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1975 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
1975 record3–8 (0–7 Pac-8)
Head coachJim Sweeney (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorJack Elway
Defensive coordinatorLarry Donovan
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane)
Seasons
← 1974
1976 →
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 State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) during the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. In their eighth season under head coach Jim Sweeney, the Cougars compiled a 3–8 record (0–7 in Pac-8, last) and were outscored 295 to 262.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included John Hopkins with 1,022 passing yards, Vaughn Williams with 662 rushing yards, and Brian Kelly with 371 receiving yards.[3]

After seven consecutive losses, the Cougars took out their frustrations on over-matched neighbor Idaho in the Battle of the Palouse on November 15, scoring eight touchdowns in the first half on the way to an 84–27 rout.[4][5][6] The next week at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WSU led rival Washington 27–13 with three minutes left in Don James' first Apple Cup, but gave up two long touchdowns to lose by a point.[7][8][9][10]

Sweeney resigned a week later,[11][12][13] and was promptly hired at Fresno State.[14][15][16][17]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 13at Kansas*W 18–1433,378
September 20at Utah*W 30–1419,622
September 27CaliforniaL 21–3324,500
October 4at Illinois*L 21–2751,060
October 11at No. 3 USCL 10–2847,408
October 18No. 18 UCLAL 23–3728,500
October 25at StanfordL 14–5435,000
November 1Oregondagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, Washington
L 14–2618,100
November 8at Oregon StateL 0–713,489
November 15Idaho*
W 84–2717,300
November 22at WashingtonL 27–2857,100
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll

PersonnelEdit

1975 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 80 Barschig, CarlCarl Barschig Sr
RB 11 Doornink, DanDan Doornink So
QB 18 Hopkins, JohnJohn Hopkins Jr
SE 21 Levenseller, MikeMike Levenseller So
T 75 Ross, RobinRobin Ross Sr
T 73 Smith, DanDan Smith Sr
QB 14 Thompson, JackJack Thompson Fr
FB 24 Williams, VaughnVaughn Williams Sr
G 70 Young, MarkMark Young Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 5 Cunningham, RufusRufus Cunningham Sr
CB 37 Greene, KenKen Greene So
DE 90 Husfloen, MarkMark Husfloen Sr
CB 15 Patterson, MarkMark Patterson So
DT 50 Yarno, GeorgeGeorge Yarno Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 33 Diedrick, ChuckChuck Diedrick Jr
P 46 Hedrick, GavinGavin Hedrick So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Source:[18][19][20][21][19][22]

Game summariesEdit

WashingtonEdit

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

27

Washington 7 7 0 14

28

at Husky StadiumSeattle, Washington

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 1:30 pm PST
  • Game weather: Rain • 50 °F (10 °C)
  • Game attendance: 57,100
  • [7][8][9][10]

NFL DraftEdit

Four Cougars were selected in the 1976 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Robin Ross T 10 275 San Francisco
Mark Young T 13 370 Oakland Raiders
Mark Husfloen DE 14 383 Atlanta Falcons
Dan Smith T 15 405 Seattle Seahawks
Source:[23][24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1975 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1975-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. "1975 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1975.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. Barrows, Bob. "WSU turns Battle of Palouse in 84-27 rout". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LcheAAAAIBAJ&sjid=STIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4350%2C4449872.
  5. Missildine, Harry (November 16, 1975). "Cougars clobber Vandals". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8-9LAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bO0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6528%2C1008533.
  6. Brown, Bruce (November 17, 1975). "Runaway Cougs want UW victory". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QfEjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zfgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4947%2C88958.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Missildine, Harry (November 23, 1975). "Bomb, theft beat Cougars". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-u9LAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bO0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6396%2C4088868.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Barrows, Bob (November 23, 1975). "Cougs bit from behind". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=NMheAAAAIBAJ&sjid=STIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5130%2C6483234.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "WSU gets greedy, falls to Huskies". Eugene Register-Guard. wire services ((Oregon)): p. 3B. November 23, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=DHozAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LeADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5344%2C6453687.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Brown, Bruce (November 24, 1975). "Changes due at WSU". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 25. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R_EjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zfgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5444%2C1992562.
  11. "Sweeney uses option, quits as WSU boss". Eugene Register-Guard. wire services ((Oregon)): p. 1B. December 1, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Ta5VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=POADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6062%2C37008.
  12. Missildine, Harry (December 1, 1975). "Cougar coach Jim Sweeney resigns". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 14. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XC9OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bu0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7267%2C119321.
  13. "Cougar coach Jim Sweeney calls it quits". The Bulletin. Associated Press ((Bend, Oregon)): p. 10. December 1, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HpBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6549%2C81283.
  14. Derrick, Merle (December 9, 1975). "Sweeney takes Fresno post". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 31. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xDYwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zvgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6757%2C2690911.
  15. Missildine, Harry (December 10, 1975). "Sweeney to Fresno". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 25. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZS9OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bu0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7246%2C3951733.
  16. "Sweeney goes south". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 2D. December 10, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Vq5VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=POADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5336%2C2965997.
  17. "Jim Sweeney named Fresno State coach". The Bulletin. Associated Press ((Bend, Oregon)): p. 12. December 10, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JpBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6586%2C1069847.
  18. "Bears vs. Cougars". Spokesman-Review. (rosters) ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 12. September 27, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WC9OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WO0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=5260%2C4524975.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "WSU Cougars: Probable starters, coaches". Stanford Daily. (Stanford University) ((California)): p. 5. October 25, 1975. https://stanforddailyarchive.com/cgi-bin/stanford?a=d&d=stanford19751025-01.2.11.1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------.
  20. "Ducks vs. Cougars". Spokesman-Review. (rosters) ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 17. November 1, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5O9LAAAAIBAJ&sjid=be0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7086%2C255930.
  21. "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 12. November 15, 1975. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8u9LAAAAIBAJ&sjid=be0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6570%2C6002542.
  22. 2010 Washington State football media guide
  23. "Four Cougars, Vandal taken in NFL's draft". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 10. April 10, 1976. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ylVOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3PgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5910%2C2278880.
  24. "Three Palouse gridders drafted". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. April 10, 1976. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HqlfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gTIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3032%2C2867666.
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