Apple Cup runneth over for Huskies

A beautiful clear, cold November Friday was the stage for the 108th Apple Cup in Seattle for the state’s bragging rights. The Cougars were ranked 20th in the poll but were missing star QB Luke Falk to a concussion the previous week. The Huskies were playing for the chance of a sixth win that would get them to a bowl game. But as you know, once the ball is kicked, you can throw that all out the window. What it all came down to was Myles Gaskin running like a beast and the Defense getting three pick-sixes from Sidney Jones, Darren Gardenhire and Akeem Victor leading to a convincing 45-10 win for the Dawgs over the Cougars.

Washington Huskies 2015 Apple Cup Champions.
Washington Huskies 2015 Apple Cup Champions.

WSU Coach Mike Leach gets off the bus at the stadium.
WSU Coach Mike Leach gets off the bus at the stadium.
A beautiful setting at Husky Stadium during the National Anthem.
A beautiful setting at Husky Stadium during the National Anthem.
WSU WR Gabe Marks with the grab.
WSU WR Gabe Marks with the grab.
Backup WSU QB Peyton Bender gave it a try, but the Dawgs were just too much on this day.
Backup WSU QB Peyton Bender gave it a try, but the Dawgs were just too much on this day.
Husky Stadium
Husky Stadium
Destiny Vaeao says "no soup for you" after a sack.
Destiny Vaeao says “no soup for you” after a sack.
Chico McClatcher had the first score for the Huskies on a long reverse play.
Chico McClatcher had the first score for the Huskies on a long reverse play.
Sidney Jones breaks up a pass to Gabe Marks.
Sidney Jones breaks up a pass to Gabe Marks.
Huskies swarm on the Cougar runner.
Huskies swarm on the Cougar runner.
Budda Baker breaks up a pass to Gabe Marks.
Budda Baker breaks up a pass to Gabe Marks.
Myles Gaskin looks for yardage.
Myles Gaskin looks for yardage.
Peyton Bender gets hit as he throws.
Peyton Bender gets hit as he throws.
Myles Gaskin busts in with the first of his TDs on the day.
Myles Gaskin busts in with the first of his TDs on the day.
Jamal Morrow eyes the defender.
Jamal Morrow eyes the defender.
Peyton Bender gets stripped for a fumble by Joe Mathis.
Peyton Bender gets stripped for a fumble by Joe Mathis.
Injured star QB Like Falk can only watch from the sidelines.
Injured star QB Like Falk can only watch from the sidelines.
The Husky Defense in a sliver of the sun.
The Husky Defense in a sliver of the sun.
Form UW star QB Jake Locker was honored at the game.
Form UW star QB Jake Locker was honored at the game.
Myles Gaskin lets out a yell after scoring his second TD on the day.
Myles Gaskin lets out a yell after scoring his second TD on the day.
Gaskin with a flex for the crowd.
Gaskin with a flex for the crowd.
Myles Gaskin takes Kache Palacio for a ride.
Myles Gaskin takes Kache Palacio for a ride.
UW's Dante Pettis almost hauls in this pass on the goal line.
UW’s Dante Pettis almost hauls in this pass on the goal line.
Game Marks with a few yards after the catch.
Game Marks with a few yards after the catch.
Coach Pete looks on to the action.
Coach Pete looks on to the action.
Taniela Tupou lets out a yell once the victory was sealed.
Taniela Tupou lets out a yell once the victory was sealed.
Senior Jaydon Mickens was all smiles after the victory.
Senior Jaydon Mickens was all smiles after the victory.
Coach Pete and the Huskies hoist the trophy.
Coach Pete and the Huskies hoist the trophy.
Jaydon Mickens and Brian Clay give the Apple Cup Trophy a kiss.
Jaydon Mickens and Brian Clay give the Apple Cup Trophy a kiss.

Cougs shock Ducks

I made the drive down to Eugene last weekend to shot the WSU-Oregon game. The Ducks have handled the Cougars for the past 8 years, so the Cougs were due. This is not the kind of explosive Ducks team that they have had in the past and WSU was ready to put this losing streak to bed. The Ducks appeared to have another win locked up but Luke Falk connects with Dom Williams with no time left and the Cougs were able to pull it not in overtime 45-38.

