|1972 Washington State Cougars football|
|1972 record||7–4 (4–3 Pac-8)|
|Head coach||Jim Sweeney (5th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Joe Tiller (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Ray Braun (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Martin Stadium,|
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane)
|1972 Pacific-8 football standings|
|#1 USC †||7||–||0||–||0||12||–||0||–||0|
|#19 Washington State||4||–||3||–||0||7||–||4||–||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.
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. 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]
|September 9||at Kansas*||W 18–17||33,500|
|September 16||at California||L 23–37||30,794|
|September 23||at Arizona*||W 28–6||30,000|
|September 30||Utah*||L 25–44||20,200|
|October 7||Idaho*||W 35–14||18,500|
|October 14||at Oregon||W 31–14||23,000|
|October 21||Oregon State||W 37–7||22,100|
|October 28||at No. 9 UCLA||L 20–35||29,950|
|November 4||vs. No. 1 USC||L 3–44||46,500|
|November 11||No. 20 Stanford||W 27–13||20,500|
|November 18||No. 17 Washington||No. 20||W 27–10||34,100|
NFL Draft[edit | edit source]
One Cougar was selected in the 1973 NFL Draft
|Ty Paine||QB||9||225||New York Giants|
References[edit | edit source]
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.