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1981 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1981 record8–3–1 (5–2–1 Pac10)
Head coachJim Walden (4th season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane, WA)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Washington 6 2 0     10 2 0
#16 Arizona State 5 2 0     9 2 0
#14 USC 5 2 0     9 3 0
Washington State 5 2 1     8 3 1
UCLA 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arizona 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     4 7 0
California 2 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon 1 6 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth season under head coach Jim Walden, the Cougars compiled an 8–3–1 record (5–2–1 in Pac-10, tied for fourth), and outscored their opponents 297 to 197.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Clete Casper with 939 passing yards, Tim Harris with 915 rushing yards, and Jeff Keller with 495 receiving yards.[3]

The Cougars entered the Apple Cup with an 8–1–1 record and a win over Washington at Husky Stadium would clinch the Pac-10 title and a Rose Bowl berth, their first in 51 years.[4][5] The Huskies prevailed at home,[6][7][8] and then shut out Iowa in the Rose Bowl.[9] The Cougars went to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego,[8] and lost a close, entertaining game to Brigham Young of the WAC, led by consensus All-American quarterback Jim McMahon,[10][11][12][13] the fifth overall selection of the 1982 NFL Draft.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 12Montana State*W 33–21 23,721
September 19at Colorado*W 14–10 35,277
September 26No. 18 Arizona StateW 24–21 24,481
October 3Pacific*
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 31–0 17,923
October 10at Oregon StateW 23–0 32,500
October 17UCLAdaggerNo. 18
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
T 17–17 40,000
October 24at ArizonaNo. 16W 34–19 50,265
October 31at No. 4 USCNo. 14L 17–41 60,972
November 7Oregon
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 39–7 33,500
November 14CaliforniaNo. 17
  • Joe Albi Stadium
  • Spokane, WA
W 19–0 31,000
November 21at No. 17 WashingtonNo. 14L 10–23 60,234
December 18vs. No. 14 BYU*No. 20L 36–38 52,419
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1981 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 9 Casper, CleteClete Casper Jr
QB 12 Turner, RickyRicky Turner So
RB 42 Williams, RobertRobert Williams Jr
RB 43 Harris, TimTim Harris Jr
FL 87 Escalera, PaulPaul Escalera Sr
SE 88 Keller, JeffJeff Keller Sr
TE 89 Beach, PatPat Beach Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
FS 28 Sorenson, PaulPaul Sorenson Sr
DT 93 Millard, KeithKeith Millard So
DT 95 Collins, KenKen Collins 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:[14][15][16][17]

NFL DraftEdit

Four Cougars were selected in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Paul Sorenson DB 5 138 Cincinnati Bengals
Pat Beach TE 6 140 Baltimore Colts
Ken Collins LB 8 197 New England Patriots
Jeff Keller WR 11 246 Atlanta Falcons
Source:[18][19][20][21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1981 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1981-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. "1981 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1981.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. Gerheim, Earl (November 21, 1981). "Cougs: Today's the day". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 17. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4FROAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eO4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7067%2C2198704.
  5. Barrows, Bob (November 21, 1981). "WSU and Washington ready to pull the trigger". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VqpfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=njIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4197%2C2247982.
  6. Withers, Bud (November 22, 1981). "Huskies shatter a Cougar dream". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1D. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZLRQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=V-IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6290%2C5770148.
  7. Barrows, Bob (November 22, 1981). "WSU's cheers turn to tears in Seattle". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 3D. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=V6pfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=njIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4427%2C2829148.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Van Sickel, Charlie (November 23, 1981). "'Holiday' next for frustrated Cougars". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 33. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WAhMAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VPkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6940%2C2402972.
  9. Oates, Bob (January 2, 1982). "Everything comes up roses for UW, 28-0". Eugene Register-Guard. (Los Angeles Times) ((Oregon)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=q_RVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WOIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4225%2C239900.
  10. "McMahon makes Holiday happy one for BYU, 38-36". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 2B. December 19, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=D_VVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WuIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5031%2C4819012.
  11. Barrows, Bob (December 19, 1981). "Washington State almost has a curtain call". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=G8xeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tDIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4004%2C1556050.
  12. Van Sickel, Charlie (December 19, 1981). "BYU survives on strong finish". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 13. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YEJYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VvkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6968%2C1620905.
  13. Robinson, Doug (December 19, 1981). "Y. wins another Holiday heart stopper". Deseret News ((Salt Lake City, Utah)): p. A3. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=eOUnAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xIMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6251%2C1898079.
  14. "Starting lineups". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 5B. November 7, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WLRQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=V-IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4293%2C1585157.
  15. "Probable lineups: WSU". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 17. November 21, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4FROAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eO4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6868%2C2197651.
  16. "Probable lineups". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 2C. November 21, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VqpfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=njIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4278%2C2257331.
  17. "WSU roster". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 22. December 18, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=W6gwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jO4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6080%2C1790824.
  18. Barrows, Bob (April 28, 1982). "Sorenson, Beach drafted". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2cteAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pjIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5394%2C5129866.
  19. "NFL teams take best local talent". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 27. April 29, 1982. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xPhLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ie4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4526%2C6419724.
  20. "Two more Cougars drafted in NFL". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. April 29, 1982. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2steAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pjIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5375%2C5670022.
  21. "Four Cougars, two Vandals picked". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 35. April 29, 1982. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iQNMAAAAIBAJ&sjid=W_kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5708%2C3762477.
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