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Washington State Cougars football
2017 Washington State Cougars football team
Washington State Cougars wordmark.svg
First season 1893; 124 years ago (1893)
Athletic director John Johnson (interim)
Head coach Mike Leach
6th season, 35–34 (.507)
Stadium Martin Stadium
(Capacity: 33,522)
Year built 1972
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Pullman, Washington
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Pac-12 (since 1962)
Division North (since 2011)
Past conferences Independent (1894–1915)
PCC (1916–1958)
Independent (1959–1961)
All-time record 503–527–45 (.489)
Bowl record 7–5 (.583)
Conference titles 4 (1917, 1930, 1997, 2002)
Rivalries Washington Huskies (rivalry)
Idaho Vandals (rivalry)
Current uniform
Pac-12-Uniform-WSU.png
Colors Crimson and Gray[1]
         
Fight song Washington State University Fight Song
Mascot Butch T. Cougar
Marching band Cougar Marching Band
Outfitter Nike
Website WSUCougars.com

The Washington State Cougars football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Washington State University, located in the U.S. state of Washington. The team competes at the NCAA Division I level in the FBS and is a member of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12). Known as the Cougars, the first football team was fielded in 1894.

The Cougars play home games on campus at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington, which opened in 1972; the site dates back to 1892 when it was called Soldier Field. Its present seating capacity is 33,522.[2] Their main rivals are the Washington Huskies. The Cougars and Huskies historically end each regular season with the Apple Cup rivalry game in late November. They are currently coached by Mike Leach.

History[edit]

Early History (1894–1925)[edit]

Washington State University 1900 football team. At that time it was known as Washington Agricultural College.

Washington State's first head football coach was William Goodyear.[3] That team played only two games in its inaugural season in 1894, posting a 1–1 record.[3] The team's first win was over Idaho.[3]

The first paid head football coach was William L. Allen, who served as head coach in 1900 and 1902,[3] posting an overall record of 6–3–1.[3]

John R. Bender served as head football coach from 1906–1907 and 1912–1914, compiling a record of 21–12.[4]

William Henry Dietz was the Cougars' head football coach from 1915–1917, posting a stellar 17–2–1 record.[5] Dietz's 1915 team defeated Brown in the Rose Bowl, and finished with a 7–0 record. Dietz was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2012.[6]

Albert Exendine served as Washington State's head football coach from 1923–1925, posting a 6–13–4 overall record.[7]

Babe Hollingbery era (1926–1942)[edit]

Babe Hollingbery was the Cougars' head football coach for 17 seasons, posting a 93–53–14 record.[8] His 93 wins are the most by any head football coach in Washington State football history.[9] Hollingbery's 1930 team played in the 1931 Rose Bowl, a game they lost to Alabama.[8] The Cougars didn't lose a single home game from 1926–1935.[9] Among the Cougar greats Holingbery coached were Mel Hein, Turk Edwards and Mel Dressel.[9] The Holingbery Fieldhouse that serves many of Washington State's athletics teams, was named in his honor in 1963.[9] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1979.[9]

Phil Sarboe era (1945–1949)[edit]

The Cougars did not field a football team from 1943 to 1944 because of World War II.[10] After the war ended, Phil Sarboe was hired away from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, to return to his alma mater as the head football coach.[10] Sarboe's Cougars posted a 17–26–3 record in his five seasons.[11]

Forest Evashevski era (1950–1951)[edit]

Forest Evashevski took over the Cougars football program as the head coach in late 1949.[12] His 1951 team finished the season ranked #14 in the Coaches' Poll and #18 in the AP Poll.[13] He posted an 11–6–2 record in his two seasons[13] before leaving to take the Iowa head football coach position.[12] Evashevski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000.[12]

Al Kircher era (1952–1955)[edit]

Al Kircher, an assistant on Evashevski's staff, was promoted to head coach following Evashevski's departure.[14] Kircher didn't enjoy as much success as his predecessor, going 13–25–2 in his four seasons as head coach.[15] He was not retained after his contract expired.[14]

Jim Sutherland era (1956–1963)[edit]

Jim Sutherland was Washington State's 21st head football coach. He held the Cougars head coach position for eight seasons.[16] His overall record with the Cougars was 37–39–4.[16]

Bert Clark era (1964–1967)[edit]

