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1977 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
1977 record6–5 (3–4 Pac-8)
Head coachWarren Powers (1st season)
Assistant coachJim Walden (Off. Backs)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane, WA)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Pacific-8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 10 Washington   6 1         8 4  
No. 15 Stanford   5 2         9 3  
No. 13 USC   5 2         8 4  
California   3 4         7 4  
Washington State   3 4         6 5  
Oregon   1 6         2 9  
Oregon State   0 7         2 9  
UCLA   0 7         0 11  
† – Conference champion
  • † – UCLA forfeited 7 wins (5 conference wins) due to ineligible players.
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-8 Conference (Pac-8) during the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. In their only season under head coach Warren Powers, the Cougars compiled a 6–5 record (3–4 in Pac-8, tied for fourth), and outscored their opponents 263 to 236.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Jack Thompson with 2,372 passing yards, Dan Doornink with 591 rushing yards, and Mike Levenseller with 736 receiving yards.[3]

The Cougars opened the season with an upset win at fifteenth-ranked Nebraska.[4][5]

Previously an assistant with the Huskers,[6][7][8] Powers left after just twelve months in Pullman for Missouri of the Big Eight Conference.[9][10][11] His predecessor in 1976, Jackie Sherrill, also lasted just one season with the Cougars. Offensive backfield coach Jim Walden was promoted to head coach less than a week later,[12][13][14] and led the WSU program for nine years.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 10at No. 15 Nebraska*W 19–1075,922
September 17at Michigan State*W 23–2150,263
September 24at Kansas*No. 15L 12–1444,540
September 30at No. 2 USCL 7–4161,809
October 8No. 14 CaliforniadaggerW 17–1027,500
October 15UCLAL 16–20[1]37,750
October 22at Stanford
L 29–3147,500
October 29Oregon
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, Washington
W 56–2027,200
November 5at Oregon StateW 24–1022,657
November 12Idaho*
W 45–1718,500
November 19at No. 19 WashingtonL 15–3560,964
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
^1 UCLA later forfeited the game due to fielding an ineligible player.

RosterEdit

1977 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 11 Doornink, DanDan Doornink Sr
QB 14 Thompson, JackJack Thompson Jr
SE 21 Levenseller, MikeMike Levenseller Sr
RB 29 Ena, TaliTali Ena So
FL 44 Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly
TE 83 Ramson, EasonEason Ramson Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 15 Patterson, MarkMark Patterson Sr
CB 37 Greene, KenKen Greene Sr
LB 47 Pelluer, ScottScott Pelluer Fr
SS 48 Schwartz, DonDon Schwartz Sr
NG 50 Yarno, GeorgeGeorge Yarno Jr
LB 57 Hover, DonDon Hover Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 22 Watson, PaulPaul Watson
P 46 Hedrick, GavinGavin Hedrick Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source:[15]

NFL DraftEdit

Eight Cougars were selected in the 1978 NFL Draft; Ken Greene was the first player from WSU taken in the first round in thirteen years.[16]

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ken Greene DB 1 19 St. Louis Cardinals
Don Schwartz DB 4 87 New Orleans Saints
Mike Levenseller WR 6 164 Oakland Raiders
Dan Doornink RB 7 174 New York Giants
Don Hover LB 8 219 Washington Redskins
Gavin Hendrick P 8 220 San Diego Chargers
Eason Ramson TE 12 312 Green Bay Packers
Mark Patterson DB 12 318 Detroit Lions
Source:[16][17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1977 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1977-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. "1977 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1977.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. Missildine, Harry (September 11, 1977). "Confident Cougars upset Cornhuskers". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=F_VLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1e0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6193%2C4451795.
  5. Drosendahl, Glenn (September 11, 1977). "Cougs upset Huskers". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Na9fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xjIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6349%2C3922147.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Brown, Bruce (December 13, 1977). "Powers takes Missouri job". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 23. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=h_tLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=APkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6863%2C3148052.
  10. Missildine, Harry (December 14, 1977). "Line forms at Pullman". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 25. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-DxOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Ge4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6691%2C5796266.
  11. Drosendahl, Glenn (December 14, 1977). "Powers is gone - the search is on". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=cJZfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MTEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3964%2C4979093.
  12. Killen, John (December 19, 1977). "WSU hires Waldens, who plans to stay". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dZZfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MTEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5948%2C6939048.
  13. Missildine, Harry (December 19, 1977). "Walden's players' choice at WSU". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 19. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=M1VOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4e4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6806%2C1790330.
  14. Brown, Bruce (December 19, 1977). "WSU makes Walden's dreams come true". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 25. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=q88vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_vgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6780%2C624666.
  15. "Bears vs. Cougars: probable starters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 13. October 8, 1977. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Q_NLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0e0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4322%2C3110235.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Missildine, Harry (May 3, 1978). "Coug Greene first-round draftee". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 20. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bvZLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=C-4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6924%2C742982.
  17. Missildine, Harry (May 4, 1978). "Five more Cougs selected". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 33. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=b_ZLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=C-4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6877%2C1008907.
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