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The Apple Cup is an American college football rivalry game between the University of Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars, the two largest universities in the state of Washington. Both are members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.

Apple Cup
Apple cup logo.jpeg
SportCollege football
First meetingNovember 30, 1900
tie, 5–5
Latest meetingNovember 23, 2018
Washington, 28–15
Next meetingNovember 29, 2019
in Seattle
StadiumsHusky Stadium
Martin Stadium
TrophyApple Cup (since 1962)
Governor's Trophy (1934–61)
Statistics
Meetings total111
All-time seriesWashington leads,
73–32–6 (.685)
Largest victoryWashington, 51–3 (2000)
Longest win streakWashington, 8
(1959–1966, 1974–1981)
Current win streakWashington, 6
(2013–present)
Locations of the two universities in Washington

First played 119 years ago in 1900,[1][2][3] the matchup is traditionally the final game of the regular season for both teams and regularly took place on the Saturday preceding Thanksgiving. With the NCAA's extension of the regular season to twelve games in 2006, the game is often played at a later date. Since 2011, it has most commonly been held on the Friday after Thanksgiving.[4]

Since 1946, the game has been held in odd years in Seattle at Husky Stadium (except 2011, at CenturyLink Field), while Washington State has hosted during even years at Rogers Field (1946, 1948, 1954) and Martin Stadium (since 1982) in Pullman, and Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. The games in eastern Washington from 1935 to 1948, all in Pullman, were held in mid-October. The exception was in 1945, when two games were played: the first in Seattle in mid-October, and the second in Pullman in late November.[5][6][7]

First awarded in 1962, the Apple Cup trophy is presented to the winner by the state's governor at the conclusion of the game.

Series historyEdit

The teams played for the "Governor's Trophy" from 1934 to 1961.[8] The game was renamed the Apple Cup in 1962 because of Washington's national reputation as a major producer of apples.

When the college football regular season was lengthened from eleven to twelve games in 2006, there was a movement to change the date of the game from the Saturday before Thanksgiving to the weekend following, which would have allowed a bye week for both teams during the season. In 2006, both teams played twelve straight weeks without a bye, leaving the two teams noticeably fatigued. The 2007 game was played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the first time; but the 2008 game was returned to the Saturday before the holiday.

The media joked that the 2008 game won by the Cougars in Pullman was the "Crapple Cup" and "full of worms," because WSU (1–10) hosted winless UW (0–11).[9] The game returned to the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2009 in Seattle. The 2011 game in Seattle was moved to CenturyLink Field to allow an early start on the renovation of Husky Stadium.

From 1950 through 1980 (except for 1954),[10] the WSU home games in the series were played in Spokane at Joe Albi Stadium (Memorial Stadium until 1962). The Cougars won three of these fifteen games (1958, 1968, 1972). In 1910, the WSU home game in Spokane was played at Recreation Park (47°40′05″N 117°22′05″W / 47.668°N 117.368°W / 47.668; -117.368).

The first game in 1900 resulted in a 5–5 tie. The series has been played continuously since 1945, when there were two games, one in Seattle and one in Pullman.

