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Apple Cup game notes

Apple Cup game notes, courtesy of WSU Athletics

Steve Gleason to be honored after first Apple Cup quarter

Washington State announced earlier this year that Steve Gleason will be the lone Hall of Fame inductee this year, and that he would be honored during a home game this season.

Well, it's been apparent that the game would be the Apple Cup since it's been the Cougars' only remaining home game for a few weeks now. But now we know precisely when it will happen, thanks to a press release today from WSU Athletics. Gleason will be honored between the first and second quarters on Saturday. WSU Team Gleason (which is distinct from the New Orleans-based Team Gleason organization) is doing some cool things with technology to help people with ALS and will have a presence at the game to raise ALS awareness.

The school's release is after the jump.

Apple Cup game notes and depth chart

Washington State released its Apple Cup game notes, which includes an updated depth chart. The big changes are that River Cracrat is back as the starting Y receiver, Gerard Wicks is again listed as the No. 2 running back and Marcellus Pippins is listed as the starting field cornerback.

Mike Leach Monday press conference

Here is a video of Mike Leach addressing the media during Washington State's Monday press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics. A transcription of the highlights is available after the jump.

Annual mention of my Apple Cup record

I have seen a total of two WSU/UW football games, and the Cougars won both.

That has to be unusual if not unique.

Oh, yeah. The games in question were played in 1988 and 1997.

What's your Apple Cup record?

I'll offer the nonfan an answer: "Both teams are undefeated in games I have attended."

Unit Grades: Apple Cup

The Apple Cup didn't go as planned for the Cougars, who fell, 27-17 in Seattle. While the defense had possibly its best half of the season to start the game, holding the Huskies to just a field goal, but couldn't keep it up in the second half. Connor Halliday played well for most of the game, keeping the Cougars within striking distance despite constant pressure from the UW defensive line. However, in the fourth quarter's critical moments a pair of costly interceptions by Halliday doomed the Cougars, who fell to 6-6 on the season.

Grades for each individual unit, after the jump.

Mike Leach postgame quotes

Washington State football coach Mike Leach spoke to reporters after the Apple Cup. Select quotes after the jump.

Apple Cup pregame chat


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The two Apple Cup games I’ve attended

1988: WSU 32, UW 31. (Pullman)

1997: WSU 41, UW 35. (Seattle)

How about you?

Christian Caple: He’s baaaaaaacckk

From Seattle — Former Spokesman-Review reporter Christian Caple now covers the Washington Huskies for the Tacoma News Tribune. That means he'll be in the booth for tomorrow's Apple Cup. Caple was generous enough to share his knowledge of both teams by answering five questions about Friday's game.

Read on, after the jump.

Bisset confident heading into Apple Cup race

Jake Bisset brings a quiet confidence to Yakima Speedway this weekend as he prepares for the 47th Annual Apple Cup late model event.

Seferian-Jenkins apparently struck by fan


FROM PULLMAN — Since this is, unfortunately, turning into one of the bigger talking points from the Apple Cup at this point, this post is to note that CougCenter has posted video of a fan apparently striking a Washington Huskies player identified as Austin Seferian-Jenkins as fans stormed the field following Friday's game.

As you can see in the video here, it's not possible to make out a number or facial features or anything like that, but Seferian-Jenkins confirmed in a tweet Saturday night that he was, indeed, struck by a fan after the game.

Here's a detailed breakdown of the grainy video by CougCenter. The video appears to show a fan run up to the UW player, strike him near the head area, then run away into the crowd.

A WSU spokesperson said it wasn't immediately known whether athletic director Bill Moos or WSU administrators were aware of the incident. The video began circulating during the WSU men's basketball game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. UW has told reporters that it isn't commenting on the matter.

As Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times notes in this blog post, Seferian-Jenkins spoke with reporters after the game and appeared fine. He did not mention the altercation.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

Happy (for WSU) Apple Cup links


FROM PULLMAN — Each Sunday morning, we recap the coverage of the previous day's game. Well, it's Saturday morning. But in case you hadn't heard, there was a football game here yesterday. It went well for the home team. Read on.

Tale of the tape: WSU 31, UW 28


FROM PULLMAN — It's a happier tale of the tape this time for WSU, as we break down the Cougars' 31-28 overtime win over Washington in the Apple Cup. Read on.

Mike Leach quotes after Apple Cup


FROM PULLMAN — Here's a partial transcript of Mike Leach's postgame comments after WSU's 31-28 overtime win over Washington in the Apple Cup. Read on.