Memorable Cougar Games Featured On FSN Classics
Aug. 30, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Five classic Washington State football games from the past 15 years will be rebroadcast this fall with the creation of FSN Northwest's new program, FSN Classics. The weekly show on Thursday nights features the most unforgettable games in Northwest sports. Beginning Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m., the first 11 weeks of the program will feature a selection of the region's best collegiate football games on record.
With FSN Classics, the network is providing viewers the opportunity to re-live the most memorable gridiron moments for the Huskies, Cougars, Beavers and Ducks over the past 15 years. In addition to some of the most exciting Apple Cup and Civil War games in recent memory, FSN will replay unforgettable battles such as the 'Whammy in Miami.'
The first Cougar rebroadcast will be Sept. 15, featuring WSU's 2002 overtime win over USC, the Trojans only Pac-10 loss of the season. Also scheduled for rebroadcast is the Cougars' 1997 season-opening win over UCLA on Oct. 6, the 1996 upset of No.25 Oregon on Nov. 10, and the final broadcast of the series on Nov. 14, featuring both the 1992 and 2002 Apple Cup victories. The initial schedule of FSN Classics is as follows:
9/8 The 1998 Civil War: Beginning the Turnaround of the Beavers Football Program
Heated rivals Oregon and Oregon State have produced some classic games from their Civil War battles, but perhaps none more thrilling than this double overtime affair on November 21, 1998, in Corvallis. Freshman Ken Simontons' 16-yard touchdown run, his fourth of the day, gave OSU the victory and the schools first five-win season since 1971. The victory was a turning point in the fortunes of the OSU program and might single-handedly be responsible for reviving Beaver Nation.
9/15 The 2002 Washington State Overtime Win Over USC
In USC's only Pac-10 loss of the season, the Cougars proved to be the best team that day with a thrilling overtime win. Leading most of the game, the Cougs racked up 516 yards of total offense, but the game was still in doubt after Mike Williams caught a 55 yard pass late in the 4th quarter. The Trojans missed the PAT, and the game went into overtime. Drew Dunning nailed the game shut with a 35-yard field goal to secure victory for the Cougars.
9/22 The 1994 'Whammy in Miami'
In perhaps one of the most significant upsets in UW history, No. 17 Washington pulled out a 38-20 upset over the sixth-ranked Hurricanes, ending Miami's NCAA-record 58-game home winning streak at the Orange Bowl. Dubbed 'The Whammy in Miami' by Husky lineman Bob Sapp, the Dawgs posted 25 points in the third quarter, ignited by a 75-yard screen pass from Husky QB Damon Huard. UW secured the victory over a Hurricane team that hadn't lost at home since 1985.
9/29 The 2000 Civil War: No. 8 Beavers Shoot Down No. 5 Ducks
In the most eagerly awaited Civil War in years between the 8th-ranked Beavers and 5th-ranked Ducks, Oregon State defeated Oregon 23-13, simultaneously crushing the Ducks hopes of a Rose Bowl berth while recording the school's first-ever 10-win season. In the 104th playing of the rivalry game on November 18, 2000, Oregon's quarterback Joey Harrington threw five interceptions as OSU's tenacious defense pounded him every play. Harrington had led the Ducks back from fourth-quarter deficits the previous three games and looked as though he would lead Oregon again to a comeback win, but the Beavers defense made the big plays down the stretch and came away with the victory.
10/6 The 1997 Cougars in a Thrilling 37-34 Win over UCLA
In the first game of their 'Season of Destiny,' the Cougs needed every one of Ryan Leaf's 381 passing yards, and a little luck to get this great win. After scoring 27 straight points in the 2nd quarter, WSU took a 30-14 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Bruins came storming back to within 3 points in the 4th quarter. After trading possessions back and forth a couple of times, UCLA drove to within one yard of the goal line. On 4th down with 2:38 on the clock, the Bruins failed to punch the ball into the end zone, and the Cougars prevailed.
10/13 The 1990 'All I Saw Was Purple' Game, a 31-0 Huskies Blowout over 5th-Ranked USC
On September 22, 1990, this 31-0 Husky blowout over the fifth-ranked Trojans may have produced one of the most famous quotes in Huskies history. In what is now known as the 'all I saw was purple' game, from the quote given by USC QB Todd Marinovich following the Huskies harassment of him all day, the Trojans saw the arrival of the 'Purple Reign' defense. USC was never even given a chance to stay with the Huskies, and fell 24-0 at halftime. Marinovich said after the game ``It's never over until it's over, but this one was over early.''
10/20 The 1999 OSU Rout of UCLA Ends an NCAA-record 28 Straight Losing Seasons for the Beavers
On October 23, 1999, the Beavers were coming off three straight losses and feared another losing season might be a foregone conclusion, but the UCLA Bruins proved to be the cure for the Beavers woes as Jonathan Smith passed for three touchdowns and ran for one as the Beavers routed UCLA 55-7 in its most lopsided victory ever against the Bruins. Oregon State went on to finish the season 7-5, ending an NCAA-record 28 straight losing seasons.
10/27 The 1998 Huskies Comeback Win Over ASU, Led by Brock Huard's TD Pass with :28 Seconds
In a battle between two Heisman Trophy Candidates, Washington's Brock Huard got the upper hand over J.R. Redmond at the right time, with the game on the line, as he brought the Huskies from behind to defeat the Sun Devils 42-38. It looked as though it would be the SunDevils day when Redmond had a huge 61-yard punt return that set up a go-ahead touchdown with just 2:00 left in the game, but the Huskies came back and a Huard TD pass with 28 seconds left gave UW the win.
11/3 The 2000 Beavers and Huskies in the Northwest Football's Version of 'Wide Right'
The No. 13 Huskies defeated No. 23 Oregon State in a hard-fought game that was ultimately decided in the final seconds. Washington scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull ahead 33-30, but had to sweat it out Beavers marched down the field for their final drive and got within field goal range. Beavers' kicker Ryan Cesca was brought out to force the game into overtime, but his kick went wide right, giving the Huskies their 13th straight win against Oregon State.
11/10 The 1996 Cougars Defeat the 25th-Ranked Oregon Ducks
Dorian Boose sacked Oregon QB Ryan Perry-Smith, and recovered the fumble, running it in for a touchdown with no time left in the first half, helping Ryan Leaf to his first Pac-10 victory. WSU got up as much as 52-14, but Oregon stormed back to within 52-44, scoring 30 of the last 33 points. The Ducks, who were ranked No. 25 coming into the game, had won seven straight games on the road. Michael Black ran for 214 yards, and Leaf through 4 touchdowns.
11/14 The Best of the Apple Cup - 1992's Blizzard Game and 2002's Triple Overtime Thriller
1992 Apple Cup: Played in the middle of a blizzard, this is probably the most fondly-remembered game of the Drew Bledsoe era at WSU. UW came into the game 9-1, and ready for the Rose Bowl, but it was the team from Pullman who would leave victorious. Bledsoe connected with Shaumbe Wright-Fair on 3 spectacular touchdown passes as the Cougs crushed the Huskies 42-23 to earn a trip to the Copper Bowl.
2002 Apple Cup: In one of the most dramatic finishes in Apple Cup history, the Huskies, a strong underdog, defeated No. 3 WSU 29-26 in triple overtime. John Anderson kicked five field goals, including the game-winner from 49-yards out. After Anderson's field goal, the Cougars had a chance to end the game with a touchdown, but in a controversial ending, backup quarterback Matt Kegal was ruled to have thrown a backward pass that was picked up by the Huskies, ending the game.