It's Saturday morning and your Washington State Cougars are the 2012 Apple Cup champions.
And yes, that sentence felt as good to type as you probably thought.
While there have been times this season where I would rather give myself and enema than sort through links, it's safe to say today is not one of those days. Instead, finding links today was essentially the same feeling you get when there is a Buffalo stampede while playing Oregon Trail. So many to choose from and they are all excellent.
As we always do the day after a game, we'll start with the official stats then get to the videos. There are also plenty of links, 31 in fact. Hmm, why does that number sound familiar? Oh, that's right, the Cougars won the Apple Cup 31-28. Yeah, that happened.
WSU Football: Mike Leach after Apple Cup win! Nov. 23 (via WSUCougarAthletics)
WSU Football: Dominique Williams after Apple Cup win! Nov. 23 (via WSUCougarAthletics)
Final: Wash. State 31, Washington 28 (OT) - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
There is a term Washington State fans often use on their own team. "We Coug'ed it," they will say with considerable bitterness after a bad loss. Of course, other Pac-12 teams say it with a smirk.
NCAA College Football Recap - Washington Huskies at Washington State Cougars - Nov 23, 2012 - CBSSports.com
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Mike Leach looked around and in an instant the mob was already closing in, heading for midfield and encircling the Washington State coach.
Cougars shut down ex-WSU recruit Sankey - University of Washington - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
PULLMAN — Bishop Sankey didn’t hear many catcalls or insults from Cougars fans Friday. The Washington Huskies running back was too busy trying to fight off Washington State defenders and find yards that weren’t there.
Washington State shocks Washington | Lindy's Sports
PULLMAN, Wash. — A kid who grew up rooting for the Washington Huskies instead helped give rival Washington State one of its most improbable wins in the history of the Apple Cup.
Recap: Washington St vs. Washington | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
Carl Winston rushed for three touchdowns as the Washington State Cougars upset the Washington Huskies, 31-28, to win the Apple Cup at Martin Stadium.
Apple Cup "trophy" changes hands with Cougar upset at All-Star Sports Bar | The Highline Times / Des Moines News
There was a lot of hootin' and hollerin' at All-Star Sports Bar in Des Moines Nov. 23 as about a dozen frenzied TV screens broadcasted the rivalrous Apple Cup, the annual battle between UW and WSU. Unfortunately for most fans there, the fireworks emanated until the Cougar comeback in the forth quarter and Black Friday took on a dark cast.
Apple Cup has eerie similarities to ’82 - seattlepi.com
After the Washington Huskies called time out with five seconds to play in Friday's Apple Cup, the Cougars' radio broadcast team acknowledged what many Washington State faithful were thinking.
Wazzu stuns rival Washington in overtime to win Apple Cup | CollegeFootballTalk
Washington State defensive lineman Kalafitoni Pole nearly had a winning fat guy touchdown when he intercepted Washington quarterback Keith Price in the first overtime of this year’s Apple Cup, running all the way down to the opposing 5-yard line before being tackled. But, I suppose an Andrew Furney 27-yard field goal to give Washington State a 31-28 win over Washington will do just fine.
Washington State reaction
Mike Leach quotes after Apple Cup - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 23, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Here's a partial transcript of Mike Leach's postgame comments after WSU's 31-28 overtime win over Washington in the Apple Cup. Read on.
Tale of the tape: WSU 31, UW 28 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 23, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — It's a happier tale of the tape this time for WSU, as we break down the Cougars' 31-28 overtime win over Washington in the Apple Cup. Read on.
Game balls all around for never-say-die seniors - Spokesman.com - Nov. 24, 2012
PULLMAN – His 6-foot-4 frame hunched over a pair of crutches, Travis Long was a spectator for Washington State’s 31-28 victory over Washington in another thrilling Apple Cup.
Cougars pull off Apple Cup upset - Spokesman.com - Nov. 24, 2012
PULLMAN – Somewhere, lost blissfully in the din of Martin Stadium’s makeshift outdoor party on Friday afternoon, Logan Mayes knows there was a child smiling ear-to-ear.
Winston makes name for himself with 3 rushing TDs - Washington State University - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
PULLMAN — Carl Winston grew up in Southern California, blissfully unaware of the Apple Cup. Of course, four years at Washington State has taught him all he needs to know about the Washington Huskies. "We hate them and they hate us," Winston said.
