Last Apple Cup stands outIn 2012 the Cougars came back from a 28-10 fourth-quarter deficit to win 31-28 in overtime. It’s a memory the players still cherish, even as they prepare to defend the Apple Cup trophy on Friday. “The last one just kind of jumps out at me,” Bucannon said. “Taking that knee before (Andrew) Furney kicked that field goal and you can’t really look but you’ve got to look. That was probably the biggest thing that got to me. “And then when he made that field goal, everybody just runs on to the field. I just remember Jeff Tuel sprinting onto the field. He was so happy. I just remember his face.” The lasting effects of that win are more than simply nostalgic, however. That game stands as the bellwether for a program trying to cultivate an ability to overcome adversity. “I think it started to reveal some of the potential our team had,” Leach said. “And that’s the thing we’ve got to continue to do, continue to unfold what our potential is. Because the first thing is realizing what you can do and I don’t think we’ve reached that point, where we fully realize what our potential is and what we can do.”
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