Obviously, the Huskies were disappointed in this one. Losing to a rival in a back-and-forth game hurts. On top of that, the loss assures that the Huskies will finish in last place in the Pac-10 Conference ... either in a tie with Stanford, or alone if the Cardinal beats Cal next week.
Asked about that, coach Tyrone Willingham asked fans not to lose faith, that he still believes there is greatness ahead.
Willingham and the Huskies said they are happy to have one game remaining this season --unlike after most Apple Cups. They say that look forward to the challenge of trying to spoil the BCS chances of unbeaten Hawaii next Saturday.
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Player of the game: Maybe Alex Brink will be remembered more for winning this Apple Cup than losing his share of heartbreakers in his three-plus years as a starter. The senior from Eugene, Ore. set an Apple Cup record by passing for 399 yards and five touchdowns, including a pair to Brandon Gibson in the final 7:29 to complete a come-from-behind victory. Brink moved into third on the Pacific-10 Conference career passing list with 10,913 yards, and became the first WSU quarterback to ever win three Apple Cups.
Husky of the game: Defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim energized the Washington defense with nine tackles. Four came behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks.
Key stats: Washington State rolled up 509 yards of total offense, becoming the third team to top 500 yards against Washington this season. … WSU averaged 7.7 yards per play. … The Huskies converted two of four fourth-down attempts. … Washington dominated time of possession, 35:05 to 24:55.
Turning point: With the scored tied late in the fourth quarter, Washington receiver Corey Williams caught a pass at the WSU 28 – already in field goal range. However, the ball popped free as he was being tackled, and Washington State recovered.
Gibson gone?: The Rogers High product finished up his junior season in grand style, setting the school's single-season receiving mark. His six-reception, 137-yard, two-TD outing gave him 1,180 yards this season, eclipsing the old mark held by Nakoa McElrath (1,163 set in 2001). After the game, Gibson said he was waffling on his earlier decision to return for his senior year. "I'll be honest, I'm putting my papers in (to the NFL Draft) and see where it puts me, and I'll go from there."
Big start: Washington senior Louis Rankin returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff return touchdown of his career, the first UW kickoff return for a score since Roc Alexander did it in the Idaho game of 2001, and the first time UW returned a game-opening kickoff for a touchdown since Ja'Warren Hooker did it in the Arizona game of 1997. It also was Washington's longest kickoff return ever against Washington State.
Quote: "It's totally frustraing for me as a senior. It's not the way I wanted to go out here. It's one of those games where you can look back and say shoulda, woulda, coulda. My hat's off the to Cougs. They came in here and got it done, and we didn't. And I thought they handled themselves with class after the game and I respect the guys." – UW senior defensive end Jordan Reffett.
Extra points: Jake Locker's 103 rushing yards gave him the modern Pacific-10 Conference record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Locker has run for 910 yards this season, passing UCLA's Jeff Dankworth, who run for 815 yards in 1976. … Locker's 12 rushing touchdowns ties Mark Burnell for the most ever by a Husky quarterback. Senior Anthony Russo led UW with five catches, and he has now caught at least one pass in 36 straight games. … Rankin became the fifth Husky to top 1,000 yards for career kickoff returns. He has 1,106 yards. … Twenty-two UW seniors were honored at Senior Day, marking their final game at Husky Stadium. … Game captains were Juan Garcia, Greyson Gunheim, Rankin and Reffett.