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November 28, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Apple Cup game thread

APPLE CUP DRILL POSTED — More highlights of the game.
FIRST APPLE UP GAMER POSTED — For the nuts and blots on what happened, click here.
POST-GAME COMMENT FROM HOLT: “I thought they (the UW defense) played really well. I’m really happy with the effort. They executed really nice and really happy for the seniors to go out their last Apple Cup and play really well and get a win.”
CHAIN OFFICIAL IS FINE — The chain gang member taken off the field is apparently fine. It was related to a pre-exisiting back problem, so nothing life-threatening.
HUSKIES WIN IT 30-0 — It’s over. More later. First shutout for UW in this series since 1964. First shutout of any kind since 1997.
LOCKER OUT — He’s on the sidelines having rushed for a season-high 94 yards on 10 carries.
UW just fumbled the ball away at the Cougar two, a call reversed after film review, Bronson with the fumble, so it remains 30-0.
THIS ONE’S OVER — A 15-yard TD run by Locker with 6:45 left seals it for Huskies.
Now 30-0.
POLK GOES OVER 1,000 — A 13-yard run with just over nine minutes left put Polk over the number.
HUSKIES FORCE ANOTHER PUNT — UW has the ball back at its own 46 with 10:08 to play, leading 23-0.
HUSKIES UP 23-0 — With 11:03 left after another Folk field goal. Question how is if UW can hold on for its first shutout of any kind since a 27-0 blanking of USC in 1997 and first in Apple Cup since the Cougars did it 24-0 in 1968. UW’s last shutout in the Apple Cup 14-0 in 1964.
UW OUTGAINED WSU 143-28 — In the third quarter.
UW LEADS 20-0 AT END OF THREE QUARTERS — Huskies on the move again with the ball at the Cougar 41 as the third quarter ends.
HUSKIES STOP COUGS — Sort of. Two incompletions that each were really drops ends WSU’s drive, the last one coming on a fourth-and-three at the 37 that was also a little high. UW has the ball back at its own 37.
LOCKER THROWS PICK — A Locker pass intended for Jermaine Kearse was instead picked off by Xavier Hicks and WSU has the ball at its own 41 with 3:02 to play in third quarter.
COUGS GO THREE AND OUT — Another three and out and a punt for the Cougs, with Cort Dennison getting a sack on third down to end the drive. UW takes over at its own 37 with 3:46 to play, now in firm control of the game.
LOCKER THREE CARRIES FOR 37 YARDS ON THAT LAST DRIVE — And he has 49 on five for the game making this his third-best running game of the season.
HUSKIES TAKE 20-0 LEAD — UW finally beginning to pull away going 75 yards on 12 plays in 6:59, capped by a 1-yard plunge by Chris Polk, to take a 20-0 lead with 6:11 to play in third quarter.
ATTENDANCE TONIGHT — Is 68,697. That’s the lowest attendance for a Seattle Apple Cup since Husky Stadium was expanded in 1987.
OSSAI BACK AT LG FOR HUSKIES — And Middleton catches his first pass of the game at the 12:31 mark.
WSU GOES THREE AND OUT — UW takes over at its own 25 with 13:10 to go in third. Lobbestael indeed QB for Cougs.
WSU QB — Lobbestael warming up for Cougs. Looks like he’ll go in.
SECOND-HALF KEYS — WSU will get the ball first and we’ll see who the QB is, which figures to tell a lot about how the Cougars’ approach the rest of this game. If it’s Wagner, WSU may really try to just run it and play it safe and see if they can keep it close.
UW seems to be trying to establish the run but hasn’t been able to, especially considering the rushing defense it is going up against. But you’d think the Huskies will keep trying at that.
HALFTIME STATS — UW has 43 yards rushing on 13 carries, WSU 43 on 17, so the Huskies attempts to dominate this one on the ground have so far not come to, uh, pass.
Locker is 10-19 for 144 yards and one touchdown, with Kearse the leading receiver with four receptions for 94 yards and one TD.
Each team has punted three times.
Dennison is UW’s leading tackler with five while Foster has four and an interception.
UW has two sacks, one each of Lopina and Lobbestael.
LOPINA BEING TAKEN OFF ON A STRETCH — While the rest of the team went to the loker room, Lopina was taken off on a stretcher out a back entrance, apparently en route to a hospital. Looks to be done for the day.
UW LEADS 13-0 AT HALFTIME — Cougars just ran the ball on the last four plays, picking up a couple of first downs, to run out the clock with Wagner at QB. UW leads 13-0 at the break but not looking real scintillating. Huskies have a 187-116 edge in total yards but the rushing yards are tied at 46.
LOPINA SHAKEN UP AGAIN — He took a hard hit from Cameron Elisara with his head hitting the ground at the 1:52 mark after scrambling to throw a pass. Walk-on Dan Wagner could be coming in for the Cougs.
