Washington State Cougars football
|Washington State Cougars football|
|Head coach||Mike Leach
4th year, 21–29 (.420)
|Field surface||FieldTurf – (2000–present)|
|All-time record||500–526–45 (.488)|
|Bowl record||7–5 (.583)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||0|
|Conference titles||4 (1917, 1930, 1997, 2002)|
Crimson and Gray
|Fight song||Washington State University Fight Song|
|Mascot||Butch T. Cougar|
|Marching band||Cougar Marching Band|
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. 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.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early History (1894–1925)
- 1.2 Babe Hollingbery era (1926–1942)
- 1.3 Phil Sarboe era (1945–1949)
- 1.4 Forest Evashevski era (1950–1951)
- 1.5 Al Kircher era (1952–1955)
- 1.6 Jim Sutherland era (1956–1963)
- 1.7 Bert Clark era (1964–1967)
- 1.8 Jim Sweeney era (1968–1975)
- 1.9 Sherrill and Powers (1976–1977)
- 1.10 Jim Walden era (1978–1986)
- 1.11 Dennis Erickson era (1987–1988)
- 1.12 Mike Price era (1989–2002)
- 1.13 Bill Doba era (2003–2007)
- 1.14 Paul Wulff era (2008–2011)
- 1.15 Mike Leach era (2012–present)
- 2 Championships
- 3 Individual accomplishments
- 4 Head coaching history
- 5 Current coaching staff
- 6 Bowl games
- 7 Notable players
- 8 Rivalry games
- 9 Notable games
- 10 Past uniforms
- 11 Future non-conference opponents
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 Sources
- 15 External links
Early History (1894–1925)
William Henry Dietz was the Cougars' head football coach from 1915–1917, posting a stellar 17–2–1 record. 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.
Babe Hollingbery era (1926–1942)
Babe Hollingbery was the Cougars' head football coach for 17 seasons, posting a 93–53–14 record. His 93 wins are the most by any head football coach in Washington State football history. Hollingbery's 1930 team played in the 1931 Rose Bowl, a game they lost to Alabama. The Cougars didn't lose a single home game from 1926–1935. Among the Cougar greats Holingbery coached were Mel Hein, Turk Edwards and Mel Dressel. The Holingbery Fieldhouse that serves many of Washington State's athletics teams, was named in his honor in 1963. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1979.
Phil Sarboe era (1945–1949)
The Cougars did not field a football team from 1943 to 1944 because of World War II. After the war ended, Phil Sarboe was hired away from Central Washington to return to his alma mater to take over as the head football coach. Sarboe's Cougars posted a 17–26–3 record in Sarboe's five seasons.
Forest Evashevski era (1950–1951)
Forest Evashevski took over the Cougars football program as the head coach in late 1949. His 1951 team finished the season ranked #14 in the Coaches' Poll and #18 in the AP Poll. He posted an 11–6–2 record in his two seasons before leaving to take the Iowa head football coach position. Evashevski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000.
Al Kircher era (1952–1955)
Al Kircher, an assistant on Evashevski's staff, was promoted to head coach following Evashevski's departure. Kircher didn't enjoy as much success as his predecessor, going 13–25–2 in his four seasons as head coach. He was not retained after his contract expired.
Jim Sutherland era (1956–1963)
Bert Clark era (1964–1967)
Bert Clark served as Washington State's head football coach for four seasons, posting a record of 15–24–1. His best season was 1965, when the Cougars went 7–3 and defeated three Big Ten teams on the road. That season was Clark's only winning season, as he failed to win more than three games in his other seasons. Clark was not retained after the end of his fourth season.
Jim Sweeney era (1968–1975)
Jim Sweeney served as the Cougars head football coach for eight seasons. His final record was 26–59–1. Sweeney's best season was 1972, when the Cougars finished 7–4. That was his only winning season. Sweeney was let go after the 1975 season.
Sherrill and Powers (1976–1977)
Jackie Sherrill was Washington State's head coach for one season. His team posted a 3–8 record. Sherrill departed after that one season to accept the head football coach position at Pittsburgh.
Jim Walden era (1978–1986)
Jim Walden was promoted to head coach following the departure of Powers. Walden led the Cougars to one bowl appearance, the 1981 Holiday Bowl, a game they lost to BYU. That bowl appearance was Washington State's first in 51 years. Walden won Pac-12 Coach of the Year Honors in 1981 and 1983. Walden's final record at Washington State was 44–52–4. 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. Walden left after the 1986 season to accept the head football coach position at Iowa State.
Dennis Erickson era (1987–1988)
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. 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.
