Washington State-Washington: Before The Apple Cup
Nov. 12, 2006
Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a six-part series featuring the most memorable games of the Washington State-Washington football rivalry, universally known as the Apple Cup.
Apple Cup Series
The 99th meeting in the series, which dates back to 1900, will kickoff at 3:45 p.m., Saturday, November 18 at Martin Stadium.
Today's Feature: It has only been since 1962 that the WSU-UW annual rivalry has been named the Apple Cup. Part one of the Apple Cup series features accounts of select games prior to 1962. Much of the information and quotes in the piece were taken from newspaper accounts of the game.
Check back to wsucougars.com Monday for part two of the Apple Cup series.
Nov. 1, 1901
The second all-time meeting between the Cougars and Huskies proved to be the first with a decisive outcome. The first meeting in 1900 ended in a 5-5 tie. In high wind and rainy conditions, the Cougars left little doubt as to the outcome of this one. WAC scored two touchdowns, one each half (in that time a touchdown was worth five points) en route to a 10-0 shutout over Washington.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer account of the game included the following passage, "The agricultural boys were stronger, faster and displayed superior team work."
Nov. 29, 1917
In the days leading up to the game it was reported that WSC (the school was named Washington State College until 1959) Head Coach William "Lone Star" Dietz wants to win this game as he never wanted to win before.
This from a coach that led WSC to a 14-0 win over Brown in the 1916 Rose Bowl.
WSC were favorites but Washington Coach Claude Hunt said, "We've got a fighting chance. I think the squad has the real spirit to give the visitors all the opposition that they can wish for."
On Thanksgiving Day, it was WSC's defense that crushed Washington's spirit handing the Huskies their first home loss in a decade. The Cougars held the Huskies to no first downs and no passing yards in the game. Meanwhile, the Cougars scored a touchdown in the second and fourth quarters to capture their seventh win of the season against no losses and one tie.
The game proved to be Dietz's last game as head coach of the Cougars. To this day, he remains the only head coach to lead Washington State to a Rose Bowl victory.
Oct. 23, 1926
Ticket prices for the 20th meeting between the two schools were two dollars for a reserved seat, a dollar for an unreserved seat, and 25 cents for those in high school.
The Huskies entered the game with a perfect 5-0 mark while WSC was 2-1. Washington had outscored its five opponents by a 130-9 margin and had not scored fewer than 20 points in any of those games.
Despite Washington's impressive credentials WSC coach Babe Hollingbery, who was in his first year as the head of the Cougars, said a day prior to the game, "We'll trot out everything to win, and we plan to win."
In front of an audience of 25,000, WSC shocked UW 9-6, holding to Huskies to two field goals.
WSC was down 6-2 late in the fourth quarter with the ball on its own 38, but drove down to Washington's 10-yard line when quarterback Herbert "Butch" Meeker faked a handoff to two backs that caused the Husky defense to converge at the middle of the line. Still with the ball, Meeker ran untouched into the end zone to put the Cougars ahead with two minutes left.
Washington responded by driving to the Cougars' 17, but WSC ended any chance of a Husky comeback with an interception.
While the Huskies held the advantage in total yards entering the fourth quarter, WSC outgained Washington 103-57 in the final period.
The Cougars would go on to a 6-1 record, shutting out each of their final three opponents while Washington ended the season with an 8-2 mark.
The six points by Washington turned out to be a season low for the Huskies.
Nov. 15, 1930
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.
"We are in the most ticklish spot of the season this week," Hollingbery said days before the game. "A loss to the Huskies would be a terrific blow, and we know we have to win."
WSC was heavily favored to win; some even made the Cougars a two to three touchdown favorite.
The Cougars did win, but most likely, it wasn't in the manner that the majority of the 42,000 in attendance expected. 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 in to the game.
The Cougars made that lead stand the rest of the way, winning their eighth straight game. WSC traveled east to defeat Villanova two weeks later to finish the regular season with a perfect 9-0 mark.
WSC did earn a trip to the Rose Bowl, falling to Alabama 24-0.
November 24 at Pullman
The intrastate rivalry took a hiatus in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II. The series resumed in 1945 as the two teams played two times that season. It is the only season when the two schools played twice.
The first meeting in Seattle was a scoreless tie heading into the late stages of the final quarter. Washington stunned the Cougars with a 42-yard touchdown run by Gordon Hungar in the final two minutes to give the Huskies a 6-0 victory.
Hungar's score capped a day of frustration for the Cougars as the team saw a first quarter 78-yard punt return by freshman Bill Lippincott nullified because of a holding penalty.
Six weeks later, the two team renewed acquaintances in Pullman with the winner claiming sole possession of second place in the Pacific Coast Conference. WSC entered the game with a 5-2-1 record while the Huskies were 6-2.
A steady rain began to fall just prior to kickoff and never relented, turning Roger Field into a muddy playing surface.
As in the first meeting, the two teams' defenses controlled the game as only one touchdown was scored in the contest. This time, however, it would be the Cougars that would find themselves on the winning end of the scoreboard.
