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5 Reasons Why UW Defeated WSU to Capture the Apple Cup

Huskies 3-Peat Apple Cup

Washington snapped their 3-game losing streak by beating WSU 38-21 to win the coveted Apple Cup.


The Huskies finished the season 7-5 and will be heading to a bowl and while WSU finished the season at 4-8, they did have some solid wins and doubled their win total from last season.

Here are 5 reasons Washington beat WSU in the Apple Cup game.

1. UW’s well-balanced offense – The Huskies had a solid all around game on offense with 291 yards through the air and 143 yards on the ground. Keith Price had a solid game, as he only missed on 8 pass attempts (21/29) and he tossed 3 TD and was not picked off.

RB Chris Polk rushed for at least 100 yards for the 9th time this season with exactly 100 yards in the game averaging a solid 4.5 yards per carry and had a rushing TD.

2. WSU could not run the ball – For the Game the Cougars only rushed for a grand total of 38 yards and after they tied the score at 14 all they gave up 2 unanswered TD and had to air it out in an attempt to come back.

3. UW stepped up when it counted – After the Cougars had cut the lead to 7 with 4:31 left in the 3rd quarter when WSU QB Marshall Lobbestael hooked up with Marquess Wilson for a 38-yard TD the Huskies took over on both sides of the ball.

In the 4th quarter the Huskies’ D held the Cougars scoreless while they scored 10 points.

The Washington Huskies are the 2011 Apple Cup Champions

4. Turnovers –In 2 of the last 3 games, both losses, for the Huskies they committed 3 turnovers.

In the Apple Cup game they did not turn the ball over while the Cougars coughed up the ball twice.

5. Big runs really helped the Huskies – UW got some big runs from their RB’s with Polk having a 34 yard run and Jesse Callier peeled off a 30 yard run. The Washington State defense had to play good all-around defense, which they could not do and that cost them a shot at a win.

Next Up: For WSU their season is over, as they will not go bowling for the season while Washington has been projected to possibly face Oklahoma or Baylor in the Alamo Bowl, but that is not a lock.

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