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1986 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1986 record3–7–1 (2–6–1 Pac-10)
Head coachJim Walden (9th season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Arizona State 5 1 1     10 1 1
#14 UCLA 5 2 1     8 3 1
#18 Washington 5 2 1     8 3 1
#11 Arizona 5 3 0     9 3 0
Stanford 5 3 0     8 4 0
USC 5 3 0     7 5 0
Oregon 3 5 0     5 6 0
Washington State 2 6 1     3 7 1
California 2 7 0     2 9 0
Oregon State 1 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their ninth and final season under head coach Jim Walden, the Cougars compiled a 3–7–1 record (2–6–1 against Pac-10 opponents, eighth place) and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 312 to 221.[1][2] The Cougars tied eventual Rose Bowl champion Arizona State in Tempe in late September,[3] then beat USC by twenty points in Pullman, but lost their final five games and dropped in the standings.

WSU's statistical leaders in 1986 included senior quarterback Ed Blount with 1,882 passing yards, Kerry Porter with 921 rushing yards, and Kitrick Taylor with 523 receiving yards.[4] Notable underclassmen included quarterback Timm Rosenbach,[5][6] guard Mike Utley, and future head coach Paul Wulff.[7]

Walden departed for Iowa State in the Big Eight Conference in mid-December,[8][9][10] and was succeeded by Dennis Erickson, who returned to the Palouse in January 1987 after just one season at Wyoming.[11][12]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 6UNLV*W 34–14
September 13San Jose State*
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 13–20
September 20at CaliforniaL 21–31
September 27at No. 11 Arizona StateT 21–21
October 4Oregon State
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 24–14
October 11No. 9 USCdagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 34–14
October 25at No. 17 UCLAL 16–54
November 1at StanfordL 12–42
November 8No. 17 Arizona
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 6–31
November 15at OregonL 17–27
November 22No. 12 Washington
L 23–44
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll

Source:[13]

RosterEdit

1986 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 3 Rosenbach, TimmTimm Rosenbach Fr
WR 8 Taylor, KitrickKitrick Taylor Sr
QB 10 Blount, EdEd Blount Sr
RB 30 Porter, KerryKerry Porter Sr
RB 31 Broussard, SteveSteve Broussard Fr
C 56 Wulff, PaulPaul Wulff 10px Fr
G 60 Utley, MikeMike Utley So
WR 88 James, MichaelMichael James Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 20 Reynolds, RickyRicky Reynolds Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 4 Adams, KevinKevin Adams Jr
P 45 Myers, RobRob Myers Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source:[14][15]

Season summaryEdit

UNLVEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
UNLV 0 7 0 7 14
• Washington St 21 3 7 3 34
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Source:[16]

NFL DraftEdit

Four Cougars were selected in the 1987 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ricky Reynolds CB 2 36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kitrick Taylor WR 5 128 Kansas City Chiefs
Kerry Porter RB 7 171 Buffalo Bills
Michael James WR 8 202 Houston Oilers
Source:[17][18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1986 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1986-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. "WSU is fit to be tied with Arizona State". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. September 28, 1986. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=04NfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vzAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3692%2C3145714.
  4. "1986 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1986.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  5. Grummert, Dale (September 21, 1986). "Kicking off Pac-10 play on wrong foot". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=zINfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vzAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3570%2C1289479.
  6. Fears, Shannon (November 16, 1986). "Cougars locate their quarterback, but not in time". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 4C. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=NwlWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KOEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6908%2C4273934.
  7. "Washington State at Arizona State: probable starters". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 3B. September 27, 1986. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0oNfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vzAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2286%2C2925414.
  8. "Walden denies seeking job". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 21. November 21, 1986. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=IetWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=x_kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3711%2C1170443.
  9. Devlin, Vince (December 16, 1986). "It's official: Walden's gone". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. B1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fYBRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eggEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6456%2C77787.
  10. Condotta, Bob (December 15, 1986). "Iowa State hires WSU's Walden". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fZUrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=B9EFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3284%2C1784363.
  11. Grummert, Dale (January 8, 1987). "Erickson sets lofty goals for Cougars". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. C1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=goxfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JS8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=3305%2C1796486.
  12. Condotta, Bob (January 7, 1987). "Denny's dream comes true". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TpMrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=otAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5345%2C770561.
  13. College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  14. "Washington State vs. California". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (probable starters) ((Idaho)): p. 4B. September 20, 1986. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=y4NfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vzAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4779%2C1122366.
  15. "Starting lineups". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 4C. November 15, 1986. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=NglWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KOEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5816%2C3783911.
  16. Gainesville Sun. 1986 Sep 7. Retrieved 2018-Jan-15.
  17. Bergum, Steve (April 29, 1987). "Reynolds goes in 2nd round". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=OlpWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fu8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3231%2C6703122.
  18. "Four Cougars go in football draft". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 6. April 29, 1987. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rJMrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=t9AFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1936%2C3398384.
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