WSU breaks Apple Cup streak and defeats UW 40-13

The Washington State Cougars ended their Apple Cup drought with a 40-13 win over the Washington Huskies on Friday at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

The win means the Cougars (7-5, 6-3) are still alive for the Pac-12 North title, which they’ll get if Oregon State can beat Oregon on Saturday. WSU holds the three-way tiebreaker with the Beavers and Ducks.

In her first Apple Cup, Laura’s Jayden threw for 245 yards and leaned on her back to enter the end zone. In his last Apple Cup, Max Borghi totaled 129 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Deon McIntosh had 49 yards and a touchdown. Dean Janikowski was four out of five on his field goal attempts.

Four WSU receivers have received four or more receptions, with Donovan Ollie and Calvin Jackson Jr. in the lead with 68 yards each.

The WSU defense made things hell for UW first-year quarterback Sam Huard, who had just 190 yards, including 55 in a single play, with one touchdown and four interceptions. You could argue that Huard threw two touchdowns, but one was in WSU defense. Armani Marsh had two interceptions including the pick-six, Derrick Langford had one and Justus Rogers had a key interception deep in WSU territory.

WSU scored in his first training when Max Borghi ran from 32 meters. This workout started off badly, with WSU being pissed off on its first two games before Laura hooked up to Donovan Ollie on a big third down conversion.

The Cougs went on with two field goals to make it 13-0, and while that is of course, you don’t win field goals which caused some anxiety in my house at least. UW entered the board with a Kamari Pleasant 10-yard touchdown with 1:31 left in the first half. UW secured a good field position on this record thanks to an unsportsmanlike penalty against WSU at kick-off.

WSU used a 10-game practice to enter the end zone in the third quarter as Borghi ran without touching a yard, giving WSU a 20-7 lead.

Derrick Langford caught a pass from Sam Huard to set up WSU’s next points, a 41-yard field goal from Dean Janikowski.

It looked like UW might have something to do with their next possession when Sam Huard connected with Rome Odunze on a 55-yard finish. But with his team on the doorstep, Huard threw it into the hands of Justus Rogers of Bellevue, who returned to UW territory. WSU used seven plays to set up a two-yard touchdown run from Deon McIntosh, and the road was open. More information on McIntosh’s celebration to come.

UW scored on their next possession, and WSU responded with another basket. In UW’s second game of possession that followed, Armani Marsh got his second interception of the night and made it home to pour it.

The 27-point margin of victory was absolutely satisfying and WSU fans wasted no time storming the pitch. And Laura’s Jayden may have argued for a statue in Pullman when he did this:

From now on, the Cougars await their fate of bowl.

Come on Beavs.

Random thoughts

  • OK, those unsportsmanlike penalties against McIntosh and Laura: McIntosh gave Butch T. Cougar a big hug after a touchdown run and who can blame him? Apparently it’s against the rules. After a key down first try, Laura struck the pose as a centerpiece model and was pointed out. Both were innocent pieces, and I don’t blame the officials. The rules say they call those or they’ll referee an Arizona-Cal game next season. Relax, makers.
  • Take a day, Donovan Ollie. The third-year wide receiver was huge throughout the game after a quiet outing against Arizona.
  • How pissed off is Dylan Morris?
  • I am thrilled for the seniors at WSU, especially for the guys from the State. Rogers, Marsh, Abe Lucas, etc. Marsh’s choice fell into the hands of Devin Culp, his high school teammate at Gonzaga Prep.
  • This “invalid signal” call was probably correct by the rule, but I had never seen one.

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