Part of the fun of Apple Cup week is recalling the history of a rivalry that dates to 1900.
So for the rest of the week, I figured I’d take a look at this date in Apple Cup history.
The following, then, is a list of a few of the more notable Apple Cups that were played on Nov. 21, which includes a couple of the more memorable Apple Cups in recent memory:
1998 — This one, however, doesn’t necessarily qualify as one of the more memorable games Apple Cup history. But a 16-9 UW win over the Cougars in Pullman on this date 13 years ago marked the last win as head coach for Jim Lambright. It was a big win at the time as it kept alive UW’s streak of non-losing seasons that dated to 1976 and clinched a bowl game. That turned disatrous when UW lost to Air Force in the Oahu Bowl 45-23 and Lambright was fired a few days later. The star of the 1998 Apple Cup was running back Willie Hurst, who rushed for 114 yards.
1992 — Kind of an infamous one for UW fans, but impossible to deny that the Snow Bowl, a 42-23 win for WSU in a blizzard in Pullman, is one of the more memorable in the history of the series. It was also the final Apple Cup for Don James.
1987 — This wasn’t one of James’ best years as the Huskies had just been blistered at UCLA the week before, 47-14. But UW returned a week later to beat a Dennis Erickson-coached WSU team 34-19. It was to that time one of the more offensive-minded games in the series of the game as WSU had 486 yards despite the loss. UW, though, rushed for 300 and also got a pretty good punt return by Demouy Williams (in the video below) to break open the scoring:
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1981 — In what is one of just two Apple Cups in which both teams were playing for the Rose Bowl, the Huskies got the win 23-10 thanks to three field goals by Chuck Nelson and 103 yards rushing by Ron “Cookie” Jackson. WSU, coached by Jim Walden (yes, he once was a coach) entered the game 8-1-1 while UW was 8-2. The Huskies needed to win and for USC to beat UCLA, a game that went final in the second half as UW pulled away from WSU. UW then went on to shut out Iowa in the Rose Bowl.
1959 — Another one more memorable for what it meant than anything that happened in the game as the Huskies won 20-0 to finish a 9-1 regular season and clinch a berth in its first Rose Bowl in 16 years. UW was keyed by 111 yards rushing by quarterback Bob Schloredt.