BY SPNW Staff 05:00AM 11/23/2011

100th Anniversary All-Time Apple Cup Team

The all-time Apple Cup team includes three players who were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, including Washington’s Steve Emtman, the No. overall pick in 1992.

Mel Hein, who starred for the Cougars in the early 1930s, became the NFL’s first-ever NFL Most Valuable Player in 1938 — as a center. / Photo by Washington State University

Prior to the 100th renewal of the Apple Cup in 2007, the (now defunct) Seattle Post-Intelligencer selected its all-time Apple Cup team. This is that team (notable performances since 2007 are listed below):

Pos. Player School Years Skinny
WR Spider Gaines UW 75-78 Averaged 24 YPC in 3 Apple Cups; caught 78-yard winning TD in ’75
WR Hugh Campbell WSU 60-62 Caught 10 passes for 178 yards and scored a 75-yard TD in 1962
OT Lincoln Kennedy UW 89-92 1992 All-America allowed only 2 sacks in his 4 years with the UW
OT Glen Edwards WSU 29-31 1930 All-American later voted to College and Pro Halls of Fame
OG Max Starcevich UW 34-36 Consensus All-America in 1936 when UW finished 5th in AP vote
OG Dan Lynch WSU 81-83 Unanimous All-Pac-10 selection as  junior and senior
C Mel Hein WSU 28-30 Member of all-time teams in college football and professional football
TE Aaron Pierce UW 88-91 Only UW tight end to catch 2 TDs in one Apple Cup game (1990)
QB Drew Bledsoe WSU 90-92 In 1992, threw for 259 yards, 2 TDs in a Pullman snow storm
RB Hugh McElhenny UW 49-51 Had 3 100-yard rushing games, including 296 yards, 5 TDs in 1950
RB Rueben Mayes WSU 80-82 Cougar star ran for 165 yards in 1984 and 167 yards in 1985
DL Steve Emtman UW 89-91 Won Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award as a junior in 1991
DL Vic Markov UW 35-37 Named first-team All-America by Walter Camp and Liberty in 1937
DL Kai Ellis UW 01-02 4 tackles for loss, caused key fumble in 2002 triple-overtime game
DL Keith Millard WSU 81-83 All-American set 12 WSU records for tackles for loss and sacks
LB Rick Redman UW 62-64 Made All-America 3 times; averaged 12 tackles per game
LB Michael Jackson UW 75-78 In the 1977 Apple Cup, matched own school record with 29 tackles
LB Gary Larsen WSU 72-74 Had 10 tackles in 197 Cup and danced over prone Sonny Sixkiller
DB Lamont Thompson WSU 97-01 Picked off 3 passes in Rose Bowl clincher at Husky Stadium in 1997
DB George Wilson UW 23-25 In 1925, ran 40 yards for a TD, returned an INT 90 yards for a TD
DB Eric Johnson WSU 71-73 Intercepted 3 passes in 1972 in Washington State’s 27-10 victory
DB Al Burleson WSU 73-75 93-yard INT TD set up Washington’s 1975 Apple Cup victory
P Channing Wyles UW 89-90 Averaged 52.0 yards on 4 punts in 1990, including 65 yarder
K John Anderson UW 99-02 Kicked a record nine FGs in 4 Apple Cups, including 5 in 2002
Return Ernie Steele UW 39-41 Only player with 2 80+-yard scoring plays in the Apple Cup

Since the Post-Intelligencer selected its 100th anniversary Apple Cup team, these players have most distinguished themselves:

WASHINGTON

  • Chris Polk has rushed for 314 yards in three wins over the Cougars — 130 yards in Washington’s 30-0 shutout in 2009, 284 in Washington’s 35-18 win in 2010 and 100 in a 38-21 victory in 2011. His 284 yards in 2010 are the second-highest, single-game rushing total in Apple Cup history.
  • WR Jermaine Kearse caught six passes for 178 yards in Washington’s 35-18 win in 2010.
  • Keith Price threw three touchdown passes in Washington’s 38-21 victory at CenturyLink Field in 2011.

WASHINGTON STATE

  • Quarterback Alex Brink produced two, 300-yard passing games against Washington: 328 in 2006 and a game-record 399 in 2007. Brink is the only quarterback in WSU history to beat the Huskies three times (2004, 2005, 2007).
  • Mike Lobbestael threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns in Washington State’s 38-21 loss to Washington in 2011.

YourThoughts

  • gdwg

    Al Burleson played for UW not WSU. Great Journalism.

    • kpryan

      Burleson just wishes he played for WSU.  

  • gdwg

    Al Burleson played for UW not WSU. Great Journalism.

  • gdwg

    Al Burleson played for UW not WSU. Great Journalism.

    • kpryan

      Burleson just wishes he played for WSU.  

  • pixel13

    As gdwg said: DB
    Al Burleson
    WSU
    73-75has the wrong school.
    Now, maybe you got this from the P-I, but still.

  • pixel13

    As gdwg said: DB
    Al Burleson
    WSU
    73-75has the wrong school.
    Now, maybe you got this from the P-I, but still.