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Greatest Plays in Apple Cup History

As part of the celebration of the 100th game in Apple Cup history in 2007, Washington State University presented 12 of the top plays in this intrastate rivalry. Below are some of the greatest moments in the history of the Washington State-Washington match up. Be sure to check out the video clips from many of these plays. JUST ADDED: BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE 2007 & 2008 PLAYS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE


2005 Apple Cup
Trandon Harvey caught a short pass from Alex Brink and ran 39 yards for the winning score with 1:20 remaining to give Washington State a 26-22 win. Harvey used a key block from fellow receiver Greg Prator for the deciding score, which gave the Cougars their second straight win over the Huskies. The Cougars won the Apple Cup in Seattle for the first time since 1997, the Cougars' Rose Bowl season.
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1997 Apple Cup
Chris Jackson's first of two touchdown receptions came on a 57-yard catch and run that put WSU on top for good 14-7 midway through the second quarter. His second came late in the third quarter and covered 50 yards after the Huskies had drawn to within three points, 24-21. Jackson finished his career day with eight catches for 185 yards.
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1988 Apple Cup
Down by 12 at the half, Washington State mounted a stirring second-half comeback, highlighted by a fourth quarter blocked punt by Shawn Landrum, to defeat Washington and propel themselves to an Aloha Bowl berth, the program's first bowl game since the 1981 Holiday Bowl. With the Huskies facing a fourth and five at their own 32, Landrum made the play of the game by blocking a Husky punt; the Cougars' Jay Languein recovered the ball at the Washington 13-yard line with 10:42 remaining. The WSU offense moved the ball to the five-yard line and with 9:06 left in the game, quarterback Timm Rosenbach ran the remaining yards into the endzone to put the Cougars up for good. "Jay Languein told coach Dave Arnold he felt if he stepped outside, the corner (Shawn Landrum) could go inside and have a chance to block it on the return," WSU Head Coach Dennis Erickson said. "He (Landrum) just came through free and made a great play to block it."
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1930 Apple Cup
A field goal as one of the greatest plays in Washington State Apple Cup history? It is when it sends the team to the Rose Bowl. Washington State College was rolling in 1930. Cougar Head Coach Babe Hollingbery had led the team to a 7-0 record and on the cusp on the school's second Rose Bowl appearance heading into the Washington game. The game's only score was set up when Washington's Merle Hufford fumbled the opening kickoff and Elmer Schwartz recovered for WSC. WSC took advantage of the turnover as Lyle Maskell's 41-yard field goal gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead 58 seconds into the game. The Cougars made that lead stand the rest of the way, winning their eighth straight game.

1985 Apple Cup
Tied at 14 at the end of three quarters in frigid Husky Stadium, Mark Rypien connected with Kitrick Taylor for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give WSU a 21-14 lead with 11:19 remaining. With 2:25 left to play and facing a fourth down, Washington quarterback Chris Chandler connected with Lonzell Hill for a 50-yard touchdown pass to pull the Huskies to within one at 21-20. The Huskies went for two and the win, but Chandler was pressured by strong safety Ron Collins into throwing his pass over the end zone, securing the Cougars' third Apple Cup win in four years.
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1972 Apple Cup
Washington State quarterback Ty Paine threw for over 5,000 yards during his career but it was his legs that sparked a comeback for the Cougars in the 1972 Apple Cup at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. Down 10-3 at the half, Paine's 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter sparked a string of 24 unanswered points by the Cougars as WSU defeated Washington 27-10. The Cougar defense made life miserable for Washington quarterback Sonny Sixkiller all day. The WSU defense sacked Sixkiller six times, forced him into three fumbles, while Eric Johnson intercepted Sixkiller three times. The Huskies also lost five of six fumbles, had a punt blocked and finished with minus 11 yards rushing.

1992 Apple Cup
One of the most remembered plays of not only Apple Cup history, but in WSU Athletics history, occurred 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. The play began a 29-point scoring onslaught by the Cougars in the third quarter as WSU bolted to a 35-7 lead en route to a 42-23 win.
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1983 Apple Cup
Richard Calvin scored on two short second quarter touchdown runs to propel the Cougars to their second straight victory in the series. As in 1982, WSU once again denied Washington a trip to the Rose Bowl by holding the Husky offense to only two field goals in its 17-6 win. In handing Washington its first home loss in 17 games, the Cougars rushed for 224 yards and held the Huskies to 67 yards on the ground.
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1994 Apple Cup
With the Cougars up 7-6 in the early stages of the second quarter, the Washington State "Palouse Posse" defense recovered a Damon Huard fumble and it didn't take long for the Cougar offense to take advantage. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Chad Davis connected with Albert Kennedy on a 52-yard pass play to the Washington 20. Two plays later, Kevin Hicks scored on a 3-yard run to extend WSU's lead to 14-6 en route to a 21-6 halftime advantage and a 23-6 victory.
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2004 Apple Cup
Sophomore wide receiver Jason Hill broke the Washington State record for touchdown receptions in a season by hauling in his 12th in the third quarter. With WSU up 21-10, quarterback Alex Brink connected with Hill from 22 yards out to extend the Cougars' lead to 28-10. WSU held on to win 28-25, ending a seven-year drought in the Apple Cup.
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1997 Apple Cup
Freshman Lamont Thompson accounted for three of Washington quarterback Brock Huard's five interceptions in the 1997 Apple Cup. In addition to his three interceptions, Thompson, who didn't become a regular until the last three games of the year, was all over the field, making a team-high 12 tackles.
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1982 Apple Cup
Mark Pleis' interception with 56 seconds left clinched the Cougars' shocking upset over fifth-ranked Washington; thereby setting off a memorable celebration culminating with the goalposts taken down and carried out of Martin Stadium. In the first Apple Cup to be played at Pullman in 28 years, the Cougars, who were 2-7-1 entering the game, earned their first win over UW in nine years. In addition, it was the highest ranked team WSU had ever beaten up to that point.
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Greatest Plays In Addition To The Above 12:

2007 Apple Cup
Alex Brink threw for 399 yards and five touchdowns, the last a 35-yarder to Brandon Gibson with 31 seconds left, and Washington State came from behind to win the 100th Apple Cup 42-35 against Washington at Husky Stadium.
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2008 Apple Cup
Washington State forced overtime with Nico Grasu's 28-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, then Grasu hit from 37 yards in the second overtime to stun rival Washington 16-13 in double overtime to win its fourth Apple Cup in five years.
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