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1979 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1979 record3–8 (2–6 Pac10)
Head coachJim Walden (2nd season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 USC 6 0 1     11 0 1
#11 Washington 5 2 0     9 3 0
Arizona 4 3 0     6 5 1
Oregon 4 3 0     6 5 0
California 5 4 0     6 6 0
Stanford 3 3 1     5 5 1
Arizona State 3 4 0     6 6 0
UCLA 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 6 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 1 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second season under head coach Jim Walden, the Cougars compiled a 3–8 record (2–6 in Pac-10, ninth), and were outscored 366 to 241.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Steve Grant with 1,565 passing yards, Tali Ena with 844 rushing yards, and Jim Whatley with 513 receiving yards.[3]

Martin Stadium's seating capacity was increased over the summer (track removed, field lowered) and hosted its first game of the season in mid-October for homecoming.[4][5] The 17–14 upset of UCLA was the Cougars' first win over the Bruins since 1958.[6][7]

The traditional Battle of the Palouse game with neighbor Idaho went on hiatus beginning with this season (the Vandals had moved down to Division I-AA in 1978); it was played in 1982 and 1989. When Idaho rejoined Division I-A, there was a ten-year resumption (19982007).

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 8ArizonaL 7–22 26,753
September 15Montana*
  • Joe Albi Stadium
  • Spokane, WA
W 34–14 20,157
September 22at No. 16 Ohio State*L 29–45 87,495
September 29at Syracuse*L 25–52 10,004
October 6at No. 1 USCL 21–50 55,117
October 13UCLAdaggerW 17–14 32,651
October 20at Arizona StateW 17–28 (forfeit win) 70,729
October 27Oregon
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 26–37 (forfeit win) 18,650
November 3at Oregon StateW 45–42 21,500
November 10California
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 13–45 22,055
November 17at No. 16 WashingtonL 7–17 57,750
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1979 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 18 Grant, SteveSteve Grant Sr
QB Samoa, SamoaSamoa Samoa Jr
FB Sickler, BrianBrian Sickler
RB 31 Williams, RayRay Williams Sr
RB 39 Ena, TaliTali Ena Sr
TE 89 Beach, PatPat Beach So
FL 21 Whatley, JimJim Whatley Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 47 Pelluer, ScottScott Pelluer Jr
CB 13 Snow, MikeMike Snow Sr
FS 28 Gregor, BobBob Gregor Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source:[8][9][10][11]

Season summaryEdit

UCLAEdit

Mike Snow blocked two field goals and deflected a pass in the end zone as Washington State upset UCLA in front of a record home crowd. Brian Sickler capped an 84-yard fourth quarter drive with a one-yard plunge as the Cougars completed a rally from a 14–7 halftime deficit.[12]


NFL DraftEdit

Four Cougars were selected in the 1980 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Bob Gregor S 4 108 San Diego Chargers
Tali Ena RB 11 292 Seattle Seahawks
Ray Williams WR/RB 12 307 Detroit Lions
Tyrone Gray DB 12 309 St. Louis Cardinals
Source:[13][14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1979 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1979-schedule.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  2. "2016 Media Guide". Washington State Cougars Athletics. p. 77. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/wsu.sidearmsports.com/documents/2016/8/25/2016_Football_Media_Guide_Color.pdf. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  3. "1979 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1979.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. Van Sickel, Charlie (October 12, 1979). "Major questions face WSU in UCLA clash". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 25. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TP1jAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LvkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6934%2C3986636.
  5. Barrows, Bob (October 13, 1979). "WSU: For both teams, it's a battle for survival". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XspeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YjIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5469%2C5121507.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Emerson, Paul (October 14, 1979). "Upset". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 4D. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=X8peAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YjIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2812%2C5486197.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Van Sickel, Charlie (October 15, 1979). "Kicking, defense WSU keys". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 23. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HqQSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LvkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4942%2C4620397.
  8. "Wildcats vs. Cougars: probable offensive starters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 18. September 8, 1979. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TfpPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IwgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3823%2C3682141.
  9. "Grizzlies vs. Cougars: probable starting lineups". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 21. September 15, 1979. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VPpPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IwgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2985%2C7788370.
  10. "Starting lineups". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 2C. October 27, 1979. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2gBWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=E-IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4286%2C1558930.
  11. Emerson, Paul (November 17, 1979). "Braggin' rights". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 3C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6b1eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DzEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2287%2C679730.
  12. Ocala Star-Banner. 1979 Oct 14. Retrieved 2018-Oct-28.
  13. Missildine, Harry (April 30, 1980). "Huskies popular in draft". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FvhLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wO4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6484%2C7858174.
  14. "Tatum, Stanford QB big news in NFL draft". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 25. May 1, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_FVOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Re4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=1863%2C142285.
  15. "NFL draft". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1C. May 1, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=w5NfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FDEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2674%2C233945.
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