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Washington State Cougars football
AmericanFootball current event.svg.png Current season
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First season 1893
Head coach Mike Leach
Home stadium Martin Stadium
Year built 1972
Stadium capacity 35,117
Stadium surface FieldTurf - (2000-present)
Location Pullman, Washington
Conference Pac-12
Division Pacific-12 North
All-time record 427–489–38
Postseason bowl record 6–4
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 4 (1917, 1930, 1997, 2002)
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 5
Current uniform
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Colors Crimson and Gray            
Fight song Washington State University Fight Song
Mascot Butch T. Cougar
Marching band Cougar Marching Band
Major Rivals Washington Huskies
Idaho Vandals
Oregon Ducks
Oregon State Beavers
Website WSUcougars.com

The Washington State Cougars football team is the intercollegiate football team of Washington State University. The team is part of the Pacific-12 Conference. Beginning with the 2012 season, they will be coached by Mike Leach, who is replacing Paul Wulff, who was fired following the 2011 season.

The Cougars play home games on campus at Martin Stadium, which opened in 1972; the site dates back to 1892 when it was called Soldier Field. Its present seating capacity is 35,117.

Head coaching historyEdit

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1894 William Goodyear 1 1-1 .500
1895 W.W. Waite 1 2-0 1.000
1896 David Brodie 1 2-0-1 1.000
1897 Robert Galley 1 2-0 1.000
1898-99 Frank Shively 2 1-1-1 .500
1900, 1902 William Allen 2 6-3-1 .650
1901 William Namack 1 4-1 .800
1903 James Ashmore 1 3-3-2 .500
1904-05 Everett Sweeley 2 6-6 .500
1906-07, 1912-14 John R. Bender 5 21-12 .636
1908 Walter Rheinschild 1 4-0-2 .833
1909 Willis Keinholz 1 4-1 .800
1910-11 Oscar Osthoff 2 5-6 .454
1915-17 William Henry Dietz 3 17-2-1 .875
1918 Emory Alvord 1 1-1 .500
1919-22 Gus Welch 4 16-10-1 .611
1923-25 Albert Exendine 3 6-13-4 .348
1926-42 O.E. Hollingbery 15 93-53-14 .625
1943-44 World War II - no teams
1945-49 Phil Sarboe 5 17-26-3 .402
1950-51 Forest Evashevski 2 11-6-2 .632
1952-55 Al Kircher 4 13-25-2 .350
1958-63 Jim Sutherland 8 37-39-4 .488
1964-67 Bert Clark 4 15-24-1 .388
1968-75 Jim Sweeney 8 26-59-1 .308
1976 Jackie Sherrill 1 3-8 .273
1977 Warren Powers 1 6-5 .545
1978-86 Jim Walden 9 44-52-4 .460
1987-88 Dennis Erickson 2 12-10-1 .543
1989-2002 Mike Price 14 83-78 .516
2003-07 Bill Doba 5 30-29 .508
2008-11 Paul Wulff 4 9-40 .184
2012- Mike Leach 1 3-9 .250
Totals 33 coaches 116 seasons 503-522-45 .491

Three Straight Ten Win SeasonsEdit

From 2001 through 2003 Washington State had three consecutive 10 win seasons, also finishing ranked among the top ten teams in the nation each year. They finished the 2001 season beating Purdue in the Sun Bowl 33-27. The Cougars then lost to Oklahoma 34-14 in the Rose Bowl January 1, 2002. They capped the three year ride with a 28-20 victory over then #5 ranked Texas in the 2003 Holiday Bowl.Cougar Media Guide

Current coaching staffEdit

  • Mike Leach - Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
  • Eric Russell - Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
  • Mike Breske - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
  • Jim Mastro - Running Backs
  • Eric Morris - Inside Receivers
  • Dennis Simmons - Outside Receivers
  • Clay McGuire - Offensive Line
  • Joe Salave'a - Defensive Line
  • Jeff Choate - Linebackers
  • Paul Volero - Outside Linebackers
  • Dave Emerick - Chief of Staff
  • Antonio Huffman - Director of Football Operations

Bowl gamesEdit

Washington State has made 10 bowl appearances, and has a bowl record of 6–4. The Cougars have played in the Rose Bowl (1 win, 3 losses), the Holiday Bowl (1 win, 1 loss), the Aloha Bowl (1 win), the Copper Bowl (1 win), the Alamo Bowl (1 win), and the Sun Bowl (1 win).[1]

Notable playersEdit

Rivalry gamesEdit

Notable GamesEdit

  • In 1991, Jason Hanson kicked a school record 62-yard field goal against UNLV.[2]

ReferencesEdit

SourcesEdit

  • ESPN College Football Encyclopedia (pages 998–995)

External linksEdit

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