WSU Cougs reclaim the Apple Cup in overtime

WSU Cougs reclaim the Apple Cup in overtime »Play Video
Head coach Mike Leach celebrated his first Apple Cup victory.
PULLMAN, WA - Washington state battled the huskies in the 105th annual Apple Cup and this one was exciting.

The Cougars got off to an early start beating the huskies to the board, putting up three with a 21-yard field goal by Andrew Furney. The Huskies answered quickly as Keith Price found Austin Seferian-Jenkins near the end zone making the score 7-3. The Huskies lead wouldn't last long as quarterback Jeff Tuel handed off to Carl Winston who took it in for 6. Cougs head into the half up 10-3.

Picking up late in the 3rd quarter, the Huskies had already put 7 on the board and then 7 more as Price handed off to Bishop Sankey and he took it in, improving their lead to 21-10. Huskies gave it to Sankey again to go up 28-10 but the Cougs weren't done as they put up 7 more. They added to it when Carl Winston punched across the goal line. Two-point conversion after is good. Huskies up 28-25. UW couldn't answer as the Cougs battled back down the field and put up a field goal tying it up with two minutes left in the game. Huskies gained possession moving the chains down the field. They had a chance to win it with 17 seconds left...but the kick was no good. They go into overtime. Huskies got the ball first, Price dropped back looking for someone to throw to. He tries to get rid of it but 280 pound Kalafitoni pole grabs it and he was off to the races, taking it all the way back before being brought down at the 2. A few plays later, Furney lines up for the game winning kick, his chance to be the hero and was good. Cougs win 31-28 and bring the Apple Cup back to Pullman as Head coach Mike Leach celebrates his first Apple Cup victory.

"It's a big deal to beat the Huskies," said Leach. "I've been hearing about that since the day I walked through the door, and had a sense of that before I ever got here. It's a great win. It's a great win for our institution, great win for our fans and great win for our players."

"Ya know once ya kick a game winner, you can't plan the celebration you, just go with whatever comes to mind," said Furney. "It's just emotions and the pile was heavy, kinda hurt, but this is actually my first game winner I've ever had. Great game to have it in and what a great way to do it."

The Cougs won in overtime with a field goal the last time they claimed the Apple Cup in 2008. WSU grabbed their first conference win of the season and finished with a 3-9 overall record. Not a bad way to end a rough season.