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Cougars Announce 2016 Football Schedule

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The Pac-12 Conference has released its 2016 football schedule and Washington State will host seven games in Martin Stadium. The Pac-12 Conference has released its 2016 football schedule and Washington State will host seven games in Martin Stadium.

by WSU Athletics

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Pac-12 Conference has released its 2016 football schedule and Washington State will host seven games in Martin Stadium, highlighted by conference opponents, Oregon, UCLA and concluding with the Apple Cup against Washington.

"For the first time since 1999, the Cougars will play seven home games in Martin Stadium," said WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos. "Coming off our second bowl game in three years, I anticipate capacity crowds watching the Cougars play some of the top teams in the country."

The Cougars open their 2016 schedule Saturday, Sept. 3 against Eastern Washington, an opponent they defeated 24-20 in 2012, the first home game under Head Coach Mike Leach. The following week, Sept. 10, WSU travels to Boise State for a matchup against the Broncos. WSU is 4-0 against the Broncos all-time, including a 41-20 win in Boise in 2001, the last time the teams met. The Cougars close out the nonconference schedule Sept. 17 against Idaho in Martin Stadium. The Cougars posted a 42-0 victory over the Vandals in 2013 and own an all-time record of 71-17-3 over Idaho. 

Following their lone bye week of the season, the Cougars open Pac-12 Conference play against Oregon, Oct. 1. WSU snapped an eight-game skid against the Ducks earlier this year with a come-from-behind, 45-38 double-overtime victory in Eugene. WSU then travels to Stanford for an Oct. 8 matchup at the defending Pac-12 Champions.

The Cougars will host UCLA for the first time since the 2012 season, as it will also be Homecoming Weekend, when the Bruins come to Pullman for an Oct. 15 contest. WSU used some last-minute heroics from Luke Falk and Gabe Marks last month when they rallied for a 31-27 win at UCLA. WSU then hits the road for back-to-back games at Arizona State (Oct. 22) and Oregon State (Oct. 29).

Arizona returns to Pullman Nov. 5 for a Pac-12 contest, highlighted by the annual Dad's Weekend on the Pullman campus. The Cougars remain in Pullman the following week as they host California (Nov. 12) in Martin Stadium. The 2016 road schedule concludes in Boulder as the Cougars face Colorado Nov. 19. The last time WSU traveled to Boulder, the Cougars escaped with a 31-27 win in the closing minutes, the 500th victory in Cougar Football history.

WSU concludes its 2016 regular season by hosting Washington in the Apple Cup, Friday, Nov. 25, in Martin Stadium. The contest marks the lone non-Saturday game on the schedule.

Deposits are now being taken for all new 2016 season tickets.  Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal notices in February. Single-game tickets for road contests go on sale in April, while single-game tickets for all Martin Stadium contests will be available beginning in August. For more information, visit wsucougars.com or call 1-800-Go-Cougs.

The complete 2016 football schedule for Washington State follows:

Sept. 3 - Eastern Washington
Sept. 10 - at Boise State
Sept. 17 - Idaho
Sept. 24 - Bye
Oct. 1 - Oregon
Oct. 8 - at Stanford
Oct. 15 - UCLA (Homecoming)
Oct. 22 - at Arizona State
Oct. 29- at Oregon State
Nov. 5 - Arizona (Dad's Weekend)
Nov. 12 - California
Nov. 19 - at Colorado
Nov. 25 - Washington (Apple Cup)

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