For WSU to get back into this Apple Cup they would have to stage a comeback of epic proportions beginning with their first possession of the third quarter. They accomplished that feat doubling up with the Cougar D getting themselves off the field, forcing UW to punt the ball away on their initial chance on offense.
This game turned on the ensuing drive. Luke Falk was able to engineer an 81-yard drive. Unfortunately they needed one more hash which eluded them on fourth and goal.
After smashing the Dawgs in the mouth to begin second half, clearly that smack did the opposite of what WSU needed. Washington seemed to wake up and take back the line of scrimmage. The shift wasn't like an ebb and flow you'd expect in any game, this was a tidal wave.
Getting the football back after a goal line stand, the Dawgs following 98-yard drive pushed their lead back to four scores.
Falk and the Air Raid attack never found their rhythm because of a speedy UW secondary that covered Wazzu receivers like a winter blanket. And the front seven for the Dawgs dominated the line of scrimmage and in the process kept the Cougar's running game in check.
First half Husky trick plays from an open play book shifted to old fashioned hard-nosed football in the final thirty minutes for a convincing victory.
Apple Cup '16 probably won't be stored on the DVRs of Cougar Nation. For the second week in a row, Wazzu didn't play their game and let the opponent dictate to them.
In terms of garnering national attention for the Pac-12, this Apple Cup showed why a very good Husky ball club should be invited to play for a National Championship.
Apple Cup Final: UW 45 - WSU 17
WSU rushing - 24 carries for 65 yards
WSU fourth down conversions - one of four
UW passing - 22 of 31 for 342 yards, three TDs and no INTs
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