With FSN Classics, the network is providing viewers the opportunity to re-live the most memorable gridiron moments for the Cougars, Beavers, Huskies and Ducks over the past 15 years. In addition to some of the most exciting Apple Cup and Civil War games in recent memory, FSN will replay other unforgettable battles involving the Northwest schools.
Last week FSN replayed WSU's memorable overtime win over USC in 2002. Leading most of the game, the Cougs racked up 516 yards of total offense, but the game was still in doubt after Mike Williams caught a 55 yard pass late in the 4th quarter. The Trojans missed the PAT, and the game went into overtime. Drew Dunning nailed the game shut with a 35-yard field goal to secure victory for the Cougars.
Coming up on October 6 will be WSU's thrilling 1997 season opener against UCLA --- a 37-34 win that launched the Cougars to the Pac-10 title. In the first game of their "Season of Destiny," the Cougs needed every one of Ryan Leaf's 381 passing yards, and a little luck to get this great win. After scoring 27 straight points in the 2nd quarter, WSU took a 30-14 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Bruins came storming back to within 3 points in the 4th quarter. After trading possessions back and forth a couple of times, UCLA drove to within one yard of the goal line. On 4th down with 2:38 on the clock, the Bruins failed to punch the ball into the end zone as Leon Bender, Steve Gleason and their merry band turned stingy.
On Novemeber 10, the 1996 Cougar defeat of No. 25 Oregon will be featured on the show. Dorian Boose sacked Oregon QB Ryan Perry-Smith, and recovered the fumble, running it in for a touchdown with no time left in the first half, helping Ryan Leaf to his first Pac-10 victory. WSU got up as much as 52-14, but Oregon stormed back to within 52-44, scoring 30 of the last 33 points. The Ducks had won seven straight games coming into the game. WSU's Michael Black ran for 214 yards and Leaf threw 4 touchdown passes.
And then, as part of Fox's Apple Cup week coverage, FSN Classics will devote its Nov. 14 show to a pair of scintillating Apple Cups: 1992's Snow Bowl and 2002's Triple-Overtime travesty.
Played in the middle of a blizzard, the 1992 Apple Cup is probably the most fondly-remembered game of the Drew Bledsoe era at WSU. UW came into the game 9-1and ready for the Rose Bowl, but it was the team from Pullman who would leave victorious. Bledsoe connected with Phillip Bobo on one of the most spectacular TD plays in collegiate history and Shaumbe Wright-Fair rushed up a storm -- and made an end zone snow angel --- as the Cougars crushed the Huskies 42-23 to earn a trip to the Copper Bowl.
In one of the most dramatic finishes in Apple Cup history, the Huskies, a strong underdog, defeated No. 3 WSU 29-26 in triple overtime in 2002. John Anderson kicked five field goals, including the game-winner from 49-yards out. After Anderson's field goal, the Cougars had a chance to end the game with a touchdown, but in a controversial ending, backup quarterback Matt Kegal was ruled to have thrown a backward pass that was picked up by the Huskies, ending the game. The Cougars won a week later at UCLA to clinch their second Rose Bowl berth in five years.
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