Bert Clark served as Washington State's head football coach for four seasons,[17] posting a record of 15–24–1.[17] His best season was 1965, when the Cougars went 7–3[17] and defeated three Big Ten teams on the road.[18] That season was Clark's only winning season, as he failed to win more than three games in his other seasons.[17] Clark was not retained after the end of his fourth season.[18]

Jim Sweeney era (1968–1975)[edit]

Jim Sweeney served as the Cougars head football coach for eight seasons.[19] His final record was 26–59–1.[19] Sweeney's best season was 1972, when the Cougars finished 7–4.[19] That was his only winning season.[19] Sweeney was let go after the 1975 season.[20]

Sherrill and Powers (1976–1977)[edit]

Jackie Sherrill was Washington State's head coach for one season.[21] His team posted a 3–8 record.[21] Sherrill departed after that one season to accept the head football coach position at Pittsburgh.[22]

Warren Powers served as head coach for one season[23] before accepting the head football coach position at Missouri.[24]

Jim Walden era (1978–1986)[edit]

Jim Walden was promoted to head coach following the departure of Powers.[25] Walden led the Cougars to one bowl appearance, the 1981 Holiday Bowl, a game they lost to BYU.[25][26] That bowl appearance was Washington State's first in 51 years.[25] Walden won Pacific-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1981 and 1983.[25][26] Walden's final record at Washington State was 44–52–4.[25][26] Players coached by Walden at Washington State include Jack Thompson, Kerry Porter, Rueben Mayes, Ricy Turner, Ricky Reynolds, Paul Sorensen, Brian Forde, Lee Blakeney, Mark Rypien, Dan Lynch, Pat Beach, Keith Millard, Erik Howard, and Cedrick Brown.[25] Walden left after the 1986 season to accept the head football coach position at Iowa State.[25][27]

Dennis Erickson era (1987–1988)[edit]

Coach Erickson

When he was named Washington State's head football coach on January 7, 1987, Dennis Erickson said it was his lifelong dream to become the head football coach of the Cougars.[28] His contract he signed in 1987 was a five-year deal at an annual base salary of $70,000, with up to $30,000 from radio, television, and speaking obligations.[29]

Erickson's Cougars posted a 3–7–1 record in his first season but improved to a 9–3 record in 1988,[30] capped with a victory in the Aloha Bowl, the Cougars' first bowl victory since 1916.[30] Although stating publicly a week earlier that he would not leave Washington State,[31] Erickson accepted the head football coach position at Miami in March 1989,[32] leaving the Cougars after two seasons and a 12–10–1 overall record.[30]

Mike Price era (1989–2002)[edit]

Mike Price came to Washington State from Weber State.[33] Price led the Cougars to unprecedented success, taking his 1997 and 2002 teams to the Rose Bowl, both times losing.[33] The 1997 team was led by star quarterback Ryan Leaf, who would be the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.[34] Those teams finished ranked #9 and #10 in the Coaches' and AP Polls, respectively.[33][35] Price also led the Cougars to victories in the Copper Bowl, the Alamo Bowl and the Sun Bowl.[33][35] Price's record at Washington State is 83–78.[33][35] It was during the 2002 season that Washington State received its highest ranking ever in the modern era within the AP Polls at #3.[33] Price resigned following the 2002 season to accept the head football coach position at Alabama,[33] but was fired before ever coaching a game for the Crimson Tide due to an off-the-field incident.[36]

Bill Doba era (2003–2007)[edit]

Bill Doba was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach following Price's departure.[37] Things started out well for Doba's Cougars, as they went 10–3 in Doba's first year to finish ranked #9 in both the AP and Coaches' Polls.[38] But, things went downhill. The Cougars slipped to 5–6 in 2004, and posted a 4–7 record in 2005.[38] A 6–6 2006 season followed,[38] and after finishing the 2007 season 5–7,[38] Doba was fired. He finished with a 30–28 record.[39]

Paul Wulff era (2008–2011)[edit]

Paul Wulff was hired away from Eastern Washington to replace the fired Bill Doba.[40] Wulff struggled mightily as the Cougars head football coach, failing to win more than four games in a single season.[41] His final record at Washington State is 9–40,[41] the lowest winning percentage (.184) of any head coach in Washington State football history.[42] Wulff was fired after the 2011 season.[43]

Mike Leach era (2012–present)[edit]

