The best Apple Cup in history

The Cougars’ 18-point fourth quarter comeback in the 2012 Apple Cup rocked Washington State like the concert stage at your local cider squeeze. Let’s look back at why. Here is the 2012 Apple Cup, four years later. Do you remember…


A young Mike Leach?

In his first season, Mike Leach was left just this one game to give Cougar fans some hope. After starting the year 2-9, the only validation for the greenhorn would be to snub the cross-state rivals to help us forget the horrendous season. 



19 NFL Players in One Apple Cup?

I went to look up rosters and was shocked at the amount of guys on these teams I recognized as NFL players immediately. There were 19 people present on the sidelines in this matchup that ended up on NFL rosters at one point. That has to be a record.

-       Dom Williams – WSU – San Diego Chargers

-       Austin Seferian-Jenkins – UW – New York Jets

-       Deone Bucannon – WSU – Arizona Cardinals

-       Shaq Thompson – UW – Carolina Panthers

-       Xavier Cooper – WSU – Cleveland Browns

-       Marcus Peters – UW – Kansas City Chiefs

-       Bishop Sankey – UW – Kansas City Chiefs

-       Joe Dahl – WSU – Detroit Lions

-       Danny Shelton – UW – Cleveland Browns

-       John Timu – UW – Chicago Bears

-       Cory Littleton – UW – Los Angeles Rams

-       Marquess Wilson (*suspended during the game) WSU – Chicago Bears

-       Desmond Trufant – UW – Atlanta Falcons

-       Dwayne Washington – UW – Detroit Lions

-       Travis Feeney – UW – Pittsburgh Steelers

-       Hau’oli Jamora – UW – New Orleans Saints

-       Jeff Tuel – WSU – Jacksonville Jaguars

-       Kasen Williams – UW – Seattle Seahawks

See what I mean?


The Largest Comeback in Apple Cup History?

Comebacks are exciting and we all like exciting. The Cougars rallied from an incredible 28-10 hole, scored 21 unanswered points, and won the game 31-28 in overtime. It is kind of ironic the team that created “Couging it” also has the largest comeback in history, but we’ll take it. 

The Price being wrong?

Keith Price played QB for Washington that day. You may remember his two favorite targets. 


Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a man amongst boys this season of college football, setting career numbers in both receptions (69) and total yards (852). 

Kasen Williams?

Kasen Williams was also enjoying the best year of his college career. Williams set career records for receptions (77), total yards (878), and tied a career best for touchdowns (6).


Despite having two studs catching passes, Keith Price struggled against a tough Cougar defense that featured names like Xavier Cooper and Deone Bucannon.


Speaking of Xavier Cooper...

That’s him about to sack Keith Price. Cooper now spends his Sundays playing in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. 


TUEL time?

He gave it all he had left in the tank. No.. As a matter of fact, Jeff Tuel ran that sucker ‘til empty. Here the Cougs had a senior quarterback who spent half his career with a broken collarbone, and was yet to have his signature moment. 



Dom Williams provided a huge boost for the Cougar offense in his sophomore season. Blistering speed and deft hands made plays like his 61-yard catch and run in the second quarter easy for Williams, and he was an emotional sparkplug for the Cougars through the night. 

This photo ran on the front page of the sports section the following day. 



The Huskies’ kicker Travis Coons missed a 35 yarder wide right, and sent the game into overtime.


The refs confer to try and remember the overtime rules... (You know this game was old school because we didn’t have the Cougar Football Complex yet).


On the first play of overtime, Tony Pole intercepted Keith Price and ran the ball something like 90 yards downfield just short of the goal line. 

Then everyone started to make their best “Husky Face"


Oh, Furney?

Furney will never have to buy a drink in Pullman again. “It was one of those things where I knew it was good the second I hit it…Actually this morning I talked to my dad, it’s funny because we talked about how I hadn’t had a game-winner yet in my career and you know, it’s Apple Cup and why not today? We joked around with it with some players today, (they’d say) ‘you know you’re going to win the game today,’ and I was like ‘yeah yeah’ just kidding and sure enough, it’s crazy that it actually happened.” –Andrew Furney


Here’s to another Apple Cup with those types of feels.

Go Cougs!


photos and words by darren zemanek