PULLMAN – All the disappointment, frustration and bitterness associated with yet another losing football season at Washington State came to a crashing halt Saturday afternoon when thousands of fans stormed the field to celebrate the Cougars’ 31-28 overtime victory over Washington in the Apple Cup.
PULLMAN – There was little for Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel to do when Washington lined up for an attempt at a winning field goal with the Apple Cup tied at 28.
What went right The Cougars didn’t pack it in when UW took a 28-10 lead late in the third quarter. Jeff Tuel completed 33 of 53 passes for 350 yards and orchestrated three fourth-quarter scoring drives to help WSU tie the game and force overtime. And the Cougars dominated up front, holding the Huskies to 2.3 yards per carry while sacking Price twice.
PULLMAN — Mike Leach, the embattled Washington State football coach, told USA Today last week the offseason for his team "would be one for the ages."
Apple Cup 2-minute drill | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
Player of the game Jeff Tuel, likely playing his last game at Washington State and with a troublesome knee he tweaked on the last play of the first half, completed 33 of 53 passes for 350 yards. His two interceptions came after bobbles by WSU receivers.
Andrew Furney gets last laugh as Cougars stun Huskies, 31-28 in overtime | Huskies | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — Andrew Furney had lots of reasons to laugh after kicking a 27-yard field goal in overtime to lift Washington State to an improbable 31-28 victory over Washington in the Apple Cup on Friday.
Blanchette: No matter past or future, win will be savored - Spokesman.com - Nov. 24, 2012
PULLMAN – Retailers can market the day as they see fit. But anyone who saw the 105th Apple Cup knows how it will be forever remembered.
Cougars defense turns in ringing performance - Spokesman.com - Nov. 24, 2012
PULLMAN – Logan Mayes calls him "our bell cow." But when Washington State linebacker Travis Long was sidelined by injury, it was Mayes’ time to answer the bell in the Apple Cup.
Cougars' Mayes makes most of first start " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — All the disappointment, frustration and bitterness associated with yet another losing football season at Washington State came to a crashing halt Saturday afternoon when thousands of fans stormed the field to celebrate the overtime victory over Washington in the Apple Cup.
Postgame Notes - Washington State
It was the largest comeback in Apple cup history.
Cougars come from behind, force overtime to shock Huskies in Apple Cup | Seattle PI Sports Blog - seattlepi.com
The Cougars came into Friday’s Apple Cup as 13.5-point underdogs. They hadn’t won a game since Sept. 14. They hadn’t beaten a Pac-12 team all season. And the Huskies, ranked 25th in the ESPN college football poll, looked like sure victors before the game even started at Martin Stadium. What’s more, the Huskies looked like they’d run away with the game after opening an 18-point lead in the third quarter.
For better or worse, there will be lots of time to dissect this one and how it fits into the season. But no doubt, the way the Huskies let this one get away makes this the most disappointing loss of the year --- it was the largest comeback in Apple Cup history.
Cougars stop the Huskies' forward progress | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — The Washington football team took the next step, all right. The Huskies stepped to the side to avoid crazed Cougars fans who rushed the field after this game.
Penalties — 18 of them — undo Huskies in Apple Cup loss to WSU | Husky Football | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — Batting around the reasons for Washington's 31-28 overtime loss to Washington State in Friday's Apple Cup, Huskies senior safety Justin Glenn said there was one he couldn't escape.
Huskies' first offensive play of overtime was their last | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — The Washington Huskies wanted to strike fast once they found themselves in overtime in the Apple Cup on Friday.
Huskies Notebook: Sankey bottled up by Cougars " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Bishop Sankey didn't hear many catcalls or insults from Washington State Cougar fans. He was too busy trying to fight off defenders and find yards that weren't there.
Trickery backfires on Huskies - Spokesman.com - Nov. 24, 2012
PULLMAN – The Washington Huskies have pulled it before, drawing Stanford offsides on third-and-short to pull out a big win earlier this season. Not this time.
Huskies collapse late as Cougars win Apple Cup | Local News | The Seattle Times
Getting to eight victories was supposed to be Washington's steppingstone. Proof that they had recovered from a midseason stretch of three bad losses and continued on the path of yearly, incremental improvement under Steve Sarkisian.