The Washington Huskies won their 7th straight Apple Cup. Here are the sights, sounds and quotes from the Huskies win over the Washington State Cougars.
Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen
I’m really happy for the seniors, there are only so many groups of guys who can go through here and say they never lost to their rival. We played good team ball today, our defense did a great job once again, playing that ‘bend and don’t break’ defense, it’s about points and not yards. We forced turnovers, and they got one too but that made it a lot easier on us. We did a good job holding the ball, dinking and dunking, running the clock, and I’m just proud of how our kids finished.
Did Washington State do anything different strategically from past games?
They run the same offense every single game, and they do a great job of it. I thought our guys were patient and tackled well, I knew that was going to be a big key. Their guys are slippery and hard to tackle, but we did a good job of playing to that.
How do you think Jacob Eason bounced back today?
I thought we took a step forward with him. He set his feet a little better, he had some good balls. It is still hard against those ones that are really open with a chance to score. There was a lot of progress there for him. That is what it is about, progress and moving forward.
Why did you have so much success going to your tight ends?
We have good tight ends. It starts with that. When you have good players in certain positions, you just have to figure out how to get them the ball. Sometimes we try that play action game where we slam the ball in the air and slip the tight ends behind the linebackers.
What influenced you to have more throwing yards than rushing today?
I always say this, we will take what they are going to give us. We see what the matchups are. I think it is no secret that everyone is going to play 11 guys, 80 yards from the ball and pack it in there. We still have to try to run them a little bit. I knew we were going to have to hit some plays down field. We did that today. It is the only way to operate. If you cannot throw it then you have big problems.
Did you sense any greater confidence today?
I don’t think it is greater confidence. But I do think that those kids played the way that they needed to play and the way that they are capable of playing. It is expected to go into four quarters, you have to go win it in the fourth quarter. Don’t expect it to all go well because we have a “W” on the side of our helmet. There was just a little bit of that at times this year. There is tremendous parody in this league and I really think if you don’t show up and grind them out then you are going to get beat. I think the mentality was that we weren’t going to get beat today.
Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach
Well, I think they are good players and did a good job mixing in their blitz. We didn’t execute consistently. We played with nine rather than 11. I think we went out there and tried to make too much happen.
This is the seventh loss to the Huskies in a row, how frustrating is that?
It’s frustrating. I find it interesting though that they have a top-10 ranked recruiting class and you are always surprised when they win, so I would think that has something to do with it. We did force some stuff and didn’t get separation at times. Then, our tackling had trouble on their ends.
What do you think of Jimmy Lake saying that you don’t change things up from year to year?
I think the Huskies are good, and they deserve some credit for that. I think this was probably a team effort by the Huskies, he likes to take a lot of credit for everything but I would say those other Huskies played a very important role as well. The other thing is they have loaded the NFL with defensive players and they are one of the finest defenses in our conference.
• The captains for today’s game were: Salvon Ahmed, Elijah Molden, Levi Onwuzurike and Cade Otton.
• The Huskies honored 19 seniors before today’s game:Trey Adams, Andre Baccellia, Malik Braxton, Myles Bryant, Dustin Bush, A.J. Carty, John Clark, Aaron Fuller, Blake Gregory, Nick Harris, Jared Hilbers, Kyler Manu, Chico McClatcher, Benning Potoa’e, Quinten Pounds, Myles Rice, Henry Roberts, Brandon Wellington and Joel Whitford.
• The Huskies won their seventh-straight Boeing Apple Cup game and have held the Cougars to 17 or fewer points in each of those games, while scoring at least 27. UW has outscored them 203-99 during the streak.
• Hunter Bryant moved past Rod Jones (81) in the second quarter for fourth most receptions by a UW tight end and enters the bowl game with 85. Next up Jerramy Stevens (88), followed by Mark Bruener (95) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (146). He only trails Austin Seferian-Jenkins (1,838) for most receiving yards by a Husky tight end with 1,394.
• Bryant became just the second UW tight end with 50 receptions in a season (52), joining Seferian-Jenkins who had 69 in 2012. He also trails ASJ by 25 yards in a single season with 825 heading to the bowl game.
• Bryant has gone over 80 yards receiving in four-straight games.
• Terrell Bynum continued his strong play of late, catching a career-high 57-yardreception (also a season long for any Husky) in the first quarter and grabbing his first career TD. Over the last five games, the sophomore has made 23 receptions for 260 yards. In his first 17 career games, Bynum had three receptions for 41 yards.
• Salvon Ahmed will enter the bowl game with exactly 1,000 rushing yards on the season. It is the ninth time in the last 10 years that the Huskies have had an 1,000-yard rusher.
• Jacob Eason moved up to eighth in UW single-season history with 2,922 yards passing and sixth with 22 passing touchdowns. Complete top-10 lists on page 106 and 109 of the UW record book.
• Jacob Eason recorded his first rushing TD as a Husky. He recorded one rushing TD as a freshman at Georgia.
• Aaron Fuller became the seventh Husky to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards with his first reception in the third quarter.
• With two more sacks and 2 ½ tackles for loss today, Joe Tryon has racked up six sacks and 10 tackles for loss over the last four games.
• Trent McDuffie had his first career pick and caused his second career fumble during a fourth-quarter stretch.
• Brandon Wellington shattered his previous career high of 11 tackles with 16. Elijah Molden also set a new career high with 14 stops and now leads the Huskies with 70 tackles this season.
• Aaron Fuller had one punt return for 12 yards to give the Huskies 266 yards vs. 15 by opponents for the season.
• The Huskies allowed just their second first-quarter touchdown of the season and now lead the opponents, 114-23 in the first quarter.
• Anthony Gordon set a UW opponent record with 48 completions. He bested Colt Brennan (Hawaii, 2007) by SIX. His 62 attempts were the second most by an opponent.
• Max Borghi’s 12 receptions were the tied for the 5th most by an opponent and the most since Cody Hoffman of BYU had 12 in 2013. His total is the most ever by a Cougar against the Huskies.