In a valiant effort, the Huskies were able to “run over” their cross-state rivals 28-15 for their sixth straight win in the series.
Leading up to the game, the matchup had the makings of being the most epic Apple Cup eve, between the two teams.
On the other side of the state, the Huskies season was average according to their own expectations of making the College Football Playoff themselves.
The Huskies started the game out with a 3-and-out stop of the prolific Cougar offense, which helped them set the tone early on the road.
The night belonged to Husky senior running back Myles Gaskin, as he was electric and controlled the game the entire night!
The senior star finished the game with a stat line of 27 carries for 170 yards and 3 TDs, and he was absolutely sensational!
“Myles, what do you say? That guy can do it all! He is the ultimate competitor. When you need something good to happen he is the guy that is going to get it done.” Washington head coach Chris Petersen said.
Gaskin helped ignite the Husky offense by scoring two TD’s in the first half, and gave the Huskies a 14-0 lead, being firmly in control.
Towards the end of the first quarter, the Cougars were able to steal some momentum back by scoring a TD of their own, when running back James Williams scored on an 11-yard run.
Heading into the half the Huskies held a 14-7 lead, while receiving the ball first at the start of the 2nd half.
Coming into the game, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew has had a Heisman candidate type of season and seemingly unstoppable in the passing game.
The Husky “Death Row” defense stymied Minshew all night and held him to zero touchdowns, 26 of 35 for 152 yards and 2 interceptions.
What was more impressive was the Husky defense holding the Cougars offense to 152 yards passing and 237 yards total.
Myles Gaskin, Jake Browning and the Huskies’ senior class finished their careers with a perfect ledger against rival Washington State, leading the No. 16 Huskies to another Pac-12 North title and keeping alive their Rose Bowl hopes with a 28-15 victory over the No. 7 Cougars in the 111th Apple Cup Friday evening.
“This feels amazing, knowing they can’t mess with us,” UW senior safety JoJo McIntosh said amid the postgame celebration. “We run this state. This is our house. We run Washington.”
The Huskies (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12) will play for their second conference championship in three years when they meet South division champ Utah next Friday in Santa Clara, Calif. The winner advances to the Rose Bowl.
Chris Petersen improved to 5-0 head-to-head against Mike Leach, and the Huskies won their sixth straight Apple Cup by again shutting down the nation’s most prolific passing attack.
The Huskies have largely had the same defensive script against WSU’s Air Raid offense.
“They do the same thing year in and year out. This is five years in a row now! So it makes it really easy to game-plan when an offense does the same thing every year. Obviously, now with the (snow) conditions, and they can only do one thing — that handcuffs you a little bit. So it was definitely to our advantage. And we took advantage of it.” Husky defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake.
During this game, the Huskies brought the “Kryptonite” to the Palouse by rushing three and dropping eight into coverage all night, which limited all explosive plays by the Cougars.
It was a battle in the third quarter as both teams exchanged jabs and benefited from costly turnovers from the other team. The Huskies scored a TD when Husky wide receiver Aaron Fuller threw a “trick play” pass to tight end Hunter Bryant for the score.
Bryant was the leading receiver for the Huskies on the night with 3 catches for 108 yards and 1TD. His impact since his return has been huge for the Husky offense.
The Cougars in the third quarter took momentum, on a crazy extra point kick and ran it back 98-yards for 2 points. They also scored a TD when Williams ran it in from the 1-yard line to make the score 20-15 at the end of the third quarter.
With a one score game in the fourth quarter, the game came down to solid defense and a running attack that offset the Cougars rhythm all night.
The game broke open for the Huskies when Gaskin ran for an 80-yard score to push the lead to 28-15 and the Huskies would never look back.
The rest of the game, the Huskies iced the rest of the game by burning clock and running it out to a courageous victory in the Palouse!
Senior quarterback Jake Browning finished the game 11 of 14 for 207 yards and two turnovers (1 interception, 1 fumble).
Gaskin and Browning finished their Apple Cup careers going 4-0 against the Washington State Cougars.
“I hate the Cougs, so it’s always nice to beat them!” Browning said after the game.
For the Huskies, they clinched the Pac-12 North Division Championship and earned a berth into the Pac-12 Championship game.
“This feels amazing, knowing they can’t mess with us! We run this state. This is our house. We run Washington.” Safety JoJo McIntosh said.
The Husky Football team wanted to win the game for the Husky Marching Band who couldn’t make the trip to Pullman after their Bus accident yesterday en route to the game.
“We’ve been thinking about ’em. We played this game for those guys! I will tell you, we sang the fight song at the end there for the band, with no music. And I’ve never heard our guys sing louder and better since I’ve been here. And I mean that sincerely.” Petersen said.
Next up for the Huskies (9-3 overall, 7-2 in-conference), is a matchup against the Utah Utes on Friday, November 30th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Kickoff will commence at 5:00pm PST.