1985 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1985 record4–7 (3–5 Pac-10)
Head coachJim Walden (8th season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
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Template:1985 Pacific-10 football standings

The 1985 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their eighth season under head coach Jim Walden, the Cougars compiled a 4–7 record (3–5 in Pac-10, tied for seventh), and outscored their opponents 313 to 282.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Mark Rypien with 2,174 passing yards, Rueben Mayes with 1,236 rushing yards, and Kitrick Taylor with 489 receiving yards.[3]

This season's offense included the "RPM" backfield: Rypien at quarterback with Kerry Porter and Mayes at running back.[4]

In the Apple Cup, the Cougars won again in Husky Stadium for their third win over Washington in the last four years.[5][6]


August 31OregonL 39–42 25,900
September 7California
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 20–19 30,135
September 14at ArizonaL 7–12 46,437
September 21at Utah*L 37–44 28,576
September 28at No. 5 Ohio State*L 32–48 89,954
October 12at Oregon StateW 34–0 27,236
October 19No. 18 UCLAdagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 30–31 32,302
October 26Arizona State
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 16–21 14,875
November 2at USCL 13–31 46,954
November 16Montana State (Div I-AA)*
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 64–14 15,000
November 23at WashingtonW 21–20 60,197
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

NFL DraftEdit

Four Cougars were selected in the 1986 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Erik Howard DT 2 46 New York Giants
Rueben Mayes RB 3 57 New Orleans Saints
Mark Rypien QB 6 146 Washington Redskins
Junior Tautalatasi RB 10 261 Philadelphia Eagles


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