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The Washington Huskies had a bit of a down year and for the 1st time in many of the senior class, found themselves out of the running for a PAC12 title. Friday afternoon’s showdown with the Washington State Cougars would count little to the bowl positioning of both teams, but it would be a show of pride where UW coach Chris Petersen would look to hold his dominance over WSU’s Mike Leach. For the 7th year in a row, Coach Pete would lead his squad to a 31-13 win in the rivalry game–the 7 straight wins are the longest streak in the Apple Cup, since UW had an 8 game streak back in the 1970s.
Tremendous show of respect! The UW marching band spelled out "Thanks" and played the WSU fight song before the Apple Cup game. The UW band wasn't at last year's Apple Cup after their bus crashed near George, Washington. WSU played it in their stead last year. #KOMONews pic.twitter.com/vKESfmVvdT
— J.D. Williams (@TheTalentedMrJD) November 29, 2019
The Apple Cup saw a return of an offense that had been quiet throughout the season. QB Jake Eason would throw for 244 yards and a TD, while running for another. Husky RB Richard Newton have a couple TDs on the ground while Salvon Ahmed did the heavy lifting rushing for 85 yards.
The Husky defense would put together a complete game against the Cougar Air Raid offense. WSU’s Anthony Gordon would throw for 308 yards but he and the Cougars were held far below their season average of 41 ppg. The 13 points were the least that the WSU Cougars have had since a 2017 loss to Cal.
Gordon, the leading passer in the country—went 48 for 62 but the Huskies played a bend but don’t break defense that took away any and all deep targets. Gordon would reach 5,000 yards passing on the season, just the 16th time that has happened in FBS history. However 5 UW sacks, including 2 by Joe Tryon would be more than the Cougs could handle. The normally stout WSU line surrendered just 13 sacks all season.
“I can say I never lost to the Cougs,” Washington center Nick Harris said. “And when I come back in 15 years, 10 years and I speak to the guys I can say I never lost to the Cougs.”
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