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December 4, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Apple Cup game thread

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TWO BIG INJURIES FOR UW — Semisi Tokolahi suffered a dislocated and broken ankle and Cody Bruns a broken clavicle, so they are out for the bowl game. Bruns suffered the injury on that one punt return so that’s why he was replaced from there.
Marlion Barnett was sick and Vonzell McDowell out with a knee injury.
HUSKIES HAVE HELD ON — I just talked to Rick Hill, a spokesman for the Alamo Bowl, who says no decision will be made tonight.
I have really tight deadlines for the paper tonight but will get what I can on the blog as quickly as I can.
LOOKS LIKE UW HOLDS ON — Heading to the field so the blog will end here for now. More later.
UW TAKES THE LEAD — And maybe the win on a 27-yard pass from Locker to Kearse to complete a nine-play 88 yard drive in 3:36. Could be UW’s fourth Pac-10 win this year decided in the final minute.
POLK GETS IT — Another gutsy fourth down call and what looked like the same play as last week gets the first down. UW has it at the WSU 16 with 1:14 to play.
WOW, WHAT A HUGE TURN OF EVENTS — The Cougars have appeared to tie it as Wilson has a 16-yard TD pass on a slant from Tuel with 4:26 to play. six plays, 73 yards in 2:54 and UW now has work to do to win this one.
FWIW — UW’s single-game rushing record is 296 by McElhenny in the 1950 Apple Cup. So Polk aways away from either of those marks.
HUSKIES NEED ANOTHER STOP — UW goes three and out, a penalty helping kill the drive and Locker throwing high to Goodwin on third down. WSU will start at its own 27.
COUGS AGAIN KEEP IT INTERESTING — WSU moves quickly down the field to score on a 1-yard run by Tuel to cut the lead to 28-21 with 8:46 to play. Still some nervous time for the Huskies.
POLK GOES 57 FOR A TD — After WSU was stopped on a fourth down, Polk took a handoff 57 yards for a TD to put UW up 28-14 with 13:18 to play.
He now has 220 yards on the season and is the first Husky to go over 200 yards since Louis Rankin in 2007 against Cal.
TOKOLAHI BEING CARTED OFF — Looks like a leg injury of some sort. He was hurt on WSU’s first play following the turnover.
LOCKER FUMBLES ON FOURTH DOWN — UW went for it on fourth and goal at the one to start the fourth quarter and Locker fumbled as he appeared to try to take the ball back on a fake to Callier.
WSU’s Kooyman recovered and advanced it to the WSU 49 with 14:47 to play.
Obviously a sequence that will be hotly debated depending on how this game turns out.
COUGS GO THREE AND OUT — And UW will take over at its own 25 with 1:52 left in the third.
UW GETS ONE FIRST DOWN, THEN STOPPED — For the first time since early in the second quarter WSU has the ball with a chance to tie the game, taking over at its own 26 following a UW punt. There’s 3:32 left in third quarter.
COUGS WON’T GO AWAY YET — Cougars respond with a Tuel pass to Blackledge, nine plays, 57 yards, 4:03, to make it 21-14 with 5:53 to go in the third.
WSU WITH BALL AT UW 19 — Cougars are moving, picking up a third and two at the UW 22. Richardson is down on the field and Long appears set to come in at cornerback.
UW PUNTS — And WSU now has it and is on the move to the UW 29 withh about seven minutes left in third.
WSU GETS ONE FIRST DOWN, THEN PUNTS — UW will get the ball back and has come out again dominating as the second half begins.
EARLY CANDIDATE FOR PLAY OF THE GAME — UW was facing a third and five at its own 34. But as WSU blitzed Locker hit Kearse on a simple slant over the middle and Kearse split the safeties to run down the middle for a TD. Folk’s PAT was blocked but went over anyway so it’s 21-7 with 13:32 to go in the third.
A huge answer for the Huskies as the Cougars had kept two Polk runs in check on first and second down and were selling out for the big play on third down.
Instead, Locker and Kearse executed perfectly and UW has regained control after WSU seemed to have a lot of momentum going its way.
And nice kickoff by Folk into the end zone for a touchback.
UW GETS BALL FIRST TO START SECOND HALF — And I know I say this all the time. But this is why Sark always defers — as he did today — to get the ball first to start the second half. It looms as an especially critical drive in this situation.
QUICK STATS — UW has a 234-135 edge in yards at half — meaning it was 234-55 until that last drive.
UW has 100 yards rushing on 21 carries, that area slipping a bit since the hot start — UW had 60 yards for 11 carries in the first quarter, all on that first drive.
Locker is 9-13 for 104 yards but has the one big interception that has swung the momentum as the half ended.
Tuel is 9-15 for 79 yards, most coming on that last drive.
Nate Fellner has six tackles for UW and Bucannon has five to lead WSU along with the pick.
Polk has 78 yards on 13 carries for UW, six yards per attempt.
HALF ENDS AT 14-7 — WSU with nice coverage on the kickoff and UW takes a knee to end the half.
Suddenly it’s a game again with WSU reversing the momentum there at the end.
Lots of snowballs thrown UW’s way as the players leave the field.
It’s a 22-minute halftime here due to the fact that the UW players have to go so far to get to their locker room.


