COUGS WIN IN OT — Furney’s field goal is good from 27 and WSU has won, 31-28. A lot more later.
GOING TO OVERTIME — We’re headed to overtime as Coons missed about a 35-yard attempt, pushing it to the right. Looked like it wasn’t a great snap.
Fourth OT in Apple Cup history.
UW will get the ball first.
WE’RE TIED — Furney hits a 45-yard field goal and the game is tied with 1:59 to play. Cougs erase 18-point deficit in fourth quarter.
A Tuel pass to Gino Simone on third and six was the key play to ignite the drive. WSU went for the field goal instead of trying to pick up a yard on fourth down at the 28.
UW PUNTS — The Huskies were forced to punt so WSU has it at its own 30 with just over five minutes left. Huskies need the D to step up.
COUGARS GET ANOTHER SCORE — This is getting more interesting than UW wanted as the Cougars converted a Keith Price fumble to move 48 yards and score on a 1-yard run by Winston — it’s being reviewed as I type this. Assuming it holds UW will lead 28-23 pending the PAT.
Cougars converted the 2-point play on a Tuel pass so it’s 28-25 with 7:26 remaining.
COUGARS CUT IT TO 28-17 — WSU drove 10 plays in 75 yards, helped by a couple of UW penalties, scoring on a 2-yard run by Carl Winston to make it 28-17 with 10:41 left in the game.
UW NOW IN CONTROL — Huskies are now up 28-10 after a 1-yard run by Sankey that followed a fumble that was returned to the 7 by Shaq Thompson. So Huskies appear in total control now as the third quarter winds down.
UW has scored on drives of 20, 16 and 7 yards for 21 of its 28 points.
UW STOPPED — A holding penalty killed UW’s drive and the Huskies punted. Coons, having one of his best kicking days, boomed it 65 yards so WSU will start at the 20 following the touchback.
HUSKIES GET ANOTHER TURNOVER — WSU got two first downs to take the ball to the UW 34. But on a first down play, Tuel threw a little high to WR Isiah Myers and the ball went high into the air and was picked off by Travis Feeney, who returned it to the 43. So UW has a 21-10 lead and the ball at its own 43 with 3:17 left in the third quarter.
HUSKIES NOW PULLING AWAY — UW off to another big second-half start. Shirley stripped Tuel and Crichton recovered to give the Huskies the ball at the Cougar 16. UW needed just four plays to convert on a 2-yard Sankey run to make it 21-10 with 5:32 to play in the third quarter.
UW REGAINS LEAD — The Huskies have regained the lead on an 89-yard, 13-play drive in 5:20. Price got the TD pass on a 15-yard TD to Bruns who was wide open over the middle.
Price hit Williams for a key third down conversion and Sankey picked up a fourth down along the way, as well.
UW appears to have sorted some things out in blocking in picking up some of WSU’s pressures that got to Price in the first half. He usually had time to throw there.
HALF OVER, COUGS LEAD 10-7 — Well, as could have been expected given the nature of this rivalry, UW is getting WSU’s best shot. If not for a Justin Glenn interception that gave UW the ball at the WSU 20, the Cougars might be pitching a shutout right now.
As it is, WSU has a 10-7 lead and is outgaining the Huskies 183-96. UW has 14 yards rushing on 13 attempts, including 28 yards lost on sacks — Sankey has 42 on 10.
Price is 10-17 for 82 but UW having trouble getting much open deep.
Tuel is 16-26 for 173 for WSU.
COUGS RESPOND TO TAKE 10-7 LEAD — WSU used a 61-yard Tuel to Dominique Williams pass to move 81 yards in 10 plays and score on a 1-yard run by Carl Winston. So WSU leads 10-7 with 9:19 left in the second.
The Tuel-Williams play came on a third-and-12. Williams simply beat Peters in man coverage down the sideline and Tuel had the time to throw.
UW LEADS 7-3 — UW is up 7-3 with 12:59 to play. Three play, 20-yard drive following Justin Glenn’s interception which came when Brett Bartoleone lost control of the ball and Glenn was able to control it as he fell out of bounds. WSU challenged the ruling but the play was upheld.
The TD came on a third-and-1 play-action pass from Price to ASJ as Price basically just turned and lofted it to Seferian-Jenkins, who had a seven-inch height edge on linebacker Cyrus Coen defending.
FIRST QUARTER OVER — End of the first quarter here. 3-0 WSU. UW facing a third and 2 at its 44 when play resumes.
And as others have pointed out, it does seem as if ASJ is limping a little bit. He’s been playing offense but not defense.
COUGS TAKE 3-0 LEAD — WSU has a 3-0 lead after a 25-yard field goal by Andrew Furney. But it was a lot of work for WSU just to get three points as they went 75 yards in 14 plays, aided by two UW penalties that resulted in first downs. Shaq Thompson had a huge hit on Teondray Caldwell on third and goal from the 6 to keep it to a 2-yard gain and force the field goal.
UW STOPPED AGAIN — UW caught something of a break when WSU was flagged for a personal foul on third down, extending Washington’s drive. But the Huskies couldn’t get a first down of their own and have again punted. WSU will have it at its own 22 with 8:46 to play in the first. WSU defense seems to be flying around pretty fast so far and UW seems a little sloppy.
A PUNT AND A STOP — UW went three and out on its first drive when Bruns lost 11 yards when he decided not to throw it to a well-covered Williams on a reverse pass.
WSU got the ball at its own 49 on the punt but was stopped on a fourth and two when Trufant batted the pass away. So no score with 11:03 to play in the first quarter.
COIN TOSS — UW won the toss and will receive.
GAME ABOUT TO KICK OFF — As always, I will update the blog as best I can through the game. It won’t be play-by-play but I will pass along significant highlights and observations.
PREGAME CHAT — We’ll get started around 11:30 a.m. …
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