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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.

Pac-12 power rankings: Week 9

Chaos and disarray reign supreme in the “Conference of Champions.” Utah beats Stanford, Arizona beats Utah. Cats and birds living together in perfect harmony. Is nothing sacred? For those of us who bristle at the idea of change and want our porridge to taste exactly the same every morning there is always old reliable Oregon to take solace in. Actually, Cal is pretty reliable as well. Everything in between, however, is a lawless anarchy. Bring order to your universe with our power rankings for week 9.

The game that was: Washington 59, WSU 55


FROM PULLMAN — We have our postgame overview of Washington State's tough 59-55 loss here to Washington. Read on.

Pregame from Beasley, one last time


FROM PULLMAN — A small amount of snow covers the ground here, and a road closure in Spokane has made that trek a bit more difficult. Still, an electric atmosphere is building already here. We have some thoughts before the Cougars face the Huskies.

Looking back on Eags tough loss to UW

Another beautiful September morning in Seattle, and a great day to make the scenic drive back to Spokane.  But before we do, we need to look a little deeper into the scare Eastern Washington put into the University of Washington at Husky Stadium Saturday afternoon.

On the day after UW held off the confident, but error-prone Eagles 30-27, there are plenty of related comments, opinions and stories to digest — including this piece written by S-R columnist John Blanchette, and this game story that appeared in Sunday morning' s Seattle Time.

For more, read on. And be sure to check back for an early look at my day-after story on the game that will be posted here later this afternoon.


Eagles dominate, but lose to UW

I just finished my game story on Eastern Washington's 30-27 road loss to the Washington Huskies, and you can take a look at it here once it's posted.  In addition, you see what the Eagles' sports information department posted on the near-upset here, and you can read what Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley thought about the game here.

I will have a day-after story on the game in Monday's S-R and will link to it and several other related stories — including S-R columnist John Blanchette's take on the game — tomorrow.  I will also have additional thoughts and post-game comments, so please check back.

And in the meantime, feel free to leave any comments you might have on the Eagles season-opening effort on this blog post.

Eastern hanging with Huskies heading into final period

Washington capitalized on another big Eastern mistake to score the first touchdown of the second half and leads 27-20 going into the third quarter.

The Huskies were forced to pun on their secons possession of the third period, but the kick bounced off the helmet of EWU's Darriell Beaumonte and UW recovered on the Eagles' 27.  They scored three plays later on a 6-yard pass from Keith Price to Kasen Williams, but Eastern answered with a 73-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 43-yard pass from Bo Levi Mitchell to Greg Herd.

UW scored its first touchdown of the game after Matt Johnson muffed a punt and set the Huskies up with a short first.

More later.

Eags’ questions could be answered early against UW

EWU opens its 2010 college football season at 4 p.m. today against the Washington Huskies in Seattle.  You can read the game advance that appeared in this morning's S-R here, and check back for quarterly updates on the game.  You can also keep tabs on the Eagles by following me at http://twitter.com/srbergum.

Note: We've knocked offline at Husky Stadium, precluding any updates or tweets for the time being.

It’s a Husky Holiday Bowl

SAN DIEGO — Jake Locker bounced back from an injury and scored on a 25-yard run in the third quarter, and tailback Chris Polk ran for 177 yards and a score to help the Washington Huskies to a 19-7 win over the listless No. 17 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night.

The Huskies (7-6) avenged a 56-21 loss to the Huskers (10-4) in Seattle on Sept. 18. The Cornhuskers piled up 533 yards of total offense in that game, including 383 rushing.

While Washington was a winner in its first bowl game since 2002, the Huskers came out flat in their second straight Holiday Bowl appearance. More here.

Have a feeling a few folks were suprised by this outcome. Were you?

Huskies hammer Eastern

Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team stepped away from Reese Court for the first time Tuesday night and suffered a 98-72 loss to the 17th-ranked University of Washington Huskies in Seattle.

You can read the Associated Press game story that ran in Wednesday morning’s S-R here, and you can read the Seattle Times gamer here.  In addition, I’ve included this link to what EWU’s sports information department post about the game, this link to what UW’s sports info folks posted and this link to the Everett Herald’s gamer.


Zags not big on UW’s proposal

As I suggested in an earlier post, Gonzaga wasn’t too impressed with Washington’s proposal to renew the series.

The sticking point is that UW proposed three games from 2011-2013 at KeyArena, a few miles from Washington’s campus and nearly 300 miles from GU’s. Gonzaga already plays an annual game at KeyArena and has commitments through the 2012 season.

Likewise, an arrangement that would involve KeyArena and Spokane Arena doesn’t appear to make sense for GU either. The Bulldogs play one game every season at the Spokane Arena (the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic).

Since UW declined to extend the series after the Dec. 2006 game, Gonzaga has maintained that it wants to continue the rivalry, but for the games to be staged at campus arenas. UW apparently wants no part of that. GU’s position hasn’t changed.

Below you can find my unedited article that will run in Thursday’s S-R. 

UW adds Eags to 2011 schedule

Eastern Washington officially announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to play the University of Washington in Seattle in its 2011 season-opening football games. We have links to related stories below, along with an unedited version of the feature story on EWU’s Brynsen Brown that will appear in Wednesday morning’ s S-R.

Read on.

Cougars’ last-ditch effort to head off tax dollars for UW stadium? Small plane circling the capitol…

A small, single-engine plane is circling the state capitol, trailing a huge banner reading “NO HUSKY STADIUM BAILOUT TAX!”

(Click the read-more line for another photo.)