The Cougars held a seemingly comfortable 28-10 lead midway through the third quarter but saw that margin narrow to three with just over four minutes to play. There were not many seats empty in Martin Stadium as both the home fans and Husky visitors held on to the bitter end to see the Cougs survive for their first Cup win in seven tries.
Moments after UW quarterback Isaiah Stanback was chased out of bounds to end the contest, the field was stormed, the WSU fight song was sung and the goal post was climbed in celebration of the monumental victory.
Cougar running back Jerome Harrison contributed mightily to the WSU offensive output, topping the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth time this season. He gained 150 yards on 29 carries and wraps up the 2004 campaign with an even 900 ground yards.
Alex Brink became just the fourth freshman quarterback in the last 30 years to start an Apple Cup Game for the Cougars. But unlike Matt Kegel (2000), Ryan Leaf (1995) and Drew Bledsoe (1990), Brink came out with a victory. Brink, like Kegel and Leaf, stepped in as a second-year freshman. Bledsoe was a true freshman.
Brink completed 15 of 24 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
He also scored the Cougs' second touchdown with a one-yard plunge in the first quarter.
With four catches for 78 yards, Cougar sophomore Jason Hill became the sixth receiver in WSU history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He joins a memorable list of names: Nakoa McElrath, Tim Stallworth, Mike Levenseller, CJ Davis and Chris Jackson. Hill also surpassed Chris Jackson, Devard Darling, and Kevin McKenzie with his 12th touchdown reception tonight, putting him alone atop the single-season list for scoring receptions.
BUMPUS COMES CLOSE TO RECORD
Michael Bumpus narrowly missed the record for WSU's single-season record in punt return yardage. Bumpus left the game with a leg injury in the second quarter and finished out the season with 388 yards; he missed the record of 405 shared by Shawn Tims and Sammy Moore by 17 yards.
Check back later tonight on CF.C for more Apple Cup coverage.
UW: Knudson 19 Yard Field Goal
WSU: Bienemann 6 Yard TD Pass from Brink (Langley extra point)
UW: Toledo 5 Yard TD Pass from Paus (Knudson extra point)
WSU: Brink 1 Yard TD Run (Langley extra point)
WSU: Derting 0 Yard Fumble Return for TD (Langley extra point)
WSU: Hill 22 Yard TD Pass from Brink (Langley extra point)
UW: Stanback 1 Yard TD Run (Knudson extra point)
UW: Chambers 39 Yard TD Pass from Stanback (Chambers 2 Point Pass from Stanback)