This week we’ll share stories from a few of the oddest Apple Cups — the 1963 game, which was postponed a week after JFK’s assassination; the 2008 contest that matched Paul Wulff’s first WSU team, which came into the game with one victory, and the winless Huskies; and last year’s comeback win by the Cougars.
Each day, we’ll take a look at the series.
A win by WSU on Friday would be its second straight, matching its longest streak in the series, which began with a 5-5 tie in 1900. (The series became known as the Apple Cup in 1962.)
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WSU: The Cougars have won two straight eight times, most recently in 2007 and 2008. Both those games were close, the Cougars winning 42-35 in Seattle, then 16-13 at home in two overtimes in ’08. The Cougars’ back-to-back wins in 1972 and 1973 were by a combined 43 points.
UW: The Huskies won eight straight from 1974 through 1981, by an average of 13.4 points. There were thrillers, including the stunning comeback victory in 1975 led by Al Burleson, Spider Gaines and Warren Moon. There were routs, the biggest a 38-8 thumping at Spokane in 1978. The streak didn’t end until the game returned to Pullman in 1982. The Cougars’ home Apple Cup games were played at Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium from 1950 through 1980, except for the 1954 game. The series returned to Martin Stadium in1982, and the Cougars put an end to their losing streak with a 24-20 victory. WSU fans tore down the goal posts, hauled them out of the stadium and tossed them into the Palouse River.
Seattle Times staff