Game resultsEdit

Washington victoriesWashington State victories
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
1 1900 Seattle[1] Tie5Tie5
2 1901 Pullman Washington Agricultural 10 Washington 0
3 1902 Seattle Washington 16 Washington State 0
4 1903 Pullman Washington 10 Washington State 0
5 1904 Seattle Washington 12 Washington State 6
6 1907 Seattle[11] Washington State 10 Washington 5
7 1908 Seattle Tie6Tie6
8 1910 Spokane Washington 16 Washington State 0
9 1911 Seattle Washington 30 Washington State 6
10 1912 Seattle Washington 19 Washington State 0
11 1913 Seattle Washington 20 Washington State 0
12 1914 Seattle Washington 45 Washington State 0
13 1917 Seattle Washington State 14 Washington 0
14 1919 Pullman Washington 13 Washington State 7
15 1921 Seattle Washington State 14 Washington 0
16 1922 Pullman Washington 16 Washington State 13
17 1923 Seattle Washington 24 Washington State 7
18 1924 Seattle Washington 14 Washington State0
19 1925 Pullman Washington 23 Washington State 0
20 1926 Seattle Washington State 9 Washington 6
21 1927 Seattle Washington 14 Washinghon State0
22 1928 Seattle Washington 6 Washington State0
23 1929 Pullman Washington State 20 Washington 13
24 1930 Seattle Washington State 3 Washington 0
25 1931 Seattle Washington 12 Washington State 0
26 1932 Seattle Tie0Tie0
27 1933 Pullman Washington State17 Washington 6
28 1934 Seattle Tie0Tie0
29 1935 Pullman Washington 21 Washington State 0
30 1936 Seattle #6 Washington 40 #20 Washington State 0
31 1937 Pullman Tie7Tie7
32 1938 Seattle Washington 26 Washington State 0
33 1939 Pullman Washington State 6 Washington 0
34 1940 Seattle #12 Washington 33 Washington State 9
35 1941 Pullman Washington 23 Washington State 13
36 1942 Seattle Tie0Tie0
37 1945 Seattle Washington 6 Washington State 0
38 1945 Pullman Washington State 7 Washington 0
39 1946 Pullman Washington 21 Washington State 7
40 1947 Seattle Washington 20 Washington State 0
41 1948 Pullman Washington State 10 Washington 0
42 1949 Seattle Washington 34 Washington State 21
43 1950 Spokane #18 Washington 52 Washington State 21
44 1951 Seattle Washington State 27 Washington 25
45 1952 Spokane Washington 33 Washington State 27
46 1953 Seattle Washington State 25 Washington 20
47 1954 Pullman Washington State 26 Washington 7
48 1955 Seattle Washington 27 Washington State 7
49 1956 Spokane Washington 40 Washington State 26
50 1957 Seattle Washington State 27 Washington 7
51 1958 Spokane Washington State 18 Washington 14
52 1959 Seattle #14 Washington 20 Washington State 0
53 1960 Spokane #5 Washington 8 Washington State 7
54 1961 Seattle Washington 21 Washington State 17
55 1962 Spokane Washington 26 Washington State 21
56 1963 Seattle Washington 16 Washington State 0
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
57 1964 Spokane Washington 14 Washington State 0
58 1965 Seattle Washington 27 Washington State 9
59 1966 Spokane Washington 19 Washington State 7
60 1967 Seattle Washington State 9 Washington 7
61 1968 Spokane Washington State 24 Washington 0
62 1969 Seattle Washington 30 Washington State 21
63 1970 Spokane Washington 43 Washington State 25
64 1971 Seattle Washington 28 Washington State 20
65 1972 Spokane #20 Washington State 27 #17 Washington 10
66 1973 Seattle Washington State 52 Washington 26
67 1974 Spokane Washington 24 Washington State 17
68 1975 Seattle Washington 28 Washington State 27
69 1976 Spokane Washington 51 Washington State 32
70 1977 Seattle #19 Washington 35 Washington State 15
71 1978 Spokane #20 Washington 38 Washington State 8
72 1979 Seattle #16 Washington 17 Washington State 7
73 1980 Spokane #16 Washington 30 Washington State 23
74 1981 Seattle #17 Washington 23 #14 Washington State 10
75 1982 Pullman Washington State 24 #5 Washington 20
76 1983 Seattle Washington State 17 #15 Washington 6
77 1984 Pullman #8 Washington 38 Washington State 29
78 1985 Seattle Washington State 21 Washington 20
79 1986 Pullman #12 Washington 44 Washington State 23
80 1987 Seattle Washington 34 Washington State 19
81 1988 Pullman Washington State 32 Washington 31
82 1989 Seattle Washington 20 Washington State 9
83 1990 Pullman #10 Washington 55 Washington State 10
84 1991 Seattle #2 Washington 56 Washington State 21
85 1992 Pullman #25 Washington State 42 #5 Washington 23
86 1993 Seattle Washington 26 Washington State 3
87 1994 Pullman Washington State 23 #18 Washington 6
88 1995 Seattle #22 Washington 33 Washington State 30
89 1996 Pullman #12 Washington 31 Washington State 24OT
90 1997 Seattle #11 Washington State 41 Washington 35
91 1998 Pullman Washington 16 Washington State 9
92 1999 Seattle Washington 24 Washington State 14
93 2000 Pullman #6 Washington 51 Washington State 3
94 2001 Seattle Washington 26 #9 Washington State 14
95 2002 Pullman Washington 29 #3 Washington State 263OT
96 2003 Seattle Washington 27 #8 Washington State 19
97 2004 Pullman Washington State 28 Washington 25
98 2005 Seattle Washington State 26 Washington 22
99 2006 Pullman Washington 35 Washington State 32
100 2007 Seattle Washington State 42 Washington 35
101 2008 Pullman Washington State 16 Washington 132OT
102 2009 Seattle Washington 30 Washington State 0
103 2010 Pullman Washington 35 Washington State 28
104 2011 Seattle^ Washington 38 Washington State 21
105 2012 Pullman Washington State 31 #25 Washington 28OT
106 2013 Seattle Washington 27 Washington State 17
107 2014 Pullman Washington 31 Washington State 13
108 2015 Seattle Washington 45 #20 Washington State 10
109 2016 Pullman #6 Washington 45 #23 Washington State 17
110 2017 Seattle #15 Washington 41 #14 Washington State 14
111 2018 Pullman #16 Washington 28 #8 Washington State 15
Series: Washington leads 73–32–6
Source:[12][13]

^ The 2011 game was played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to expedite the Husky Stadium renovation project.

