Washington State Cougars win Apple Cup in overtime

Cougar fans were ecstatic over the outcome of this year’s Apple Cup. On the day after Thanksgiving, the Washington State Cougars battled state rivals, University of Washington Huskies. Going into the game, odds were against the underdogs as WSU came off an eight-game losing streak while Washington was ranked #25.

The game ended in dramatic fashion as the Cougars rallied back from an 18-point deficit entering the fourth quarter before beating the Huskies in overtime. With less than two minutes left in the game, kicker Andrew Furney scored a field goal to tie the game 28–28.

In overtime, sophomore defensive tackle Kalafitoni Pole swatted a pass thrown by Washington quarterback Keith Price. Pole kept his eye on the ball, grabbed it before it hit the ground, and returned the interception for 60 yards. On the following Cougar drive, kicker Andrew Furney won the game with a field goal.

The Cougars finished the season with a record of 3–9, beating Eastern Washington, UNLV, and Washington. Kicker Furney finished the season scoring 25 extra points and 14 field goals. Senior wide receiver Marquess Wilson, who was suspended for the last three games of the season, led the team in receiving with 813 yards. He also scored five touchdowns. Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday shared time at quarterback this season and threw for a combined 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Senior running back Carl Winston led the team with five rushing touchdowns and 280 yards rushing.

This season’s Apple Cup was the first win for Washington State after losing to Washington the past 3 years. The Cougars last beat the Huskies in 2008 when the Cougars won 16–13 in double overtime.

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