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Cougars took a big step forward in scoring offense in 2016 under Mike Leach

WASHINGTON STATE took a significant leap forward in scoring offense in Mike Leach’s fifth season, both within the Pac-12 conference and on a national scale.

Washington State averaged 38.2 ppg this season.  That ranks No. 2 in the conference and 18th nationally.

And when WSU scored in 2016, it tended to find the end zone.  The Cougs scored 67 TDs, and nine field goals.  No other team in the Pac-12 had as high a TD-FG ratio.

Here’s how scoring offense compares over Leach's tenure at Washington State:

Year

Scoring offense ppg

Pac-12 rank

National rank

2016

38.2

2nd

18th

2015

31.5

8th

49th

2014

31.8

7th

45th

2013

31.0

8th

52nd

2012

20.4

11th

108th

OVER ON THE other side of the ball, the Cougs improved again in scoring defense, allowing 26.4 ppg.  Rankings-wise compared to last season, WSU improved slightly in the Pac-12, but 24 spots nationally. 

Note: The 2015 campaign was Alex Grinch's first as defensive coordinator, with Mike Breske the Cougar DC from 2012-14 under Leach.

Here’s how scoring defense compares over Leach’s tenure at WSU:

Year

Scoring defense ppg

Pac-12 rank

National rank

2016

26.4

6th

50th

2015

27.7

7th

74th

2014

38.6

10th

114th

2013

32.5

10th

96th

2012

33.7

10th

101st

 

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