1972 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 17
APNo. 19
1972 record7–4 (4–3 Pac-8)
Head coachJim Sweeney (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorJoe Tiller (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorRay Braun (1st season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 USC 7 0 0     12 0 0
#15 UCLA 5 2 0     8 3 0
#19 Washington State 4 3 0     7 4 0
Washington 4 3 0     8 3 0
California 3 4 0     3 8 0
Oregon 2 5 0     5 6 0
Stanford 2 5 0     6 5 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) during the 1972 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth season under head coach Jim Sweeney, the Cougars compiled a 7–4 record (4–3 in the Pac-8, tied for 3rd), and outscored their opponents 274 to 241.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Ty Payne with 1,349 passing yards, Ken Grandberry with 833 rushing yards, and Brock Aynsley with 344 receiving yards.[3]

Martin Stadium made its debut in late September and hosted four games; top-ranked USC was played in Seattle (at Husky Stadium),[4] and the Apple Cup was at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane.

Washington State won their first Apple Cup in four years over favored #17 Washington, dealing Husky quarterback Sonny Sixkiller a 27–10 loss in his final collegiate game.[5][6][7][8] The Cougars finished in the top twenty in both major polls; the Pac-8 did not allow a second bowl team until the 1975 season.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 9at Kansas*W 18–17 33,500
September 16at CaliforniaL 23–37 30,794
September 23at Arizona*W 28–6 30,000
September 30Utah*L 25–44 20,200
October 7Idaho*
W 35–14 18,500
October 14at OregonW 31–14 23,000
October 21Oregon Statedagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 37–7 22,100
October 28at No. 9 UCLAL 20–35 29,950
November 4vs. No. 1 USCL 3–44 46,500
November 11No. 20 Stanford
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 27–13 20,500
November 18No. 17 WashingtonNo. 20W 27–10 34,100
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

One Cougar was selected in the 1973 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ty Paine QB 9 225 New York Giants
Source:[9][10][11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "1972 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1972-schedule.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  2. "2016 Media Guide". Washington State Cougars Athletics. p. 76. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/wsu.sidearmsports.com/documents/2016/8/25/2016_Football_Media_Guide_Color.pdf. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  3. "1972 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1972.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. Emerson, Paul (November 5, 1972). "Top-ranked Trojans bomb Cougars 44-3". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 19. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aIJfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lTAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6041%2C1386311.
  5. Emerson, Paul (November 19, 1972). "Inspired Cougars upset Washington 27-10". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 15. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=doJfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lTAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5148%2C5242435.
  6. "Cougars bounce Huskies". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 5B. November 19, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=NApWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UuEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5203%2C4902085.
  7. Missildine, Harry (November 19, 1972). "Cougar defense unyielding in 27-10 win over Huskies". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6-URAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Ee0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7151%2C2063747.
  8. Brown, Bruce (November 20, 1972). "Cougar title hopes run high". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 14. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LpFYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3699%2C1070663.
  9. "Giants tab Paine as draft resumes". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 10. January 31, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4qhYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tvgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6372%2C4659965.
  10. "Giants tab Coug QB Ty Paine". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 18. February 1, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=tJoRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=De0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7014%2C420813.
  11. "Paine still likes QB position". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 21. February 1, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FaxfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tTIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4668%2C177052.
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