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A look inside Cougar collapse in Apple Cup

PULLMAN - In the biggest game of the season, a blowout loss was not what most Washington State fans had in mind. The Huskies played a near perfect game to end WSU’s title hopes, possibly sending them back to El Paso for another date in the Sun Bowl.

CFC Player of the game:

Gabe Marks

Marks was stellar as he’s been all season long. His 112 yards on 11 catches with one score was seemingly WSU’s only hope on offense in the game.

Surprises:

WSU was stopped three times in the red zone, twice on the one yard line

UW played man-to-man and cover two for most of the game

Falk struggled to find open targets and took two sacks that could have easily been avoided

Stand out stats:

Gabe Marks: 11 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD

Luke Falk: 33 of 50, 269 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT’s

James Williams: 12 carries, 42 yards

Total yards: WSU - 334, UW - 510

Rushing yards: WSU - 65, UW - 168

Passing yards: WSU - 269, UW - 342

Third downs: WSU - 7/15, UW - 6/11

Turnovers: WSU - 4, UW - 1

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Leading tackler: 

Peyton Pelluer led the team with nine total tackles, six solo, one pass break-up and one QB hurry.

Misleading stat of the game:

In a game where Marks caught 11 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown, you wouldn’t expect the Cougs to get blown out 45-17.

Play of the game:

Score was 35-17, Cougs had the ball with a fourth-and-goal situation on the one yard line. WSU handed the ball off to Gerard Wicks who was swarmed behind the line and brought down short, turning the ball over on downs.

Injuries noticed:

None

Up next:

WSU’s regular season is officially over. Next game will come when bowl season starts.

Leach quotes:

"We're anxiously looking forward to our bowl game, but we just wish we had another game next week"

"I don't think it's a huge secret with recruiting in the state who comes out on top”

Leach said UW is definitely a College Football Playoff caliber team, as well as some others in the Pac-12

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