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1976 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
1976 record3–8 (2–5 Pac-8)
Head coachJackie Sherrill (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorBob Leahy
Defensive coordinatorHoward Tibbits [1]
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 USC 7 0 0     11 1 0
#15 UCLA 6 1 0     9 2 1
Stanford 5 2 0     6 5 0
California 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon 1 6 0     4 7 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. In their only season under head coach Jackie Sherrill, the Cougars compiled a 3–8 record (2–5 in Pac-8, sixth), and were outscored 331 to 240.[2][3]

The team's statistical leaders included Jack Thompson with 2,762 passing yards, Dan Doornink with 422 rushing yards, and Mike Levenseller with 1,124 receiving yards.[4]

Sherrill coached just one season in Pullman, leaving in early December for Pittsburgh.[1] A week later, he was succeeded at WSU by Warren Powers, the defensive backfield coach at Nebraska.[5][6][7]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 11at No. 19 Kansas*L 16–35 39,475
September 18at Minnesota*L 14–28 31,627
September 25at Wisconsin*L 26–35 69,658
October 2Idaho*W 45–6 23,500
October 9vs. No. 11 USCL 14–23 37,268
October 16at No. 4 UCLAL 3–62 35,508
October 23Stanford
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 16–22 24,300
October 30at OregonW 23–22 22,200
November 6Oregon Statedagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 29–24 20,122
November 13at CaliforniaL 22–23 30,000
November 20WashingtonL 32–51 35,800
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1976 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 11 Doornink, DanDan Doornink Jr
RB 25 Gillum, HaroldHarold Gillum
WR 21 Levenseller, MikeMike Levenseller Jr
TE 83 Ramson, EasonEason Ramson Jr
QB 14 Thompson, JackJack Thompson So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 15 Patterson, MarkMark Patterson Jr
CB 37 Greene, KenKen Greene Jr
SS 48 Schwartz, DonDon Schwartz Jr
NG 50 Yarno, GeorgeGeorge Yarno So
LB 57 Hover, DonDon Hover Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 33 Diedrick, ChuckChuck Diedrick
P 46 Hedrick, GavinGavin Hedrick Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source[8][9]

NFL DraftEdit

For the first time in six years, no Cougars were selected in the 1977 NFL Draft.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Emerson, Paul (December 7, 1976). "Sherrill takes Pitt job for 'a lot of reasons'". Lewiston Morning Tribune: p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=H6hfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5420%2C2376469.
  2. "1976 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1976-schedule.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  3. "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.
  4. "1976 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1976.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  5. Barrows, Bob (December 14, 1976). "WSU fills football job with Nebraska assistant". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JqhfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XzIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5194%2C5240268.
  6. Missildine, Harry (December 14, 1976). "Warren Powers new Coug coach". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 19. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kyFOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pO0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6872%2C6005239.
  7. Brown, Bruce (December 14, 1976). "New challenge faces Powers". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 19. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uE9OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5vgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6119%2C3502104.
  8. "Vandals vs. Cougars: probable starters". Spokesman-Review. (rosters) ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 13. October 2, 1976. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=D_QjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nu0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=5911%2C546486.
  9. "Huskies vs. Cougars: probable starters". Spokesman-Review. (rosters) ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 17. November 20, 1976. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=P_VLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qO0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3092%2C1582106.
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