What They're Saying: Tick, tick, tick

THE 106th APPLE CUP will be remembered as a game of wildly different halves, say the scribes who covered it. That, plus some questionable clock management on the part of Washington State. That was not, however, a belief shared by Mike Leach.

Adding to the Cougars' frustration was their belief that the Huskies' strategy hadn't changed. Leach and his defensive players said they were seeing the same plays they had stopped in the first half. But now the Huskies were making them work.
- Don Ruiz, TNT

It's still to be seen where the Cougars may end up but after not going to a bowl game since 2003 it's likely they'll find their way into the postseason.
- Associated Press

After a penalty placed them in a second-and-20 situation at UW's 35 with just 7 seconds remaining, it seemed prudent to kick a field goal.
-Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

"...(The Apple Cup) was hanging in the balance, subject to an adjustment here or a break there. Or perhaps some better clock management by the Cougars.
- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

Just when it felt like it was slipping away again, when the feelings of collapse that suffocated Washington in the Apple Cup a year ago started to resurface in the fourth quarter, the Huskies refused to succumb.
- Tim Booth, Associated Press

The Cougars dominated the first half, running up 16 first downs and 182 yards to Washington's seven and 144, and controlling the clock for 19:05 to UW's 10:55.
- Sports Press Northwest

The third quarter changed the Apple Cup on Friday, and it was a screen pass from Keith Price to Bishop Sankey that changed the third quarter in Washington's direction.
- Don Ruiz, TNT

Halliday threw two touchdowns, his second coming early on in the fourth quarter to bring WSU within 3 points, then threw interceptions on back-to back possessions later in the quarter to help seal the Cougs' fate.
- Fox First and Ten

Price laughed and said the first half wasn't one of his best, which was an understatement. UW had only 144 yards of total offense at halftime and trailed, 10-3. They insisted there was no panic.
-Christian Capel, TNT

Sarkisian said he would sit down and talk to Sankey, to "educate" him on the process of possibly declaring himself for the NFL draft rather than returning to UW.
- Dave Boling, TNT

For Keith Price, it was Apple Cup as microcosm, a wild amalgam of frustration and joy, just like his Washington career.
- Larry Stone

Well, it's certain Sankey will have at least one more game. The Huskies are bowl bound. Cherish him while you can. And maybe, if you're lucky, he'll actually pause and participate in his own celebration.
- Jerry Brewqer, Seattle Times

"Asked if, in retrospect, he wished he'd simply sent on the field-goal team on third down (at the end of the first half), Leach said brusquely, 'I don't have any retrospects.'"
- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

Washington's Keith Price was skittish for a long time, before the Huskies decided the better part of wisdom was simply handing the ball off to Sankey, of whom WSU linebacker Darryl Monroe said grudgingly, "He's a decent running back. We've played better. A lot of what he accomplished, we gave him."
- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

Price, after a sluggish first half, lined up in victory formation and took a knee to end it near midfield for UW, starting a raucous celebration on the UW sideline. Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian was doused with water.
- Adam Jude, Seattle Times


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