Rotten Apples Produce Exciting Finish in Apple Cup

Pac10Rivalry.comCorrespondent INovember 22, 2008

The Pac-10’s two worst teams played to an exciting 16-13 double overtime finish in what many expected to be an ugly affair.

Washington coach Tyrone Willingham seemed to have positioned his team, and himself, for its first victory of a very disappointing, and thus far winless, season.

With just over one minute remaining in the game, the Huskies punted the ball away—the game was now in the hands of their defense.

During Washington State’s final drive, QB Kevin Lopina marched his team downfield 69 yards in seven plays, leaving just enough time for the Cougars to send the game into overtime on Nico Grasu’s 28-yard field goal.

Each team exchanged field goals once again, sending the game to a second overtime. After Huskies kicker Ryan Perkins missed a 37-yard attempt, the game was once again in the hands—or on the foot, rather—of Grasu as he booted the game-winning 37 yarder.

This is Washington State’s fourth Apple Cup victory in the last five years.