The only score was an 11-yard touchdown run by WSC quarterback Jack Perrault in the first minute of the second quarter. The Cougars' touchdown was set up by one of the team's six interceptions against UW. Bob Ross picked off a Johnny Norton pass at the Cougars' 45 and returned it all the way down to Washington's 11-yard line.
Nov. 24, 1951
The motivation for the Cougars entering the 1951 game stemmed from the waning stages of the 1950 game in Spokane.
Cruising to what would eventually be a 52-21 win; Washington quarterback Don Heinrich found himself three completions shy of breaking the all-time national season record for completions.
Trouble was, it was the fourth quarter and the Cougars had possession of the ball. In order to give Heinrich a shot at the record, UW needed to gain possession of the ball; therefore, the Huskies let WSC do something that is normally unheard of in a game, and that is score.
Washington gave WSC a touchdown (a 22-yard touchdown pass from Bob Gambold to Ed Barker, for the record) got the ball back, and Heinrich eventually got his record. To add insult to injury, Washington star running back Hugh McElhenny capped the scoring with an 83-yard touchdown jaunt to complete the blowout.
"A lousy trick," WSC Head Coach Forest Evashevski said.
So much did Washington's gift touchdown resonate with Evashevski that he made this preseason statement:
"I don't care if we lose every other game we play, we WILL beat UW."
In addition, Evashevski posted a sign in the locker room that read:
Remember 1950 - UW 52, WSC 21
If the Cougars would give it back to Washington, they would have to do it in Seattle.
Things did not start out well for WSC as the Cougars fell behind 18-6 at the half. However, the Cougars extracted their revenge by storming back with 21 second half points, including two third quarter touchdowns to capture a 27-25 win.
WSC outgained UW 383 to 276; had 23 first downs to Washington's 10, and ran 89 total plays to Washington's 54.
It was the most points scored by WSC since the series began in 1900.
Nov. 23, 1957
The week leading up to the 1957 game, Washington Head Coach Jim Owens made a special emphasis of defending against Washington State's passing attack.
It didn't work.
WSC quarterback Bob Newman completed 14 passes, including eight to Don Ellingsen, for 195 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a 27-7 win over UW in Seattle.
The 20-point margin of victory was the largest by a WSC team in the history of the series up to that time.
To sum up the day for Owens and his Husky team, Washington was two and a half minutes late getting on the field to start the third quarter and was penalized 15 yards for delay of game.
Nov. 22, 1958
With a win, Washington State was hopeful of earning a trip to the Rose Bowl. WSC entered the game with a 5-2 conference record, but needed a win and a California loss to Stanford in order to earn its first trip to Pasadena since 1930.
In the days leading up to the game both teams contended with inclement weather to practice in. While Husky Head Coach Jim Owens had his team practice outside, WSC Head Coach Jim Sutherland moved the Cougars into the Fieldhouse for their practices.
The weather did not improve the day before the game. Conditions were so poor that both teams passed over scheduled workouts Friday.
In muddy conditions, the Cougars bolted out to a 12-0 first quarter lead, but UW, despite losing four fumbles in the first half, rallied to take a 14-12 advantage at the half. In the first half, UW outgained WSC 188 to 80 in total yardage.
With a possible trip to the Rose Bowl hanging in the balance, WSC opened the second half with a sterling 22-play 79-yard drive capped by a seven-yard touchdown pass from David Wilson to Donald Ellersick to go up 18-14. During the epic drive, WSC converted two fourth downs to keep it alive.
Despite the win, WSC's Rose Bowl dreams were dashed as California squeaked by Stanford 16-15.
Nov. 29, 1960
The Huskies entered their road contest against Washington State ranked fifth in the nation and were making plans for a trip to Pasadena (sound familiar?).
Unlike what would happen 22 years in the future, the Huskies prevailed over the Cougars, but it wasn't easy.
The final margin of victory proved to be a Washington two-point conversion with over seven minutes left in the game. It wasn't decided, however, until Washington blocked a Cougar field goal attempt at the end of the game.
The game was scoreless through the first three quarter, but the Cougars finally broke through on the first play of the fourth quarter with a Mel Melin touchdown pass to Hugh Campbell.
The Cougar touchdown seemed to wake the Huskies up. After returning the kickoff to WSU's 47, the Huskies embarked on a 16-play drive that was capped by a Kermit Jorgensen touchdown. On the conversion, Don McKeta, who suffered a cut on his right leg that required 10 stitches in the second quarter, caught a pass from Bob Hivner to give the Huskies an 8-7 lead.
Washington State would not go away, driving across midfield before seeing that drive end with an interception. The Cougars got the ball back after holding UW to a three and out, and drove all the way to the Huskies' 29. The upset bid was thwarted when Ray Jackson blocked the Cougars' field goal attempt.
The loss ended the Cougars season with a 4-5-1 mark. Washington would go on to defeat Minnesota 17-7 in the Rose Bowl and finish with a 10-1 record.
By Jason Krump
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