In November 2011, it was announced that Mike Leach would replace Wulff as head coach. Leach had previously spent 10 seasons as head coach at Texas Tech University. In 2012, Mike Leach's first season, the new coaching staff installed an Air raid offense; an exciting, up-tempo, pass-oriented offensive attack which led the Pac-12 Conference in passing offense.[44] In his second season, Leach led Washington State to the 2013 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the first bowl game for the Cougars in a decade.[44] Leach received a 2-year contract extension on November 18, 2013 after leading the Washington State Cougars to their best record since 2006.[45]

In 2015, Mike Leach guided the Washington State Cougars to their first bowl victory since the 2003 season.[46] In that same year, the team also posted a 9–4 winning season and was ranked in the AP Poll, Coach's Poll, and College Football Playoff ranking. Mike Leach was named the Pac-12's co-Coach of the Year[47] as well as the Associated Press Pac-12 Coach of the Year.[48] After the season, Washington State again extended coach Mike Leach's contract, this time through the 2020 season.[49]

Championships[edit]

Conference Championships[edit]

Dating back to their days in the Pacific Coast Conference, Washington State has claimed at least a share of four conference titles.[citation needed]

Season Conference Coach Conference Record Overall Record
1917 Pacific Coast Conference William Henry Dietz 3–0 6–0–1
1930 Pacific Coast Conference O.E. Hollingbery 6–1 9–1
1997 Pacific-10 Conference Mike Price 7–1 10–2
2002 Pacific-10 Conference Mike Price 7–1 10–3

Note: † Denotes co-championship.

Individual accomplishments[edit]

Heisman Trophy candidates[edit]

Seven players have finished in the Top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting.[50] Ryan Leaf had the highest finish in the Heisman balloting in program history.[51]

Year Name Position Points Place
1978 Jack Thompson QB 72 9th
1984 Reuben Mayes RB 32 10th
1988 Timm Rosenbach QB 44 7th
1992 Drew Bledsoe QB 48 8th
1997 Ryan Leaf QB 861 3rd
2002 Jason Gesser QB 74 7th
2005 Jerome Harrison RB 20 9th

First Team All-America[edit]

Since 1894, the Washington State Cougars football program has had 33 players honored a total of 36 times as First Team All-America.[52] Included in these selections are six consensus selections.[53]

Year Player POS Seasons at Washington State
1984 Reuben Mayes RB 1982–1985
1988 Mike Utley G 1985–1988
1989† Jason Hanson K 1988–1991
2002 Rien Long DT 2000–2002
2005 Jerome Harrison RB 2004–2005
2013 Deone Bucannon[54] S 2010-2013
2016† Cody O'Connell OT 2013-Present

Note: † Denotes unanimous selection in addition to consensus selection.

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Four players and two coaches from the Washington State Cougars football program have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Year Inducted Player POS Seasons at Washington State
1954[55] Mel Hein C 1929–1931
1975[55] Turk Edwards T 1929–1931
1979[55] O.E. Hollingbery Coach 1926–1942
2008[55] Reuben Mayes RB 1982–1985
2012[56] William Dietz Coach 1915-1917
2016[57] Mike Utley G 1985–1988
Reference:[55][56][57]

Pro Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Two former Washington State football players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Year Inducted Player POS Seasons at Washington State NFL Team(s) Years with NFL Team(s)
1963 Mel Hein C 1927–1931 New York Giants 1931–1945
1969 Turk Edwards T 1929–1931 Washington Redskins 1932–1940
Reference:[58]

Canadian Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Four former Washington State football players have been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Year Inducted Player POS Seasons at Washington State CFL Team(s) Years with CFL Team(s)
1975 Byron Bailey RB 1949–1951 B.C. Lions 1954–1964
1979 George Reed RB 1959–1962 Saskatchewan Roughriders 1963–1975
1991 Brian Kelly WR, Coach 1975–1977 Edmonton Eskimos 1979–1987
2000 Hugh Campbell WR, Coach, Executive 1959–1962 Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders 1964–2006
Reference:[59][60]

Retired numbers[edit]

Washington State University currently has two retired numbers bestowed upon their players.

Player No. Seasons at Washington State
Mel Hein 7 1927–1931
Jack Thompson 14 1974–1978
Reference:[59]

Pac-12 Coach of the Year[edit]

Five Washington State football head coaches have received the annual award a total of seven times as the conference's Coach of the Year.[61]

Year Coach Record
1981 Jim Walden 8–3–1
1983 Jim Walden 7–4
1988 Dennis Erickson 9–3
1997 Mike Price 10–2
2001 Mike Price 10–2
2003 Bill Doba 10–3
2015 Mike Leach 9–4

Note: † Denotes a shared honor.

