Game Analysis - Apple Cup

Washington got to 7-5 on the season with a 38-21 win over cross-state rival Washington State and now will wait to find out which bowl they will end up playing in. While we await that decision, here is a closer look at the Apple Cup including which players stood out and what still needs to be addressed...

Turning Point/ Play of the Game: Keith Price pass to Kasen Williams for a 21-yard touchdown. Washington got out to a 14-0 lead, but allowed the Cougars to keep the game close by not converting some good field position into points and K Erik Folk missed a 37-yard kid as well and Washington State was able to tie things up with a little over two minutes remaining in the first half. However, the Huskies drove down and Price found Williams who had gotten behind the cornerback covering him and hit the freshman for a 21-yard touchdown with 24 seconds remaining in the first half sending the Huskies into the locker room with momentum.

Offensive Player of the Game: QB Keith Price continues to keep coming back despite playing on two gimpy knees and had a very solid afternoon, hitting on 21 of his 29 attempts for 291 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and was sacked one time. Price missed one series while dealing with a cramping thumb on his throwing hand, but came right back in and led the team to another score.

Defensive Player of the Game: DT Alameda Ta'amu. The senior saved his best game of the season for the Apple Cup, posting four tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks. Ta'amu moved over to the three-technique position and made several plays in the Cougars' backfield, but also made it possible for his teammates to make plays as well and it all started with Washington State's first drive.

Runner-up: LB Princeton Fuimaono. The sophomore continues to improve week after week and had one of his best games of the season, tying for the team lead with nine tackles while leading the team with four tackles for loss and also had a sack and a forced fumble.

Key Stat: Seven Sacks. Wow. Why can't these guys play like this every week? From the opening kickoff until the end of the game, the Husky defensive line was relentless in its pursuit of Washington State QB Marshall Lobbestael, pressuring him at least 10 times while also "getting home" seven times for a loss of 41 yards.

Handouts to the standouts: Fuimaono and Ta'amu were huge for the Huskies tonight combining for 13 tackles, 6 tackles-for-loss, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble; LB Cort Dennison totaled 9 tackles to tie Fuimaono for the team lead; S Sean Parker posted 7 tackles and a game-changing interception; DE Josh Shirley played his best game as a Husky posting 1.5 sacks and four tackles; LB Thomas Tutogi didn't put up huge numbers, but his block of Dan Wagner's punt that was recovered by RB Jesse Callier and returned for the first score of the game gave the Huskies a huge boost of confidence that didn't wane as the game progressed; RB Chris Polk had 100 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown on the ground while also hauling in two receptions including one that went for a 22-yard touchdown; WR Kasen Williams didn't have a catch in the second half, but was huge in the first half hauling in five receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns including a highlight reel play where he hurdled a diving Nolan Washington and scampered for 18 yards, setting up his second touchdown reception of the night on the next play.

Needs work: The offensive line continues to struggle, although they did allow just one sack and allowed the Husky offense to go for 434 yards, but their overall consistency just isn't where you need it to be and the loss of Colin Tanigawa, replaced by senior Nick Wood, has obviously hurt and the play of LT Senio Kelemete had an off night getting two holding penalties including one that nullified a first down play.


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