Things about to get real juicy at Husky Stadium. The Apple Cup kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 25, with UW hosting WSU in the annual rivalry game.
The Huskies are going into the contest undefeated this season, with their eyes on possibly making the College Football Playoff — so get those dubs up.
Adding even more drama? While the Apple Cup will continue through at least 2028, this will be the last time the schools face off as Pac-12 nemeses since the Huskies are move the Big Ten next year. We’ll miss those Cougs.
Strap on your helmets as we take a trip down memory lane.
🏈 How it all began
UW and Wazzu started going at it in 1900 with a grueling game that ended in a 5-5 tie. They started competing for the Governor’s Trophy in 1934 before the Apple Cup Trophy came into play thirty years later. Sure, the trophy is not technically a cup — but the name stuck since apples are kind of Washington’s thing.
Saturday will mark the 115th time the two football squads have faced off. The Huskies have by far gotten the best of the Cougars historically, winning 75 games. Other fun facts:
- The “Huskies” didn’t play the “Cougars” until 1922 (before that, UW’s team was known by nicknames like the “Sun Dodgers,” while its rival were the “Aggies”).
- Largest margin of victory: UW’s 51-3 win in 2000.
- Longest winning streak: Eight games, which UW accomplished twice from 1959-1966 + 1974-1981.
🏆 Memorable moments
Remember these classic Huskies victories?
- 1975: Future NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon heaved a throw tipped to wide receiver Spider Gaines for the winning touchdown.
- 1981: The 23-10 triumph sent UW to the Rose Bowl.
- 2002: UW won in triple overtime on a controversial backwards pass call.
Savor the Thanksgiving week memories while you can — next year, the Apple Cup will take place in September.