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Lawmakers Mark 99th Anniversary of Cougar Football Championship

For Washington State University Cougar fans, it sometimes feels like it's been 100 years since they won a national football championship. Actually, it has only been 99 years. And, Friday, the Washington legislature marked that milestone in Olympia.

“The 1915-1916 WSC football team was the first West Coast team to go undefeated and win a Rose Bowl and a National Championship,” said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, “giving Washington State the oldest winning tradition on the West Coast.”

Sen. Baumgartner sponsored Senate Resolution 8715 to mark the occasion. The resolution celebrates the 1915 team, known then as Washington State College, who finished their season with a perfect record and beat Brown College 14-0. That year's team allowed only one touchdown all year.

Current Cougar football coach Mike Leach joined Sen. Baumgartner to mark the occasion. Baumgartner is a proud Coug, graduating in 1999 with a degree in Economics.

But, don't tell Cornell fans about today's ceremony. According to the record books, Cornell holds the 1915 national championship crown. There has been much debate over the years about who really deserved the title that year. That proves controversy existed in college football long before the BCS.

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