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.
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.
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.
|September 9||UNLV*||W 34–7||26,250|
|September 16||Idaho*||W 28–0||16,950|
|September 23||Arizona State|
- Joe Albi Stadium
- Spokane, WA
|September 30||Army*||T 21–21||31,612|
|October 14||at No. 14 UCLA||L 31–45||40,023|
- Martin Stadium
- Pullman, WA
|October 28||at Oregon||W 7–31||25,000|
|November 4||Oregon State|
- Martin Stadium
- Pullman, WA
|November 11||at California||L 14–22||28,750|
|November 18||at Arizona||L 24–31||49,557|
|November 25||Washington||L 8–38||35,187|
- *Non-conference game
- 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
| 1978 Washington State Cougars football team roster
|| Special teams
- 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
- (C) Team captain
- (S) Suspended
- (I) Ineligible
- 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
One Cougar was selected in the 1979 NFL Draft.
- ↑ "1978 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1978-schedule.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "1978 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1978.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 2009 Washington State football media guide
- ↑ "Rebels vs. Cougars: probable starters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 17. September 9, 1978. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wvBLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4O0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4357%2C2996522.
- ↑ "Beavers vs. Cougars: probable starters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 19. November 4, 1978. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QPZLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8-0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=2505%2C1356182.
- ↑ "Huskies vs. Cougars: probable starters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 21. November 25, 1978. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oEpOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=De4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6481%2C4329806.
- ↑ "Thompson 3rd in NFL draft". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 37. May 3, 1979. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iyUwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=H_kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7132%2C1037764.