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Washington 28, Washington State 27

November 22, 1975 • Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA • no TV •
Washington State Cougars 68th Apple Cup Washington Huskies
Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Cougars 10 14 3 0 27
Huskies 7 7 0 14 28

Game Summary[]

Washington score the first touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Chris Rowland.

Washington State got the first break of the game as defensive tackle Mark Husfloen recovered Robin Earl's fumble on the Washington 17, which led to fullback Vaughn Williams' first touchdown.

The second score by Williams followed another Earl fumble at the 22.

Sandwiched between those scores, John Hopkins contributed with an option keeper around end to cap a drive that started with a Washington fumble.

The Huskies score right before haltime on a pass from Moon to Gaines, who had been primarily used as a punt blocker to that point.

Ahead 27-14, Washington State decided to not play for the field goal and instead went for the knockout blow as Hopkins went back to pass. Unfortunatly, Hopkins was intercepted by Al Burleson, who returned it 93 yards down the left sideline to the end zone with three minutes left.

Then, after a three-and-out by the Cougars, Washington started at their own 22. On the first play, Moon threw into coverage and the pass deflected off Leon Garrett and into the hands of his teammate Gaines, who ran the remaining 40 yards for the score.


1st Quarter

WSU: Hedrick 40 yard field goal

UW: Rowland 1 yard run (Robbins kick)

WSU: Williams 3 yard run (Hedrick kick)

2nd Quarter

WSU: Hopkins 1 yard run (Hedrick kick)

WSU: Williams 1 yard run (Hedrick kick)

UW: Gaines 29 yard pass from Moon (Robbins kick)

3rd Quarter

WSU: Hedrick 36 yard field goal

4th Quarter

UW: Burleson 93 yard interception return (Robbins kick)

UW: Gaines 78 yard pass from Moon (Robbins kick)



WSU: Hopkins 3/13, 106 yards, 2 INT

UW: Moon 4/22, 126 yards


WSU: Williams 34-135, Doornik 24-78

UW: Earl 9-51, Martin 10-27


WSU: Pearson 1-18

UW: Gaines 2-107



Washington HC Don James (on Washington State's decision to forego the field goal): "Had they made the field goal it would have put the nail in the coffin."

Washington State HC Jim Sweeney (on decision to pass): ""The players wanted it and I agreed. I OK'd the pass and it was just a plain stupid decision. We've scored four times on that pass play and with the way we were moving the ball, it just seemed like the right move."


Al Burleson was Pac-8 Player of the Week.


  • "WSU gets greedy, falls to Huskies." Eugene Register-Guard. 23 Nov 1975