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1978 Washington State Cougars football
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ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1978 record4–6–1 (2–6 Pac-10)
Head coachJim Walden (1st season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane, WA)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 USC 6 1 0     12 1 0
#14 UCLA 6 2 0     8 3 1
Washington 6 2 0     7 4 0
Arizona State 4 3 0     9 3 0
#17 Stanford 4 3 0     8 4 0
California 3 4 0     6 5 0
Arizona 3 4 0     5 6 0
Oregon 2 5 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 2 6 0     3 7 1
Washington State 1 7 0     3 7 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. Under new head coach Jim Walden, the Cougars compiled a 4–6–1 record (2–6 in Pac-10, last), and were outscored 296 to 276.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Jack Thompson with 2,333 passing yards, Tali Ena with 728 rushing yards, and Mike Wilson with 451 receiving yards.[3]

This was the first football season in the newly expanded Pac-10; the Cougars met the two new members, Arizona and Arizona State, but did not play the USC Trojans.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 9UNLV*W 34–726,250
September 16Idaho*W 28–016,950
September 23Arizona State
  • Joe Albi Stadium
  • Spokane, WA
W 51–2633,507
September 30Army*T 21–2131,612
October 14at No. 14 UCLAL 31–4540,023
October 21Stanforddagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 27–4327,411
October 28at OregonW 7–3125,000
November 4Oregon State
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 31–3220,061
November 11at CaliforniaL 14–2228,750
November 18at ArizonaL 24–3149,557
November 25Washington
L 8–3835,187
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
Note: The Oregon game was later forfeited to Washington State by order of the Pacific-10 Conference

Source:[4]

RosterEdit

1978 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Thompson, JackJack Thompson Sr
RB 29 Ena, TaliTali Ena Jr
RB 31 Williams, RayRay Williams Jr
FL 21 Whatley, JimJim Whatley So
SE 86 Wilson, MikeMike Wilson Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 47 Pelluer, ScottScott Pelluer So
DT 50 Yarno, GeorgeGeorge Yarno Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Mike Church
  • Gary Gagnon
  • Rich Glover
  • Lindsay Hughes
  • Steve Morton
  • Pat Ruel
  • Al Sandahl
  • Dave Walker
  • Jerry Wamsley
  • Ken Woody

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source:[5][6][7]

AwardsEdit

  • All-American: QB Jack Thompson (Playboy, Preseason, Sporting News, 1st)
  • All-Pac-10: QB Jack Thompson (1st), C Mark Chandless
  • All-West Coast: Jack Thompson (UPI, 2nd)
  • Frank Butler Award: Jack Thompson
  • J. Fred Bohler Award: Tom Larsen
  • Laurie Niemi Award: Mark Chandless

Source:[4]

NFL DraftEdit

One Cougar was selected in the 1979 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Jack Thompson QB 1 3 Cincinnati Bengals
Source:[8]

ReferencesEdit

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