Competing with longtime rivals like Washington, Oregon and Oregon State for the better part of a century, the road hasn’t always been smooth for the Washington State Cougars in football.
But they remain an NCAA Division-I staple and hope to return to the prominence they established at the beginning of this decade.
Washington St Cougars Football Thru the Years
Of Washington State’s four Conference titles, two came before World War II, so the Cougars have toiled through some tough times in the modern era. But they did win the Pac-10 in 1997 and 2002.
The early 2000s represent Washington State’s football’s heyday and set a high standard to which the team now aspires. From 2001 to 2003, the Cougars posted three straight 10-win seasons and cracked the national top 10 all three times.
They played bowl games in all three of those seasons, beating Purdue in the 2001 Sun Bowl and taking down Texas in the 2003 Holiday Bowl.
Even with their up-and-down success, the Cougars have produced some memorable stars of the years.
Longtime NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe was a Cougar, as was quarterback Mark Rypien, who led the Washington Redskins to Super Bowl victories.
Other former standout Washington State players include Ryan Leaf, Jerome Harrison, Marcus Trufant and Jason Hanson.
Washington State fans got a taste of success in the early 2000’s.
Now it’s time for the Cougars to give them more!