7:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004
Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- The streak was finally over and Washington State coach Bill Doba and his players already were thinking about avoiding another one.
Alex Brink threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Washington State ended a seven-year drought in the Apple Cup by edging Washington 28-25 Saturday in Keith Gilbertson's last game as Huskies coach.
"It's a springboard for the weight program and the offseason program and for spring ball," Doba said of the long-awaited victory as the Cougars celebrated with the Apple Cup trophy in the locker room. "We ended the streak and we are going to try to start a new streak. It wasn't easy. The Huskies are tough."
Washington State (5-6, 3-5 Pac-10) overcame early turnovers and withstood a late Huskies' rally. Washington (1-10, 0-8) went winless in conference play for the first time since 1973, when they were 2-9 and 0-7 in league.
Gilbertson, who announced his resignation effective at the end of the season three weeks ago, ended his two-year stint as Rick Neuheisel's replacement with a record of 7-16.
Cougars fans celebrated in Martin Stadium after the win, which capped a disappointing season for them. Washington State lost starting quarterback Josh Swogger after the sixth game with a broken foot.
Brink, a redshirt freshman who replaced Swogger, completed 15 of 24 for 240 yards and two touchdowns.
"It was great to get the seniors a win; their one black mark was that they didn't beat the Huskies, and now they did," Brink said. "It was a great group of guys who were able to put together one last win."
Jerome Harrison rushed for 150 yards on 29 carries for the Cougars, keeping Washington's defense from concentrating on Brink.
Harrison, a junior transfer playing in his first Apple Cup, said he liked the celebration afterward.
"This is my first one. I didn't know it was this exciting," he said. I've been taking pictures and I appreciate the fans here. As long as I'm here, we're going to keep winning."
The Cougars, meanwhile, sacked Washington quarterbacks four times and had three interceptions.
Casey Paus was benched and replaced by Isaiah Stanback after throwing his third interception in the third quarter. Stanback responded with a 1-yard scoring run to cap a 51-yard drive to cut WSU's lead to 28-17, then added a 39-yard TD pass to Craig Chambers in the final quarter to pull within three.
"I felt we had some momentum going," Stanback said of the Huskies' late surge. "I saw it in our defense's eyes that we had a chance to win. I was hoping we would get another chance."
Paus completed 10 of 24 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Stanback finished with five completions and eight attempts for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Scott Davis sacked Paus, who fumbled on the Washington 19, and WSU linebacker Will Derting fell on the fumble in the end zone, giving the Cougars a 21-10 halftime score.
Washington scored first after Greg Prator fumbled the opening kickoff and C.J. Wallace recovered on the WSU 11. Four plays later, Evan Knudson hit a 19-yard field goal.
Washington State's first score came after Karl Paymah intercepted Paus' pass at the Washington 47. Brink hit Troy Bienemann on a 6-yard scoring strike midway through the first quarter.
Joe Toledo grabbed a 4-yard scoring pass from Paus to put Washington up 10-7 with about 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Brink put the Cougars up for good, 14-10, with a 1-yard scoring sneak after an 82 yard drive.
Washington's top rusher, tailback Kenny James, went down with bruised ribs in the first quarter and didn't return.
Chambers caught four passes for 100 yards for the Huskies.
Washington State's last win over Washington was a 41-35 victory in 1997 that clinched the Pac-10 title for the Cougars.
Gilbertson said he told his players after the game he thought the second half was the best they have played all year.
"I am pleased with our guys, the way they scrapped, and it had been an unbelievable 11 games," he said. "I don't know if I have ever seen a team with as many bad things happen to it as this team."