more than College Football Hall of

Fame Coach Dan Devine (1955-57).

» Coach Graham has recorded 10 wins in five of his 10 seasons as a head

coach (Tulsa 2007, 2008, 2010; ASU 2013, 2014.) Since 2007, Coach

Graham currently sits tied for No. 7 nationally in most 10-win seasons

with five at FBS institutions, ranking behind only Nick Saban, Bob

Stoops, Chris Peterson, Urban Meyer, Mark Richt and Gary Patterson.

TAKING DOWN THE TOP

» ASU finished 1-2 against teams ranked in the AP Top-25 Poll last

season after a gauntlet that pitted the Sun Devils against three Top

25 teams in four weeks (a loss to USC, a win at UCLA, and a loss at

No. 4 Utah).

» ASU was 3-2 in 2013 against team’s ranked in the AP Top-25 Poll and

the three victories were the most since 1997 when the team went 3-1

against teams ranked in the AP poll.

» ASU’s 2014 schedule put the team on a collision course with three

consecutive AP Top-25 teams (UCLA, USC, Stanford), a streak that ASU

had faced only twice in program history. The last that happened was

2001, where ASU went 0-3 against No. 13 Washington, No. 8 Oregon

and No. 11 Washington State. In 1994, ASU defeated No. 20 BYU in

between losses to No. 23 Washington State and No. 21 Oregon.

» ASU came out of the stretch with a 2-1 record with back-to-back

victories over No. 16 USC and No. 23 Stanford. It was the first time

ASU has won back-to-back games over ranked opponents since 1997,

when it took down No. 25 Stanford on Oct. 18 before defeating No. 10

Washington State on Nov. 1 following a bye week.

SLAYING DRAGONS

» The Sun Devils have gone 8-6 in the last 14 games against ranked teams.

» In four seasons at the helm, Todd Graham is 8-9 against AP-ranked

opponents and the team was 4-2 in such teams in 2014.

» Graham has more than doubled the Top-25 win total of Dennis Erickson

(3) and Dirk Koetter (2) during their tenures.

» In the previous 14 seasons, ASU was 5-40 in games against teams ranked in

the AP poll. -- Other notable victories include the come-from-behind victory

over Arizona in 2012, winning a game in the Coliseum last season for the first

time since 1999 and defeating USC in back-to-back seasons for the first time

since 1996-97. ASU also ended a four-game losing streak to Stanford.

HAACK LIKE A MAN

» Matt Haack was a game changer in the field position battle last season

and his effort against UCLA was a testament to that. He pinned five balls

inside the 20 yard-line against both UCLA and Washington.

» Haack was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for the

effort against UCLA named the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week as well.

» Haack averaged 43.1 yards per punt last season, good for fourth in the

Pac-12 and 35th nationally.

» Yardage doesn’t do the whole story justice, however. Nineteen of his 74

punts were for 50 or more yards (25.7 percent) while 32 punts were

downed inside the 20 yard line (43.2 percent). The 32 punts inside the

20 were the second most in the nation and four more than any other

player in the Pac-12. His two touchbacks were tied for the lowest total

in the nation as well.

» Haack has a 42.7 yard per punt average in his career that current ranks

tied for fourth all-time in ASU history.

STRIKE FIRST

» Arizona State has scored first in 36 of the 53 games with Todd

Graham at the helm and is 28-8 in the Graham era when getting on the

scoreboard first.

» The Sun Devils were 5-2 when scoring first last season, doing so vs. Cal

Poly, UNM, UCLA, Colorado, WSU (L), Arizona and Cal (L). ASU was 7-1

when scoring first in 2014.

STRIKE FAST

» 218 of the Devils’ 302 offensive scoring drives under Todd Graham have

come in three minutes or less (72.1 percent).

» Of ASU’s 73 scoring drives last season in regulation, 50 came in under

three minutes (68.4 percent).

DON'T CROSS THAT LINE

» Last season, ASU forced 370 negative or no-yardage plays out of 967

run by the opposition (38.3 percent)

» Under Graham, ASU has forced 1,388 plays that have not resulted in

positive yardage out of 3,827 total plays (36.3 percent).

SERIOUSLY, DON'T CROSS IT

» With 111 tackles for loss last season, ASU’s 8.5 tackles per loss per

game were ranked third nationally and first in the Pac-12.

» ASU averaged 3.54 sacks per game last season, a total that ranked first

in all of the FBS.

A HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR

» ASU finished with 27 takeaways in 2014 (2.1 per game) after having a streak of

29 consecutive games forcing a turnover come to an end in the season opener.

The total was good for 24th nationally and third among Pac- 12 schools.

» ASU led the Pac-12 with 33 takeaways in 2013, finishing fifth nationally.

The team was seventh nationally with a 1.1 turnover margin that season.

» The Sun Devils have forced 111 turnovers under Todd Graham in the past

four seasons, which is the eighth-highest total in the country in that span.

» ASU has 13 interception returns for touchdowns under Graham,

compared to posting just four total in the previous three seasons prior

to 2012. The total currently leads the nation in for the most interception

returns for touchdown in that span (3 more than any other team) and

ASU has added three fumble returns as well for a NCAA-leading total of

16 defensive touchdowns in the last since 2012 seasons.

WINNING THE BATTLE FOR FIELD POSITION

» Under Todd Graham, ASU has had an average starting yard line of its

own 34.7 in 34 victories compared to a starting yard line of the 25.5 for

their opponents in such contests.

» Conversely, opponents have an average starting field position of their

own » 31.3 yard line compared to ASU starting at its own 29.1 in ASU’s

19 losses under Graham.

» in 2012, ASU posted an average starting spot of its own 33-yard

line that ranked 10th in the nation, according to the folks at Football

Outsiders

(www.footballoutsiders.com)

and in 2013, the team ranked

13th nationally » (average starting yard line: 33.3). With a 32.6 average

starting spot in 2014, ASU was 13th nationally.

» The Sun Devils also held their opponents to an average starting line of

their own 28-yard-line, a total that ranked 24th nationally in 2012 and

was 32nd in 2013 (average opp. starting yardline: 28.2). ASU jumped

to 11th » nationally in 2014, forcing their opponents to an average field

position of their own 26.9 yard line.

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