Today's Tidbit... 1925 Washington State Football and the Ferentz Challenge ($)
Much was made of the Iowa Hawkeyes scoring challenges this season, including the requirement that Brian Ferentz's offense average 25 points per game for him to retain his role as Offensive Coordinator. Of course, they recently let him go regardless of his final point total, but the episode established the minimum measuring stick of scoring 25 points per game. Almost one hundred years ago, there was reasonable doubt whether Washington State's team would score 25 points in the entire season, so we'll look at that season in Today's Tidbit.
Washington State football had success under Lone Star Dietz, a former Carlisle player, who led them to the 1916 Rose Bowl and several other competitive seasons. After Dietz left, Gus Welch, a second former Carlisle player, had early success before falling off, and he was followed by Albert Exendine, a third former Carlisle man who had winning records at Otterbein and Georgetown.