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1989 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1989 record6–5 (3–5 Pac-10)
Head coachMike Price (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorJoe Tiller (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorMike Zimmer (1st season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 Pacific-10 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 USC 6 0 1     9 2 1
#23 Washington 5 3 0     8 4 0
Oregon 5 3 0     8 4 0
#25 Arizona 5 3 0     8 4 0
Arizona State 3 3 1     6 4 1
Oregon State 3 4 1     4 7 1
Washington State 3 5 0     6 5 0
Stanford 3 5 0     3 8 0
UCLA 2 5 1     3 7 1
California 2 6 0     4 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first season under head coach Mike Price, the Cougars compiled a 6–5 record (3–5 in Pac-10, tied for seventh), and outscored their opponents 351 to 268.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Aaron Garcia with 2,741 passing yards, Steve Broussard with 1,237 rushing yards, and Tim Stallworth with 548 receiving yards.[3] The Cougars won their first four games, then were 6–1 and ranked fifteenth in the AP poll,[4] but lost their final four games.[5]

Following the departure of head coach Dennis Erickson for Miami in early March,[6][7][8] Price was hired a week later; a former Cougar player and assistant, he was previously the head coach for eight years in the Big Sky Conference at Weber State in Ogden, Utah. [9][10][11][12]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 2No. 6 Idaho (Div. I-AA)*W 41–7 33,914
September 7at No. 24 BYU*W 46–41 64,310
September 16Oregon StateNo. 23
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 41–3 26,883
September 23at Wyoming*No. 19W 29–23 20,041
September 30No. 11 USCNo. 19
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 17–18 38,434
October 7at No. 23 OregonNo. 21W 51–38 44,963
October 14StanfordNo. 17
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 31–13 24,617
October 21No. 22 ArizonadaggerNo. 15
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
L 21–23 36,090
October 28at Arizona StateNo. 23L 39–44 62,416
November 11at CaliforniaL 26–38 33,000
November 18at WashingtonL 9–20 73,527
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1989 Washington State Cougars football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
SB 2 Stallworth, TimTim Stallworth Sr
QB 9 Garcia, AaronAaron Garcia Fr
QB 12 Gossen, BradBrad Gossen Jr
RB 31 Broussard, SteveSteve Broussard Sr
RB 33 Swinton, RichRich Swinton Jr
C 56 Wulff, PaulPaul Wulff Sr
TE 82 Wellsandt, DougDoug Wellsandt Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 50 Grayson, DanDan Grayson Sr
DT 75 Savage, TonyTony Savage Sr
DE 97 Downing, TimTim Downing Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 4 Hanson, JasonJason Hanson So
P 45 Myers, RobRob Myers Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source:[13][14][15][16]

NFL DraftEdit

Six Cougars were selected in the 1990 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Steve Broussard RB 1 20 Atlanta Falcons
Tony Savage DT 5 112 New York Jets
Tim Stallworth WR 6 161 Los Angeles Rams
Dan Grayson LB 7 182 Pittsburgh Steelers
Doug Wellsandt TE 8 204 Cincinnati Bengals
Tim Downing DE 11 302 New York Giants
Source:[17][18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1989 Washington State Cougars Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1989-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. "1989 Washington State Cougars Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/washington-state/1989.html. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. "Buffaloes gain respect; WSU moves up in poll". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1. October 17, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Vy4SAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VfIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3643%2C4482812.
  5. "Huskies bowl-bound after win over WSU". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 1C. November 19, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0mdYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nOEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3299%2C4629928.
  6. Bergum, Steve (March 6, 1989). "Erickson's air express off to Miami". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. A1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rlxWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CfADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5399%2C3743456.
  7. "Erickson takes Miami job". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 1D. March 6, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=yedVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=seEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2516%2C1468206.
  8. Meehan, Jim (March 6, 1989). "Erickson leaves 'dream'". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1A. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=mZUrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ntAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2376%2C3411479.
  9. Meehan, Jim (March 14, 1989). "Price comes to 'save the day'". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1A. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ipUrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ntAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2933%2C2469781.
  10. Blanchette, John (March 14, 1989). "Choice of Price applauded by players". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. B1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qG9OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7vkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3164%2C1847897.
  11. Bergum, Steve (March 15, 1989). "Price: 'I'm here to save the day'". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=t1xWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CfADAAAAIBAJ&pg=4731%2C9904578.
  12. "'The Price is Right' for Cougars". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 5B. March 15, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3-dVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=seEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6940%2C3930846.
  13. "The matchups". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 1D. September 2, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_CYuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-tAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6119%2C248853.
  14. "Idaho vs. Washington State". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 4B. September 2, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=DHdfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iS8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=3464%2C523360.
  15. Grummert, Dale (September 15, 1989). "Not your average kicker". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GXdfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iS8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=4773%2C4276869.
  16. "Oregon outlook". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 4C. October 7, 1989. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x_NVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=z-EDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6441%2C1442972.
  17. Boling, Dave (April 23, 1990). "Falcons pick Broussard 20th". p. C1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dGtXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=f_ADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6580%2C2725933.
  18. "Two more Cougs drafted". Idahonian ((Moscow)): p. 8A. April 24, 1990. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4CYuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=r9AFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6143%2C3290840.
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