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A Locker-full of emptiness
Huskies' last ditch chance goes three and out
Malamute, 25 November 2007

With 3:53 left on the clock and the ball on its own 24, Washington's offense had a chance to break a 35-all tie. Instead, it went three-and-out and Washington State took possession on its own 16 with 2:18 remaining in the game. Seven plays later, Alex Brink completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson to give the Cougars a 42-35 victory in the 100th playing of the Apple Cup, in a game held at Husky Stadium.

Gibson was all alone in the end zone on what appeared to be an unforgivable defensive lapse. So, blame the loss on Washington's defense?

Not entirely. The offense gets some blame.

On the Huskies' last-ditch effort from their own 24 with the scored knotted at 35, Jake Locker ran for 6 yards, Louis Rankin ran for 2 yards and then a Locker pass fell incomplete. It was the real story of the Apple Cup, the infamous three-and-out that has plagued the offense all season.

The story of the Cup, though?

The Huskies ran for 225 yards and posted 464 total yards; they won time of possession 35:05 to 24:55. Isn't that the story of the Cup?; therefore, UW's defense sucks big time.

Not entirely.  Two key stats stand out among the rest, in my mind.

(1) Locker's pass efficiency number was a deplorable 86.05, this number based on 35 passes that went for 12 completions and 224 yards, with 1 touchdown and 2 picks. Hence, the incomplete pass on the last-ditch effort.

(2) Louis Rankin ran 23 times for 74 yards, averaging 3.1 yards per carry. Hence, his anemic two yards on a second and four during the last-ditch effort.

Basically, the Cougs stopped the run, especially on first down, and forced Locker to win the game with his passing arm and his feet.

Locker played his heart out, taking charge of the game in its latter stages. Overall, he ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns, passed for another TD, and averaged 7.3 yards running the ball. His second pick  came off a desperation heave into the end zone on the last play of the game.

It was a game full of Locker, a Locker-full of emptiness. By that I mean, Jake can't do it all alone.

Mistakes cost the Huskies big time in the form of penalties (8-65) and turnovers (3). WSU had 40 penalty yards and no turnovers. A dumb-luck pass deflection that resulted in a Brink completion and subsequent touchdown was a killer.

Brink's passing efficiency on the game was an outstanding 192.54 -- he completed 27 out of 40 for 399 yards, with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Christoph Ivory ran more effectively than Rankin, averaging 8.1 yards per carry on 14 carries for 114 yards.

The Cougs ran and passed more effectively than the Dawgs, with fewer mistakes. Really, that was the story of the game.

 

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Cougars 7 14 7 14 42
Huskies 10 10 8 7 35



Time Team How Player (s) Score
1st qtr        
14:45 UW TD Louis Rankin 89 yard kickoff return. Ryan Perkins kick. UW, 7-0
8:37 UW FG Perkins 35-yard boot. UW, 10-0
1:04 WSU TD Alex Brink 41-yard pass to Devin Frischknecht; Romeen Abdollmohammadi kick. UW, 10-7
2nd qtr
12:35 UW TD Jake Locker 23-yard run; Perkins kick. UW, 17-7
5:58 WSU TD Christoph Ivory 25-yard run; Abdollmohammadi kick. UW, 17-14
3:22 UW FG Perkins 43-yard kick. UW, 20-14
0:34 WSU TD Brink 19-yard pass to Frischknecht; Abdollmohammadi kick. WSU, 21-20
3rd qtr
9:11 WSU TD Brink 28-yard pass to Jeshua Anderson; Abdollmohammadi kick. WSU, 28-20
5:14 UW TD Locker 63-yard pass to Marcel Reece; Locker pass to Reece. Tie, 28-28
4th qtr
12:18 UW TD Locker 1-yard run; Perkins kick. UW, 35-28
7:29 WSU TD Brink 40-yard pass to Brandon Gibson. Abdollmohammadi kick. Tie, 35-35
0:31 WSU TD Brink 35-yard pass to Gibson; Abdollmohammadi kick. WSU, 42-35


Statistic WSU UW
Total First Downs 20 22
  Rushing 5 12
  Passing 14 9
  Penalty 1 1
Total Net Yards 509 469
Net Yards Passing 399 239
Net Yards Rushing 110 225
Completions-att-int 27-40-0 13-37-2
Punts, yards, average 9-392;43.6 5-236; 47.2
Sacks By (number, yards) 1-7 3-26
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 7-139-0 7-193-1
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 1 (-8), 0 4-45-0
Kickoff Yards 7-317 7-447
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 2-1-0 0-0-0
Penalties Yards 5-40 8-65
Fumbles, no., lost 1-0 3-1
Time of Possession  24:55 35:05

Passing cmp att yds tds int
WSU          
Alex Brink 27 40 399 5 0
           
Washington          
Jake Locker 12 35 224 1 2
Louis Rankin 1 2 15 0 0
           
WSU Rushing No. Yds tds long  
Christoph Ivory 14 114 1 31  
Kevin McCall 7 12 0 5  
Alex Brink 5 -13 0 13  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Louis Rankin 23 72 0 18  
Marcel Reece 2 16 0 9  
Luke Kravitz 4 11 0 5  
Brandon Johnson 4 7 0 2  
Jake Locker 14 103 2 23  
D'Andre Goodwin 2 14 0 9  
Anthony Russo 1 2 0 2  
           
WSU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Brandon Gibson 6 137 2 40
Michael Bumpus 6 60 0 22  
Devin Frischknecht 5 88 2 41  
Christoph Ivory 4 -1 0 4  
Charles Dillon 3 36 0 23  
Kevin McCall 2 51 0 47  
Jesua Anderson 1 28 1 28  
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Marcel Reece 2 80 1 63  
Anthony Russo 5 101 0 46  
Corey Williams 2 25 0 17  
Michael Gottlieb 1 8 0 8  
D'Andre Goodwin 1 6 0 6  
Louis Rankin 1 4 0 4  
Jake Locker 1 15 0 15  
           
Punting punts yds long Avg
WSU
Reid Forest 9 392 50 43.6
           
Washington          
Jared Ballman 5 236 57 47.2  
           
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