1971 Washington State Cougars football team

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1971 Washington State Cougars football
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
1971 record 4–7 (2–5 Pac-8)
Head coach Jim Sweeney (4th year)
Home stadium Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane, WA)
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Pacific-8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Stanford $ 6 1 0     9 3 0
#20 USC 3 2 1     6 4 1
#19 Washington 4 3 0     8 3 0
California 4 3 0     6 5 0
Oregon State 3 3 0     5 6 0
Oregon 2 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 5 0     4 7 0
UCLA 1 4 1     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) during the 1971 college football season. Led by fourth-year head coach Jim Sweeney, they compiled a 4–7 record (2–5 against Pac-8 opponents), finished seventh in the Pac-8, and were outscored by a combined total of 286 to 246.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included junior quarterback Ty Payne with 1,206 passing yards, senior running back Bernard Jackson with 1,189 rushing yards, and wide receiver Ike Nelson with 349 receiving yards.[3][4]

The Cougars defeated No.10 Stanford, the defending and future Rose Bowl champions, in Palo Alto on October 23,[5] but lost their third straight Apple Cup.[6] Washington State did not play the Battle of the Palouse in 1971, and neighbor Idaho had their best season to date, winning eight consecutive games.

Due to the fire damage to Rogers Field in Pullman in April 1970,[7] the Cougars played their entire home schedule 80 miles (130 km) north of campus at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane in 1970 and 1971.[8]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 11 11:30 AM at Kansas* Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS L 0–34  
September 18 1:30 PM Arizona* Joe Albi StadiumSpokane, WA L 28–39  
September 25 at Minnesota* Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 31–20  
October 2 12:30 PM at Utah* Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT W 34–12  
October 9 1:30 PM UCLA Joe Albi Stadium • Spokane, WA L 21–34  
October 16 1:30 PM California Joe Albi Stadium • Spokane, WA L 23–24  
October 23 1:30 PM at No. 10 Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 24–23  
October 30 1:30 PM Oregon Joe Albi Stadium • Spokane, WA W 31–21  
November 6 1:30 PM at No. 17 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 20–30  
November 13 1:30 PM at Oregon State Parker StadiumCorvallis, OR L 14–21  
November 20 1:30 PM at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, WA (Apple Cup) L 20–28  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Source:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1971 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2016 Media Guide" (PDF). WSUCougars.com. Washington State Cougars Athletics. p. 76. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "1971 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Missildine, Harry (September 18, 1971). "Cougs have ample reason to exhibit hostility today". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 14. 
  5. ^ Missildine, Harry (October 24, 1971). "Cool Cougs earn sweet victory". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports. 
  6. ^ Missildine, Harry (November 20, 1971). "Washington wins weirdly". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports. 
  7. ^ "Fast blaze ruins Pullman stadium". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. April 6, 1970. p. 1. 
  8. ^ Leeson, Fred (December 19, 1971). "Stadium to proceed". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 6, sports. 
  9. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com