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1978 Washington State Cougars football team

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Conference  Pacific-10 Conference
Head coach  Jim Walden (1st year)
1978 record  4–6–1 (2–6 Pac-10)
1978 Washington State Cougars football team
Home stadium  Martin Stadium, Joe Albi Stadium (Spokane, WA)

The 1978 Washington State Cougars football team was an American football team that represented Washington State University in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first and only season under head coach Jim Walden, the Cougars compiled a 4–6–1 record (2–6 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in last place in the Pac-10, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 296 to 276.


The team's statistical leaders included Jack Thompson with 2,333 passing yards, Tali Ena with 728 rushing yards, and Mike Wilson with 451 receiving yards.


Note: The Oregon game was later forfeited to Washington State by order of the Pacific-10 Conference


  • Head Coach: Jim Walden
  • Assistants: Mike Church, Gary Gagnon, Rich Glover, Lindsay Hughes, Steve Morton, Pat Ruel, Al Sandahl, Dave Walker, Jerry Wamsley, Ken Woody
  • Awards

  • All-American: QB Jack Thompson (Playboy, Preseason, Sporting News, 1st)
  • All-Pac-10: QB Jack Thompson (1st), C Mark Chandless
  • All-West Coast: Jack Thompson (UPI, 2nd)
  • Frank Butler Award: Jack Thompson
  • J. Fred Bohler Award: Tom Larsen
  • Laurie Niemi Award: Mark Chandless
  • References

    1978 Washington State Cougars football team Wikipedia

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