CORRECTION ON GOODWIN — That’s actually Taz Stevenson. We were told in the press box it was Goodwin but it’s Stevenson, who has to wear different numbers due to the multiple number deal.
WSU SCORES — A slant to Karstetter has WSU on the board with 28 seconds left in the half and that’s an 80-yard drive in seven plays that has the Cougars back in the game. UW appeared on the verge of blowing out the Cougars before the interception and the quick drive down the field.
GOODWIN PLAYING SOME SAFETY FOR UW — With Parker out UW is getting creative and using Goodwin some at safety here on this final drive of the half.
HUSKIES DENIED AT END ZONE — UW appeared ready to score again when a Locker pass intended for Aguilar in the end zone was intercepted by Deone Bucannon. WSU has the ball at its own 20 with 1:41 to go in the half, with UW ahead 14-0.
UW FORCED A THREE AND OUT — And the Huskies are in total control now. Fellner dropped what might have been an INT for a TD off his good friend Tuel. But regardless, UW got the stop and will again have the ball.
Aguilar got that return for the Huskies after Callier fumbled on the last return.
LOCKER KEEPS FOR TD — Huge second score for the Huskies to really take command now as Locker started right then ran back left for the TD to make it 14-0 with 6:42 left.
That fake punt may be the call of the year for the Huskies, along with going for it last week on fourth down.
NO. 57 — Who recovered the Callier fumble for UW is Taz Stevenson, wearing a different number to avoid a double number situation with Aguilar.
ANOTHER UW THREE AND OUT — But UW pulls off a fake punt as Rasp throws to Kearse andnd UW has the ball at the 7. 30-yard gain.
WSU THREE AND OUT — WSU tried to go deep twice but couldn’t connect, Richardson appearing to break up a third down pass to Wilson about 50 yards down field. UW now has the ball at the 40 following a good callier return and a fumble that UW recovered.
UW STOPPED AGAIN — And again, no runs for Polk. Officially all passes though Polk was set to get the ball on third and one before a penalty for procedure moved UW back. But WSU again with horrible field positoin at its own 4.
CALLIER IN AT PUNT RETURN — WSU went three and out and has an oddly conservative offensive game plan so far. Callier was back for the last punt return but it was a bouncing punt that he simply fell on at the 40. UW again in good field position and a chance to take real command of the game.
UW GOES THREE AND OUT — UW goes three and out and Polk doesn’t touch the ball once. Rasp 63 punt has WSU starting at its own 1.
UW GETS A THREE AND OUT — Cougs look really sloppy so far, though they often do so not sure this is annything new. UW will start at its own 30 after the punt and has a chance to just realy take this game over now as the first quarter ends.
HUSKIES GO ON TOP — Polk scores on a 2-yard run with 2:06 left to put UW on the board. The play is being reviewed but should be upheld. Impressive drive by UW to establish early dominance of the line of scrimmage. And Locker is in his best form since the USC game shedding tacklers and running strong. This UW team will be really hard to beat today.
UW STILL MOVING — Huskies showing early dominance of the line.
UW ON THE MOVE — Locker had a 77-yard TD run called back due to a penalty, apparently on Schaefer. But UW is showing early command of the line of scrimmage and determined running.
HUSKIES HOLD — WSU ran it three straight times and fell short by a yard so the Cougars are punting from the Husky 45. Good stop for the Huskies after the penalty gave WSU new life. WSU not able to throw the ball at all on that drive.
BAD PENALTY KEEPS WSU DRIVE ALIVE — A personal foul on third and long on Jamora for hitting Tuel late has WSU at midfield on its first drive of the game.
And Victor Aiyewa is now getting up slowly after the first down play.
Time out on the field with 12:21 and WSU facing second and nine at its own 48.
DEFENSIVE STARTERS AS ADVERTISED — No changes to UW’s starting lineup.
BARNETT OUT — Not sure why, but Marlion Barnett is in street clothes, so he won’t play today.
And there are a number of other Huskies in street clothes as all were welcome to make the trip and it appears all the redshirting players did, so they are here but not in pads.
UW WINS TOSS, DEFERS — Typical Sarkisian strategy to want the ball to start the second half.
GAME ABOUT TO KICK OFF — We’re 12 minutes away as I post this.
The big pre-game news for UW is that Senio Kelemete appears ready to go and start at left tackle.
Also, a little bit of taunting and finger pointing a couple of different times between the two teams.
This has seemed a tame rivalry the last few years but emotions seemed heightened in the pre-game. We’ll see if that carries over to the game.

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