Cougars Conclude 2007 Season With Apple Cup
Nov. 19, 2007
WSU vs. WASHINGTON: The Cougars close out their 2007 schedule when they travel across the state to face the University of Washington in the annual Apple Cup. The game marks the 100th meeting in the series, with the Huskies holding a 64-29-6 advantage.
WSU-UW SERIES: Dating back to the first meeting between the Huskies and Cougars in 1900, a 5-5 tie in Seattle, Washington leads the 99-game series by a 64-29-6 margin. From 1934-61 the winner of the cross-state rivalry was awarded the Governor's Trophy. In 1962 the Apple Cup trophy was instituted, and Washington holds a 32-12 record in Apple Cup games since. WSU has won two of the last three Apple Cups, however, including the last game played in Seattle, a 26-22 Cougar victory in 2005. Washington holds a 36-15-5 advantage when playing in Seattle, and is 30-13-3 at Husky Stadium.
WSU-UW - LAST MEETING: Washington 35, WSU 32, Nov. 18, Pullman, Wash. - Louis Rankin rushed for a game-high 118 yards and two touchdowns to lead Washington to a 35-32 win over the Cougars in front of a sold out Martin Stadium. The Huskies capitalized on big plays throughout the game, scoring three touchdowns on plays of 64 yards or more, blocking a punt for a score and taking a kickoff back 87 yards to set up another touchdown. WSU quarterback Alex Brink threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns while Brandon Gibson had eight catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. WSU running back Dwight Tardy had his second 100-yard game of the season with 105 yards and one touchdown.
COUGS LOOKING FOR THIRD APPLE CUP IN FOUR YEARS: Having won Apple Cups in 2004 and 2005, the Cougars will be going for their third Apple Cup victory in the past four years. Should they succeed, this group of Cougar seniors will be just the third class to be a part of three victories over Washington. The first group to accomplish the feat dated back to the early 1950's, when the Cougars defeated Washington in 1951, 1953 and 1954. WSU also captured Apple Cup victories in 1982, 1983 and 1985. This current crop of Cougar seniors posted wins over Washington in 2004 and 2005. Quarterback Alex Brink is also looking to become the first Cougar quarterback in school history with three wins over the Huskies.
WSU UP FOR 2007 PONTIAC PAC-10 GAME CHANGING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: During Washington State's 27-7 victory over UCLA, Oct. 27, the Cougars' 274-yard rushing performance, led by a career-best 214 yards from Dwight Tardy, was named as the Pontiac Pac-10 Game Changing Performance on Fox Sports Net. With that selection, WSU was awarded $1,000 to its general scholarship fund, courtesy of Pontiac. From Nov. 13 through Nov. 24, Cougar fans can determine whether WSU will be awarded $10,000 by voting for the Cougars as the 2007 Pontiac Pac-10 Game Changing Performance of the Year. Go to www.pac-10.org/Pontiac/ to view all eight performances selected by Fox Sports Net throughout the 2007 season and to vote. The school that receives the most votes will be announced Nov. 24 during the Apple Cup on Fox Sports Net at 4 p.m. and will be awarded $10,000 to its general scholarship fund, compliments of Pontiac. In 2005, WSU earned the Pontiac Pac-10 Game Changing Performance of the Year. With 47.9 percent of the votes, Washington State had the winning performance during its game against, coincidentally, UCLA.
FSN TO BROADCAST APPLE CUP: Washington State University, the University of Washington and FSN announced an agreement has been reached to televise this year's Apple Cup, the 100th meeting between Washington State University and the University of Washington, Nov. 24 from Husky Stadium. Game time for the Apple Cup has been set for 4 p.m. Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson with be the FSN broadcast team.
APPLE CUP RALLY SET FOR THIS FRIDAY: As a prelude to this year's Apple Cup, Husky and Cougar fans are invited to attend a special Apple Cup Rally, presented by Boeing, this Friday at the Qwest Field Events Center in Seattle. Hosted by the WSU Athletic Department, the UW Athletic Department, the WSU Alumni Association and the UW Alumni Association, the event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will feature coaches, players, bands and cheerleaders from each team. Advance tickets to the Apple Cup Rally, which includes a special barbecue buffet of various traditional tailgate foods, are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online through both schools' alumni associations. They are also available at the door on the day of the event for a slightly higher price. The Apple Cup Rally is being billed as a fun, family-friendly event co-hosted by the two schools to celebrate 100 years of sportsmanship and rivalry between the Washington State Cougars and the Washington Huskies. The rally tailgate barbecue will focus on great Apple Cup moments of the past, the current teams and a look into the future.
LAST APPLE CUP IN SEATTLE: Nov. 19, 2005. - Alex Brink tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Trandon Harvey with 1:20 remaining to give Washington State a 26-22 victory. The Cougars drove 80 yards in nine plays for the winning score. Brink finished with 283 yards and two touchdowns on 21-for-35 passing. WSU running back Jerome Harrison racked up 207 rushing yards and one score on 36 carries. The Cougar defense tallied a pair of sacks and limited Washington to 99 yards rushing and 12 first downs. Washington's Evan Benjamin recorded 14 tackles, including 12 solos and one sack. WSU took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Brink to Greg Prator. The Cougars led 13-7 at intermission and 19-14 entering the fourth quarter. The Huskies took the lead 10 seconds into the final stanza on a three-yard run by James Sims and a two-point conversion pass from Isaiah Stanback to Anthony Russo.
EVANS FINDS RECORD BOOK: During last week's Oregon State game, junior linebacker Cory Evans set a WSU single-game record with 6.5 tackles-for-loss. That total eclipsed the five TFL's registered by Keith Millard (1983), DeWayne Patterson (1993), Mkristo Bruce (2005), and most recently, by teammate Andy Mattingly earlier this year against Arizona State.
BUMPUS DOUBLES UP ON CAREER RECORDS: With his first reception two weeks ago against Stanford, senior wide receiver Michael Bumpus moved past Hugh Campbell to become WSU's career receptions leader with 177. Bumpus finished the game with seven catches to extend the record to 183. His current total of 189 catches ranks tied for 10th among all active players at the Bowl Subdivision level. Additionally, Bumpus returned three punts for 60 yards, pushing his career total to 809 yards and moving him past Kitrick Taylor (781) into the top spot at WSU. Taylor, who played from 1982-83 and 1985-86, had 781 yards on 90 punts returns.
GIBSON SCALING RECEIVING RECORDS: Junior wide receiver Brandon Gibson is steadily climbing both the single-season and career lists at WSU. Following his five-catch, 135-yard effort against Oregon State, Gibson became just the eighth Cougar receiver to accumulate more than 1,000 yards in a season, ending the night with 1,043 in 10 games played (he missed the Oregon contest due to a right heel injury). That total puts him in fifth place on the single-season list and just 117 yards shy of Nakoa McElrath's school record of 1,163 set during the 2001 season, which he accomplished in 12 games. Gibson's 1,946 career receiving yards is 10th all-time, just 16 shy of teammate Michael Bumpus who sits in 9th place. Gibson's five 100-yard receiving games this season rank tied for second on the WSU single-season list, and his eight career 100-yard games ranks tied for fourth all-time. With 104.3 yards per game this year, Gibson is on pace to become just the third WSU wide receiver to average more than 100 yards receiving in a single season. Jason Hill (109.7-2005) and Mike Levenseller (102.2-1976) are the other two.