Erickson's Cougars posted a 3–7–1 record in his first season but improved to a 9–3 record in 1988, capped with a victory in the Aloha Bowl, the Cougars' first bowl victory since 1916. Although stating publicly a week earlier that he would not leave Washington State, Erickson accepted the head football coach position at Miami in March 1989, leaving the Cougars after two seasons and a 12–10–1 overall record.
Mike Price era (1989–2002)
Mike Price came to Washington State from Weber State. Price led the Cougars to unprecedented success, taking his 1997 and 2002 teams to the Rose Bowl, both times losing. Those teams finished ranked #9 and #10 in the Coaches' and AP Polls, respectively. Price also led the Cougars to victories in the Copper Bowl, the Alamo Bowl and the Sun Bowl. Price's record at Washington State is 83–78. It was during the 2002 season that Washington State received its highest ranking ever in the modern era within the AP Polls at #3. Price resigned following the 2002 season to accept the head football coach position at Alabama, but was fired before ever coaching a game for the Crimson Tide due to an off-the-field incident.
Bill Doba era (2003–2007)
Bill Doba was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach following Price's departure. 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. But, things went downhill. The Cougars slipped to 5–6 in 2004, and posted a 4–7 record in 2005. A 6–6 2006 season followed, and after finishing the 2007 season 5–7, Doba was fired. He finished with a 30–28 record.
Paul Wulff era (2008–2011)
Paul Wulff was hired away from Eastern Washington to replace the fired Bill Doba. Wulff struggled mightily as the Cougars head football coach, failing to win more than four games in a single season. His final record at Washington State is 9–40, the lowest winning percentage (.184) of any head coach in Washington State football history. Wulff was fired after the 2011 season.
Mike Leach era (2012–present)
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 which led the team in passing within the Pac-12 Conference. 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. Leach received a 2-year contract extension on November 18, 2013 after leading the Washington State Cougars to their best record since 2006.
In 2015, Mike Leach guided the Washington State Cougars to their first bowl victory since the 2003 season. 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  as well as the Associated Press Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Washington State has extended coach Mike Leach's contract through the 2020 season.
|Washington State Conference Championships|
|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.
Heisman Trophy candidates
|Top 10 finishes in Heisman Trophy voting|
First Team All-America
|Year||Player||POS||Seasons at Washington State|
Note: † Denotes unanimous selection in addition to consensus selection.
College Football Hall of Fame
Four players and one coach 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|
Pro Football Hall of Fame
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|
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Three 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||1975–1977||Edmonton Eskimos||1979–1987|
Retired Football Jerseys
Washington State University currently have two retired numbers bestowed upon their players.
|Player||Number||Seasons at Washington State|
Pac-12 Coach of the Year
Five Washington State football head coaches have received the annual award a total of seven times as the conference's Coach of the Year.
Note: † Denotes a shared honor.
Head coaching history
|1900, 1902||William Allen||2||6–3–1||.650|
|1906–07, 1912–14||John R. Bender||5||21–12||.636|
|1915–17||William Henry Dietz||3||17–2–1||.875|
|1943–44||World War II – no teams|
|Totals||33 coaches||117 seasons||500–526–45||.488|
Current coaching staff
|Mike Leach||Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator||4th|
|Jim Mastro||Running Backs||4th|
|David Yost||Inside Receivers||3rd|
|Graham Harrell||Outside Receivers||1st|
|Clay McGuire||Offensive Line||4th|
|Joe Salave'a||Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line||4th|
|Alex Grinch||Defensive Coordinator/Secondary||1st|
|Roy Manning||Outside Linebackers||1st|
|Eric Mele||Special Teams||1st|
|Dave Emerick||Chief of Staff||4th|
|Antonio Huffman||Director of Football Operations||4th|
|Jason Loscalzo||Strength and Conditioning||4th|
|Joel Filani||Offensive Quality Control||1st|
|Brian Odom||Defensive Quality Control||1st|
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).
|#||Bowl||Score[A 2]||Date||Season[A 3]||Opponent[A 4]||Stadium||Location||Attendance||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||40,876||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|
- In 1988, Washington State upset the #1 UCLA, 34–30
- In 1991, Jason Hanson kicked a school record 62-yard field goal against UNLV.
- 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.
Future non-conference opponents
Announced Schedules as of September 2, 2015 
|vs Eastern Washington||vs Nevada||at Wyoming||vs BYU||vs Central Michigan||at Wisconsin||vs Wisconsin|
|at Boise State||vs Boise State||vs San Jose State||vs Northern Colorado|
|vs Idaho||vs Montana State||vs Eastern Washington||at Central Michigan|
- Statistics correct as of 2015–16 NCAA football bowl games.
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- Links to the season article for the Washington State team that competed in the bowl for that year.
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