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PULLMAN – UCLA's Rick Neuheisel is 9-0 against Washington State as coach at three different schools, so Cougars athletic director Bill Moos jumped at the chance to get in a friendly jab at Neuheisel when discussing Saturday's Apple Cup.

Neuheisel was fired as Washington's coach in 2003 after betting on NCAA basketball tournament games and lying about it to NCAA investigators. That gave Moos all the ammunition he needed when a media type asked him if he made a bet with Washington AD Scott Woodward on the outcome of Saturday's game.

"I don't think you talk to Washington people about betting anymore," Bill Moos said with a huge grin, "so we're not going to do that."

UW COACH Steve Sarkisian, who is 2-0 against Washington State, was highly complimentary of the Cougars and coach Paul Wulff during a Monday press conference.

"They play confident and they play hard," Sarkisian said.

Sarkisian said WSU's defense "is much more consistent" than in recent years; quarterback Marshall Lobbestael "is extremely capable of coming in and doing some great things;" and that "the belief (among WSU players) in what coach Wulff is doing has grown and grown and grown."

Sarkisian said he expects Keith Price to start at quarterback. Price sat out most of Saturday's loss to Oregon State with a sprained left knee. Replacement Nick Montana, the redshirt freshman son of legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana, broke down in tears after he played marginally in his first college start.

SATURDAY'S GAME (TV: Versus, 4:30 p.m.) marks the first time since 1917 that Washington State and Washington will play on a Seattle field other than Husky Stadium.

The Huskies moved this year's game to CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, to get a head start on construction work at Husky Stadium. The Huskies will play all home games at CenturyLink next season while their campus stadium, built in 1920, is upgraded.

The Cougars, who began playing football in 1894 (five years after the Huskies), have played Washington every year since 1921 except for a two-year break in 1943-44 due to World War II complications. The schools split two games in 1945.

Washington leads the Cougars 66-31-6 in a series that dates back to 1900. The Huskies won the past two years but WSU holds a 4-3 edge from 2004-10. Washington opened as a 6.5 point favorite for Saturday.

NOTABLE NOTE:
First-year defensive line coach Todd Howard's son, David, just landed a basketball scholarship at NCAA Division I Evansville (Ind.).

David, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound post player, attends high school in Nashville, Tenn.


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