This date in Apple Cup history brings one of the most memorable games in the history of the series, as well as the conclusion of maybe the greatest season in school history, and a couple of other fantastic finishes. …
2002 UW 29, WSU 26 (3 OTs) — Nine years ago today was played one of the greatest games in not only the history of the Apple Cup, but UW history, as well, as the Huskies rallied time and again to beat the No. 3-ranked Cougars, who needed a win to clinch a spot in the Rose Bowl (WSU would end up beating UCLA two weeks later to eventually head to Pasadena anyway). Cody Pickett threw for 368 yards and a touchdown, 169 of those yards going to Reggie Williams, and John Anderson kicked five field goals as the Huskies came back to win. The game wasn’t over, though, until Kai Ellis forced a famed backward pass, which you can see in the video below:
[do action=”custom_iframe” width=”600″ height=”400″ url=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/do9-xvoJg2Y”][/do]
1996 UW 31, WSU 24 (OT) — The 2002 game was the second overtime contest in the history of the series. The first happened on the same date in 1996 when WSU rallied from a 24-0 third quarter deficit to force the extra session. UW scored first when Brock Huard hit Jerome Pathon from three yards out, then held off the Cougars when a Ryan Leaf pass was called out of bounds on WSU’s last chance on its possession. Corey Dillon powered the offense with 155 yards.
1991 UW 56, WSU 21 — Not much of a game, really, but memorable as UW beat the Cougars 56-21 to finish an 11-0 regular season and set the stage for a Rose Bowl game against Michigan in which the Huskies would state their case for a share of the national title.
1985 WSU 21, UW 20 — Though it was a WSU win, hardended UW fans remember this day as maybe the coldest in the history of Husky Stadium. Temperatures crawled as low as 19 degrees, and stadium workers flushed toilets every 15 minutes throughout the night to keep them working. The game was entertaining, as well, as UW scored with 2:25 left to make it 21-20 then went for two, a Chris Chandler pass broken up at the last minute.
1974 UW 24, WSU 17 — This game was not only the last win for Jim Owens as UW’s coach, but also featured one of the greatest individual performances in the history of the series as Husky quarterback Dennis Fitzpatrick rushed for 249 yards at Joe Albi Stadium to lift the Huskies to the win.