Cougs and Huskies updates from Apple Cup week

UW beats WSU in the 110th Apple Cup

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11/25/17 at 9:16PM:

You have have heard or seen the rumors that WSU head coach Mike Leach is considering leaving. 

Here is what he had to say:

There are lots of openings for head coach jobs right now, specifically in the SEC. The Tennessee job is open after Butch Jones was ousted earlier this season.

11/25/17 at 9:15PM:

SEATTLE (AP) — Myles Gaskin ran for 192 yards and four touchdowns, Washington forced four turnovers, and the No. 15 Huskies ended No. 14 Washington State's hopes for a Pac-12 North title with a 41-14 thumping Saturday night.

The Apple Cup remained decorated in purple for the fifth straight year thanks to a thorough domination by Washington (10-2, 8-2 Pac-12, No. 17 CFP) that was punctuated by Gaskin's runs and a suffocating defense that made the night miserable for Luke Falk in his final regular season game.

It was a major flop for Washington State (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12, No. 13 CFP), needing only a victory to win its first Pac-12 North title and earn a spot in the conference title game Friday against Southern California. Washington State had memorable Apple Cup wins over the Huskies in 1997 and 2007 in Seattle.

This is one the Cougars would like to immediately forget.

Falk, the Pac-12 record-holder in a number of passing categories, threw three interceptions and had a costly fumble. He was under pressure all night as Vita Vea and the rest of defensive front was able to get pressure while rushing just three defenders and closed off gaps in the secondary. Falk was 37-of-55 passing for 369 yards and a late TD to Tay Martin, helping continue coach Mike Leach's streak of never being shut out.

For the fourth straight season, Washington put the Apple Cup away in the first half. Washington led 24-0 at halftime and has outscored the Cougars 90-13 in the first half of the past four meetings.

Gaskin had three short TD runs and a memorable 26-yard scoring run in the third quarter that will rank among the best of his career. Gaskin shook Sean Harper at the line of scrimmage, sprinted to the sideline and kept his balance enough while being pushed by Hunter Dale to leap for the pylon and finish the 26-yard TD run. Gaskin had 114 yards rushing in the first half.

What was a matchup of the top two defenses in the Pac-12 was completely one-sided. Washington dominated. Washington State was bullied.

The Cougars were allowing just 130 yards per game rushing and led the Pac-12 in sacks. The Huskies rushed for 328 yards and quarterback Jake Browning never was sacked until the first play of the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Falk was constantly under duress. Falk was sacked five times and his mistakes came at critical points when Washington State had opportunities to remain in touch with the Huskies. His fumble may have been the most critical as he was hit by Keishawn Bierria and fumbled at the Cougars 28. Two plays later, Browning plowed in from the 1 to give Washington a 14-0 lead.

INJURIES

Washington dominated despite playing most of the night without leading receiver Dante Pettis and running back Lavon Coleman. Pettis suffered a left leg injury on a punt return in the first quarter and Coleman appeared to hurt his lower left leg later in the quarter. Both players were on the sideline but did not return.

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington State: The undersized defensive line for the Cougars was overmatched, constantly getting pushed off the ball. It didn't help that defensive standout Hercules Mata'afa was flagged for targeting on the first drive of the second half and was ejected

Washington: Vea, a junior, wasn't announced with Washington's seniors but likely played his last home game for the Huskies. The junior showed why the NFL can't wait to get their hands on his combination of athleticism and power as he overmatched the Cougars offensive line.

UP NEXT

Washington State: Regular season over. The Cougars will wait a week to find out bowl assignment.

Washington: Regular season over. The Huskies wait a week to find out bowl assignment.

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11/25/17 at 7:48PM:

People inside the stadium are reporting some Coug fans are leaving...

In the meantime, this video is making its rounds on Twitter.

 

 

11/25/17 at 7:35PM

While we're in the break, let's talk about this poll from about an hour ago.

Not a lot of faith from our viewers in the Cougs!

 

 

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11/25/17 at 6:47 PM:

UW leads WSU 24-0 at the half.

 

 

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Throwback to earlier this week, when

James Williams is heading back to the locker room.

— Evan Closky (@KREMEvan) November 26, 2017 " target="_blank">Mike Leach said WSU did not have any "special, extra stuff" in the reserves for the Apple Cup.

 

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Thoughts from our sister station KTVB's sports anchor.

11/25/17 at 6:10 PM

The game is underway! We'll be posting some Tweet highlights. 

 

 

 

11/25/17 at 4:00 PM:

The Apple Cup is just an hour away from kickoff!

