1983 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1983 record7–4 (5–3 Pac-10)
Head coachJim Walden (6th season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium,
Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane, WA)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#17 UCLA 6 1 1     7 4 1
Washington 5 2 0     8 4 0
Washington State 5 3 0     7 4 0
USC 4 3 0     4 6 1
Arizona 4 3 1     7 3 1
Arizona State 3 3 1     6 4 1
Oregon 3 3 1     4 6 1
California 3 4 1     5 5 1
Oregon State 1 6 1     2 8 1
Stanford 1 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Washington State Cougars football team represented Washington State University in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10). The team was led by head coach Jim Walden, in his sixth year, and played their home games at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane and at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. They finished the season with a record of seven wins and four losses (7–4, 5–3 Pac-10).[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Ricky Turner with 1,351 passing yards, Kerry Porter with 1,000 rushing yards, and John Marshall with 328 receiving yards.[3]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 3Montana State (Div I-AA)*W 27–721,750
September 10at No. 6 Michigan*L 17–20103,256
September 17No. 7 ArizonaL 6–4525,000
September 24UNLV*
  • Joe Albi Stadium
  • Spokane, WA
W 41–2816,500
October 8at USCL 17–3843,106
October 15UCLAdagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, Washington
L 14–2430,000
October 22at No. 13 Arizona StateW 31–2167,516
October 29Oregon
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, Washington
W 24–729,500
November 5at Oregon StateW 27–932,500
November 12California
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, Washington
W 16–615,000
November 19at No. 15 WashingtonW 17–659,220
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Source:[4]

Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

  • Head Coach: Jim Walden
  • Assistants: Jim Burrow, Dave Elliott, Jon Fabris, Gary Gagnon, Lindsay Hughes, Steve Morton, Mel Sanders, Del Wight, Ken Woody

Source:[4]

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Oregon[edit | edit source]

by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 0 0 7 0 7
Washington State 7 0 17 0 24

Source[5]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Three Cougars were selected in the 1984 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Keith Millard DT 1 13 Minnesota Vikings
Eric Williams DT 3 62 Detroit Lions
Charlie Flager G 11 292 New England Patriots
Source:[6][7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "1983 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1983-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. "1983 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1983.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 2012 Washington State football record book.
  5. Conrad, John (October 30, 1983). "Turner's runs turn it WSU's way, 24–7". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1E. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0ztWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OOkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6125%2C8158555.
  6. Devlin, Vince (May 2, 1984). "WSU lineman picked in 1st round". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 17. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=E1hWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9u4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3726%2C488871.
  7. Devlin, Vince (May 1, 1984). "Millard feels like a million". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. C1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1wNMAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lPkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6639%2C127615.
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