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Sun., Nov. 29, 2009, 8:15 a.m.

Apple Cup defeat, the day after


We have a dozen or so Apple Cup stories. We have a couple stories from the other rivalry games. And we even have two stories from last night's basketball game. So read on for your morning post, post-Apple Cup version.

• Washington State: It's funny. The Cougars didn't play all that poorly Saturday. But that old Denny Green line kept going through my head, something about "they are who we thought they were." That was the Cougars pretty much this whole year. Offensively unable to move the ball; defensively game, but too few to be anything but proud for a while. There are a lot of holes to fill in the next few months for the Cougars to do what John Blanchette wrote they need to do next year: be much, much better. ... We have lots of items for you, including our game story and notebook (if you want more you can find it here as a couple small items didn't make the paper), our grades (I know many of you will complain I was too easy; just consider it a season-is-over curve and leave it at that), statistics and scoring. ... From the West Side, we have a gamer from the Times' Bob Condotta, along with Steve Kelley's column and Bud Withers' column. There is also Todd Milles' game story in the News Tribune and John McGrath's column and a Cougar notebook from freelancer Howie Stalwick. ... The P-I's Art Thiel has this column. ... From the basketball front, we had this Associated Press story and I found the Anchorage gamer plus a freelance piece from San Diego.

• Around the Pac-10: We're going to take a quick spin around the conference, hitting the rivalry games – who said the USC/UCLA game isn't filled with venom? – and Stanford's win over Notre Dame. ...'s Ted Miller gives out his helmet stickers. ... Did you see the end of the UCLA/USC game? Rick Neuheisel calls time out while USC is taking a knee to end the game, so the Trojans throw a touchdown pass. All heck breaks loose. Other than that, the game was sort of boring. ... Arizona wins the Territorial Cup when ASU muffs a late punt. The Sun Devils' offense needs some changes. ... Finally, Toby Gerhart makes a late run at the Heisman and Stanford runs past lame-duck Charlie Weis and Notre Dame.


• That's all for now We'll return this evening with our look back and a follow. Until then …

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