This Friday the Apple Cup will kick off from Seattle's Husky Stadium. The game will be the 108th edition of the rivalry game and the 59th to emanate from the west side of the state.
The first game of the series was in Seattle in 1900. It was a tight back and forth that saw plenty of defense from both sides before ending in a 5-5 tie.
The last time the teams played in Seattle was 2013. It was a slightly higher affair scoring that saw the Cougs fall 27-17.
While neither of those two Seattle Apple Cups were all that memorable for Cougar fans, there were plenty of great moments for the crimson and gray on the road in between.
The top of that list for most fans is probably the 1997 game. The Huskies were the only thing standing in the way of the Cougs and their first Rose Bowl in nearly 70 years, and they took car of business. I'll let noted college football announcer Rick Rizzs bring you the highlights.
That Leaf to Jackson score put the Cougs on top 14-7 on their way to a 41-35 victory and a dance with the roses.
Then there was the 1985 Apple Cup from a 19-degree Husky Stadium.
Rueben Mayes and his 162 yard rushing performance put the Cougs up late in the game. But in the 4th, the Huskies scored what could have been the game tying touchdown with just over 2 minutes to play, but they went for 2 and missed the go-ahead conversion to lose. Washington's scoring plays aren't included in the highlights above, but you can see every Washington State score in beautiful 1985 silent color film.
Then, there was my personal favorite. The first Apple Cup I was able to attend in person was a classic. In 2007, the Cougs were locked in a back and forth battle at Husky Stadium. It was tied at 35-35... Until this happened... Noted poker announcer and star of Rocky 4 Barry Tompkins on the call:
The horse-shoe was rocking after Alex Brink, in his final Apple Cup, found Brandon Gibson inexplicably wide open in the endzone. It was the Cougar's 5th win of the year and they still didn't find their way to a bowl game (So take your 5-7 bowl eligibility and shove it NCAA).
What was your favorite Apple Cup moment from the purple palace on Montlake? Let us know in the comments.
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