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November 22, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Apple Cup game thread

UNBELIEVABLE — I see lots of anger out there already. Please try to keep it as clean as possible.
I will have some notes and quotes in the next hour or so.
HUSKIES MISS ANOTHER FIELD GOAL — A drive of about seven minutes ends in another missed field goal for UW and it’s 10-7 UW with 3:24 left.
This will end the game thread for now.
HUSKIES MISS FIELD GOAL BUT COUGARS STALLED — Jared Ballman missed a 40 yard field goal but the Cougars went three and out so UW has the ball back at its own 23 after a long punt return was nullified by a block in the back on Chancellor Young.
WSU had a 219-105 edge in yards ending the third quarter thanks in large part to the two big runs. Neither team has a pass for longer than 21 yards.
UW UP 10-7 ENDING THIRD QUARTER — Huskies are responding with a nice drive after the Cougar score, doing it all on the ground and letting their big guys dominate up front., UW has the ball at the Cougar 47 as the fourth quarter begins.
COUGARS FINALLY GET ON BOARD — WSU has scored on a 57-yard run by Logwone Mitz to cap an 86-yard drive to cut the lead to 10-7 with 2:56 left. And it’s a ballgame again.
UW FORCED TO PUNT — Cougars have the ball back at their own 14 after forcing a UW punt. This game may not get to the over, which I think was 48.
HUSKIES FORCE ANOTHER PUNT — That’s five punts for the Cougars after they fail to move far on their first drive of the second half, the most against UW this year. The previous high was four.
To me, the player of the game so far is Te’o-Nesheim, who is just dominating up front.
GRIFFIN HAS 86 YARDS ON 18 CARRIES — All already career highs for Willie Griffin.
RUNNING KEY TO FIRST HALF — UW has 96 yards rushing on 24 carries in the first half, better than its season average and the reason it holds a 10-0 lead.
It’s the first time UW has had the lead at the end of any quarter since the Hawaii game last year — they had leads in other games just not at the end of a quarter.
In case you missed it, walk-on LB Fred Wiggs saw his first significant game action briefly, filling in for Chris Stevens for a few plays.
UW TAKES 10-0 HALFTIME LEAD — UW stopped WSU’s drive after the fake punt and take a 10-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. WSU will get the ball to start the second half, which may tell whether there will be any intrigue left in this one. Cougars look simply helpless on offense.
COUGS FAKE PUNT — WSU gets a first down on a 28-yard fake punt by punter Reid Forrest, who some say is one of the best athletes on the team. There’s a quick thought up here that that may be WSU’s second-longest run from scrimmage this year.
UW GETTING A GOOD PASS RUSH — A 10-yard sack by Chris Stevens stops the last drive and UW is getting the ball back with 2:26 left. The Huskies are beginning to exert a lot of control in this game and getting some good push up front.
HUSKIES TAKE 10-0 LEAD — UW uses the interception to drive for a 35-yard field goal by Ryan Perkins to take a 10-0 lead with 5:07 left. The sun is also now shining and the stands have filled in pretty well.
HUSKIES GET ANOTHER INTERCEPTION — After UW was stopped, WSU briefly moved the ball before Mesphin Forrester picked off a pass. UW will have the ball with 7:42 left and a 7-0 lead and once again, a real chance to take control of this game. A two-score lead will probably be enough to win this one. It’s UW’s fourth interception in two weeks after having only three previously.
UW FORCES A THIRD STRAIGHT PUNT — UW’s defense is dominating so far, and in particular DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim whom the Cougars just can’t block. He had a QB hurry on the last drive and was held big time on second down, which the officials missed. WSU went three-and-out and UW has the ball at its own 30 with 11:30 to go. Huskies have a real chance to take control on the scoreboard as they are already dominating on the field.
HUSKIES STRIKE FIRST — UW is dominating this game on the ground and has used its rushing attack and some timely passing to take a 7-0 lead with 12:17 left on a 3-yard run by Willie Griffin. UW has 91 yards rushing so far.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS SCORELESS — A defensive battle so far as the first quarter ends 0-0. But there has also been a lot of conservative play so far. Looks like each team is trying not to make a mistake and wait for the other team to screw it up.
UW, however, has the edge as the quarter ends with a first down at the Cougar 47.
HUSKIES GET ANOTHER STOP — UW’s defense has forced punts on each of WSU’s drives, which may be a first to start a game in quite a while.
HUSKIES TRYING TO RUN RIGHT — UW has tried to run a lot, and almost all of the plays have been to the right side behind Ryan Tolar and Skyler Fancher. But WSU has done enough to force some third-and-longs and UW was stopped, forced to punt. WSU now has the ball at its own 14 with 4:06 left in the first quarter with no score.
DEFENSE WINNING EARLY — In the battle of bad offense vs. bad defense, the defense is winning early, each team stopping the other on the first drive. Willie Griffin got the start for UW at tailback.
WILLINGHAM FIRED UP — Don’t know if they showed it on TV, but Willingham angrily berated Johnie Kirton after the personal foul penalty that wiped out the long kickoff return by Quinton Richardson to start the game. That’s the kind of emotion UW fans have often complained Willingham doesn’t show.
HUSKIES GO WITH 3-4 DEFENSE — UW is in the 3-4 to start with Johri Fogerson starting at safety.
COUGS WEAR SURPRISE UNIFORMS — The Cougars are going with an all-crimson look, and the helmets, with the script “Cougars” but with a crimson color are apparently something the team has never worn before. Apparently, coach Paul Wulff surprised the team with the helmets before the game.
UW’S CAPTAINS — Are Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Johnie Kirton, Juan Garcia and Michael Gottlieb.
WATCH FOR BRUNS — Expect to see Cody Bruns involved in this game in a big way with some of the trick plays similar to those called against Arizona State. Bruns is healthy again and the team worked with him in a variety of ways in practice this week, such as taking direct snaps and throwing on the run. So we’ll see where that leads today.
FANCHER TO START — As the Huskies go through warmups, lookslike Skyler Fancher is starting at right tackle with Cody Habben on the left side. Ben Ossai is in uniform and going through warmups with the second team.
A few other personnel notes — Brandon Johnson is here but appears to be working as the No. 3 tailback as they go through warmups with Willie Griffin and Terrance Dailey rotating with the starters. And Jordan Polk is also in uniform goinig trhough warmups with the second team. He missed last week with a concussion.
PRE-GAME — Sorry to be late to the blog today.
We’ve made it to Pullman, where the weather is mild and the crowd is small —- this could be the least-attended Apple Cup in recent memory.
The players, it seems, may have to create their own energy today.
Here’s our preview for today.
For everything else you may need about the game, here are a bunch of links from Vince Grippi, who is standing next to me unabashedly asking for credit for all his hard work. So hats off to Vince.

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