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Memorable Wins At Martin Stadium Since 1979

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October 13, 1979
Washington State 17, UCLA 14
November 20, 1982
Washington State 24, Washington 20

On a sunny 70-degree fall day, the Cougars christened the newly expanded Martin Stadium in style with their first win over the Bruins since 1958. UCLA jumped out to a 14-0 lead but WSU scored 17 unanswered points en route to snapping a 12-game losing streak to the Bruins. WSU finally overcame its deficit and took its first lead of the game with 9:45 left to play on a 1-yard TD run by Brian Sickler. The Cougars were helped by their special teams as they blocked two Bruin field goal attempts. In the first Apple Cup to be played at Pullman in 28 years, the Cougars, who were 2-7-1 entering the game, extracted a measure of revenge over their in-state rival by shocking the fifth-ranked Huskies and thereby preventing UW a trip to the Rose Bowl. A year earlier, UW thwarted WSU's drive to Pasadena with a 23-10 victory at Seattle. The win was the first for WSU over UW in nine years, and it was the highest ranked team WSU had ever beaten up to that point. On a brisk 30-degree day, the Cougars warmed up in the third quarter by scoring a pair of touchdowns en route to outscoring UW 17-3 in the second half. UW's Chuck Nelson missed a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, which would have put UW up 23-21 with 4:35 to play. It was Nelson's first missed field goal of the season.
October 11, 1986
Washington State 34, USC 14
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November 19, 1988
Washington State 32, Washington 31
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The Cougars captured their first win over USC since 1957, and snapped a 16-game losing streak to USC. Kerry Porter rushed for 164 yards, leading the WSU offense to a 510-yard total offense output. The Cougars led 24-0 in the third quarter and 34-7 until the Trojans scored with 58 seconds left to play. WSU forced USC into five turnovers as the team gave Jim Walden, in what was to be his final season at the helm of the program, his only win against USC. Timm Rosenbach's 5-yard touchdown run with 9:06 left to play capped a WSU second-half comeback that propelled the Cougars to their first bowl appearance since the 1981 Holiday Bowl. Trailing 28-16 at the half, the Cougars limited Washington to one field goal and 93 yards total offense over the final 30 minutes. Rosenbach's game-winning touchdown was set up by a Shawn Landrum blocked punt that gave the Cougars the ball at the Huskies' 13-yard line. The Cougars earned a berth to the Aloha Bowl, where they defeated Houston 24-22, Christmas Day.
November 21, 1992
Washington State 42, Washington 23
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August 30, 1997
Washington State 37, UCLA 34
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In a game that was to be remembered as the "Snow Bowl," the Cougars dominated the Huskies and in the process clinched a berth to the Copper Bowl. One of the most remembered plays in WSU history occurred in this game when Drew Bledsoe hit Phillip Bobo with a 44-yard touchdown pass that concluded with Bobo sliding in to a snow bank at the end of the endzone. Shaumbe Wright-Fair rushed for 194 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per carry, and scored on runs of 3, 51 and 41 yards. The Cougars capped the season with a 31-28 win over Utah in the Copper Bowl. This win set the tone for WSU in its Rose Bowl run. Ryan Leaf threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns and Michael Black ran for 102 yards in the win. The Cougars, after falling behind 7-0 and 14-3, scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 30-14 lead at halftime. Late in the third quarter, WSU still held a 16-point advantage, only to have the Bruins ring up two touchdowns to pull within three points. The Cougar defense rallied inside the three-minute mark by halting UCLA's fourth down rushing attempt one yard from the endzone. Leaf then hit Shawn McWashington with a pair of key first down passes as the Cougars ran out the clock to win their sixth straight home opener. The game was also noteworthy for the fact that it was called by ABC broadcaster, and WSU alumnus, Keith Jackson. Jackson had worked several WSU games before but this was the first WSU game he had broadcast in Pullman.
November 15, 1997
Washington State 38, Stanford 28
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October 5, 2002
Washington State 30, USC 27 (OT)
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In front of a record (that still stands today) crowd of 40,306, the Cougars improved to 9-1 and took another step closer to the Rose Bowl with the win over the Cardinal. The WSU offense racked up 441 total yards with Ryan Leaf accounting for 258 by air and Michael Black leading the ground game with 173. The following week, WSU defeated Washington 41-35 to clinch its first trip to Pasadena in 67 years. Take your pick of big plays in this classic. The win set the stage for WSU's second trip to the Rose Bowl in six seasons. Drew Dunning kicked a tying 35-yard field goal with 1:50 left in regulation, then made another 35-yarder in overtime to give the Cougars the win. Ryan Killeen missed a 52-yard field-goal attempt on USC's overtime possession. A pair of tackle for losses by eventual Outland Trophy winner Rien Long on second and third downs forced USC to go for the long field goal. Jason Gesser threw for 315 yards while Carson Palmer, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy that year, threw for 381 yards. USC would only lose one game in the time between this loss and its loss to Texas in the Rose Bowl, Jan. 4, 2006.
November 20, 2004
Washington State 28 Washington 25
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Alex Brink threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Washington State ended a seven-year drought in the Apple Cup. Brink threw for 240 yards and Jerome Harrison rushed for 135 yards on 26 carries for the Cougars. The Cougar defense sacked Washington quarterbacks four times and had three interceptions. Note: Brink also directed WSU to an Apple Cup win in 2005, becoming the first WSU starting quarterback to defeat Washington twice.
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