LOPINA STILL AT QB FOR WSU — Lobbestael sitting on bench.
HUSKIES ADD TO LEAD — Locker passes to Kearse and Aguilar got UW in position for a 46-yard FG by Folk to make it 13-0 with 2:39 to play in the first half. UW has all three of its time outs so if Huskies can hold here, could add to lead again before half.
HUSKIES HOLD — WSU went for it on fourth and four at the UW 33 but Lopina was sacked for a loss of seven by Darrion Jones and UW has the ball at its own 40.
UW TRIES TO BLITZ, FAILS — Everyone who wants UW to blitz more needs to watch the third-down play there where the Huskies called a blitz, Dennison missed the tackle, and Lobbestael scrambled for 11. Huskies just don’t seem to handle blitzing well this season.
Lobbestael got a little shaken up on the play and is coming out with Lopina going back in.
UW ONE FIRST DOWN, THEN PUNTS — Cougs to take over at own 45 with 6:14 to go in second quarter.
FIRST DOWN, THEN PUNT FOR COUGS — UW to get the ball back at its own 6 with 9:31 to play in the second quarter.
LONGEST TD PASS OF THE YEAR FOR THE HUSKIES — it was as nice play-action as Locker faked handoff to Polk, then stepped up in the pocket and hit Kearse, who beat Terrance Hayward down the sideline and caught the ball in the end zone.
PLAY RESUMES, HUSKIES STRIKE QUICK — UW needed just three plays to go 85 yards and score a TD, on a 50-yard pass from Locker to Jermaine Kearse on a play-action. That gives UW a 10-0 lead with 12:41 to play in the second quarter.
GAME DELAYED AT THE MOMENT — A chain gang official is down on the UW sideline so the game is being delayed at the moment.
WSU ENDS THE SEASON BEING OUTSCORED 176-6 IN THE FIRST QUARTER — And Cougars now forced to punt again so UW will have the ball at its own 15 with 13:52 to play in the second quarter ahead 3-0.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS WITH UW AHEAD 3-0 — Huskies have a 60-41 edge in yards, 3-3 tie in first downs. WSU ends the quarter with the ball at its own 41 having just picked up a first down.
LOBBESTAEL AT QB FOR WSU — Lopina out. WSU calls time on first play after having only 10 men on the field.
COUGS FORCE A FIELD GOAL — Folk makes a 24-yard FG to put UW ahead 3-0 with 1:38 to play in the first. A little of a victory for the Cougs to hold the Huskies out of the end zone there as the UW offense does not seem in sync yet. Nick Wood played at guard for UW in place of Ossai on that drive.
FOSTER PICKS OFF LOPINA — Foster picks off a pass intended for Simone and returns it to WSU 13. Lopina is down on the ground after taking a hard hit from Darrion Jones. 2:54 left in the quarter.
TA’AMU IN FOR ELISARA — Not sure why but that’s the change on defense for the second drive.
UW PUNTS — One first down and a punt for the Huskies. Cougar defense fired up so far. WSU to start at its own 21 with 3:50 to play in quarter.
WSU PUNTS — Cougs forced to punt after two first downs. Huskies take over at own 5 with 7:16 to go in first.
TWO FALSE STARTS ON COUGS — The noise seems to be making an impact as WSU has had two false starts on this drive. They also just missed a TD on the overthrow of the double pass by Lopina.
GOOD ATMOSPHERE — Officially, 66,500 tickets were sold before today, but the stadium has filled up pretty well and there seems to be a pretty fevered pitch here so far.
STARTING DEFENSE — DTN and Jones at ends, Elisara and Thompson at DT, Butler, Foster and Gage at LB, Wells and Williams at safety and Trufant and Long at CB.
J. POLK ON THE PUNT TEAM — So he’s playing today.
WSU STARTS AT 42 —- Looked like Simone had fumbled the punt for WSU but Quinton Richardson was called for interfereing with the chance to catch the ball so the Cougars will start at their own 42 with 11:52 to play in the first quarter.
UW GETS ONE FIRST DOWN, THEN PUNTS — A personal foul penalty helps derail UW.
STARTING OFFENSE — No surprises, Schaefer, Ossai, Tolar, Kelmete, Habben on the line, left to right, Polk at TB, Locker at QB, Middleton at TE, and the three WRs.
C. POLK BACK TO RETURN KO — Any doubts about his shoulder quickly answered.
GAMETIME TEMPS — 50 degrees and overcast and 15 MPH wins from the south.
WSU WINS TOSS, DEFERS — UW to get the ball first.
TRIPPER JOHNSON, POE GAMEDAY CAPTAINS TODAY — Joining the four season-long captains for UW — Locker, DTN, Butler and Tolar.
KICKOFF NEARING — Game is about 20 minutes away.
Lineups looked status quo for UW the way the warmups went but I’ll list them once the game starts.
UW is in purple jerseys and white pants, a rare home look.

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