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1975 Washington Huskies football
1975 record6–5 (5–2 Pac-8)
Head coachDon James (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorDick Scesniak (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Mora (1st season)
MVPAl Burleson (DB)
CaptainRay Pinney (C) (2nd year)
CaptainJohn Whitacre (OT)
CaptainDan Lloyd (LB)
CaptainAl Burleson (DB)
Home stadiumHusky Stadium
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1975 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 UCLA § 6 1 0     9 2 1
#14 California § 6 1 0     8 3 0
Stanford 5 2 0     6 4 1
Washington 5 2 0     6 5 0
#17 USC 3 4 0     8 4 0
Oregon 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     1 10 0
Washington State 0 7 0     3 8 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 Washington Huskies football team represented the University of Washington in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season as a member of the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8). The Huskies were led by head coach Don James in his first year, and played their home games at Husky Stadium in Seattle. They finished season at 6–5 overall (5–2 in the Pac-8).


Coming off a 5–6 season in 1974 under Jim Owens, James inherited a veteran squad with most of the talent on the defensive side of the ball, and they would be relied upon as the offense adjusted to running primarily from the I-formation. Fullback Robin Earl, who switched from tight end after four games last season, and center Ray Pinney were the foundation for the change occurring on that side of the ball.[1]


September 13at Arizona State*L 12–3550,194
September 20No. 8 Texas*L 10–2856,000
September 27Navy*
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 14–1353,000
October 4at OregonW 27–1728,500
October 11at No. 7 Alabama*L 0–5258,000
October 18Stanford
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
L 21–2445,000
October 25Oregon State
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 35–743,500
November 1at No. 13 UCLAW 17–1329,158
November 8at No. 18 CaliforniaL 24–2743,270
November 15No. 13 USC
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 8–753,700
November 22Washington State
W 28–2757,100
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll


1975 Washington Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
TE 84 Bronson, GordyGordy Bronson Sr
C 58 Bush, BlairBlair Bush So
FB 99 Earl, RobinRobin Earl Jr
WR 93 Gaines, SpiderSpider Gaines Fr
RB 32 Martin, GregGreg Martin Fr
QB 12 Moon, WarrenWarren Moon So
TE 97 Petermann, NelseNelse Petermann Sr
WR 91 Phillips, ScottScott Phillips So
C 59 Pinney, RayRay Pinney Sr
QB 13 Rowland, ChrisChris Rowland Sr
T 74 Whitacre, JohnJohn Whitacre Sr
Pos. # Name Class
DB 18 Burleson, AlAl Burleson Sr
DB 42 Jourdan, RobertoRoberto Jourdan Sr
LB 50 Lloyd, DanDan Lloyd Sr
DB 17 Olson, RonRon Olson Sr
DB 28 Reed, FrankFrank Reed Sr
LB 92 Strohmeier, PaulPaul Strohmeier Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 3 Feleay, DonDon Feleay Jr
PK 7 Robbins, SteveSteve Robbins So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt


Game summaries

Washington State

Washington State Cougars at Washington Huskies
1 2 3 4 Total
Washington St 10 14 3 0


Washington 7 7 0 14


at Husky StadiumSeattle, Washington

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 1:30 pm PST
  • Game weather: Rain • 50 °F (10 °C)
  • Game attendance: 57,100

Trailing by thirteen points with three minutes remaining, defensive back Al Burleson returned an interception 93 yards for a touchdown and sophomore quarterback Warren Moon connected with Bob "Spider" Gaines for a 78-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute left to complete the comeback victory in the Apple Cup.[4][5][6][7]

Washington State had dominated the second half and appeared on their way to another score when Burleson picked off John Hopkins and raced down the left sideline to the end zone with less than three minutes remaining.

Coach Don James was surprised by the Cougars electing to pass instead of playing for the field goal, saying "Had they made the field goal it would have put the nail in the coffin."

Following a three-and-out on Washington State's next possession, the Huskies started from their own 22. On the first play, Moon threw into coverage and the ball deflected off Leon Garrett and into the hands of teammate Gaines, who went 40 yards to score.

Until then, the Cougars had controlled the game thanks to fullback Vaughn Williams and tailback Dan Doornink, who appeared unstoppable against the Washington defense.

Washington's first score came on a quarterback sneak by Chris Rowland from the one for a 7-3 lead.

The Huskies scored again before halftime on a 29-yard pass from Moon to Gaines, who had primarily been used as a punt blocker to that point.

Moon had started the season as the starting quarterback, only to be replaced by Rowland after the offense struggled in the first few games.



Player Att Comp Yards TD INT
Chris Rowland 45 117 597 4 6
Warren Moon 48 122 587 2 22

Moon played in eight games, started six


Player Att Yards TD
Robin Earl 167 782 1


Player Rec Yards TD
Scott Phillips 33 433 1


Al Burleson

  • Honorable Mention All-American (AP, UPI)
  • All Pac-8
  • Pac-8 Player of Week (vs. Navy, USC, Washington State)

Charles Jackson

  • Pac-8 Player of Week (vs. Oregon)

Dan Lloyd

  • All Pac-8
  • Pac-8 Player of Week (vs. UCLA)
  • Guy Flaherty Award (most inspirational)

Ray Pinney

  • Honorable Mention All-American (AP, UPI)
  • All Pac-8


NFL Draft

Seven Huskies were selected in the 1976 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (487 selections).

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Ray Pinney Center 2nd 37 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dan Lloyd Linebacker 6th 162 New York Giants
Frank Reed Defensive back 8th 219 Atlanta Falcons
Paul Strohmeier Linebacker 10th 272 Washington Redskins
Al Burleson Defensive back 14th 400 Los Angeles Rams
Ron Olson Defensive back 15th 219 Atlanta Falcons
Chris Rowland Quarterback 17th 461 Seattle Seahawks


  1. "Conferences: Pacific Eight". Sports Illustrated: p. 60. September 8, 1975.
  2. Barrows, Bob (November 22, 1975). "Cougs close with Huskies". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  3. "You Always Remember Your First Time". YouTube. 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  4. Missildine, Harry (November 23, 1975). "Bomb, theft beat Cougars". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1.
  5. Barrows, Bob (November 23, 1975). "Cougs bit from behind". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  6. "WSU gets greedy, falls to Huskies". Eugene Register-Guard. wire services ((Oregon)): p. 3B. November 23, 1975.
  7. Brown, Bruce (November 24, 1975). "Changes due at WSU". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 25.
  8. 2009 Washington football media guide