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PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State pulled off an improbable comeback to defeat Washington 31-28 in overtime in the annual Apple Cup game.

Andrew Furney scored the winning points on a 27-yard field goal on WSU's first possession after UW had been stopped on its first possession.

It was the fourth overtime in the history of the Apple Cup and the teams have each won two.

UW's first possession ended when Tony Pole picked off a Keith Price pass when Price simply tried to flip the ball away under pressure. Huskies wide receiver Cody Bruns raced down field to tackle Pole at the 3 and the Cougars then simply began a new possession at the 25.

WSU drove to the 9 and on first down and decided to kick the field goal. Furney made it from 27 yards and the crowd rushed the field in celebration.

The win snapped a four-game winning streak for UW, which ends the regular season 7-5, while the Cougars snapped an eight-game losing streak, getting their first Pac-12 win of the season and finishing the first season under Mike Leach 3-9 overall and 1-8 in Pac-12 play.

The Huskies benefited from three touchdowns that followed WSU turnovers deep in its own territory, allowing UW to score on drives of 20, 16 and seven yards.

Two of the short TD drives came in the third quarter as the Huskies took control of the game after trailing 10-7 at halftime.

UW drove 89 yards the first time it had the ball in the second half, the march capped by a 15-yard pass from quarterback Price to Bruns in the end zone.

On WSU's next possession, quarterback Jeff Tuel was stripped of the ball by Josh Shirley and UW's Talia Crichton recovered at the 16. UW needed just four plays to score, Bishop Sankey running it in from two yards out.

A little later, WSU receiver Bobby Ratliff fumbled after a short reception deep in his own territory and UW's Shaq Thompson recovered and returned it to the 7. Sankey scored from the 1-yard line three plays later.

The Cougars, though, then shockingly emerged from the dead.

WSU drove 10 plays in 75 yards, helped by a couple of UW penalties, scoring on a 2-yard run by Carl Winston to make it 28-17 with 10:41 left in the game.

WSU then got the ball back on a Price fumble and drove 48 yards for another Winston touchdown, and then converted a two-point pass to cut the lead to 28-25 with 7:26 left in the game.

WSU then tied it 28-28 with 1:59 left on a 45-yard field goal by Furney.

The Huskies will wait to find out which bowl game they will attend, but are already assured of a postseason game for the third straight season under fourth-year coach Steve Sarkisian.

WSU led 10-7 at the end of a first half in which the Huskies were sloppy throughout.

The Cougars mostly dominated play in the first half, outgaining the Huskies 183-96 and passing for 173 yards against a UW defense that came into the game ranked ninth in the nation against the pass, allowing 174.

WSU scored on drives of 75 and 81 yards. The Cougars capped the first one with a 21-yard Andrew Furney field goal late in the first quarter.

They capped the second one with a 1-yard run by Carl Winston with 9:19 left in the half.

In between, UW got its lone touchdown of the half on an 11-yard pass from Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. That came after UW got the ball at the WSU 20 when senior safety Justin Glenn picked off a bobbled pass. He rolled out of bounds as he caught it and the Cougars challenged the play, but it was upheld on replay.

UW was held to just 14 yards rushing in the first half thanks in part to 28 yards lost in sacks. Sankey had 42 yards on 10 carries in the first half.

WSU finishes 2-10 in a disappointing debut for coach Mike Leach, and 0-9 in Pac-12 play, having lost its last nine games.

Notes: Washington State played without linebacker Travis Long, who reportedly suffered a knee injury last week against Arizona State. Long had started all 47 games of his career and came into the game ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in sacks with 9.5. ... WSU also was without quarterback Connor Halliday, who apparently suffered a concussion last week against Arizona State. ... Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant, who missed last week's game at Colorado with a hamstring injury, returned and got the start.
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