Snowbound Dawgs take the Apple Cup, down WSU 28-15

In blizzard conditions, the Washington Huskies took their ground and pound game to the Washington State Cougars in a 28-15 win. The victory would be UW’s 6th in a row over their rival. A strong run game, stiff defense, and blustery conditions stopped the Cougars high flying offense dead in its tracks.

Myles Gaskin became the 1st Pac-12 player with four straight 1,000+ yard seasons in a dramatic way. The senior had a 4th quarter run of 80 yard TD run to put an exclamation point on the game. Gaskin would carry the ball 27 times for 170 yards and 3 TDs in his final college regular season game.

“Myles, what do you say? That guy can do it all. He is the ultimately competitor. When you need something good to happen he is the guy that is going to get it done,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said.

The Husky defense grounded the “Mississippi Moustache” Garner Minshew. Uncle Rico was limited to short dump off passes and was held to season low 152 yards. Minshew also had costly interceptions as snowy conditions hampered receiver routes. As a whole, the Cougars were held to just 237 yards and a miserable 4.3 yards per pass.

Conversely, the Husky passing game worked pretty well where Browning did not get to throw a lot, they were huge plays. Going 11-14 for 204 yards, Browning averaged 15 yards per pass with big throws that went 59, 48, and 24 yards.

In a truly classy move by the Washington State Marching Band, a tribute was played by WSU to the Husky fight song “Bow Down to Washington.” A bus carrying 50 members of the UW marching band crashed under snowy conditions in the Cascades on Thursday and the Husky band was unable to attend the Apple Cup. In a show of sportsmanship and community, the WSU band quickly learned how to play the Husky fight song and paid tribute to the cross-state rivals.

It is good to see that there is perspective that football is just a game and community still means something in a divided America.

 

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He’s a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.