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2017 Washington State Cougars football team

The 2017 Washington State Cougars football team represented Washington State University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by sixth-year head coach Mike Leach and played their home games at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. They competed as members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season 9–4, 6–3 in Pac-12 play to finish in third place in the North Division. They were invited to the Holiday Bowl where they lost to Michigan State.

2017 Washington State Cougars football
Washington State Cougars wordmark.svg
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
2017 record9–4 (6–3 Pac-12)
Head coachMike Leach (6th season)
Offensive schemeAir raid
Defensive coordinatorAlex Grinch (3rd season)
Base defense3–4 multiple
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
(Capacity: 35,117)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 20 Stanford xy   7 2         9 5  
No. 16 Washington x   7 2         10 3  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
Oregon   4 5         7 6  
California   2 7         5 7  
Oregon State   0 9         1 11  
South Division
No. 12 USC xy$   8 1         11 3  
Arizona State   6 3         7 6  
Arizona   5 4         7 6  
UCLA   4 5         6 7  
Utah   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   2 7         5 7  
Championship: USC 31, Stanford 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

In 2016, the Cougars went 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.

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 24 20 21 18 16 11 8 15 15 25 19 15 14 21 21 RV 
Coaches RV 22 22 18 16 11 9 18 16 RV 20 16 15 22 21 RV 
CFP Not released 25 19 14 13 18 18 Not released

ScheduleEdit

Washington State announced their 2017 football schedule on January 18, 2017.[1] The Cougars started the season with five straight home games. In Pac-12 conference play, they did not play cross-divisional foes Arizona State and UCLA.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 27:30 p.m.Montana State*No. 24FS1W 31–030,254
September 97:30 p.m.Boise State*No. 20
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ESPNW 47–44 3OT32,631
September 162:30 p.m.Oregon StateNo. 21
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
P12NW 52–2332,487
September 233:00 p.m.Nevada*No. 18
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
P12NW 45–730,317
September 297:30 p.m.No. 5 USCNo. 16
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ESPNW 30–2733,773
October 75:00 p.m.at OregonNo. 11FOXW 33–1056,653
October 137:30 p.m.at CaliforniaNo. 8ESPNL 3–3726,244
October 217:45 p.m.Colorado No. 15
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ESPNW 28–031,461
October 286:30 p.m.at ArizonaNo. 15P12NL 37–5842,822
November 412:30 p.m.No. 18 StanfordNo. 25
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
FOXW 24–2132,952
November 112:30 p.m.at UtahNo. 19P12NW 33–2545,826
November 255:00 p.m.at No. 15 WashingtonNo. 14FOXL 14–4171,265
December 286:00 p.m.vs. No. 18 Michigan StateNo. 21FS1L 17–4247,092
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Source:[2]

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
Jeff Phelps Defensive Line Coach 1 Ball State, 1998
Derek Sage Inside Receivers Coach 1 Cal State Northridge, 2002
Ken Wilson Linebackers Coach 5 North Central College, 1996

Source:[3]

Game summariesEdit

vs. Montana StateEdit

Montana State at Washington State
1 234Total
Bobcats 0 000 0
No. 24 Cougars 7 7710 31
  • Date: September 2
  • Location: Martin Stadium
    Pullman, WA
  • Game start: 7:35 pm PST
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 30,254
  • Game weather: 87 °F (31 °C), Clear, Wind S 5 mph
  • Referee: Kevin Mar
  • TV announcers (FS1): Brian Custer (play by play) and Ben Leber (color commentator)
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
9–0 September 11, 2010 Washington State, 23–22

vs. Boise StateEdit

Boise State at Washington State
1 234OT2OT3OTTotal
Broncos 7 3714373 44
No. 20 Cougars 7 3021376 47
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Martin Stadium
    Pullman, WA
  • Game start: 7:35 PM PST
  • Elapsed time: 4:00
  • Game attendance: 32,631
  • Television network: ESPN
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
5–1 September 10, 2016 Boise State, 31–28

vs. Oregon StateEdit

Oregon State at Washington State
1 234Total
Beavers 2 777 23
No. 21 Cougars 7 211410 52
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Martin Stadium
    Pullman, WA
  • Game start: 2:30 PM PST
  • Game attendance: 32,487
  • Television network: PAC-12
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
52–47–3 October 29, 2016 Washington State, 35–31

vs. NevadaEdit

Nevada at Washington State
1 234Total
Wolf Pack 0 007 7
No. 18 Cougars 14 2137 45
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Martin Stadium
    Pullman, WA
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
3–1 September 5, 2014 Nevada, 24–13

vs. USCEdit

USC at Washington State
1 234Total
No. 5 Trojans 7 1037 27
No. 16 Cougars 3 14310 30
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Martin Stadium
    Pullman, WA
  • Game attendance: 33,773
  • Referee: Steve Strimling
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
10–59–4 November 1, 2014 USC, 44–17

