The Apple Cup: A State of Rivalry

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  • The Washington State University Cougars and the University of Washington Huskies take to the field again on Black Friday, November 25, in Pullman to battle for the Apple Cup

The Washington State University Cougars and the University of Washington Huskies take to the field again on Black Friday, November 25, in Pullman to battle for the Apple Cup. Whichever team wins, the game will be one for the history books, like these noteworthy details of games past.

Series Score: Huskies, 70 wins; Cougars, 32 wins.

First game: It was played in 1900 in Seattle and ended in a tie for the “Governor’s” trophy, which became the Apple Cup in 1962.

Tiebreaker: The Apple Cup has resulted in a tie game only six times, all of those games in Seattle. In 1996, overtime was introduced, and four Apple Cup games have gone into OT since then, all in Pullman. UW won in 1996 and 2002, WSU in 2008 and 2012.

Games never played: No Apple Cup games were played in 1905, 1906, 1909, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1943 and 1944, because of World War I, the Spanish flu, team squabbles and World War II.

Biggest upset: 2003: UW 27, WSU 19. The Cougs were 9-2 coming into the game, compared to the Huskies’ 5-6 record.

Lowest temperature: The 2014 Apple Cup was played in 19-degree Fahrenheit weather in Pullman, the coldest game in Apple Cup history. Final score: UW 31, WSU 13.

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