The game between the teams we know now as WSU and UW dates all the way back to 1900. Beyond basic information like scores and locations, most of the information about those games has been forgotten. But a department at WSU is trying to make sure that all the information they have is preserved forever.
The WSU Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) department has put together a great online database of all the artifacts they have from Apple Cups past. They have everything from Daily Evergreen news articles, to game programs to even digitized footage from games dating back all the way to 1900. There is a lot of information, including interviews with the archivists themselves here.
The collection is amazing and best explored on your own time, but I've picked some of the many, many awesome things featured and highlighted them below.
Chronologically, the first thing in the database is an amazing article from the December 5, 1900 edition of "The Evergreen". The first matchup between Washington Agricultural College and School of Sciences (WAC) and the "U. of W." had just ended in a 5-5 tie and the student newspaper brought a game story including the following tidbit:
No one denies that our defensive work was far superior to that of the U. of W. At no time did our team have to relieve itself by punting. A chart of the game would show the ball to be in U. of W.'s territory most of the time, and at least two-thirds of the time in the hands of our players. At no point in the game can the U. of W. show such playing as we exhibited by our team when it settled down on its own ten yard line, and by steady plunges hurled its opponents across the entire field for a touchdown. The U. of W. people wore no long faces nor indulged in no lamentations over the resultant tie. Instead it was a look of satisfaction, for they realized how near they had been to defeat, at one time only lacking one inch.
Man, Olde Tyme talk is so much fun.
On Halloween night in 1925 the State College of Washington welcomed the University of Washington to Rogers Field in Pullman for the annual Homecoming game. The U. of W. would wind up shutting out WSC 23-0, but there was a great program for us to remember... And it only cost a $.15!
Before a Homecoming Day crowd the Washington State eleven should show its classiest brand of football and the old grads as well as the student followers of the team can rest assured that the Cougars will make a strong bid to stay in the win column today and the rest of the season.
In 1929 WSC beat UW 20-13. The game, played in Pullman, is special because it is the first date in the database that has a video record attached. There's no sound, but the footage does a great job of setting the scene and showing what the game looked like in 1929. You can also see what would eventually become Hollingbery Fieldhouse being constructed in the background.
1954 was the last game to be played in Pullman until 1982. The Cougars came out victorious 26-7. There is 41 minutes worth of video posted below for your enjoyment.
In 1982 UW was ranked 5th and came into Martin Stadium looking to continue their dominating season and go to a Rose Bowl. WSU was victorious 24-20 and fans rushed the field to tear down the uprights. A recording of the game on KXLY was captured on VHS and the tape, all 2:47 of it, has been digitized and posted on YouTube.
There is a ton more in that database with so much stuff that it's impossible for one person to find and look at it all. So take a couple of minutes (or a few hours) and explore some of the best moments in the history of this great rivalry. Be sure to post all the great stuff you find in the comments below.
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