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1980 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1980 record4–7 (3–4 Pac10)
Head coachJim Walden (3rd season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane, WA)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 Washington 6 1 0     9 3 0
#13 UCLA 5 2 0     9 2 0
#11 USC 4 2 1     8 2 1
Arizona State 5 3 0     7 4 0
Oregon 4 3 1     6 3 2
Stanford 3 4 0     6 5 0
Arizona 3 4 0     5 6 0
Washington State 3 4 0     4 7 0
California 3 5 0     3 8 0
Oregon State 0 8 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third season under head coach Jim Walden, the Cougars compiled a 4–7 record (3–4 in Pac-10, tied for sixth), and outscored their opponents 287 to 271.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Samoa Samoa with 1,668 passing yards, Tim Harris with 801 rushing yards, and Jim Whatley with 433 receiving yards.[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 13San Jose State*L 26–31 18,153
September 20at Tennessee*L 23–35 93,520
September 27Army*W 31–18 24,213
October 4Pacific*
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 22–24 18,123
October 11at Arizona StateL 21–27 64,333
October 18at ArizonaW 38–14 47,132
October 25Stanford
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 34–48 30,371
November 1at OregonL 10–20 30,083
November 8Oregon Statedagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 28–7 15,651
November 15at CaliforniaW 31–17 30,000
November 22No. 16 Washington
L 23–30 34,557
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1980 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 9 Casper, CleteClete Casper So
QB 11 Samoa, SamoaSamoa Samoa Sr
FL 21 Whatley, JimJim Whatley Sr
SE 22 Wilson, MikeMike Wilson Sr
RB 23 Martin, MikeMike Martin Jr
RB 26 Washington, MikeMike Washington Sr
RB 42 Williams, RobertRobert Williams So
RB 43 Harris, TimTim Harris So
T 72 Kennedy, AllanAllan Kennedy Sr
FL 87 Escalera, PaulPaul Escalera Jr
SE 88 Keller, JeffJeff Keller Jr
TE 89 Beach, PatPat Beach Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
FS 28 Sorenson, PaulPaul Sorenson Jr
LB 38 Sanders, MelvinMelvin Sanders Sr
LB 47 Pelluer, ScottScott Pelluer Sr
NG 61 Flones, BrianBrian Flones Sr
DT 95 Collins, KenKen Collins Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 1 DeSanto, MikeMike DeSanto Sr
P 16 Davey, TimTim Davey Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source:[4][5][6][7][8]

NFL DraftEdit

Five Cougars were selected in the 1981 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Scott Pelluer LB 4 91 Dallas Cowboys
Samoa Samoa RB/QB 9 230 Cincinnati Bengals
Jim Whatley WR 9 236 Seattle Seahawks
Mike Wilson WR 9 246 Dallas Cowboys
Allan Kennedy T 10 267 Washington Redskins
Source:[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1980 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1980-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. "1980 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1980.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. "Probable starting lineups". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 19. September 13, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=G1tOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wu4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3265%2C4959495.
  5. "Probable starters". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 2C. September 27, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hMheAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XDIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3070%2C4603874.
  6. "Starting lineups". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 2B. November 1, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oIQRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9uEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3423%2C68164.
  7. "Probable starting lineups". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 28. November 7, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=B09OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dO4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7210%2C3216503.
  8. Van Sickel, Charlie (November 21, 1980). "UW pick, but Walden has it even". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 21. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=amVOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S_kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6898%2C5522290.
  9. Missildine, Harry (April 29, 1981). "Pelluer taken by Cowboys in 4th round". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. B1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lvhLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bu4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4358%2C5377671.
  10. "Bengals grab Samoa". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 25. April 30, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=l_hLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bu4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7362%2C6181285.

External linksEdit

  • Old Wazzu – 1981 film short – footage of 1980 Army game (3:40 – 5:30)
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