Several Huskies said this was the toughest of their losses.
None said they wish the season was over ... they all pointed to the Cal game as one last chance to avoid 0-12.
Ty Willingham said he thinks he's still the right coach to lead the team into that final game ... and he clearly wasn't happy about being asked.
Heading down: I'm going down to the field, and the interview/writing area is pretty far-removed here, so I won't be filing again for a while. However, I will eventually be back for notes and quotes.
How'd it look on TV?
3rd/2:56 WSU's Logwone Mitz went off-tackle untouched for a 57 yard touchdown. Untouched, that is, until he was in the end zone, where he was horse-collared for a 15-yard pentalty.
Halftime: Willie Griffin has 86 yards on 18 carries. Fouch has completed six of eight passes for 42 yards.
Those stats reflect the gameplan, which is basic, running when they can and passing safely when they have to.
2nd/5:07 Huskies turn a Mesphin Forrester interception into a 35-yard Ryan Perkins field goal. UW, 10-0.
2nd/12:17 The Huskies are keeping the offense very basic, and they just went 60 yards for the first score with tailback Willie Griffin getting the score after doing most of the damage along the way. UW, 7-0.
Ebd of first quarter: The Huskies are having the better of it so far. But no score. Or near-scores. However, UW will start the second quarter with a first down at the Coug 47.
Kickoff: Washington won the toss and will receive.
Pretty good sprinkling of empty seats. But lots of purple in the east end zone.
UW game captains are Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Juan Garcia, Michael Gottlieb and Johnie Kirton.
It's Senior Day here, so the WSU seniors were intoduced before the game.
11:20: Both teams are out on the field for warm-ups. The Huskies are in their usual road unis. However, the Cougars are in all-crimson -- helmets, jerseys, pants -- with the old script "Cougars" across the helmet. WSU has gotten into the habit of wearing the grey "Cougars" helmets in recent Apple Cups, but I've never seen the crimson version before.
10 a.m. At renovated Martin Stadium. Actually, at renovated WSU. I covered this team in 2002 and 2003, so I was on campus a lot then, but have only been back for UW football and basketball since. They've really made a lot of improvements, including a new bookstore and golf course.
As for the stadium, the stuff seems mostly ornamental: a new gate and entry area along Stadium Way, and more concessions and restrooms. And a new scoreboard with a much larger video areas than the one a Husky stadium.
Meanwhile, they have apparently just opened the gates, and mostly the student section is filing in.
No activity on the field yet.
The rain has stopped. It's just a cloudy day, breeze going left to right as you'll watch on TV, and not near as cold as a Nov. 22 in Pullman might have been.
First post: It is a cold and rainy morning in Pullman. The clouds rolled in late yesterday after a beautiful day. And it got cold enough where I'm half-surprised there's no snow out there.
Anyway, here's a link to our preview story from this morning.
And the post below has a link to weather updates.
And I'll be back in a couple of hours from the stadium for our daylong running blog from the 101st Apple Cup.
Kickoff is noon on FSN.