Dec. 22, 2012
By Jason Krump
Minutes before kickoff of the 2012 Apple Cup, Phillip Bobo and Drew Bledsoe stood by the flagpole at the west end of Martin Stadium.
As fans came up to them to talk, relive memories, and get autographs, the pair couldn't help but reminisce.
"Nostalgic," explained Bobo of what he was feeling at the moment. "Hard to believe it's been 20 years."
"It's kind of surreal because it really does seem like it was yesterday," added Bledsoe.
It was a continuation of what the pair was feeling a day earlier during Thanksgiving dinner at Bledsoe's home in Bend, Ore.
"We were marveling at the fact it was 20 years ago when we played in the snow up here," Bledsoe said. "There are a lot of kids on the field today that weren't even born when we played that game."
That game was the 1992 Apple Cup, or what all Cougars affectionately name the "Snow Bowl."
It's a game that lives in the hearts of Cougar fans everywhere because, in large part, of a play that's continues to be talked about two decades later.
The Huskies led 7-6 when, early in the third quarter, Bledsoe and Bobo claimed their spot in Cougar history.
Faced with a second-and-nine at the Washington 44-yard line, Bledsoe took the snap, dropped back, and unleashed a pass through the snowflakes.
As the ball sailed through the air, Bobo and C.J. Davis converged at the back of the end zone. It was Bobo who came up with the ball, and a helmet full of snow when he slid under a snow bank under the west-end goal posts.
The touchdown began a 29-point third-quarter avalanche of points that buried the Huskies. The Cougars went on to win 42-23 and clinch a berth to the Copper Bowl, defeating Utah 31-28 to cap a 9-3 season.
"It was special," Bobo said of the Apple Cup win, the Cougars' first in the series since 1988.
Two decades later, the pair reunited near the site of the iconic play, and with highlights of it shown on the west-end scoreboard, Bledsoe and Bobo created another special memory.
Together they raised the Cougar Flag amidst the cheers of the Martin Stadium crowd, the same cheers they heard 20 years earlier at the same place.
"It means you can always come home," Bledsoe said of being a Coug. "It means that you're part of a family that never ends. It's really a great feeling."
"There's a lot of pride being a Coug," said Bobo. "We're Cougs and it doesn't get any better than that. I'm happy to be back today."