The Apple Cup has been over for a while now, and it's time for our usual capsulated look at the game.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME -- No doubt about this one. Bishop Sankey gained 240 of Washington's 405 yards of total offense -- 200 rushing, another 40 receiving -- and was involved in perhaps the game's biggest play, a 40-yard screen pass that sparked UW's offensive awakening in the third quarter. Sankey broke Corey Dillon's 17-year-old, single-season rushing record (1,695) on a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and finishes the regular season with 1,775 yards rushing. He also broke the UW career rushing touchdown record, tallying his 35th, and broke the school's single-season carries record with 306.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME -- Hard to argue against Hau'oli Kikaha, who registered his ninth and 10th sacks of the season and was part of a UW pass rush that sacked Connor Halliday five times total. They moved the pocket and made Halliday uncomfortable, which was the primary reason the Huskies were able to keep WSU's offense under wraps in the second half.
PLAY OF THE GAME -- This one seems obvious, too -- Sankey's 40-yard screen catch and run from Keith Price on 3rd-and-5 early in the third quarter. Steve Sarkisian said the Huskies had the play dialed up for their first third-and-long of the half, and it worked about as well as they could have hoped. Sankey was wide open, caught the ball and ran for a while up the sidelines. The Huskies were in the end zone five plays later, and the game wasn't the same after that.
STAT OF THE GAME -- UW's defense held WSU to a 4-for-16 third-down conversion rate, one of the reasons the Huskies were able to put together their 17-0 run in the third quarter.
QUOTABLE -- "Oh my God, he's naked." -- Keith Price on his reaction to Sankey being so open on that screen pass
WHAT IT MEANS -- For all the talk of revenge and payback and erasing the memory of last year's Apple Cup loss, the bigger picture view is that that Huskies are 8-4 for the first time since 2001, and have a chance to win their ninth game for the first time since they finished 11-1 in 2000. This still probably isn't the kind of season the most optimistic Huskies fans envisioned when it began, and if not for a few breaks here and there at Stanford and UCLA, maybe things would be different. But as it stands now, this is the best season, record-wise, on Montlake in more than a decade. That's progress, even if it didn't come as easily or in as much quantity as some would have hoped.
UP NEXT -- We'll see. The Fight Hunger bowl against BYU in San Francisco seems a real possibility, but there are still Pac-12 games left to play and decisions to be made by bowl committees. Clarity should arrive by next weekend.
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