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A History of Cougar football

By Charles Apple The Spokesman-Review

KEY:

Overall Season Record:

WINS

LOSSES

TIES

Rivalries and Bowl Games:

W

L

T

1894

Original mascot is “Squirt,” a pet terrier. Original team colors: Blue and pink, to honor sunsets on the Palouse.

1

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

1895

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

1896

2

1

1897

2

1898

1

1899

1

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

1900

Crimson and gray adopted as school colors.

1

1

vs Washington:

T

1901

4

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

T

1902

2

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

L

1903

3

3

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

L

1904

2

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

L

1905

4

4

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

1906

6

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

1907

7

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

W

1908

4

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

T

vs Washington:

T

1909

4

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

1910

New school sports mascot: an Indian.

2

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

L

1911

3

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

L

1912

2

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

L

1913

4

4

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

L

1914

2

4

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

L

1915

One of three teams to claim a share of the national championship.

7

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Rose Bowl vs Brown:

W

1916

4

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

1917

Joins Pacific Coast Conference and is the conference champion.

6

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

W

1918

1

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

1919

Adopts “Cougars” as team mascot.

5

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

L

1920

5

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

1921

4

2

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

W

1922

2

5

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

L

1923

2

4

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

L

1924

1

5

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

L

1925

3

4

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

vs Washington:

L

1926

Orin E. “Babe” Hollingberry becomes coach. Over the next 10 years, the Cougars do not lose a single home game.

6

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

W

1927

3

3

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

T

vs Washington:

L

1928

7

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

L

1929

10

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

W

1930

File/The Spokesman-ReviewThe undefeated 1930 Washington State University football team headed east to meet President Herbert Hoover at the White House before going west to play Alabama in the Rose Bowl.

9

1

File/The Spokesman-ReviewThe undefeated 1930 Washington State University football team headed east to meet President Herbert Hoover at the White House before going west to play Alabama in the Rose Bowl.

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

W

Rose Bowl vs Alabama:

L

1931

6

4

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

L

1932

7

1

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

T

1933

5

3

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

W

1934

4

3

1

The Governor’s Trophy is awarded to the winner of the UW versus WSU game starting this year.

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

T

1935

5

3

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1936

6

3

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1937

3

3

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

T

1938

2

8

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

L

1939

4

5

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington:

W

1940

4

4

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1941

6

4

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1942

6

2

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

T

1943-44

World War II: no Cougar football.

1945

6

2

1

Two Washington-Washington State games are played: One in Seattle and one in Pullman.

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

vs Washington (in Seattle):

W

vs Washington (in Pullman):

L

1946

1

6

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1947

3

7

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1948

4

5

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

W

1949

3

6

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1950

4

3

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

T

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

W

1951

7

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

W

1952

4

6

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1953

4

6

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

W

1954

4

6

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

W

1955

1

7

2

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1956

Jim Sutherland becomes coach.

3

6

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1957

6

4

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

W

1958

7

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

W

1959

6

4

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1960

4

5

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1961

3

7

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

"Governor's Trophy" vs Washington:

L

1962

Governor’s Trophy is renamed the Apple Cup.Joins Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU).

5

4

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1963

3

6

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1964

3

6

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1965

7

3

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1966

3

7

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1967

2

8

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

1968

AAWU becomes Pac-8 Conference.Jim Sweeney becomes coach.

3

6

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

1969

1

9

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1970

1

10

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1971

4

7

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1972

Martin Stadium opens

7

4

File/The Spokesman-ReviewAerial View of the Clarence D. Martin Stadium At Washington State University.

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

1973

5

6

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

1974

2

9

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1975

3

8

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1976

Jackie Sherrill becomes coach.

3

8

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1977

7

4

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1978

Pac-8 becomes Pac-10.Jim Walden becomes coach

4

6

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1979

5

6

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1980

4

7

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1981

8

3

1

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Rose Bowl vs Michigan:

L

1982

3

7

1

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

1983

7

4

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

1984

6

5

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1985

4

7

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

1986

3

7

1

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1987

Dennis Erickson becomes coach

3

7

1

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1988

9

3

File/The Spokesman-ReviewWashington State football coach Dennis Erickson greets fans after an Aloha Bowl win on Dec. 25, 1988.

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Aloha Bowl vs Houston:

W

1989

Mike Price becomes coach.

6

5

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1990

3

8

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1991

4

7

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1992

9

3

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

Copper Bowl vs Utah:

W

1993

5

6

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1994

8

4

DAVID J. PHILLIP/ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington State's Marty Northcroft celebrates after defeating Baylor 10-3 in the Alamo Bowl Saturday, Dec. 31, 1994, in San Antonio.

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

Alamo Bowl vs Baylor:

W

1995

3

8

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1996

5

6

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1997

10

2

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

Rose Bowl vs Michigan:

L

1998

3

8

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

1999

3

9

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

2000

4

7

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

L

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

2001

10

2

CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEWMike Bush hauls in a TD pass in the first half of the Sun Bowl against Purdue on New Years Eve 2001.

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Sun Bowl vs Purdue:

W

2002

Pac-10 co-champions.

10

3

CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEWWSU quarterback Matt Kegel can only watch as the ball bounces away and is recovered by UW to win the triple overtime Apple Cup Saturday Nov. 23, 2002. Officials debated over whether it was a batted forward pass or a live ball from a backward pass and decided to rule in favor of the Huskies who recovered the ball thus winning the overtime.

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Washington 29, WSU 26 in triple overtime.

Rose Bowl vs Oklahoma:

L

2003

Bill Doba becomes coach.

10

3

JACK SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington State's Al Genatone, left, Erick Coleman, center, and Matt Kegel celebrate with the champions trophy after their 28-20 victory over Texas in the Holiday Bowl Tuesday Dec. 30, 2003 in San Diego.

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Holiday Bowl vs Texas:

W

2004

5

6

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

2005

4

7

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

2006

6

6

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

2007

5

7

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

2008

Paul Wulff becomes coach.

2

11

11

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

2009

1

11

11

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

2010

2

10

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

2011

Pac-10 becomes Pac-12.

4

8

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

2012

Mike Leach becomes coach.

3

9

DAN PELLE/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEWWashington State head football coach Mike Leach talks about sharks to the media after practice at Martin Stadium in Pullman, August 14, 2012.

Apple Cup vs Washington:

W

2013

6

7

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

New Mexico Bowl vs Colorado State:

L

2014

3

9

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

2015

9

4

TYLER TJOMSLAND/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEWWashington State's Destiny Vaeao (97) and Ivan McClennan (3) dance in celebration after forcing Miami to punt during the second half of the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl on Saturday, Dec 26, 2015, at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX.

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Sun Bowl vs Miami:

W

2016

8

5

"Battle of the Palouse" vs Idaho:

W

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Holiday Bowl vs Minnesota:

L

2017

9

4

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Holiday Bowl vs Michigan State:

L

2018

11

11

2

TYLER TJOMSLAND/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEWWashington State’s James Williams (32) runs the ball during the second half of the 2018 Alamo Bowl on Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX. WSU won the game 28-26.

Apple Cup vs Washington:

L

Alamo Bowl vs Iowa State:

W

Sources: Washington State University Sports Information, Sports-Reference.com, Spokesman-Review files