ARLINGTON, Texas Todd Graham, like any good product of Texas football, knows you just can't do the things his Arizona State squad did Saturday night against Notre Dame and expect to win.
Graham played high school football at North Mesquite and coached at Allen, high schools not far from mammoth AT&T Stadium where Arizona State fell short against the Irish, 37-34.
Graham worked as a security guard as a teenager at Texas Stadium, the predecessor to Jerry Jones' palace in Arlington. He also coached a season at Rice before moving on to Tulsa and Pittsburgh and eventually landing in Tempe.
So Graham knows you can't settle for field goals and expect to win. You can't give up six sacks and not get any yourself.
And most of all, you can't commit three turnovers.
Arizona State did all those things, which is why a drained Graham, with a voice hoarse from too much sideline shouting, could only tip his cap to Notre Dame.
"It was difficult to swallow, turning the football over that ma...