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Apple Cup Games

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

WashingtonEvery fall since 1945 (and many years before that), football teams from Washington and Washington State gathered to temporarily settle their cross-state rivalry on the playing field.  Known as the Apple Cup, the annual game always provokes alma mater emotions.  It sometimes produces upsets and bowl game spoilers, since it’s traditionally the last game of the regular season.  Recent spoilers include the games of 1992, 2002, and 2003, when the un-ranked teams knocked off nationally ranked contenders.

The rivalry isn’t exactly even. The Huskies have a 71-32 +6 ties (.685) advantage over the 109 game, 116 year run.  The Cougars best decade was the 1950s when they split the ten games between 1950 to 1959. (They won five of nine recently, in years spanning into two decades, 2004-12.)  The Huskies had the advantage in every other formal decade, with the best coming in the 1910s when they won six of seven.  Twice UW won eight games in a decade (1960s and 1970s).  Twice they won eight consecutive games (1959-66 and 1974-81). Washington StateThe Cougars have never won more than two games in a row. The most even stretch for the two schools was from 1945 to 1958 when each team won seven.

Below is a complete list of Apple Cup games from 1900 through 2015.  For convenience, we’ve labeled the schools UW and WSU throughout the list, although they weren’t known as such as far back as 1900.  The rivalry game itself didn’t even take on its current name until 1962.  The Governor’s Trophy was awarded to the winner starting in 1934.

APPLE CUP RESULTS, 1900-2015

Winner/Score Series
Game# Year Site UW tie WSU (UW-tie-WSU) Notes
 1 1900 Seattle   5-5   0-1-0 First game of the series
 2 1901 Pullman   10-0 0-1-1 First WSU win; first shutout in the series
 3 1902 Seattle 16-0   1-1-1 First UW win
 4 1903 Pullman 10-0   2-1-1
5 1904 Seattle 12-6   3-1-1
6 1907 Seattle   11-5 3-1-2
7 1908 Seattle   6-6   3-2-2
8 1910 Spokane 16-0   4-2-2
9 1911 Seattle 30-6    5-2-2
10 1912 Seattle 19-0    6-2-2
11 1913 Seattle  20-0    7-2-2
12 1914 Seattle  45-0    8-2-2 Most lopsided shutout, 45-0
13 1917 Seattle   14-0 8-2-3
14 1919 Pullman 13-7    9-2-3
15 1921 Seattle   14-0 9-2-4
16 1922 Pullman 16-13   10-2-4
17 1923 Seattle 24-7   11-2-4
18 1924 Seattle 14-0   12-2-4
19 1925 Pullman 23-0   13-2-4
20 1926 Seattle   9-6 13-2-5
21 1927 Seattle 14-0   14-2-5
22 1928 Seattle 6-0   15-2-5
23 1929 Pullman   20-13 15-2-6
24 1930 Seattle   3-0 15-2-7
25 1931 Pullman 12-0   16-2-7
26 1932 Seattle   0-0   16-3-7
27 1933 Pullman   17-6 16-3-8
28 1934 Seattle   0-0   16-4-8
29 1935 Pullman 20-0   17-4-8
30 1936 Seattle 40-0   18-4-8
31 1937 Pullman   7-7   18-5-8
32 1938 Seattle 26-0   19-5-8
33 1939 Pullman   6-0 19-5-9
34 1940 Seattle 33-9   20-5-9
35 1941 Pullman 23-13   21-5-9
36 1942 Seattle   0-0   21-6-9
37 1945  Seattle 6-0   22-6-9
38 1945 Pullman   7-0 22-6-10
39 1946 Pullman 21-7   23-6-10
40 1947  Seattle 20-0   24-6-10
41 1948 Pullman   10-0 24-6-11
42 1949  Seattle 34-21   25-6-11
43 1950 Spokane 52-21   26-6-11
44 1951  Seattle   27-25 26-6-12
45 1952 Spokane 33-27   27-6-12
46 1953  Seattle   25-20 27-6-13
47 1954 Pullman   26-7 27-6-14
48 1955  Seattle 27-7   28-6-14
49 1956 Spokane 40-26   29-6-14
50 1957  Seattle   27-7 29-6-15
51 1958 Spokane   18-14 29-6-16
 52  1959  Seattle 20-0   30-6-16
 53  1960 Spokane 8-7   31-6-16
 54  1961  Seattle 21-17   32-6-16
 55  1962 Spokane 26-21   33-6-16
 56  1963  Seattle 16-0   34-6-16
 57  1964 Spokane 14-0   35-6-16
 58  1965  Seattle 27-9   36-6-16
 59  1966 Spokane 19-7   37-6-16 1st of two 8 game UW winning streaks
 60  1967  Seattle   9-7 37-6-17
 61  1968 Spokane   24-0 37-6-18
 62  1969  Seattle 30-21    38-6-18
 63  1970 Spokane 43-25    39-6-18
 64  1971  Seattle 28-20
  40-6-18
 65  1972 Spokane   27-10
40-6-19
 66  1973  Seattle   52-26
40-6-20
 67  1974 Spokane 24-17
  41-6-20
 68  1975  Seattle 28-27
  42-6-20
 69  1976 Spokane 51-32
  43-6-20 Most total points scored by both teams, 83
 70  1977  Seattle 35-15
  44-6-20
 70  1978 Spokane 38-8
  45-6-20
 72  1979  Seattle 17-7
  46-6-20
 73  1980 Spokane 30-23
  47-6-20
 74  1981  Seattle 23-10
  48-6-20 2nd of two 8 game UW winning streaks
 75  1982  Pullman   24-20
48-6-21
 76  1983  Seattle   17-6
48-6-22
 77  1984  Pullman 38-29
  49-6-22
 78  1985  Seattle   21-20
49-6-23
 79  1986 Pullman 44-23
  50-6-23
 80  1987  Seattle 34-19
  51-6-23
 81  1988  Pullman   32-31
51-6-24
 82  1989  Seattle 20-9
  52-6-24
 83  1990  Pullman 55-10
  53-6-24
 84  1991  Seattle 56-21
  54-6-24 Most points scored by winner, 56
 85  1992  Pullman   42-23
54-6-25
 86  1993  Seattle 26-3
  55-6-25
 87  1994  Pullman   23-6
55-6-26
 88  1995  Seattle 33-30
  56-6-26
 89  1996  Pullman 31-24
(OT)
  57-6-26
 90  1997  Seattle   41-35
57-6-27
 91  1998  Pullman 16-9   58-6-27
 92  1999  Seattle 24-14   59-6-27
 93  2000  Pullman 51-3   60-6-27 Largest margin of victory, 48
 94  2001  Seattle 26-14   61-6-27
 95  2002  Pullman 29-26 (3OT)   62-6-27
 96  2003  Seattle 27-19   63-6-27
 97  2004  Pullman   28-25 63-6-28
 98  2005  Seattle   26-22 63-6-29
 99  2006  Pullman 35-32   64-6-29
 100  2007  Seattle   42-35 64-6-30 Most points scored by a losing team, 35
 101  2008  Pullman   16-13 (2OT) 64-6-31
 102  2009  Seattle 30-0   65-6-31
 103  2010  Pullman 35-28   66-6-31
 104  2011  Seattle 38-21   67-6-31
 105  2012  Pullman   31-28 (OT) 67-6-32
 106  2013  Seattle 27-17   68-6-32
 107  2014  Pullman 31-13   69-6-32
 108  2015  Seattle 45-10   70-6-32
 109  2016  Pullman 45-17   71-6-32
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