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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 20, 2007 at 9:09 AM

Questions and Tuesday links

I’ve probably again missed some of your questions buried in some of the other threads, so let’s try it again where we put all the questions here and I’ll get to them as quickly as I can.
For today’s paper, I wrote about the first-ever game between UW and WSU, a 5-5 tie. We figured it would be fitting to review the first one with the 100th game being played this week.
We also had this notebook, leading off with Jake Locker’s status and including a couple of quotes from Jordan Reffett, who emerged as something of the star of the media luncheon Monday.
Bud Withers also wrote this column about how the Huskies almost always seem to get the better of the Cougars, especially of late.
We’re also doing some lists throughout the week to celebrate it being the 100th game between the two that for some reason isn’t running on-line. So I’ll just put it here.
Today it was “The Greatest Plays” and we named three as well as including a “Did You Know?” about the game.
Nov. 22, 1975 — Spider catches WSU in his web.
In what stands as maybe the most incredible finish in Apple Cup finish, UW rallied from a 27-14 deficit with 3:01 left to beat the Cougars 28-27 on a rainy afternoon at Husky Stadium. WSU had a 27-14 lead and the ball at the UW 14, facing fourth-and-one, when it decided to go for it. Al Burleson picked off a John Hopkins pass and ran it back 93 yards for a TD. After a WSU punt, Warren Moon lofted a ball to midfield where two Cougars had a chance to intercept it. Instead, it hit off WSU’s Tony Heath into the hands of UW receiver Spider Gaines, who collected it and ran untouched to complete a 78-yard scoring play that won the game. It was the first Apple Cup for UW coach Don James, the last for WSU coach Jim Sweeney, who resigned two days later.
Nov. 21, 1992 — Two Cougars, one touchdown
This game is best-known as “The Snow Bowl” when an underdog Cougar team beat a UW squad that had been ranked No. 1 in the nation earlier in the season 42-23 in a blinding snowstorm in Pullman. The highlight play was a 44-yard TD pass from Drew Bledsoe to Phillip Bobo, with Bobo diving to catch the ball as he slid into a snowbank near the goalpost alongside teammate C.J. Davis, who also likely could have caught the ball.
Nov. 18, 2006 — How’d he do that?
Washington pulled off one of its bigger upsets in the history of the series with the help of a slew of big plays. None was harder-to-fathom than a 64-yard catch and run by receiver Cody Ellis on a pass from Carl Bonnell that was thrown just a little bit behind him. The ball bounced off Ellis’ left hand, dropped down his left side, with Ellis appearing to trap it against his left knee, then control it just above his shoestrings, taking off and running past a stunned Cougar defense and even more stunned fans, who weren’t quite sure what they had seen.
Did you know? — The 1919 game is remembered most for some UW players pulling off a heist of one of two stuffed Cougars the Washington State team was then using as a mascot. The Cougars were left in the hands of some WSC freshmen, but a few of the UW contingent convinced them that one was needed at the gym and took it away, according to the book “The Crimson and the Gray.” The pilfered Cougar remained at the UW Sigma Nu house until 1932 when it was stolen back.
Lastly, for all of your other Cougar needs, try the Spokesman Review’s SportsLink blog here.

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