Head coaching history[edit]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1894 William Goodyear 1 1–1 .500
1895 Fred Waite 1 2–0 1.000
1896 David A. Brodie 1 2–0–1 1.000
1897 Robert Gailey 1 2–0 1.000
1898–99 Frank Shively 2 1–1–1 .500
1900, 1902 William L. Allen 2 6–3–1 .650
1901 William Namack 1 4–1 .800
1903 James N. Ashmore 1 3–3–2 .500
1904–1905 Everett Sweeley 2 6–6 .500
1906–1907, 1912–1914 John R. Bender 5 21–12 .636
1908 Walter Rheinschild 1 4–0–2 .833
1909 Willis Kienholz 1 4–1 .800
1910–1911 Oscar Osthoff 2 5–6 .454
1915–1917 William Henry Dietz 3 17–2–1 .875
1918 Emory Alvord 1 1–1 .500
1919–1922 Gus Welch 4 16–10–1 .611
1923–1925 Albert Exendine 3 6–13–4 .348
1926–1942 Babe Hollingbery 15 93–53–14 .625
1943–1944 World War II – no teams
1945–1949 Phil Sarboe 5 17–26–3 .402
1950–1951 Forest Evashevski 2 11–6–2 .632
1952–1955 Al Kircher 4 13–25–2 .350
1956–1963 Jim Sutherland 8 37–39–4 .488
1964–1967 Bert Clark 4 15–24–1 .388
1968–1975 Jim Sweeney 8 26–59–1 .308
1976 Jackie Sherrill 1 3–8 .273
1977 Warren Powers 1 6–5 .545
1978–1986 Jim Walden 9 44–52–4 .460
1987–1988 Dennis Erickson 2 12–10–1 .543
1989–2002 Mike Price 14 83–78 .516
2003–2007 Bill Doba 5 30–29 .508
2008–2011 Paul Wulff 4 9–40 .184
2012–present Mike Leach 4 35-34 .507
Totals 33 coaches 117 seasons 511–528–45 .492[62]
Martin Stadium, home of Cougars football, in October 2008
Martin Stadium, home of Cougars football, in August 2012 with the new press box and premium seating addition nearing completion

Current coaching staff[edit]

Washington State football coach Mike Leach during a 2012 season game.
Mike Leach has served as Washington State's head coach since the 2012 season.
Name Position Season at
Washington State
Mike Leach Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator 5th
Jim Mastro Running Backs 5th
JaMarcus Shephard Inside Receivers 1st
Dave Nichol Outside Receivers 1st
Clay McGuire Offensive Line 5th
Jeff Phelps Defensive Line 1st
Alex Grinch Defensive Coordinator/Secondary 2nd
Ken Wilson Linebackers 4th
Roy Manning Outside Linebackers 2nd
Eric Mele Special Teams 2nd
Dave Emerick Chief of Staff 5th
Antonio Huffman Director of Football Operations 5th
Jason Loscalzo Strength and Conditioning 5th
Chase Holbrook Offensive Quality Control 1st
Brian Odom Defensive Quality Control 2nd
Reference: wsucougars.com[63]

Bowl games[edit]

Washington State has made 12 bowl appearances, and has a bowl record of 7–5. The Cougars have played in the Rose Bowl four times (1 win, 3 losses), the Holiday Bowl twice (1 win, 1 loss), the Sun Bowl twice (2 wins), one Aloha Bowl (1 win), one Copper Bowl (1 win), one Alamo Bowl (1 win), and one New Mexico Bowl (1 loss).[64]

