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A List Of 10 Of the Best Apple Cups
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/21/2002
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Nov. 21, 2002

By The Associated Press

A list of 10 of the most memorable Apple Cups, the annual college football game between Washington and Washington State:

1. 1982: The Cougars were 2-7-1, while Washington was 9-1, ranked No. 1 much of the season, and seemed destined for a third straight Rose Bowl. Washington State's 24-20 stunner spoiled those plans.

2. 1975: Washington rallied in the final three minutes for a thrilling 28-27 win. Al Burleson returned an interception 93 yards for a TD, and Spider Gaines scored on a 78-yard play when Warren Moon's pass into a midfield mob bounced off the hands of WSU's Tony Heath.

3. 1997: Ryan Leaf threw for 358 yards and two TDs as Washington State won 41-35 to reach the Rose Bowl for the first time in 67 years. "This football team will be remembered for 100 years," Cougars coach Mike Price said.

4. 1950: Hugh McElhenny ran for five TDs and 296 yards, averaging 14.8 yards per carry, in Washington's 52-21 victory at Spokane. Fifty-two years later, his statistics remain Apple Cup records.

5. 1992: In a Pullman blizzard, Shaumbe Wright-Fair ran for 193 yards and three TDs, while Drew Bledsoe passed for 260 yards and two TDs, and the Cougars won 42-23. "That's still my most favorite game I've played in," Bledsoe said recently.

6. 2000: The 9-1 Huskies clinched a Rose Bowl berth with a 51-3 victory. Washington State RB Deon Burnett, after a week of trash talk, changed out of his uniform and left Martin Stadium at halftime, when Washington led 27-0.

7. 1996: The Cougars rallied from a 24-point deficit to force overtime, but Brock Huard's 3-yard TD pass to Jerome Pathon gave Washington a 31-24 victory.

8. 1985: After five days of snow in Seattle, the turf was frozen solid. Crews put antifreeze in Husky Stadium toilets. Washington State's Ruben Mayes, though, ran for 167 yards as the Cougars won 21-20.

9. 1995: Rashaan Shehee had 212 yards and three TDs, and John Wales kicked a 21-yard field goal with a minute remaining in Washington's 33-30 victory.

10. 1942: A 0-0 tie denied the Cougars a Rose Bowl trip. Washington State's Nick Susoeff dropped a sure TD pass, dubbed "the $100,000 miss," since that's what the Rose Bowl paid then to participating schools.

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