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Apple Cup highlights and links: Washington 41, Washington State 14

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 11:50 p.m.

FINAL 41 - 19

Highlights

Q4: UW 41, WSU 14 – Cougars’ Falk hits Martin in stride for a 33-yard TD:

Q4: UW 41, WSU 7 – Huskies’ Gaskin runs for a 3-yard TD:

Q4: UW 34, WSU 7 – Cougars’ Morrow ends the shutout with a 2-yard TD:

Q3: UW 34, WSU 0 – Huskies’ Gaskin goes 26 yards for the TD:

Q3: UW 27, WSU 0 – Falk throws his third interception of the game:

Q2: UW 24, WSU 0 – Huskies’ Turner intercepts Falk for his second career pick:

Q2: UW 21, WSU 0 – Huskies’ Gaskin rips off 43-yard run before powering in for 2-yard TD:

Q2: UW 14, WSU 0 – Browning plunges in for 1-yard TD after Huskies force Falk fumble:

Q1: UW 7, WSU 0 – Huskies’ McIntosh intercepts Falk:

Q1: UW 7, WSU 0 – Cougars’ Powell boots 64-yard punt:

Q1: UW 7, WSU 0 – Huskies’ Gaskin runs for 2-yard TD:

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Analysis: Washington State sees Pac-12 title hopes disappear in Apple Cup loss to Washington

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk  reacts to a turnover during the first half of the  Apple Cup on Saturday  at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk reacts to a turnover during the first half of the Apple Cup on Saturday at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – When it rains on these Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup, it’s not usually just a light drizzle.

The Cougars were thoroughly dominated by Washington in last year’s chapter of the rivalry game, losing by four touchdowns. That followed a 35-point loss in 2015 and an 18-point defeat in 2014.

There were more rotten apples waiting for WSU at Husky Stadium on Saturday. | READ MORE »

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John Blanchette: Washington again proves it wants Apple Cup more than Cougars

Washington coach Chris Petersen hoists the Apple Cup trophy after defeating WSU 41-14 in Husky Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Seattle. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington coach Chris Petersen hoists the Apple Cup trophy after defeating WSU 41-14 in Husky Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Seattle. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – While we were all still chuckling at Mike Leach’s oh-so-original and comical thoughts on weddings and his incisive theories into the College Football Playoff over the past couple of weeks, his Washington State football team was losing another Apple Cup, 141-14.

Just an estimate. Stopped paying attention at halftime, or shortly after the Cougars did, apparently.

Do we see a trend here? | READ MORE »

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Three takes: It just makes sense that Apple Cup should mean more

Washington State  quarterback Luke Falk  listens to head coach Mike Leach during a timeout  Saturday in the Apple Cup at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk listens to head coach Mike Leach during a timeout Saturday in the Apple Cup at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

What is it Einstein reportedly said about doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result?

Maybe Washington State University’s football team needs to heed Albert’s advice. After all, it seems somewhat insane to expect the Cougars to defeat the University of Washington these days. | READ MORE »

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Difference makers: Washington’s strong defensive performance overshadowed by Myles Gaskin’s big night

Washington Huskies running back Myles Gaskin (9) runs the ball and is tackled by Washington State Cougars safety Hunter Dale (26) during the first half of the 2017 Apple Cup on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington Huskies running back Myles Gaskin (9) runs the ball and is tackled by Washington State Cougars safety Hunter Dale (26) during the first half of the 2017 Apple Cup on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

The key players in Washington’s 41-14 win over Washington State at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. | READ MORE »

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Purple Haze: Washington routs Washington State behind Myles Gaskin’s four touchdowns

Washington Huskies offensive lineman Andrew Kirkland (73) celebrates after defeating WSU during the second half of the 2017 Apple Cup on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington Huskies offensive lineman Andrew Kirkland (73) celebrates after defeating WSU during the second half of the 2017 Apple Cup on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – Given the chance to ruin their rivals hopes at a conference championship, Washington did more than simply cost Washington State a chance at the Pac-12 North.

