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DE-licious apples!

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington. Behind a stout defense and a productive offense, the Washington Huskies throttled the Washington State Cougars, 38-21, in the 104th playing of the Apple Cup.

Last week the Huskies lost 38-21; this week they won by the same score. What a difference playing in the mostly friendly digs of a CenturyLink Field makes for, this in front of 64,559 howling fans. It made for DE-licious pickings and sackings, with an emphasis on the DE, which stands for defense.

Next season Washington plays all of its games at CenturyLink Field -- a noisy, formidable setting -- while its venerable stadium by the lake gets a face lift.

The Huskies' oft-criticized defense held the Cougars to 38 yards rushing, registered 7 sacks, picked off a pass and recovered a fumble. And special teams blocked a punt for a touchdown, this for good measure.

In its 7 wins this season, Washington has held its opponents to 49.6 yards rushing while yielding 342.7 yards through the air. On the season, UW has given up 283.75 yards-per-game passing (in all 12 games) and ranks 115th in FBS football in pass defense. In its 5 losses, UW has held the opposition to 201.2 passing yards per game. See Table 2 (Stop the run and win the game).

Table 1. Defensive stats in wins and losses.

Washington's Defense Rushing yards p/g Passing yards p/g
Seven winning games 49.6 342.7
Five losing games 273.8 201.2

"I thought our kids were ready to play," WSU coach Paul Wulff said. "We came into a pretty tough environment and the crowd noise had an impact on us early in the game. They (the Huskies) settled down a bit and had more plays than we did." See Bob Condotta's article from the Seattle Times.

It was an offensive show for UW, too.

QB Keith Price completed 21 out of 29 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns, which, with no interceptions on the day, makes for a passing-efficiency rating of 190.84. His 29 touchdown passes on the season are a school record, breaking Cody Picket's 28 TD passes in 2002. Price's PE rating on the season, 157.91, ranks 13th best in FBS football. (See Table 2).

Chris Polk rushed 22 times for 100 yards and an average of 4.5 yards per carry.

True freshman Kasen Williams (5 receptions, 74 yards, 2 touchdowns) -- last year's Washington state Class 4A high jump champion -- made a spectacular run following a pass reception, high-hurdling would-be tackler Nolan Washington. (See photo in the Seattle Times).

The win marks Washington's second consecutive winning season, no matter what happens in its bowl game.

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What is the quickest way to turn the Washington football program into a top 25 team?

For starters, the Huskies will begin to compete with the big boys, as in the top 25, when defensive coordinator Nick Holt begins to think "SEC front four" -- or, say, a Haloti Ngata -- when out on the recruiting trail and settles for nothing less. See the supporting data for this contention in Table 2 below.

For Price's passing efficiency rating see Table 3.

Table 2. Stop the run and win the game

In its seven victories, Washington (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) has held its seven opponents to an average of 49.57 yards per game on the ground, which would rank first in the FBS if those seven games were all Washington had played. In its five losses, UW has allowed 272.8 rushing yards per game. In all its twelve games, UW ranks 54th in the FBS in rushing defense (6th in the Pac-12), yielding 142.58 yards per game. This table seems to say stop the run and win the game.

School

W/L

Rush

UW Rush

Eastern Washington

W

31 yards

148 yards

Hawaii

W

55

151

Nebraska

 L

309

146

California

W

108

117

Utah

W

17

185

Colorado

W

62

295

Stanford

L

446

172

Arizona

W

36

179

Oregon

L

212

82

USC

L

252

46

Oregon State

L

145

160

Washington State

W

38

143

Table 3. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
EWU 17 25 102 3 0 149.87 17 25 102 3 0 149.87
Hawai'i 18 25 315 4 1 222.64 35 50 417 7 1 182.26
Nebraska 21 37 274 4 2 143.83 56 87 691 11 3 165.91
California 19 25 292 3 0 213.71 75 112 983 14 3 176.58
Utah 22 30 226 3 1 162.95 97 142 1209 17 4 173.70
Colorado 21 28 257 4 0 199.24 118 170 1466 21 4 177.91
Stanford 23 36 247 1 1 125.13 141 206 1713 22 5 168.69
Arizona 16 30 277 1 3 121.89 157 236 1990 23 8 162.74
Oregon 24 35 143 2 2 110.32 181 271 2133 25 10 155.97
USC 12 16 125 0 0 140.62 193 287 2258 25 10 155.11
OSU 5 9 76 1 1 140.93 198 296 2334 26 11 154.68
WSU 21 29 291 3 0 190.84 219 325 2625 29 11 157.91

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
WSU 0 14 7 0 21
Washington 14 7 7 10 38


Time Team How Player (s) WSU UW
1st qtr          
11:37 UW TD Jesse Callier 2 yd blocked punt return (Erik Folk kick) 0 7
2:13 UW TD Kasen Williams 16 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 0 14
2nd qtr          
7:55 WSU TD Jared Karstetter 16 yd pass from Marshall Lobbestael (Andrew Furney kick) 7 14
2:05 WSU TD Marquess Wilson 16 yd pass from Marshall Lobbestael (Andrew Furney kick) 14 14
0:24 UW TD Kasen Williams 21 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 14 21
3rd qtr
5:56 UW TD Chris Polk 22 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 14 28
4:31 WSU TD Marquess Wilson 38 yd pass from Marshall Lobbestael (Andrew Furney kick) 21 28
4th qtr
13:16 UW FG Erik Folk 46 yd FG 21 31
5:23 UW TD Chris Polk 1 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 21 38

 

Statistics WSU UW
Total First Downs 21 21
  Rushing 4 5
  Passing 15 15
  Penalty 2 1
Total Net Yards 382 434
Net Yards Passing 344 291
Net Yards Rushing 38 143
Completions-att-int 29-42-1 21-30-0
Punts, yards, average 8-289; 36.1 7-311; 4.4
Sacks by (number, yards) 1-2 7-41
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 7-148-0 4-80-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 0-0-0 7-55-1
Kickoff Yards 4-231 7-465
Net Yards per kickoff 37.8 45.3
Average yards per kickoff 57.8 66.4
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 0
Third-down conversions 6 of 15 3 of 12
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 1-23-0
Penalties, no., Yards 7-42 7-90
Fumbles; number/lost 4-1 0-0
Time of Possession  32:38 27:22

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Marshall Lobbestael 29 42 344 3 1
(156.66)          
Washington          
Keith Price; 190.84 21 29 291 3 0
Nick Montana; 0 1 0 0 0
           
WSU Rushing No. Net TD Lg Avg.
Marcus Mason 5 41 0 27 8.2
Carl Winston 6 20 0 9 3.3
Ricky Calvin 8 16 0 7 2.0
Henry Eaddy 1 -4 0 0 -4.0
Marshall Lobbestael 9 -35 0 6 -3.9
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long avg.
Chris Polk 22 100 1 34 4.5
Jessie Callier 4 44 0 30 11.0
Keith Price 3 -1 0 1 -0.3
           
Cougars Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Jared Karstetter 9 82 1 16  
Marquess Wilson 7 108 2 38  
Bobby Ratliff 3 38 0 27  
Rickey Galvin 3 28 0 19  
Andrei Lintz 2 27 0 14  
Kristoff Williams 2 21 0 15  
Gino Simone 1 32 0 32  
Carl Winston 1 6 0 6  
Marcus Mason 1 2  0 2  
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kevin Smith 2 39 0 26  
Kasen Williams 5  74 2 21  
Chris Polk 2 36 1 22  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 4 6 2 0 31  
Jermaine Kearse 5 62 0 18  
Devin Aguilar 2 13 0 8  
Jessie Callier 1 5 0 5  
           
Punting        
WSU No. yds avg long IN20
Dan Wagner 7 289 41.3 48 1
           
Washington          
   
Kiel Rasp 5 240 48.0 62 2
Will Mahan 1 37 37.0 37 1
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