ASU's last loss in a home opener was 1998 against Washington.
ASU is 77-27-2 on Opening Day in program history and 59-15-1 when the Opening Day occurs at home.
Conversely, opponents have scored just 51.7 percent of the time (60 of 116) with 46 touchdowns (39.7 percent). became the first freshman to lead the team in tackles since Jason Shivers in 2001 and the first freshman to lead the team in tackles for loss and sacks since Junior Onyeali in 2010. Only three Pac-12 TRUE freshmen played at least 700 defensive snaps last season and all of them played for Arizona State (/754).
----- BY THE NUMBERS 902 - No ASU running back has LOST a fumble on a rushing play in 902 consecutive carries, dating back to the 2016 season - a streak of 32 consecutive games.
THE GAME - Sun Devil Football lifts the lid on the 2019 season and the program's second season under head coach this Thursday, August 29 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. kickoff and will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.THE OPPONENT - This will mark the first ever meeting between the Sun Devils and the Golden Flashes.ASU is 0-2 against programs from the Mid-Atlantic Conference in history, dropping a 1950 contest against Miami (OH) before subsequently forfeiting a 49-0 victory over Toledo in 1979.Arizona Sports 98.7FM continues to serve as the flagship station for Sun Devil football and men's basketball game broadcasts and the Sun Devil Radio Network, presented by Mid First Bank.This week's contest can be heard over the airwaves on KTAR News 92.3 FM. to eclipse 2,000 career rushing yards (currently at 1,784) 3 rushing touchdowns needed for Benjamin to reach 20 rushing touchdowns in his career (currently at 17) 3 consecutive starts needed for both was the highest-graded running back in the Pac-12 last season (90.1 rushing score), according the Pro Football Focus - a grade that was also good for 6th nationally among halfbacks with at least 400 snaps. is slotted to take the first snap at quarterback in 2019 and, in doing so, will become the first TRUE freshman quarterback to start for the Sun Devils on Opening Day in ASU's modern era (freshmen became eligible to play in 1972). The tough scoring defense kept ASU in every game last season, with nine games being decide by one possession - second in the nation behind Texas and the second-highest total by a Pac-12 team since 1980 (Stanford with 10 in 2012). The Sun Devils went 4-1 in games that were decided by a field goal or less last season, tied for the most wins in that scenario of any school in the country. Arizona State holds the FBS active streak for consecutive games scoring more than 7 points, currently doing so in 134 straight games. No ASU running back has lost a fumble on a rushing play in 902 consecutive carries, dating back to the 2016 season - a streak of 31 consecutive games. Opponents averaged just 3.8 points per fourth quarter last season - the 6th lowest total nationally and lowest in the Pac-12 - allowing ASU to outscore opponents 119-49 in the frame on the season. Since 2012, ASU has scored 67.3 percent of the time following an opponent turnover (111 of 165) while finding the end zone 83 times in that span (50.3 percent).