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1922 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1922 record2–5 (1–5 PCC)
Head coachGus Welch (4th season)
CaptainFord Dunton
Home stadiumRogers Field
Seasons
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1923 →
1922 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
California 4 0 0     9 0 0
Oregon 3 0 1     6 1 1
Washington 4 1 1     6 1 1
USC 3 1 0     10 1 0
Oregon State 1 3 0     3 4 0
Stanford 1 3 0     4 5 0
Washington State 1 5 0     2 5 0
Idaho 0 4 0     3 5 0
† – Conference champion

The 1922 Washington State Cougars football team represented Washington State College (renamed Washington State University in 1959) in the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) during the 1922 college football season. In its fourth and final season under head coach Gus Welch, the team compiled a 2–5 record (1–5 against PCC opponents), finished in seventh place in the PCC, and was outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 163 to 44.[1][2]

Washington State opened the season with a 10–7 victory over Gus Dorais' Gonzaga team with the victory being sealed on a last-minute field goal by quarterback Vernard Hickey.[3] The team followed with an 18–9 victory over Idaho in a game played in Moscow. Washington State scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including an interception by Hickey returned 20 yards for a touchdown, to secure the victory.[4] After winning its first two games, the team failed to win another game, losing to Washington (13–16),[5] co-national champion California (0–61),[6] Oregon (0–13),[7] Oregon Agricultural (0–16),[8] and USC (3–41).[9]

Ford Dunton, a tackle from Spokane, was unanimously chosen by his teammates as the team captain.[10] At the end of the 1922 season, Dunton was selected by the United Press as a first-team player on the 1922 All-Pacific Coast football team.[11]

On December 23, 1922, Gus Welch resigned his position after four years as the team's head coach. Criticism of the team's record was reported to be a factor for the resignation.[12]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
October 14at Gonzaga*W 10-76,000
October 20at IdahoW 18-94,000
October 28WashingtonL 13-167,000
November 4at CaliforniaL 0-6120,000
November 11at OregonL 0-1312,000
November 25at Oregon AgriculturalL 0-166,000
November 30at USCL 3-4111,000
  • *Non-conference game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1922 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1922-schedule.html. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  2. "2016 Washington State Football Media Guide". Washington State University. p. 74. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/wsu.sidearmsports.com/documents/2016/8/25/2016_Football_Media_Guide_Color.pdf. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  3. "Washington State Noses Out Gonzaga". The Ogden Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah): p. 11. October 15, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7111802/washington_state_noses_out_gonzaga/.
  4. "Washington State Defeats Idaho After Bad Start". The Oregon Daily Journal (Portland, Oregon): p. 8. October 21, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7111765/washington_state_defeats_idaho_after/.
  5. "Washington Staters Lose to Sun-Dodgers". Morning Register (Eugene, Oregon): p. 6. October 29, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7111722/washington_staters_lose_to_sundodgers/.
  6. "Washington State Completely Routed By Berkeley Bruins". Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California): p. 9. November 5, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7108680/washington_state_completely_routed_by/.
  7. "U. of O. Defeats WSC 13 to 0 in Annual Homecoming Battle". Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon): p. 2. November 12, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7111699/u_of_o_defeats_wsc_13_to_0_in_annual/.
  8. George Bertz (November 26, 1922). "Aggies Beat Cougars: Cougars Are Outplayed by Aggies, 16-0". Oregon Journal (Portland): p. 59. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7112851/aggies_beat_cougars/.
  9. "Trojans Beat W.S.C. By Score 41 to Three". Morning Register (Eugene, Oregon): p. 6. Dec 1, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7111646/trojans_beat_wsc_by_score_41_to_three/.
  10. "Dunton, Tackle, To Captain 1922 Cougars". The Pullman Herald: p. 1. December 9, 1921. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7112775/dunton_tackle_to_captain_1922_cougars/.
  11. M.D. Tracy (December 5, 1922). "Seven Bears Picked For Mythical Coast Football Eleven". Modesto Evening News: p. 10. https://www.newspapers.com/image/54435465/.
  12. "Gus Welch Leaves Washington State". The Ogden Standard-Examiner: p. 9. December 24, 1922. https://www.newspapers.com/image/27093708/?terms=%22washington%2Bstate%22%2Bfootball%2Bwelch.
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