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HCA: Top 5 Apple Cups

Counting down the best from a Cougar fan perspective

Arizona v Washington State Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

On the eve of one of the most anticipated Apple Cups of all time it’s a good time to look back on the best games against UW from a Cougar perspective. Unfortunately it was pretty easy to narrow it down, but nonetheless we persist.

5. Nov. 23 2012 WSU 31 UW 28

Mike Leach’s first Apple Cup ended with a miracle 28-10 comeback. Quarterback Jeff Tuel and running back Carl Winston were the heroes on offense. Nose tackle Toni Pole was the hero as he intercepted Keith Price in overtime and returned it to set up the game-winning field goal.

4. Nov. 19, 1988 WSU 32 UW31

In the first Apple Cup I remember watching a superior Cougar team had to come back from 12 point deficit to defeat the Huskies in snowy Pullman. Shawn Landrum blocked a punt in the fourth quarter enabling the Cougars to take the lead on a Timm Rosenbach 5 yard touchdown run. The loss left the Huskies out of the post season and sent WSU to the Aloha Bowl.

3. Nov. 20, 1982 WSU 24 UW 20

A two win Cougar team upset the 5th ranked Huskies in the biggest surprise of the Apple Cup series. WSU overcame a 17-7 halftime deficit and Husky All-American kicker Chuck Nelson missed his first field goal of the season when UW could have taken the lead. The Cougar fans tore the goalposts down after the game.

2. Nov.21, 1992 WSU 42 UW 23

The infamous “Snow Bowl” in which the Cougars destroyed a top ten Husky team by scoring 35 points in the second half on the way to a blowout win. Drew Bledsoe and running back Shaumbe Wright-Fair led the Cougars to 476 total yards as Don James’ Husky empire burned like Rome.

1.Nov. 21 1997 WSU 41 UW 35

This one is number one because it sent the Cougars to their first Rose Bowl in 67 years. Ryan Leaf out-dueled Brock Huard as Cougar fans were able to celebrate on the field in Husky Stadium as the Cougs were finally on top of the conference again.


Theo Lawson chat transcript.

1988 Apple Cup players remember the classic game.