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Originally published Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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A look at Apple Cup history

A look at Apple Cup history

The greatest players ...

1. Hugh McElhenny (1949-51)

McElhenny turned in the greatest effort in the history of the game in 1950, rushing for 296 yards — still a UW game record — and five touchdowns on just 20 carries. He also rushed for 147 yards in 1949 and 135 in 1951, giving him 578 yards on 57 carries (an average of 10.1) in three games against the Cougars, with seven touchdowns.

2. Ryan Leaf (1995-97)

Simply beating UW in Husky Stadium with the Rose Bowl at stake in 1997 might be enough to get on this list, never mind that Leaf threw for 358 yards that day — the second-most by a WSU QB against the Huskies — and two touchdowns. But Leaf almost beat UW in Seattle in his first career start in 1995, throwing for 291 yards in a 33-30 loss, and passed for 251 in leading a late Cougars comeback in a 31-24 overtime defeat in 1996. In all, he was 58 for 105 for 900 yards and four TDs.

3. Cody Pickett (2001-03)

Pickett was 3-0 against the Cougars, winning every time when UW was an underdog, in the process throwing for the two highest-yardage games in the history of the series — 371 yards in 2001 and 368 in 2002, leading the Huskies to a triple-overtime victory in Pullman. Capped his career with a 183-yard performance in 2003 that included the winning touchdown pass to Corey Williams with 1:10 left. In all, was 83 for 140 for 922 yards and four TDs.

Did you know?

Of all the famous quarterbacks WSU has had through the years, the Cougar who has thrown for the most yards in an Apple Cup is a relative unknown — Dave Mathieson, who passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-21 Huskies win in 1962. The legendary Hugh Campbell caught 10 of Mathieson's passes for 178 yards. Mathieson, a native of Reseda, Calif., who played from 1961-63, threw for 3,094 yards in his career, ranking No. 2 on WSU's career list at the time he left. He played briefly in the CFL.

Bob Condotta, Times staff reporter

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