VIDEO: Washington Defensive Tackle Taniela Tupou Post-Game - Apple Cup spoke with Washington Senior Defensive Tackle Taniela Tupou after the Huskies destroyed No. 20 Washington State 45-10 in the 108th Apple Cup, played at Husky Stadium.

On getting bowl eligible “It was a big deal, but at the same time we kind of just put that on the back burner. Our main focus and our main thing for the past couple games has been just to go out there and take care of business and just do our job to the best of our ability. However the dice roll is how they roll. That’s how we took this mindset. As for right now, I’m stoked. Our team is stoked. We get another game. Most importantly I get to take the field one more time with my brothers.”


On the defensive performing at an even higher level today “Yeah, definitely. All week, actually it started last week against Oregon State, coach (Chris) Petersen and coach (Pete) Kwiatkowski stressed to us ‘hey, you’ve got one of the best defenses in the PAC-12, so why not go out there and step up and show everybody why?’ That’s been a big thing the past two weeks. Shout out to everybody on that defense. Every one works collectively together. We’ve got Keishawn (Bierria) back there, Azeem (Victor), Sidney (Jones), Kevin King, Budda (Baker). Next to me I’ve got Greg Gaines,  Vita Vea, Jaylen Johnson, even Shane Bowman, Elijah Qualls, everybody out there just playing collectively. No one out there for themselves. Everyone is just out there for each other. I think that’s what makes our defense click and become so close and able to perform the way we did.”

On if the defensive pressure eventually got to Peyton Bender “Yeah. All week we watched film and coach (Jeff) Choate was part of their system a while ago so he told us the way you can beat this offense is to make sure that you power that offensive line back into that quarterback so the quarterback can’t step up and make his throws. Eventually things will start to hit home and we’ll end up getting to him. This whole week our whole mentality, even during the game, was ‘stick to the plan.’ Just power, power, power and make sure you run them back. Sure enough big plays happen. We ended up getting turnovers and stuff.” Top Stories