WSU @ Oregon
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Trojans horse around with Cougars

It was a cold, wet and foggy afternoon in Pullman as the USC Trojans rolled into town and thumped the Cougars 44-17. The low light of the game was when  WSU Quarterback Conner Halliday was knocked out of the game with a broken leg that ended his senior season. Halliday was currently the nation’s passing yardage leader. Sad to see his college career end this way. It was also the first trip back to the state of Washington for USC head coach Steve Sarkisian who left the Washington Huskies to take the job with the Trojans.

Adoree' Jackson gets the Trojans started with this kick return.
Adoree’ Jackson gets the Trojans started with this kick return.
Connor Halliday dumps a pass over the Trojan defense.
Connor Halliday dumps a pass over the Trojan defense.
Cougar defenders converge on Nelson Agholor near the goal line.
Cougar defenders converge on Nelson Agholor near the goal line.
JuJu Smith takes this pass in for the score.
JuJu Smith takes this pass in for the score.
Connor Halliday lets out a loud scream of pain after getting his leg broken and ending his season.
Connor Halliday lets out a loud scream of pain after getting his leg broken and ending his season.
Head Coach Mike Leach and the trainers attend to Halliday.
Head Coach Mike Leach and the trainers attend to Halliday.
Connor Halliday gets loaded onto the cart and taken off the field.
Connor Halliday gets loaded onto the cart and taken off the field.
Backup QB Luke Falk stepped in to the starting duties with the injury to Halliday.
Backup QB Luke Falk stepped in to the starting duties with the injury to Halliday.
USC Quarterback Cody Kessler scrambles away under heavy pressure.
USC Quarterback Cody Kessler scrambles away under heavy pressure.
Justin Davis looks for a hole.
Justin Davis looks for a hole.
Jamal Morrow gets sandwiched by two Trojans.
Jamal Morrow gets sandwiched by two Trojans.
Javorius Allen plows over the defender.
Javorius Allen plows over the defender.
Nelson Agholor hauls in a pass under tight coverage.
Nelson Agholor hauls in a pass under tight coverage.
Kevin Seymour celebrates after a play.
Kevin Seymour celebrates after a play.
Cody Kessler unloads a pass.
Cody Kessler unloads a pass.
Kevin Seymour and Adoree' Jackson sky high in celebration after a stop.
Kevin Seymour and Adoree’ Jackson sky high in celebration after a stop.
Kessler scrambles away from the Cougars rush.
Kessler scrambles away from the Cougars rush.
Nelson Agholor with yards after the catch.
Nelson Agholor with yards after the catch.
JuJu Smith brings in this TD pass with tight coverage. I mean really tight, Kevin Griffin's hand is in his mouth.
JuJu Smith brings in this TD pass with tight coverage. I mean really tight, Kevin Griffin’s hand is in his mouth.
Dom Williams heads up field for yardage after the catch.
Dom Williams heads up field for yardage after the catch.
John Plattenburg takes down Robert Lewis after a catch.
John Plattenburg takes down Robert Lewis after a catch.
Rain sprays off the helmet of Javourius Allen on this hit.
Rain sprays off the helmet of Javourius Allen on this hit.
A trio of Cougars put a stop to this run.
A trio of Cougars put a stop to this run.
Leon McQuay goes up high for this interception.
Leon McQuay goes up high for this interception.
Luke Falk gets ready to start the second half.
Luke Falk gets ready to start the second half.
Vince Mayle stiff arms Leon McQuay.
Vince Mayle stiff arms Leon McQuay.
Theron West tip toes the sideline just out of the reach of Anthony Sarao.
Theron West tip toes the sideline just out of the reach of Anthony Sarao.
Cody Kessler sets up to pass.
Cody Kessler sets up to pass.
USC's George Farmer gets interfered with in the end zone on this play.
USC’s George Farmer gets interfered with in the end zone on this play.
Adoree' Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Vince Mayle in the end zone.
Adoree’ Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Vince Mayle in the end zone.
Adoree' Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Isiah Meyers in the end zone.
Adoree’ Jackson knocks away a pass intended for Isiah Meyers in the end zone.
Justin Davis jumps through the defense as the fog gets thick near the end of the game.
Justin Davis jumps through the defense as the fog gets thick near the end of the game.
A victorious Steve Coach Sark after the game.
A victorious Steve Coach Sark after the game.
The Trojans sing the fight song with their fans in the corner of the stadium.
The Trojans sing the fight song with their fans in the corner of the stadium.
Nothing special about this shot, I just liked the fog made the shot look.
Nothing special about this shot, I just liked the fog made the shot look.