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1955 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1955 record1–7–2 (1–5–1 PCC)
Head coachAl Kircher (4th season)
Home stadiumRogers Field
Seasons
← 1954
1956 →
1955 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 UCLA 6 0 0     9 2 0
Oregon State 5 2 0     6 3 0
#16 Stanford 3 2 1     6 3 1
Oregon 4 3 0     6 4 0
Washington 4 3 1     5 4 1
#13 USC 3 3 0     6 4 0
California 1 5 1     2 7 1
Washington State 1 5 1     1 7 2
Idaho 0 4 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1955 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State College during the 1955 college football season. In his fourth and final year, head coach Al Kircher led the team to a 1–7–2 record, 1–5–1 in the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC).[1] They played their three home games on campus at Rogers Field in Pullman.

The Cougars' sole victory was in the Battle of the Palouse over neighbor Idaho in Moscow;[2][3][4] the Vandals had won the previous year in Pullman,[5] which was their first win in the series in 29 years.[6]

Days after the season ended, Kircher was relieved of his duties with a year remaining on his five-year contract, at $12,500 per year.[7][8][9] He opted to stay in Pullman and acquired a motel-restaurant, the Hilltop Lodge, in early 1956.[10][11][12] His successor was Jim Sutherland, the Cougars' head coach for eight seasons, through 1963.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 17at No. 13 USCL 12–50 35,051
September 24at Kansas*L 0–13 19,000
October 1No. 7 UCLAL 0–55 20,000
October 8at CaliforniaT 20–20 33,000
October 15at IdahoW 9–0 13,000
October 22at Oregon StateL 6–14 17,000
October 29at Pacific*L 0–30 12,000
November 5Oregon
  • Rogers Field
  • Pullman, WA
L 0–35   9,000
November 12San Jose State*
  • Rogers Field
  • Pullman, WA [13]
T 13–13   1,600
November 19at WashingtonL 7–27 30,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "2016 Media Guide". Washington State Cougars Athletics. p. 74. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/wsu.sidearmsports.com/documents/2016/8/25/2016_Football_Media_Guide_Color.pdf. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  2. "Cougars beat Idaho 9-0 in bruising Palouse battle". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 10. October 16, 1955. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LrpeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mjAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1314%2C1862580.
  3. Boni, Bill (October 16, 1955). "Sarno sparks Cougars to 9-0 win". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qQMrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4uYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1283%2C2147381.
  4. "WSC to face Oregon State next, Vandals blanked 9-0 at Moscow". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 31. October 17, 1955. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_fpXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=s_YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2661%2C386877.
  5. Boni, Bill (October 24, 1954). "Idaho thumps WSC, 10 to 0". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aWopAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SuYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=986%2C4301393.
  6. ""Win made us ball club", says Skip Stahley". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17. October 25, 1954. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GwNYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=n_YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5876%2C6504624.
  7. "WSC may revise policy on gridiron contracts". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 19. November 22, 1955. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=siBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sPYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7083%2C3860256.
  8. Boni, Bill (November 23, 1955). "WSC opens coach hunt". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 15. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=RXIpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=918%2C4298469.
  9. "Cougars fire Kircher after miserable year". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 3B. November 22, 1955. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6_FVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=d-IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6711%2C4281011.
  10. Boni, Bill (August 2, 1960). "When Kircher scored all the points". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=G2gRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=z-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4416%2C251389.
  11. "Kircher to run Pullman motel". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 17. January 26, 1956. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=SQNYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=q_YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1127%2C4657570.
  12. "Kircher has more at 'steak' now". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 4, part 2. March 13, 1956. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iJpSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AxAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5030%2C1833808.
  13. Boni, Bill (November 13, 1955). "Cougars get tie in freezer". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OXIpAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S-cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4556%2C323839.


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