Apple Cup
First contestedNovember 30, 1900
tie, 5–5
Number of meetings111
Most recent meetingNovember 23, 2018
Washington, 28–15
Next meetingNovember 29, 2019
in Seattle
All-time seriesWashington leads,
Largest victoryWashington, 51–3 (2000)
Longest win streakWashington, 8
(1959–1966, 1974–1981)
Current streakWashington, 6
StadiumsHusky Stadium
Martin Stadium

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.

First played Template:Years or months 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.[8]

Series historyEdit

The teams played for the "Governor's Trophy" from 1934 to 1961.[9] 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).[10] 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),[11] 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, -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

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^ 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.[3][4]


Coaching recordsEdit

Since 1945


Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Ralph WelchWashington41945–1947310.750
Howard OdellWashington51948–1952230.400
John CherbergWashington31953–1955120.333
Darrell RoyalScript errorWashingtonScript error119561001.000 
Jim OwensWashington181957–19741260.667
Don JamesWashington181975–19921350.722
Jim LambrightWashington61993–1998420.667
Rick NeuheiselWashington41999–200240 1.000 
Keith GilbertsonWashington22003–200411 .500
Tyrone WillinghamWashington42005–200813 .250
Steve SarkisianWashington52009–201341 .800
Chris PetersenWashington52014–201850 1.000 

Washington StateEdit

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Phil SarboeWashington State61945–1949240.333
Forest EvashevskiWashington State21950–1951110.500
Al KircherWashington State41952–1955220.500
Jim SutherlandWashington State81956–1963260.250
Bert ClarkWashington State41964–1967130.250
Jim SweeneyWashington State81968–1975350.375
Jackie SherrillWashington State11976010.000
Warren PowersWashington State11977010.000
Jim WaldenWashington State91978–1986360.333
Dennis EricksonWashington State21987–1988110.500
Mike PriceWashington State141989–20023110.214
Bill DobaWashington State52003–200732 .600
Paul WulffWashington State42008–201113 .250
Mike LeachWashington State72012–201816 .143
  • Last tie was in 1942, overtime began in 1996 in Division I-A
  • Two games were played in 1945

See also Edit


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