The Huskies reasserted that for the fifth straight season the Apple Cup would remain decorated in purple with yet another rout of the Cougars. | READ MORE »

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Huskies put defensive clamps on Luke Falk, Washington State again

Washington State receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack (9) is blasted by Washington’s Byron Murphy on a pass attempt at during the Apple Cup in Husky Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Seattle. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack (9) is blasted by Washington’s Byron Murphy on a pass attempt at during the Apple Cup in Husky Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Seattle. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – Washington’s defensive strategy against Washington State hasn’t changed much in recent years.

Neither have the results.

The Huskies won their fifth straight in the series with a 41-14 rout Saturday. They’ve limited WSU to 13.6 points per game in the last four Apple Cups. | READ MORE »

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Injury riddled Huskies put hurt on Washington State defense

Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) “found a way to get it done” on Saturday. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) “found a way to get it done” on Saturday. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – Washington didn’t have senior Dante Pettis, the NCAA record-setting punt returner and the primary target for a receiving unit that was already decimated by injury.

Senior Lavon Coleman, the Huskies’ second-leading rusher, limped off the field a few minutes after Pettis’ departure midway through the first quarter with an apparent left ankle injury. | READ MORE »

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Washington State coach Mike Leach shuts down rumors of Tennessee interest

Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach reacts to a targeting call on defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa (50) during the second half of the 2017 Apple Cup on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach reacts to a targeting call on defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa (50) during the second half of the 2017 Apple Cup on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – Washington State coach Mike Leach has no plans on leaving the Cougars soon, despite a FootballScoop report that linked him to the vacant position at Tennessee.

According to the report, which surfaced Saturday morning, the WSU coach “seems to have a very good shot at being offered the position (at Tennessee).” The article also said Leach “would accept the position if offered.” | READ MORE »

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Former Washington star Nate Robinson stresses Apple Cup’s importance to current Huskies

Washington Huskies defensive back Austin Joyner (4) carries the Apple Cup to Washington's locker room after the 2017 Apple Cup on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington Huskies defensive back Austin Joyner (4) carries the Apple Cup to Washington's locker room after the 2017 Apple Cup on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – It’s common practice for a football coach to have prominent alums address the team, particularly when a rivalry game comes around. | READ MORE »

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Washington’s Dante Pettis leaves with left leg injury

Washington’s Dante Pettis celebrates with teammates after his 64-yard punt return for a touchdown against Oregon. (Bettina Hansen / Associated Press)
Washington’s Dante Pettis celebrates with teammates after his 64-yard punt return for a touchdown against Oregon. (Bettina Hansen / Associated Press)

SEATTLE – Washington lost standout receiver/punt returner Dante Pettis to an injury about midway through the first quarter in Saturday’s Apple Cup.

Pettis had a pair of receptions for 15 yards on UW’s first possession as the Huskies marched 75 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. | READ MORE »

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Washington pays tribute to longtime play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau

The University of Washington Honored long-time radio broadcaster Bob Rondeau with a bobble-head doll for fans attending the Apple Cup at Husky Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Seattle, Wash. Rondeau is retiring after 36 season with the Huskies. Dan Pelle/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The University of Washington Honored long-time radio broadcaster Bob Rondeau with a bobble-head doll for fans attending the Apple Cup at Husky Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Seattle, Wash. Rondeau is retiring after 36 season with the Huskies. Dan Pelle/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – Bob Rondeau will go out in style as he calls his final game in a University of Washington press box.

The longtime “Voice of the Huskies” is retiring after 37 years in a radio booth and UW decked out Husky Stadium with tributes to Rondeau ahead of the 110th Apple Cup on Saturday. | READ MORE »

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Grip on Sports: This is an Apple Cup the Cougars need to win

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) is sacked by Washington Huskies linebacker Keishawn Bierria (7) during the first half of the 2016 Apple Cup on Friday, Nov 25, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) is sacked by Washington Huskies linebacker Keishawn Bierria (7) during the first half of the 2016 Apple Cup on Friday, Nov 25, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

• It’s time for the Washington State Cougars to win the Apple Cup in Seattle. Past time, actually.

It’s time for Luke Falk, who has been the most statistically dominant quarterback in WSU history, to lead the Cougars to an Apple Cup victory. It is his last chance.

And it’s time for Mike Leach’s team to step up, win a title and move on to the next goal.

Tonight, the Pac-12 North is on the line. | READ MORE »

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