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November 27, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Post-game links and notes — an Apple for a Holiday?

Whatever can be said about this 2010 Washington team, it can’t be said this team doesn’t have a flair for the dramatic.
UW now has three last-play wins this year, beating USC and now Cal as time ran out and needing to go to the last play to hold off Oregon State in double overtime.
The win over Cal was also UW’s second on the road this year, the most since 2006 and also left the Huskies 3-1 this year against teams from California (best since also going 3-1 in 2001).
And adding to the good feeling of the day is LSU’s loss and Stanford’s win, further solidying that the Cardinal gets pulled into the BCS.
If so, that likely means the Huskies are playing the Apple Cup next week with the Holiday Bowl on the line.
After the BCS, the Alamo Bowl gets the first shot at Pac-10 teams and it still seems likely to take Arizona since the Wildcats will have a better record (and remember, the bowls get a choice — it does not go strictly by conference placing). Here’s an Omaha World-Herald story updating the Alamo’s situation and noting it seems likely to take Arizona.
The Holiday Bowl is next, and if UW is the only other Pac-10 team available would have no choice but to take the Huskies. The Sun Bowl is next and comes into play if for some reason Stanford didn’t go to the BCS, or if another Pac-10 team got bowl eligible.
The Holiday Bowl is Dec. 30 in San Diego and also features a Big 12 team. One intriguing possible opponent is Missouri and former longtime UW assistant Gary Pinkel.
Before getting too far with the bowl talk, though, the Huskies need to beat Washington State.
It will be the first Apple Cup since 2006 with any bowl implications for either team. That year WSU entered the game 6-5 and would surely have gone to a bowl game had it gotten to 7-5. But UW beat the Cougs 35-32 for what was WSU’s third straight loss, and in a time when bowl slots weren’t quite as plentiful, the Cougs were left home.
Here are a few other links on today’s game:
— Here’s my game story, focusing on the last drive and play.
Steve Kelley writes that this is the kind of win that could be remembered forever.
— My notebook has items on the defense, the big plays of the receivers, and the punting situation.
— Here’s the two-minute drill, where we pick the play and player of the game and other such awards. And you can find all of our coverage here, including the stats and a photo gallery.
— Here’s the coverage from
—- Here are a lot of post-game quotes from Cal’s official athletic web site.
— The BearTalk blog notes it was a surreal post-game scene for Cal, which also had to deal with the news that it admitted to faking injuries against Oregon.
— The San Francisco Chronicle says it was an ugly farewell to Memorial Stadium for Cal. (It also really dampened the post-game ceremony, which went on anyway though in front of maybe only a couple thousand people as the loss and the weather sent everyone out of there in a hurry).
All for now.



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