It was a billed as the grudge match of all Apple Cups. Last Week’s 114th Apple Cup contest between the 12th ranked Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars had more than just usual Apple Cup cross state rivalry build up. To give present context we need to look at past precedence. Washington had an eight game Apple Cup win streak before last year’s Apple Cup in Husky Stadium. The Cougars snapped that 0-8 losing streak with an emphatic 40-13 win. The Cougars had their way before during and after the game. See after the beat down of the Huskies, the WSU players and fans danced on the Husky fifty yard line and planted the Cougar flag on the turf. With that in mind now fast forward to last week’s game in Pullman. The Huskies seeking revenge and the Cougars dominance. The Huskies quest for revenge was too much for the Cougars who tapped out 55-31. The Cougars gave it all they had but the Huskies determined offense was to explosive for the Cougars defense to hold down for four quarters. Husky quarterback Michael Penix Jr threw for 484 yards and five touchdowns. The Huskies finished with 702 yards of offense against a Washington State defense that led the Pac-12 in scoring defense at under 20 points per game. If not for two second-half turnovers by the Huskies, the margin of victory could have been much larger. For his effort Penix JR was Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Both teams will play in a postseason Bowl to be determined later. For the Huskies the win returned dominance and the loss was a lesson for the Cougars. Don’t go around stepping on peoples 50 yard and carrying on like you all that. We will just have to wait and see what next year’s game will bring.
Since it will be back in Husky Stadium who is to say them Cougars are not preparing for another dance contest at the Husky 50 yard line.