Monday, November 26, 2012
Player of the week: Pac-12
By Kevin Gemmell
Andrew Furney picked a heck of a time to nail his first career game-winning kick.
His 27-yard field goal in overtime elevated Washington State to a 31-28 win over Washington in the Apple Cup, capping a 3-for-3 day for the junior kicker that completed the largest comeback in Apple Cup history.
The Cougars entered the fourth quarter down 18 points. After a pair of Carl Winston touchdown runs brought the Cougars back into the game, Furney's 45-yard field goal with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter sent the game to overtime.
In what has been a decidedly down year for Pac-12 kickers (only one, OSU's Trevor Romaine, is above 73 percent accuracy at 87.5), it was the clutch kicking of Furney that helped the Cougars snap an eight-game losing streak.
A year's worth of frustration evaporated -- if only temporarily -- as the Cougars picked up just their third win of the season. It was Washington State's first win in the Apple Cup since 2008.
Furney also hit a 21-yard field goal to open the scoring and was 2 for 2 on extra points.