WSU Victorious in Double OT to Claim Apple Cup
Nico Grasu kicked three field goals, including a 37-yard game-winner in the second overtime, to clinch the Washington State Cougars' come-from-behind, 16-13 victory over the Washington Huskies in the 101st Apple Cup, proudly sponsored by Boeing.
Cougar notes from the 101st Apple Cup:
With the victory over the Huskies, WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff became the first Cougar head coach to win the Apple Cup in his debut season since Jim Sweeney in 1968.
WSU's victory over Washington gives the Cougars four Apple Cups in the last five years, the first time in the history of the rivalry that WSU has accomplished the feat...the victory is the first in Martin Stadium for the Cougars since 2004 (28-25).
With the victory, WSU defensive end Matt Mullennix won the fourth Apple Cup of his career...Mullennix is the first player in school history to be a part of four Apple Cup victories.
With his five receptions, senior wide receiver Brandon Gibson claimed sole possession of second place on WSU's career receptions list, passing Hugh Campbell (176; 1960-62)...Gibson ended his Cougar career with 182 receptions, second in school history and 20th all-time in Pac-10 history. Gibson also ended his WSU career as the all-time receiving yardage leader with 2,756 yards, 20th in Pac-10 history.
WSU won the Apple Cup for the first time in overtime...Washington won the previous two Apple Cups (1996 and 2002) that went into overtime.
Grasu's performance earned him Pacific-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors.