For the second straight season, the Cougars won eight games heading into bowl season.
Their remarkable regular season ended Friday the same way so many previous WSU football seasons have ended, with a withering, one-sided loss to Washington on an damp, overcast afternoon.
In the most meaningful Apple Cup in decades, the No. 5 Washington Huskies (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) dismantled the rival No. 23 Washington State Cougars (8-4, 7-2 Pac-12) in a de facto semifinal game, placing the victor in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
"This is our favorite game of the year", UW co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake said, "because anytime an offense, when we know they're going to throw the ball 60 times, it really makes game-planning easy".
And so the 5th-ranked Huskies are champions of the Pac-12 North, and the 23rd-ranked Cougars lay battered again at the feet of their most bitter rival. "If was like, if they want to eat up the clock like that, go for it". "I think their scheme is a big-time scheme". And so the next team we'll play will be a really good and elite team. "We don't have any excuses". Washington wide receiver John Ross, left, eyes the pass he caught for a touchdown ahead of coverage from Washington State cornerback Darrien Molton (3) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, .
The Huskies will play No. 9 Colorado or No. 12 USC in the Pac-12 title game in Santa Clara, Calif. Colorado will advance if it beats No. 22 Utah on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. That didn't pay off, as Gerard Wicks got stopped at the 1-yard line on fourth down.
The Huskies win their 4th straight Apple Cup and 71st overall. But Marks rejected the notion that U-Dub has the Cougars' number. The way this committee votes, I'm guessing they will over-analyze it and say that MI was impressive enough in a two-OT loss to Ohio State to warrant staying in the top 4 even with two losses on the season. We know what's coming, and we know we've got to stop it.
Leach's take was different. Washington State will have to play smart to dash Washington's playoff hopes and take this year's Apple Cup. It is said that no lead is secure against a team coached by Mike Leach. "Their whole D-line and how they move so much is pretty effective, but I felt like we locked it down it pretty well". Well, there is no extra. "Just comes back to practice and how we study our opponents, all of that", Washington left tackle Trey Adams said.
Receiver Dante Pettis had two touchdown catches and threw a 50-yard pass to tight end Darrell Daniels in the first quarter, when the Huskies gained 252 yards, tied a school record for points in the quarter and quickly deflated the crowd of 33,773. That's not even to mention the play of Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau, who has only thrown three interceptions while accumulating 16 total touchdowns (10 passing, six rushing). Sure, the Huskies didn't exactly play a tough non-conference schedule. If the 23-ranked Cougars have any shot of beating a very risky Huskies squad, then they will need to get physical with their receivers such as John Ross and make Washington quarterback Jake Browning uncomfortable.
We recently put up a Washington State flag here in the office, and then the Cougs went out and lost to Colorado. "Our offense just kept going". His second 45-yard touchdown run came on LSU's next drive to extend the lead to 27-10. And on the final drive of the first half, Falk was intercepted by Beavers in the end zone.
It was a surprising sight. Can they slow Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman for an entire game? But Memphis (8-4, 5-3) drove 72 yards in five plays for the victor.
The sought-after Herman helped guide the Cougars (9-3, 5-3 American Athletic, No. 20 CFP) back from a 17-point halftime deficit and Greg Ward gave Houston a 44-41 lead with 1:29 remaining with his fourth touchdown pass, a 3-yarder to Chance Allen.
The Egg Bowl matches Ole Miss (5-6), trying to get bowl eligible, against Mississippi State (4-7), which will sit out this postseason.