Nov. 23, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars cornerback Daniel Simmons (24) kisses the Apple Cup trophy after beating the Washington Huskies at Martin Stadium. The Cougars would go onto beat the Huskies by a final score of 31-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
In recurring theme’s, it’s senior day in Seattle, the first Apple Cup in newly renovated Husky Stadium, and it’s the Apple Cup. It doesn’t get much bigger than that and both the Cougars and the Huskies know that. It will take some big plays from a few Cougars if they want to pull this game out. ” Big players make big plays in big games” and these guys know that. Last year it was Andrew Furney and Toni Polé who stepped up to make the big plays, who will it be this year?
It has been many years since this game had this much meaning. The winner has a chance to finish 3rd in the PAC-12 North while the loser finishes in the bottom half. The Cougars are trying to have a season above .500 for the first time since 2003. You can bet these Husky seniors don’t want to finish their career having lost two straight to the Cougars.
This game will require the best out of both teams and both teams will have to rise up to the occasion and play to the best of their abilities to take the trophy, everybody on both sides is aware of that.
If there is one thing this game doesn’t lack it’s emotion. Expect this game to be very physical and full of heart from both sides.