Overtime was introduced for Division I-A (FBS) in 1996 and has been used four times in the Apple Cup, all in Pullman.
Each team has two overtime victories: UW in 1996 and 2002, WSU in 2008 and 2012.

OT → Overtime (1996, 2012)
2OT → Double Overtime (2008)
3OT → Triple Overtime (2002)

After a two-year hiatus in 1943 and 1944, two games were played in 1945.
Prior to 1959, WSU was WSC.[14][15]

Coaching recordsEdit

Since 1945

WashingtonEdit

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Ralph Welch Washington 4 1945–1947 3 1 0 .750
Howard Odell Washington 5 1948–1952 2 3 0 .400
John Cherberg Washington 3 1953–1955 1 2 0 .333
Darrell Royal     Washington     1 1956 1 0 0 1.000 
Jim Owens Washington 18 1957–1974 12 6 0 .667
Don James Washington 18 1975–1992 13 5 0 .722
Jim Lambright Washington 6 1993–1998 4 2 0 .667
Rick Neuheisel Washington 4 1999–2002 4 0   1.000 
Keith Gilbertson Washington 2 2003–2004 1 1   .500
Tyrone Willingham Washington 4 2005–2008 1 3   .250
Steve Sarkisian Washington 5 2009–2013 4 1   .800
Chris Petersen Washington 5 2014–2018 5 0   1.000 
Source:[12]

Washington StateEdit

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Phil Sarboe Washington State 6 1945–1949 2 4 0 .333
Forest Evashevski Washington State 2 1950–1951 1 1 0 .500
Al Kircher Washington State 4 1952–1955 2 2 0 .500
Jim Sutherland Washington State 8 1956–1963 2 6 0 .250
Bert Clark Washington State 4 1964–1967 1 3 0 .250
Jim Sweeney Washington State 8 1968–1975 3 5 0 .375
Jackie Sherrill Washington State 1 1976 0 1 0 .000
Warren Powers Washington State 1 1977 0 1 0 .000
Jim Walden Washington State 9 1978–1986 3 6 0 .333
Dennis Erickson Washington State 2 1987–1988 1 1 0 .500
Mike Price Washington State 14 1989–2002 3 11 0 .214
Bill Doba Washington State 5 2003–2007 3 2   .600
Paul Wulff Washington State 4 2008–2011 1 3   .250
Mike Leach Washington State 7 2012–2018 1 6   .143
Source:[13]
  • Last tie was in 1942, overtime began in 1996 in Division I-A
  • Two games were played in 1945

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "A tie at Seattle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 30, 1900. p. 2.
  2. ^ "Pullman still claims the lead". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). December 1, 1900. p. 5.
  3. ^ "Football men return". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). December 2, 1900. p. 5.
  4. ^ Withers, Bud (January 6, 2014). "Apple Cup moving back to Saturday for 2014". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Important W.S.C.-Husky game on at Pullman today". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 24, 1945. p. 9.
  6. ^ "Cougars beat Huskies; make bid for Rose Bowl". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associate Press. November 25, 1945. p. 10.
  7. ^ Ashlock, Herb (November 26, 1945). "Two factors remain in path of W.S.C.'s Rose Bowl hopes". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 13.
  8. ^ [1] "Apple Cup Preview: After 107 rollicking years, even the trophy has a history" seattlepi.com November 22, 2007
  9. ^ "Washington-Washington State playing for pride in Apple Cup – Austin Murphy". SI.com. February 24, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "UW stadium go out for 1954; COP may appear". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 26, 1953. p. 17.
  11. ^ "W.S.C. defeats varsity in mud". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 22, 1907. p. 15.
  12. ^ a b "2017 Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Washington Athletics. pp. 175, 211. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "2018 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Washington State University Athletics. pp. 86, 116. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "New name for WSC near O.K." Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. February 4, 1959. p. 2.
  15. ^ "New name near for State College". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. August 5, 1959. p. 18.