American Football Database
1996 Washington State Cougars football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1996 record5–6 (3–5 Pac-10)
Head coachMike Price (8th season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
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Template:1996 Pacific-10 football standings The 1996 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their eighth season under head coach Mike Price, the Cougars compiled a 5–6 record (3–5 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 317 to 314.[1][2]

The team's statistical leaders included Ryan Leaf with 2,811 passing yards, Michael Black with 948 rushing yards, and Kevin McKenzie with 626 receiving yards.[3]


August 31at No. 5 Colorado*L 19–3751,481
September 14at Temple*W 38–3410,169
September 21No. 25 Oregon
W 55–4430,124
September 28San Jose State*
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
W 52–1624,195
October 5at ArizonaL 26–3447,405
October 12at Oregon StateW 24–326,722
October 19No. 19 Californiadagger
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
PSNW 21–1827,182
October 26USC
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
PSNL 24–2933,111
November 9at UCLAL 14–3840,421
November 16at StanfordL 14–3830,280
November 23No. 12 Washington
FXL 24–31 OT37,600
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game