The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars meet in the final week of the Apple Cup regular season. This is a classic Pacific Northwest rivalry that features not just two public schools, but two completely different cultures. Washington is the urban high-tech university of Seattle while Washington State is located in the vast rural Pullman.
Why is it called apple cup?
This was called the Governor’s Cup, but was renamed the Apple Cup in 1962. It was renamed due to Washington’s reputation as a major producer of apples. It is estimated that the country harvests 10-12 billion apples each year.
Who won last year?
Husky won the 2019 game 31-13. Last year’s competition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All time results
Washington leads the series 74-32-6. The Husky family has dominated this rivalry and currently have seven straight matches.
This series hasn’t been particularly close lately. Washington has won the last seven meetings, and nine of the last 10. Washington State had an additional upset in overtime 31-28 in Mike Leach’s first season at Pullman in 2012. Prior to that game, the Cougars won back-to-back meetings in 2004-05 and 2007-08.
The trophy is handed over to the winning team after the match by the state governor. It has a wooden base with the results of the previous games, a board with the logos of both schools, and a cup in the shape of a trophy topped with an apple.