|1979 Washington State Cougars football|
|1979 record||3–8 (2–6 Pac10)|
|Head coach||Jim Walden (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Martin Stadium,|
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane)
|1979 Pacific-10 football standings|
|#2 USC †||6||–||0||–||1||11||–||0||–||1|
|† – 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.
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.
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. The 17–14 upset of UCLA was the Cougars' first win over the Bruins since 1958.
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 (1998–2007).
|September 8||Arizona||L 7–22||26,753|
|September 15||Montana*||W 34–14||20,157|
|September 22||at No. 16 Ohio State*||L 29–45||87,495|
|September 29||at Syracuse*||L 25–52||10,004|
|October 6||at No. 1 USC||L 21–50||55,117|
|October 13||UCLA||W 17–14||32,651|
|October 20||at Arizona State||W 17–28 (forfeit win)||70,729|
|October 27||Oregon||W 26–37 (forfeit win)||18,650|
|November 3||at Oregon State||W 45–42||21,500|
|November 10||California||L 13–45||22,055|
|November 17||at No. 16 Washington||L 7–17||57,750|
|1979 Washington State Cougars football team roster|
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.
Four Cougars were selected in the 1980 NFL Draft.
|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|
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