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2016 Washington State Cougars football team

The 2016 Washington State Cougars football team represented Washington State University during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by fifth-year head coach Mike Leach and played their home games at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. They were members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 7–2 in Pac-12 play to finish in second place in the North Division. They were invited to the Holiday Bowl where they were defeated by Minnesota.

2016 Washington State Cougars football
Washington State Cougars wordmark.svg
Holiday Bowl, L 12–17 vs. Minnesota
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
2016 record8–5 (7–2 Pac-12)
Head coachMike Leach (5th season)
Offensive schemeAir raid
Defensive coordinatorAlex Grinch (2nd season)
Base defense3–4 multiple
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
(Capacity: 32,952)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 4 Washington x$^   8 1         12 2  
Washington State   7 2         8 5  
No. 12 Stanford   6 3         10 3  
California   3 6         5 7  
Oregon State   3 6         4 8  
Oregon   2 7         4 8  
South Division
No. 17 Colorado x   8 1         10 4  
No. 3 USC   7 2         10 3  
No. 23 Utah   5 4         9 4  
Arizona State   2 7         5 7  
UCLA   2 7         4 8  
Arizona   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Washington 41, Colorado 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 35:00 PMNo. 14 (FCS) Eastern Washington*P12NL 42–4532,952
September 107:15 PMat Boise State*ESPN2L 28–3136,163
September 1711:00 AMIdaho*
P12NW 56–628,477
October 16:30 PMOregon
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
P12NW 51–3333,528
October 87:30 PMat No. 15 StanfordESPNW 42–1650,424
October 157:30 PMUCLA 
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ESPNW 27–2129,310
October 227:00 PMat Arizona StateP12NW 37–3250,582
October 297:45 PMat Oregon StateESPN2W 35–3137,081
November 51:00 PMArizonaNo. 25
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
P12NW 69–733,547
November 127:30 PMCaliforniaNo. 23
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ESPNW 56–2130,135
November 1912:30 PMat No. 12 ColoradoNo. 20FOXL 24–3848,658
November 2512:30 PMNo. 6 WashingtonNo. 23
FOXL 17–4533,773
December 271:00 PMvs. Minnesota*ESPNL 12–1748,704
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 25 23 20 23 RV RV RV 
Coaches RV NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 25 23 20 23 RV RV RV 
CFP Not released 25 23 22 23 NR NR Not released

Game summariesEdit

Eastern WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 (FCS) Eagles 7 17 14 7 45
Cougars 14 14 0 14 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2012 WAZZU, 24–20

at Boise StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 7 7 14 28
Broncos 14 3 7 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2001 WAZZU, 41–20

IdahoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 3 0 3 0 6
Cougars 7 14 7 28 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
71–18–3 2013 WAZZU, 42–0

OregonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Ducks 7 7 6 13 33
Cougars 7 21 2 21 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–47–7 2015 WAZZU, 45–38 2OT

at StanfordEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 7 14 14 42
#15 Cardinal 0 3 7 6 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–40–1 2015 STAN, 30–28

UCLAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 0 0 7 14 21
Cougars 3 7 14 3 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–39–1 2015 WAZZU, 31–27

at Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 17 14 6 37
Sun Devils 7 7 7 11 32
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–26–2 2015 WAZZU, 38–24

at Oregon StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 6 22 7 35
Beavers 14 10 0 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–47–3 2015 WAZZU, 52–31

ArizonaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7
#25 Cougars 24 14 14 17 69
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–26 2015 WAZZU, 45–42

CaliforniaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 0 7 7 7 21
#23 Cougars 14 14 7 21 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–46–5 2015 CAL, 38–24

at ColoradoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Cougars 14 3 7 0 24
#12 Buffaloes 7 7 14 10 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–5 2015 WAZZU, 27–3

WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Huskies 28 7 0 10 45
#23 Cougars 3 7 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–70–6 2015 WASH, 45–10

Minnesota–Holiday BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 3 7 7 17
Cougars 3 3 0 6 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 1988 WAZZU, 41–9

Coaching staffEdit

Name Title Years at WSU Alma mater
Mike Leach Head Coach 6 BYU, 1983
Alex Grinch Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach 3 Mount Union, 2002
Jason Loscalzo Strength and Conditioning Coach 6 Humboldt State, 1999
Roy Manning Outside Linebackers Coach 3 Michigan, 2004
Jim Mastro Running Backs Coach 6 Cal Poly, 1994
Clay McGuire Offensive Line Coach 6 Texas Tech, 2004
Eric Mele Special Teams Coach 3 William Paterson, 2002
Dave Nichol Outside Receivers Coach 2 Texas Tech, 1999

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