Dec. 28, 2009
There was plenty to play for in the 102nd football meeting between Washington and Washington State.
The cross-state rivals met in the Apple Cup on Nov. 28 at Husky Stadium with the home-team Dawgs ready to wash away a couple of different bad tastes.
For one, the '09 Huskies had lost four straight and were looking to get back to the winning ways that had so energized their fan base through the first half of the season. Secondly, the players remembered last year's Apple Cup result and didn't want anything like that to happen again.
In fact, WSU had won two straight Apple Cups coming into this year's game. Never in the 101 years prior had the Cougars managed to win three straight over the Dawgs.
Thanks to an all-around performance on both sides of the ball, the Huskies were able to make things right for themselves with a dominating, 30-0 victory.
Both the offense and defense shined in the game. Quarterback Jake Locker threw for 196 yards and rushed for 94 more. Chris Polk ran for 130 yards and a score and Jermaine Kearse racked up 94 receiving yards, including a 50-yard TD.
The defense held WSU to just 47 yards on the ground and only 116 through the air. Cougar QBs suffered through five sacks and the Husky D never allowed Washington State past the UW 33-yard line.
It was the first shutout in the Apple Cup in 45 years, dating back to a 14-0 Husky win in 1964.
All that, and the home crowd was in its top voice all night.
Afterwards, Gov. Chris Gregoire presented the Apple Cup trophy to the Husky players and coaches, who spent plenty of time passing it around and snapping photos with one another.
"Those are moments they're going to have for a lifetime," Coach Steve Sarkisian said after the game. "That celebration there with the Apple Cup trophy and the seniors taking pictures, they're going to have that memory forever and hopefully make one more next week."
The Dawgs did indeed make one more good memory the following Saturday when they closed out the season with a solid 42-10 win over 19th-ranked California.