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1987 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1987 record3–7–1 (1–5–1 Pac-10)
Head coachDennis Erickson
(1st season)
Offensive coordinatorBob Bratkowski
Defensive coordinatorJohn L. Smith
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#18 USC § 7 1 0     8 4 0
#9 UCLA § 7 1 0     10 2 0
Washington 4 3 1     7 4 1
#20 Arizona State 3 3 1     7 4 1
Oregon 4 4 0     6 5 0
Stanford 4 4 0     5 6 0
Arizona 2 3 3     4 4 3
California 2 3 2     3 6 2
Washington State 1 5 1     3 7 1
Oregon State 0 7 0     2 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Dennis Erickson, the Cougars compiled a 3–7–1 record (1–5–1 in Pac-10, ninth), and were outscored by their opponents 356 to 238.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Timm Rosenbach with 2,446 passing yards, Richard Calvin with 822 rushing yards, and Steve Broussard with 701 receiving yards.[3]

After nine years as WSU head coach, Jim Walden departed for Iowa State in the Big Eight Conference in late 1986,[4][5][6] and was succeeded by Erickson, who returned to the Palouse in January 1987 after just one season at Wyoming; he had led neighboring Idaho for the previous four years.[7][8][9]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 5Fresno State*W 41–24 22,971
September 12Wyoming*
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 43–28 24,151
September 19at No. 19 Michigan*L 18–44 103,521
September 26at Colorado*L 17–26 43,527
October 10Stanforddagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 7–44 31,538
October 17at Arizona StateL 7–38 70,341
October 24Arizona
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 45–28 22,269
October 31at USCL 7–42 24,834
November 14Oregon
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 17–31 14,089
November 21at WashingtonL 19–34 74,038
November 28vs. CaliforniaT 17–17 54,000
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1987 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 3 Rosenbach, TimmTimm Rosenbach So
RB 31 Broussard, SteveSteve Broussard So
C 56 Wulff, PaulPaul Wulff 10px So
G 60 Utley, MikeMike Utley Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 41 Hasty, JamesJames Hasty Sr
LB 57 Forde, BrianBrian Forde Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 4 Adams, KevinKevin Adams Sr
P 45 Myers, RobRob Myers So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

NFL DraftEdit

Two Cougars were selected in the 1988 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
James Hasty CB 3 74 New York Jets
Brian Forde LB 7 190 New Orlean Saints
Source:[10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1987 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1987-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. "1987 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1987.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. "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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Weaver, Dan (January 8, 1987). "Erickson followed his heart to WSU". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=DllWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Xu8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6401%2C3664047.
  10. "WSU's Hasty taken by Jets in 3rd round". Idahonian. staff and wire reports ((Moscow)): p. 3B. April 25, 1988. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VJQrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5tAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6213%2C3435970.
  11. "New Orleans takes Forde in 7th". Spokesman-Review. staff and wire reports ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C3. April 26, 1988. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4lpWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ne8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=2680%2C6908794.
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