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Washington State Cougars
Current season:
2020 Washington State Cougars
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First season 1893
Head coach Nick Rolovich
1st year, 1–3 (.250)
Home stadium Martin Stadium
Year built 1972
Stadium capacity 32,952
Stadium surface FieldTurf - (2000-present)
Location Pullman, Washington, U.S.
Conference Pac-12
Division North
All-time history
Washington State Cougars Historical Teams
1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
All-time record 553–556–45 (.499)
Postseason bowl record 8–8 (.500)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 4 (1917, 1930, 1997, 2002)
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans Template:American college football All-Americans
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 fooball team is a member of the NCAA FBS Pac-12 Conference, playing their home games at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. Known as the Cougars, the first football team was fielded in 1894.

The Cougars play home games on campus at Martin Stadium, which opened in 1972; the site dates back to 1892 as Soldier Field and was renamed Rogers Field ten years later. Its present seating capacity is 33,522.[1] Their main rivals are the Washington Huskies; the teams historically end the regular season with the Apple Cup rivalry game in late November. The Cougars (as of 2021) are currently coached by Nick Rolovich.

Head coaching history

Cougars Head Coaches
Tenure Coach Years Record Win PCT (%)
1894 Shawn O'Hara 1 1-1 .500
1895 Grant Walker 1 2-0 1.000
1896 Jason Stevens 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
2003-2007 Bill Doba 5 30-29 .508
2008-2011 Paul Wulff 4 9-40 .184
2012-2019 Mike Leach 8 52-40 .565
2020- Nick Rolovich 0-0 N/A
Totals 33 coaches 120
seasons
553-556-45 .499

Martin Stadium, home of Cougars football, in October 2008

Three Straight Ten Win Seasons

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 1st, 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 staff

  • Nick Rolovich - Head Coach
  • Jason Cvercko - Chief of Staff
  • Jake Dickert - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Brian Smith - Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
  • Craig Stutzmann - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Michael Ghobrial - Special Teams Coordinator
  • John Richardson - Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks
  • Andre Allen - Wide Receivers
  • Mark Banker - Safeties
  • A.J. Cooper - Defensive Ends
  • Ricky Logo - Defensive Tackles
  • Mark Weber - Offensive Line
  • Dwain Bradshaw - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Bowl games

Template:Rellink 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).[2]

Notable Alumni

Rivalry games

Notable Games

  • On November 10, 1955, the San Jose State Spartans played the Washington State Cougars in Pullman before the lowest paid attendance in history: 1.[3] Unfortunately, the one ticket was a walkup, and the author of the source ignores the more than 1,000 student tickets, and 400 reserved seats, all sold in advance.

Logos/Uniforms

Image gallery

References

  1. Stalwick, Howie. "Stadium a Little Bigger, Way Better for Cougars", August 14, 2012. 
  2. Washington State University Bowl Game History
  3. Jennings, Ken; Trivia Almanac; New York; Villard; 2008; p. 458

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