at Oregon DucksEdit

Washington State at Oregon
1 234Total
No. 11 Cougars 7 61010 33
Ducks 10 000 10
  • Date: October 7
  • Location: Autzen Stadium
    Eugene, OR
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
41–47–7 October 1, 2016 Washington State, 51–33

at CaliforniaEdit

Washington State at California
1 234Total
No. 8 Cougars 0 300 3
Golden Bears 10 7317 37
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: California Memorial Stadium
    Berkeley, CA
  • Game start: 7:41 PST
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 26,244
  • Referee: Kevin Mar
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
27–46–5 November 12, 2016 Washington State, 56–21

vs. ColoradoEdit

Colorado at Washington State
1 234Total
Buffaloes 0 000 0
No. 15 Cougars 0 1477 28
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Martin Stadium
    Pullman, WA
  • Game start: 7:45 PM PST
  • Game attendance: 31,461
  • Game weather: Rain
  • Television network: ESPN
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
4–6 November 19, 2016 Colorado, 38–24

at ArizonaEdit

Washington State at Arizona
1 234Total
No. 15 Cougars 7 71310 37
Wildcats 10 131421 58
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Arizona Stadium
    Tucson, AZ
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
16–26 November 5, 2016 Washington State, 69–7

vs. StanfordEdit

Stanford at Washington State
1 234Total
No. 18 Cardinal 0 7140 21
No. 25 Cougars 0 1437 24
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Martin Stadium
    Pullman, WA
  • Game attendance: 32,952
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
26–40–1 October 8, 2016 Washington State, 42–16

at UtahEdit

Washington State at Utah
1 234Total
No. 19 Cougars 13 767 33
Utes 0 10015 25
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium Stadium
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
7–7 September 27, 2014 Washington State, 28–27

at WashingtonEdit

Washington State at Washington
1 234Total
No. 14 Cougars 0 0014 14
No. 15 Huskies 7 17107 41
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Husky Stadium
    Seattle, WA
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
32–71–6 November 25, 2016 Washington, 45–17

vs Michigan StateEdit

Washington State vs Michigan State
1 234Total
No. 18 Spartans 0 21147 42
No. 21 Cougars 3 077 17
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: SDCCU Stadium
    San Diego, CA
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–5 September 17, 1977 Washington State, 23–21

AwardsEdit

Player Award Date
Peyton Pelluer Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week[4] September 11, 2017
Luke Falk Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week[5] September 18, 2017
Jahad Woods Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week[6] October 2, 2017
Erik Powell Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week[7] October 2, 2017
Luke Falk Davey O'Brien QB of the Week[8] October 3, 2017
Erik Powell Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week[9] October 9, 2017
Luke Falk Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week[10] November 6, 2017
Hercules Mata'afa Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week[11] November 13, 2017
Erik Powell Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week[12] November 13, 2017
Luke Falk 2017 Burlsworth Trophy Winner[13] December 4, 2017
Cody O'Connell 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference First Team Offense[14] December 5, 2017
Hercules Mata’afa 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference First Team Defense[15] December 5, 2017
Cole Madison 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference Second Team Offense[16] December 5, 2017
Jalen Thompson 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference Second Team Defense[17] December 5, 2017
Erik Powell 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference Second Team Specialists[18] December 5, 2017
Andre Dillard 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention[19] December 5, 2017
Luke Falk 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention[20] December 5, 2017
Frankie Luvu 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention[21] December 5, 2017
Jamal Morrow 2017 All-Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention[22] December 5, 2017

2017 Football RosterEdit

Name Height Weight
DAVONTAVEAN MARTIN 6'3" 182LBS
JOSH TALBOTT 5'10" 179LBS
ROBERT TAYLOR 5'10" 186LBS
Tyler Hilinski 6'3" 213LBS
DARRIEN MOLTON 5'10" 185LBS
LUKE FALK 6'4" 223LBS
MARCUS STRONG 5'9" 177LBS
TRAVELL HARRIS 5'9" 177LBS
JAMIRE CALVIN 5'10" 152LBS
KIRKLAND PARKER 6'1" 190LBS
TREY TINSLEY 6'3" 211LBS

Source:[23]


ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ 2017 Washington Cougars football schedule. FBSchedules.com. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  3. ^ 2017 Football Coaching Staff. WSUCougars.com. Washington State Cougars Athletics. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 2. Pac-12.com. Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 3. Pac-12.com. Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 5. Pac-12.com. Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 5. Pac-12.com. Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Falk grabs second career Quarterback of the Week honor. DaveyOBrienAward.org. Davey O'Brien Foundation. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
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  10. ^ Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 10. Pac-12.com. Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 11. Pac-12.com. Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
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