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11/25/17 at 9:00 AM:

Washington State has been turning heads with its offense for years and this season the defense has been doing the same.

The Cougars (No. 13 in College Football Playoff rankings) are hoping that improved stopping power will help them flip the script in the Apple Cup, where Washington State is playing for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game while No. 17 Washington is merely hoping to play spoiler.

Archrival Washington has used a superior defense to win the past four Apple Cups. The Huskies outscored Washington State by an average of 39-14 in those four games.

This year might be different with the Cougars (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) boasting a much better defense than in years past, including a line that coach Mike Leach said is the most improved unit on the team.

"We're older for one," Leach said. "Our pad level is lower. We transition quicker. We are better with our hands."

The Cougars rank 11th in the nation in total defense, allowing 303 yards per game, and lead the nation with 94 tackles for loss.

They're anchored by Hercules Mata'afa, Daniel Ekuale and Nnamdi Oguayo.

Mata'afa has been a revelation this season. He leads the Pac-12 with 21.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

The junior from Lahaina, Hawaii, was named Pac-12 defensive player of the week for his performance at Utah, where he recorded five tackles for loss, including three sacks, plus one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

KREM 2 will have the a pregame show on our Facebook page starting at 4:00 p.m. We will also bring you highlights from the game in our 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts!

11/22/17 at 6:00 PM:

By the way, be sure to join us on Saturday for a special right here on KREM.com! We'll be live with all the latest details on the Apple Cup ahead of the rivalry game, starting at 4 p.m!

 

 

11/22/17 at 5:20 PM:

From the Associated Press - 
The Huskies (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) know what their role is for this week: Spoiling Washington State's chances at a division title and finishing off consecutive 10-win seasons for just the fourth time in school history.

"Rivalry games are huge and we always want to beat Wazzu," Browning said after Saturday's game. "... Having a 10-win season would be pretty cool. I don't care what game we're playing for or whatever. I want to win regardless."

Read the full story here.

11/22/17 at 1:30 PM:

It's everywhere today: Mike Leach offering a young reporter about to get married advice on the wedding planning.

A sports reporter from the Seattle area posted the clip on Twitter and got more than 30,000 likes and 18,600 retweets. 

We have the full video, which you can watch here.

In the meantime, some highlights:

 “So what you need to do is work late hours…be very nice and supportive…and there’s no answer you can give that’s going to be satisfactory or correct.”

"In the end, you’ll wish you eloped but nevertheless you need to find excuses that they’ll buy to be as far out of harms way as you possibly can."

KREM 2's Evan Closky has been covering Mike Leach for years. Here's his take on the coach's press conferences:

 

11/21/17 at 7:00 PM: 

The Cougs practiced in the rain in Pullman this afternoon. It's probably a good thing to get some reps in ahead of what could be a soggy game in Seattle. 

In the last four seasons prior to the Apple Cup, things have been gloomy for the Cougs once their match up with the Huskies has rolled around. No wins since 2012 including three straight blow out losses. Of course, their approach never changes from one opponent to the next but there is no hiding the fact that the players want to get one back on their rivals. 

"I know the seniors on this team have never beaten UW at all and I don't want them to go out their senior year without beaten them, going 0 and four or being swept by them, so go out there and play hard for them cause I know they'll play hard for us," said safety Hunter Dale.

Obviously the Cougs hope to orchestrate a different outcome Saturday but doing so is an entirely different matter. The Huskies have bullied WSU in recent seasons and UW Co-Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Lake has previously criticized WSU's brand of football in past years implying that it is soft. 

Senior defensive lineman Daniel Ekuale was passionate after practice when discussing his team and why things will be different this time around.

"All those past years, they can say whatever they want to say about the past years, this is a whole different team, a whole new group of guys that we have right now. We just gotta go out there this week and play ball," he said. "We are ready for this opportunity we're about to take on this Saturday and we can't wait for it."

The team also thinks their success in rough weather like they had against Colorado and Stanford could work in their favor if things get nasty Saturday in Seattle. 

Keep up with us here as we live blog ahead of the big game!

11/20/17 at 11:08 AM: 

The Washington State Cougars will take on the Washington Huskies in the annual Apple Cup this Saturday.
The Huskies (9-2 overall, 6-2 in Pac-12) scored 10 points in the final minute Saturday to come from behind at home and beat Utah (5-6, 2-6) 33-30.
The Cougars (9-2, 6-2) had their bye week.
UW is now No. 14 in the USA TODAY poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press poll.
WSU is the opposite -- No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA TODAY poll.


 

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