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November 24, 2007 at 4:05 PM

Apple Cup game thread

END OF THE GAME — Sadly noticing that a lot of my posts at the end didn’t make it. Sorry about that. I’ll chip in with some post-game thoughts as soon as I can.
One quick note is that the 399 yards by Brink are the most for any QB in the history of the Apple Cup. He also leaves having won three of four against UW.
Word in the media room is that the Huskies blew a coverage on that last TD, with half of the group playing one thing (a blitz) and half another.
UW is now assured of finishing in at least a tie for last place in the Pac-10 at 2-7 *(Stanford is 2-6 with a game to play).
It’s the fifth time this year that UW has allowed 500 yards or more on defense and now comes a long trip to Hawaii to take on an explosive Warriors offense.
TIED AGAIN — These may be two 4-7 teams but they are turning in one heck of an Apple Cup as WSU has now scored to tie it at 35, again exposing some issues in UW’s secondary. The Cougars keep blitzing Locker but he is learning how pick them up, seemingly as the game wears on.
15 STRAIGHT RUNS FOR UW — Huskies did nothing but run on that drive as they regained the lead with a fourth-down run by Locker. Also a key was a great block by Paul Homer that took out WSU linebacker Kendrick Dunn.
TIED AT END OF THIRD QUARTER — But the Huskies have come back off the carpet and are threatening to again take a measure of control in this one, picking up a fourth-and-one to have the ball at the 18.
HUSKIES TIE IT UP QUICKLY — UW goes 90 yards in four plays and if that proves to be the drive that turns the game around, WSU fans will rue the penalty by Alfonso Jackson on second down. UW was set to have a third-and-10. Instead, the Huskies got a first down and turned it into a quick score. WSU is loading up on the run to make Jake Locker beat them with the throw. He did on that drive.
SIXTH DROP FOR UW — We have UW with six dropped passes after that bobbled pass by Gottlieb turns into a WSU interception.
HUSKIES GETTING A GUTCHECK NOW —- WSU has pulled ahead 28-20 and the Huskies are in a real right now. WSU has outscored UW 28-10 since that quick start for the Huskies that figured to bury the Cougars. WSU has passed for 272 yards and there is 9:11 left in the third quarter. This is the guy who threw six interceptions last week. He is 19-25 right now.
COUGS 176 YARDS IN SECOND QUARTER — As Willingham pointed out, the Huskies are giving Alex Brink too much time to throw right now. He is 14-19 for 222 yards in bringing back shades of Willie Tuitama. He was 9-11 for 136 yards in the second quarter. UW also has about four dropped passes for the half which is helping to stall the offense. Locker is 9-22 for 110 yards with a long of 46 to Russo.
WSU AHEAD 21-20 AT HALF — Tyrone Willingham said in his halftime radio comments that “we kind of lost the momentum. Defensively we started to let them make a couple of plays down the field and we couldn’t come back and make any plays. We had a couple of drops, a couple of penalties, and suddenly you have to deal with potentially being way ahead to being behind.”
Asked what the problem was on defense, Willingham said “we’ve got to make plays. If we can get some pass rush and get in his face we’ll be in great shape. We haven’t got enough pressure lately nor made the right play.”
Asked about Locker, Willingham said “I just think he’s missed some of the big passes that we’ve needed.”
COUGARS TAKE THE LEAD — The Cougars are throwing at will on UW right now and another Brink TD pass has WSU ahead 21-20 with 34 seconds left. UW is going to try to score on this final drive with WSU getting the opening kickoff to start the second half.
HUSKIES COME BACK — Perkins hits a 43-yard-field goal to make it 20-14 with 3:22 left. He has now hit six FGs in a row.
BIZARRE PLAY SPURS COUGS — No matter what happens, the trademark play of this Apple Cup may be the pass deflection caught by WSU’s Kevin McCall that turned into a 47-yard gain. WSU converted with a 25-yard TD run by Christopher Ivory and the gap is closed to 17-14.
HUSKIES HOLD — Though with some big help from Alex Brink, who inexplicably didn’t get rid of the ball on a second-and-three play and was sacked for a 17-yard loss by Te’o-Nesheim, who is having a really good game so far. You can see why Cougar fans get frustrated with Brink, who made a mistake like that in his final college game.
HUSKIES TAKE 17-7 LEAD — Locker runs 23 yards for a TD on a spread option play, faking to Rankin then taking off and beating WSU safety Husain Abdullah. That’s Locker’s 11th rushing TD this year and first since the end of the Stanford game. Mark Brunell has the school record for rushing TDs by a QB with 12 in 1990.
UW LEADS 10-7 END OF FIRST QUARTER — Huskies are beginning to play some power football now, a smart move with WSU having just regained some momentum with that long TD pass.
COUGS BATTLE BACK — WSU struck back in a hurry to cut the lead to 10-7 on two big pass plays. WSU now has 86 passing yards but just two rushing yards on four possessions.
COUGAR DEFENSE STEPPING UP — WSU’s defense beginning to show some signs of life, bringing a lot of pressure on Jake Locker. UW has just three offensive points in three possessions, while having a 10-0 lead.
YET ANOTHER THREE-AND-OUT — I’ll have to check, but not sure the last time UW had three straight three-and-outs on defense. WSU can’t move the ball at all right now.
ANOTHER THREE-AND-OUT FOR UW — Husky defense has come to play as WSU has just eight yards on its first two possessions, both three-and-outs.
HUSKIES UP 10-0 — Ryan Perkins adds a 35-yard FG and UW is ahead 10-0 at 8:37. WR Quintin Daniels got on the field on that series for the first time since the ASU game and in what is his final home game. Ben Ossai got the start at left tackle for the Huskies. The rest of the lineup looked as advertised.
TE’O-NESHEIM COMES UP BIG — He had a couple big plays on UW’s first defensive stand, including a tackle on a third-down run, as the Huskies have the ball right back.
FAST START FOR HUSKIES — Can’t ask for more than that as Louis Rankin runs back the opening KO 89 yards for a TD and a quick 7-0 lead. That’s UW’s first KO for a TD since Roc Alexander in 2001 against Idaho. That one was 95 yards.
THE HUSKIES ARE ANNOUNCING THEIR SENIOR CAPTAINS FOR THE SEASON — And they are Greyson Gunheim, Louis Rankin and Jordan Reffett. Garcia also appears to be a season captain.
GARCIA NOT INTRODUCED — Juan Garcia is not being introduced along with the rest of the seniors, an indication he may be coming back next year. He had said earlier in the week that if he were sure to come out he would be introduced today, not wanting to risk doing it twice.
PRE-GAME — We’ll start it here.
Oregon gets shut out by UCLA so all USC has to do is win next week and it goes to the Rose Bowl.



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