Moments In Time: History of the Apple Cup Game

UW vs. WSU

The Apple Cup is the annual college football game between in-state Pac 12 rivals Washington and Washington State.

As of 2010…In the 103 Apple Cup games Washington has the advantage, as they have won 66 times while WSU has won 31 times and there have been 6 ties.

In the first Apple Cup game way back in 1900 the game was a barnburner, to say the least, with the game ending in a 5-5 tie.

Until 1962 the Apple Cup game was called the Governor’s Trophy and since the apple is a major crop in Washington State they took the name from that. Makes sense.

After 1962 the Apple Cup trophy has been awarded to the winner of the big game.

Washington has been the home team in the Apple Cup 57 times with all of those games being held in Seattle.

WSU has been the home team 46 times with 31 games being held in Pullman, which is where WSU currently plays, and 15 times in Spokane.

The Huskies not only have the advantage in the all-time series they have two 8-game winning streaks (1959-1966) and (1974-1981) and it is interesting that the Cougars have never won the Apple Cup more that 2 times in a row.

With Husky Stadium going under a $250 million face-lift, aka renovation, the 2011 Apple Cup will be held at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on November 26th.


The Huskies have won 2 straight Apple Cup games beating the Cougars 30-0 in 2009 and 35-28 last season, which was one of the best Apple Cup games ever.

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Apple Cup History - Washington vs. Washington State


Last season the Huskies were sitting at 5-6 and needed a win in the Apple Cup to become bowl eligible. Tennessee Titans’ rookie QB Jake Locker overcame 2 turnovers to pass for a 27-yard TD pass to WR Jermaine Kearse to give the Huskies the big win.

There have been many close games in the Apple Cup and several of the most exciting games have come in the last decade.


In 2008 Washington State kicked a field goal in double OT to keep UW winless for the season while WSU doubled their win total to 2.


In 2007 WSU beat Washington 42-35. WSU QB Alex Brink passed for 399 yards and 5 TD while UW freshman QB Jake Locker had 2 INT including one as time expired.


In 2003 UW beat WSU 29-26 in triple OT, as Huskies kicker John Anderson kicked the 49-yard game-winner to deny WSU a place in the Rose Bowl.


A win by the Cougars in Seattle marked a remarkable season. Ryan Leaf was being carried around on the shoulders of proud Cougars fans and players. Who can forget that? We have a detailed WSU Cougars Apple Cup blog post detailing their trip to the Rose Bowl.


In the 1981 Apple Cup 14th ranked WSU lost to 17th ranked UW and since USC upset UCLA earlier in the day the Huskies ended up in the Rose Bowl.


1975 also saw a memorable Apple Cup game with Warren Moon and UW coming back from 27-14 down with only 3 minutes left in the game to win 28-27.

The 2 late TD’s came on a 93-yard TD INT return and a 78-yard TD pass from Moon.

Click Here for more info on the Washington Huskies football blog.

Click Here for more info on the Washington State Cougars football blog.

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