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Apple Cup adds to already historic seasons for Cougars, Huskies

PULLMAN, Wash. -

The hype surrounding the 2016 Apple Cup arrived early, maybe more so than ever before. The phrase "I can't wait for the Apple Cup" was uttered many times by fans (and even the media) as we all looked ahead to Black Friday. By the time the season hit mid-October, it was obvious this year's Cougars and Huskies were two of the best teams in each program's history.

Speaking of history, the 109th meeting of Washington and Washington State will be just the second-ever which directly decides a division or conference title (the other was in 1936!) It's also the first time both teams are ranked since 2001.

So how did this dream match-up happen? Here's a game-by-game look at UW and WSU's 18 combined wins, and the impressive streaks, stats and records set in each one.

September 3rd: No. 14 Washington defeats Rutgers, 48-13

-The Huskies outgained the Scarlet Knights 247-10 in the first quarter.

-John Ross' kickoff return for a TD was the fourth of his career, a UW record.

-Ross and Dante Pettis became the first Husky duo to return a KO and a punt in the same game since 2001 (3rd time ever).

September 10th: No. 8 Washington defeats Idaho, 59-14

  • A UW school record 5th straight game with 40+ points.
  • 59 points is tied for the most in the Chris Petersen era.
  • 28 points in the 2nd quarter was the third most ever by the Huskies in a 2nd quarter.

September 17th: No. 8 Washington defeats Portland State, 41-3

-Jake Browning threw four touchdown passes, giving him nine in two games, a program record.

-School record sixth straight game with 40+ points.

-Huskies outscored their three non-conference opponents 97-3 in the first half.

September 17th: Washington State defeats Idaho, 56-6

  • The Cougars scored two touchdowns on special teams for the first time since 1973.
  • Dating back to 1983, it was the first time WSU took a field goal back for a touchdown.
  • James Williams ran for 126 yards, the most for a Cougar freshman running back since 2006.

September 24th: No. 9 Washington defeats Arizona, 35-28 in OT

-UW's first overtime win since 2010.

-Huskies first win in Tuscon since 2010.

September 30th: No. 10 Washington defeats No. 7 Stanford, 44-6

  • Fourth ever top-10 match up at Husky Stadium.
  • Huskies biggest margin of victory ever against a top-10 team.
  • UW's eight sacks were the fourth most in program history.
  • Largest crowd since stadium renovation (72,027).

October 1st: Washington State defeats Oregon, 51-33

  • The Cougars 280 rush yards was their most since 2011.
  • RBs James Williams, Gerard Wicks and Jamal Morrow each scored two touchdowns.
  • WSU beat Oregon in back to back seasons for the first time since 2002-03.

October 8th: Washington State defeats #15 Stanford, 42-16

-WSU's first win over Stanford since 2007.

-First win in Palo Alto since 2006.

-First win over a top-15 team since 2003.

-With 5 catches, Gabe Marks moved into second on the Pac-12's all-time receptions list.

October 8th: #5 Washington defeats Oregon, 70-21

-70 points is UW's most since 1944.

-Snapped a 12-game losing streak to Oregon.

-Jake Browning threw a school record six touchdown passes. His eight total TDs was a Pac-12 record.

-Oregon's largest margin of loss since 1985.

October 15th: Washington State defeats UCLA, 27-21

  • WSU improved to 3-0 in conference play and won a fourth straight game for the first time since 2003.
  • Back to back wins against UCLA for the first time since 2006-07
  • River Cracraft caught six passes to move into second on WSU's all-time receptions list behind Gabe Marks.

October 22nd: Washington State defeats Arizona State, 37-32

  • Cougars first win in Tempe since 2001, snapping a six-game losing streak.
  • R. Cracraft and G. Marks became the first WR duo to record 200 career catches in Pac-12 history.
  • Robert Taylor's 100yd kickoff return touchdown was WSU's first since 2003.

October 22nd: No. 5 Washington defeats Oregon State, 41-17

  • UW's fourth first-half shutout of the season.
  • J. Ross and D. Pettis each went over 100 yards, becoming the first Husky WR duo to do so since 2002.
  • Miles Gaskin became just the 15th UW running back to rush for 2000 career yards.

October 29th: Washington State defeats Oregon State, 35-31

  • WSU improved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002.
  • The Cougars six-game winning was the longest since 2003.
  • With two touchdown catches, Gabe Marks became WSU's all-time leader in TD receptions, passing Jason Hill.
  • Jamal Morrow caught five passes, becoming WSU's all-time leader in career receptions for a running back with 131.

October 29th: No. 4 Washington defeats No. 17 Utah, 31-24

-UW improved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1991

-The Huskies beat two ranked teams in a season for the first time since 2010.

-Dante Pettis' game-winning punt return touchdown was the fifth of his career, a new school record.

November 5th: No. 25 Washington State defeats Arizona, 69-7

  • WSU's 69 points were the most ever against a conference opponent.
  • The 62-point margin of victory was the Cougars biggest against a conference opponent.
  • WSU's 24 first quarter points were the most since 2001.
  • The Cougs won their a 7th straight game and improved to 6-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002.

November 5th: No. 4 Washington defeats California, 66-27

  • The Huskies improved to 9-0 for the first time since 1991.
  • Jake Browning's six touchdown passes gave him 34 on the year, passing Keith Price for a new single-season record.
  • 66 points is tied for the most ever allowed by Cal.

November 12th: No. 23 Washington State defeats California, 56-21

WSU won an eighth straight game for the first time since 1930.

The Cougars improved to 7-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time ever.

Caleb Fossum's 75-yard punt return touchdown was WSU's first since 2005.

With seven catches, Gabe Marks passed Nelson Spruce for first on the Pac-12's all-time receptions list (295). Marks also became WSU's all-time leader in receiving yards.

Gerard Wicks set a WSU single-game record with 14.2 yards per carry.

November 19th: No. 6 Washington defeats Arizona State, 44-18


  • UW reached 10 wins for the 13th time in program history, first since 2000.
  • The Huskies recorded their eighth first quarter shutout of the season.
  • Cameron Van Winkle set a school record with his 60th made PAT of the season.

No matter who wins Friday from Martin Stadium, the 2016-17 season will go down as one of the best for both the Cougars and Huskies. It's hard to believe just eight years ago, UW and WSU entered the Apple Cup with a combined one win. Now the present, and the future, is plenty bright for both programs.

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