Huskies lose Apple Cup

In the 100th meeting of cross-state rivals Washington and Washington State the two teams yet again engaged each other in a nail-biting game that came down to the end, but it was the Cougars who came out with more on the scoreboard getting a 42-35 win in front of 72,888 fans at Husky Stadium.

With the win Washington State QB Alex Brink became the first Cougar signal-caller to win three games against Washington.

Brink rebounded nicely from a horrific performance last week against Oregon State to have one of the best days of his career completing 27 of 40 passes for 399 yards and five touchdowns including the game-winner with only 31 seconds remaining on the clock to a wide open Brandon Gibson.

The Huskies got off to a fast start on the visitors as RB Louis Rankin took the opening kickoff 89 yards outracing the entire Cougar coverage team to the endzone giving Washington a 7-0 lead with only 22 second elapsed off the clock.

Washington's defense came out fired up early posting back-to-back three-and-outs and the Huskies added a Ryan Perkins 35-yard field goal to go up 10-0 after only two possessions.

Brink then began to catch fire completing three straight passes including a 41-yard touchdown strike to TE Devin Frischknecht who had gotten behind Washington LB E.J. Savannah.

QB Jake Locker, who had a rough day throwing the ball, then drove the team 55 yard in eight plays capping off the drive with a nifty 23-yard scamper to paydirt, giving Washington a 17-7 lead early in the second quarter.

However, the Cougars were able to answer right back as the visitors went 86 yards in five plays ending when RB Chris Ivory took a handoff over right tackle and outran S Mesphin Forrester to the endzone for a 28-yard touchdown and the Cougars had drawn within three at 17-14.

After Perkins added a 43-yard field goal to put the Huskies up by six, Brink engineered another masterful drive going 79 yards in 10 plays and hitting Frischknecht again for another score, this one coming from 19 yards out, with only 34 seconds remaining on the clock in the first half sending the Cougars into the locker room ahead 21-20 at the half.

Brink continued his hot passing in the second half hitting freshman WR Jeshua Anderson with a 28-yard touchdown pass over CB Byron Davenport on the Cougars' second drive of the second half putting the Cougars ahead by eight 28-20 halfway through the third quarter.

Locker and the Huskies them came back with two more scores on their next two possession, one a 63-yard touchdown pass to WR Marcel Reece who didn't have a Cougar defender within 10 yards of him and then came back with a monster 16-play, 73 yard drive capped when Locker went over from one yard out on 4th-and-goal to put the Huskies up 35-28 early in the fourth quarter.

But Brink wasn't finished as he was able to hit Gibson for a 40-yard touchdown and then he hit the junior wideout with the game winner on their last possession.

Locker finished his first Apple Cup by going 12 of 35 for 224 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He did manage to put up 103 yards on the ground and had two touchdowns as well.

WR Anthony Russo had a big day hauling in five passes for 101 yards, while Reece managed two receptions for 80 yards and the long touchdown from Locker.

On defense the Huskies were led by the 11 tackles of Savannah and the nine tackles and two sacks of DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.

The Huskies (4-8) will now head to Hawaii to take on the WAC champions at Aloha Stadium next week to finish the 2007 season. Top Stories