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Recap and highlights: Washington beats Washington State in 112th Apple Cup

At Husky Stadium, Seattle
FINAL 31 - 13
TV: Fox

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SEATTLE – The Washington defense held senior Anthony Gordon to 308 passing yards, which were enough to vault him past 5,000 for the season but not enough for the Washington State offense to get a win, and the Huskies won the Apple Cup for the seventh time in a row, 31-13 on Friday in Seattle.

With a bowl invitation pending, the Cougars dropped to 6-6 overall and 3-6 in the Pac-12, while the Huskies moved to 7-5 (4-5 Pac-12).

Gordon’s 5,228 yards this season are the 6th-most by an FBS quarterback in a single season.

Sophomore Max Borghi led the Cougars with 22 touches for 108 yards and scored their lone touchdown, which gave Washington State an early 7-0 lead. The Cougars led 10-7 later in the half, but that lead would be their last.

Washington scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives to make it 28-10 at halftime. The Cougars turned over the ball twice in the second half and three times overall.

Washington State’s defense held the Huskies to 342 yards. Among Pac-12 opponents, only Colorado had fewer yards against the Cougars’ defense.

Gordon was held without a touchdown pass in a game for the first time this season.

Washington quarterback Jacob Eason finished 15 of 22 for 244 yards and a touchdown.

The Huskies scored on all five of their red-zone trips, including four touchdowns. The Cougars scored on 3 of 5 red-zone drives, and two of those scores were field goals.

Dan Thompson, For The Spokesman-Review

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First quarter

9:07 – WSU 7, UW 0: Max Borghi plunges in on a 1-yard touchdown run as the Cougars march down the field on the opening drive.

Borghi got six touches on the drive, three rushes for 7 yards and he caught three balls out of the backfield for 30 yards.

WSU quarterback Anthony Gordon completed nine of 10 passes for 74 yards on the drive. He led a 13-play, 81-yard march that took 5-minutes, 53-seconds off the clock.

3:53 – WSU 7, UW 7: Quarterback Jacob Eason scores on a 3-yard keeper and the Huskies have tied up the Apple Cup.

UW struck quickly with 57-yard pass from Eason to Terrell Bynum to get into the red zone. Then, after two Salvon Ahmed carries, Eason found the end zone.

Second quarter

11:38 – WSU 10, UW 7: Blake Mazza makes a 28-yard field goal and the Cougars are back in front.

Mazza capped a 16-play drive with his chip shot. He was called on after the Cougs couldn’t score on three pass attempts inside the UW 10.

On the drive, WSU QB Anthony Gordon reached 5,000 yards passing for the season on a short completion to Tay Martin.

Gordon is 22-of-26 passing for 149 yards. Running back Max Borghi has caught seven passes for 50 yards.

WSU wide receiver Brandon Arconado was sent to the bench during the drive with what appears to be a wrist injury. He was taken into the Cougs’ medical tent on the sideline.

7:12 – UW 14, WSU 10: Jacob Eason connects with Terrell Bynum on 16-yard touchdown pass.

Bynum was well covered by WSU corner Derrick Langford but Eason dropped his pass right into Bynum’s path on the fade route.

UW went 72 yards in 10 plays to take the lead. The picked up a big 3rd-and-13 when WSU’s Bryce Beekman was flagged for pass interference on a pass well over Cade Otton’s head.

Eason is 7-of-10 passing for 124 yards. Bynum has 77 yards on three catches.

1:38 – UW 21, WSU 10: The Huskies push the lead to double digits as Richard Newton finds the end zone on a 1-yard run.

Newton got the call three straight times inside the WSU 6, finally finding pay dirt on a run over left tackle.

The Huskies got deep into WSU territory on Jacob Eason’s 25-yard pass to Cade Otton.


Third quarter

11:54 – UW 28, WSU 10: The Huskies go 75 yards on the opening drive of the second half, scoring on Richard Newton’s 2-yard touchdown run.

Three WSU penalties – offside, holding, pass interference – helped UW on its way.

Washington QB Jacob Eason connected with Hunter Bryant on 39-yard pass to move the Huskies inside the WSU 5. Eason now has 214 yards passing. Bryant is at 91 receiving yards on five catches.

6:40 – UW 28, WSU 13: Washington State kicker Blake Mazza makes a 38-yard field goal, his second of the game.

The Cougars steadily moved the ball down the field, but stalled in the red zone.

After reaching the UW 9, Anthony Gordon was sacked on first down and then threw incomplete on the next two plays before Mazza was summoned.

Gordon is 29-of-37 passing for 210 yards.

Fourth quarter

6:34 – UW 31, WSU 13: Washington pushes the lead to three possessions with a 22-yard field goal from kicker Peyton Henry.

The Cougars had opportunities to cut into the Huskies’ lead, but a fumble by Deon McIntosh at the UW 9 and an interception by Anthony Gordon on the following possession wiped out two drives.

After the Gordon interception, UW ran the ball five straight times before calling on Henry.


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PASSING Comp.-Att. Yds. TD Int.
WSU: Anthony Gordon 417-585 4,920 45 14
UW: Jacob Eason 223-351 2,678 21 8

WSU: Max Borghi 111 740 10
UW: Salvon Ahmed 166 915 9

WSU: Easop Winston Jr. 77 914 11
UW: Hunter Bryant 46 729 3

Team stats

Points per game 41.5 31.5
Points allowed per game 31.5 21.1
Total yards 533.0 400.3
Yards passing 456.7 245.2
Yards rushing 76.3 155.1
Yards allowed 467.2 357.0
Pass yards allowed 290.6 217.5
Rush yards allowed 176.5 139.5


Washington State will feature plenty of crimson for the 112th Apple Cup. The Cougs will be in their traditional white, road jerseys and gray helmets over crimson pants. The logo and facemask on the helmet will also be crimson as well as the numbers on the jersey.