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The Grinch Gets the Covers Pulled Over the “Speed D” as Christmas Comes Early to the University of Washington
Washington State came into the “Dawg House” on Saturday night looking to win the Apple Cup and claim sole possession of the Pac-12 North. Washington State must have fallen asleep on the bus ride to the stadium as the Huskies dominated from the opening drive of the game and never looked back. In the end, WSU scored in garbage time and padded their stats. Final score was 41-14 as the Cougs got pushed around on both sides of the ball.
Husky star running back Myles Gaskin ran for 192 yards and 4 touchdowns as he averaged nearly 8 yards per carry every time he touched the ball. Early in the ballgame, two of the Husky star players went down with key injuries. The Coug fans were saying “we still have a chance”. It didn’t matter as Coach Grinch’s “Speed D” got bullied up and down the field. When the Cougars were on offense, Luke Falk looked like a lost puppy as he didn’t know what to do with the ball as he threw 3 interceptions and fumbled the ball away.
The Dawgs rushed only a 3-man line and Luke and his “Air-Raid” offense still couldn’t produce. The University of Washington was favored by the odds-makers for a reason. Coach Leach couldn’t get a thing out of his Cougars all game long. It was 24-0 at halftime. The Huskies could have easily scored 70 points on a night, but they took it easy on the Cougs in the second half. Congratulations to the University of Washington on winning the Apple Cup and proving that they are the best team in the Pac-12.
Has Luke Falk regressed?
Luke continues to sit in the pocket and take hit after hit, something a 1st year quarterback might do, not a 4th year quarterback. He plays in the air raid offense where the risk is higher, but there is no excuse to hold onto the ball as often as he does. The decisions he makes when he is in a rush is inexcusable for top flight quarterback. He has looked lost all season, especially on the road.
He had an incredible 4 years for Washington State, but this season could have been 7-5 if it weren’t for the Cougar’s defense. Thank you for all you did for Washington State Luke and best of luck to you in your future wherever might that be. As for playing in the NFL, chances are it will be as a career backup after the season you have had. Prove me wrong Luke Falk!
Burr-Kirven snags the 3⃣rd interception of the night.
— UW Football (@UW_Football) November 26, 2017
Were there any positives from any Cougars during the ballgame?
The receivers were the star of the game last night. Tavares Martin Jr. established himself as the #1 wide out on this ball club. He had only 5 catches last night, but they were all clutch. He has gotten better all season long and I truly hope he comes back for his senior year. He still has a chance on a 1000 yard receiving season depending on the bowl game coming up. Thank you, Tavares, for a spectacular season.
Jamal Morrow continued to establish himself as a threat out of the backfield (10 catches for 76 yards in the Apple Cup) and has over 4000 total all purpose yards in his 4 years at WSU. He will make someone’s NFL team as a 3rd down running back if he can stay healthy. Best of luck to you sir!!
T Martin is a freshman wide receiver who has made tremendous strides all year-long. He has made huge catches and has had huge drops, but T has gotten better. In the Apple Cup he had 5 catches for 70 yards and 1 touch down. Cougar Nation is looking forward to the starting tandem of M N M next season in their “Air Raid” offense.
— WSU Cougar Football (@wsucougfb) November 26, 2017
Does one bad game make Hercules a bad guy?
The Huskies had the perfect game plan for everything including Hercules. He was constantly double teamed throughout the game and they still executed in perfection on offense. Hercules was involved in a penalty in the 3rd quarter which resulted in him getting kicked out of the game and missing the first half of the bowl game.
Though I don’t think it was a fair call because the intent wasn’t there to hurt the Dawgs QB, it is what it is in this game we call football. Every little thing is called now where the refs think the intent to hurt someone purposely occurs. I know one thing. Hercules is an exceptional human being who wouldn’t hurt a fly. He plays all out for 4 quarters with only one thing on his mind, to help his team win the football game. Mata’afa plays with his heart on his sleeve and is a leader on and off the field.
Cougar Nation is proud and thankful for you and your contributions. We truly hope to see you back next season.
— Hercules Mata'afa (@herculesuluao50) November 26, 2017
Up next, a bowl game for Washington State. Even after the loss, the Cougs remain 21st in the College AP poll that came out today. A 9-3 record with 3 wins over ranked teams was an amazing accomplishment for WSU this season and all the drama they went through. December 3rd Cougar Nation will be watching to see where the Cougs will be bowling.
Thank you, Coach Leach, and the Washington State Cougars, for a thrilling season. Can’t wait for what the future holds.
— COUGFANcom (@COUGFANcom) November 26, 2017