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance and head coach[A 1]
# Bowl Score[A 2] Date Season[A 3] Opponent[A 4] Stadium Location Attendance[65] Head coach
1 Rose Bowl W 14–0 January 1, 1916 1915 Brown Bruins Tournament Park Pasadena 7,000 Dietz, William HenryWilliam Henry Dietz
2 Rose Bowl L 24–0 January 1, 1931 1930 Alabama Crimson Tide Rose Bowl Pasadena 60,000 Hollingbery, BabeBabe Hollingbery
3 Holiday Bowl L 38–36 December 30, 1981 1980 BYU Cougars Jack Murphy Stadium[A 5] San Diego 52,419 Walden, JimJim Walden
4 Aloha Bowl W 24–22 December 25, 1988 1988 Houston Cougars Aloha Stadium Honolulu 35,132 Erickson, DennisDennis Erickson
5 Copper Bowl W 31–28 December 29, 1992 1992 Utah Utes Arizona Stadium Tucson 40,876double-dagger Price, MikeMike Price
6 Alamo Bowl W 10–3 December 31, 1994 1994 Baylor Bears Alamodome San Antonio 44,106 Price, MikeMike Price
7 Rose Bowl L 21–16 January 1, 1998 1997 Michigan Wolverines Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,635 Price, MikeMike Price
8 Sun Bowl W 33–27 December 31, 2001 2001 Purdue Boilermakers Sun Bowl El Paso 47,812 Price, MikeMike Price
9 Rose Bowl L 34–14 January 1, 2003 2002 Oklahoma Sooners Rose Bowl Pasadena 86,848 Price, MikeMike Price
10 Holiday Bowl W 28–20 December 30, 2003 2003 Texas Longhorns Qualcomm Stadium[A 5] San Diego 61,102 Doba, BillBill Doba
11 New Mexico Bowl L 48–45 December 21, 2013 2013 Colorado State Rams University Stadium Albuquerque 27,104 Leach, MikeMike Leach
12 Sun Bowl W 20-14 December 26, 2015 2015 Miami Hurricanes Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso 41,180 Leach, MikeMike Leach
13 Holiday Bowl L 17–12 December 27, 2016 2016 Minnesota Golden Gophers Qualcomm Stadium San Diego 48,704 Leach, MikeMike Leach

Notable players[edit]

Rivalry games[edit]

Notable games[edit]

  • In 1988, Washington State upset the #1 UCLA, 34–30
  • In 1991, Jason Hanson kicked a school record 62-yard field goal against UNLV.[67]
  • In 1992, Whether Drew Bledsoe wanted Davis or Bobo in snowy weather, it didn't matter as Washington State upset the #5 ranked Huskies in the Apple Cup Victory, 42–23 (known as the 'Snow Bowl')
  • In 2001, WSU beat No. 9 UCLA, 20–14
  • In 2002, WSU beat No. 18 USC, 30–27 on Drew Dunning's FG in OT. USC finished fourth in the nation that season and won the Orange Bowl
  • In 2003 WSU capped a run of three consecutive 10-win seasons by knocking off No. 5 Texas in the Holiday Bowl, 28–20. Punter Kyle Basler was named defensive MVP and receiver Sammy Moore was named offensive MVP.
  • In 2012, Andrew Furney kicked a game-winning field goal to upset the 25th ranked University of Washington Huskies and win the Apple Cup, 31–28 (OT).
  • In 2013, Damante Horton lead Washington State on the road to Southern California with 2 interceptions, and a 70-yard INT for a pick six. It was the Cougs 1st win against SC since 2002, and 1st road win against SC since 2000. Andrew Furney knocked in 40+ yard Field Goal in order to steal the lead late. Washington State upset the 25th ranked Trojans, 10–7.
  • In 2013, Washington State reached its first bowl game in a decade, where they were defeated by Colorado State 48–45 in the New Mexico Bowl.
  • In 2015, Washington State lost to Portland State 24–17, their first loss against a Big Sky opponent since 1947.[68]
  • In 2017, No. 16 Washington State Upset No. 5 USC, 30-27 behind the performance of Luke Falk and Jamal Morrow.

Past uniforms[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of June 6, 2017.[69]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
vs Montana State at Wyoming vs Northern Colorado at Utah State vs Utah State at Wisconsin vs Wisconsin
vs Boise State vs San Jose State at Houston vs Houston
vs Nevada vs Eastern Washington vs BYU vs Idaho

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics correct as of 2015–16 NCAA football bowl games.
  2. ^ Results are sortable first by whether the result was a Washington State win, loss or tie and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. ^ Links to the season article for the Washington State team that competed in the bowl for that year.
  4. ^ Links to the season article for the opponent that Washington State competed against in the bowl for that year when available or to their general page when unavailable.
  5. ^ a b Originally called Jack Murphy Stadium from 1980 to 1997, in 1998 it was renamed Qualcomm Stadium.[66]

References[edit]

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