No. 6 Wash­ing­ton tops No. 23 Wash­ing­ton State in Ap­ple Cup

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tim Booth

PULL­MAN, WASH. >> Jake Brown­ing and No. 6 Wash­ing­ton passed its fi­nal test of the reg­u­lar sea­son thanks to one nearly per­fect quar­ter.

Brown­ing threw for 292 yards and three touch­downs and the Huskies used a 28-point first quar­ter to beat No. 23 Wash­ing­ton State on Fri­day, claim­ing the Ap­ple Cup for the fourth straight year and the Pac-12 North ti­tle.

Wash­ing­ton will take its Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off hopes into the Pac12 cham­pi­onship game next Fri­day against ei­ther Colorado or South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Brown­ing threw all three touch­down passes in the first 15 min­utes, hit­ting Dante Pet­tis on plays of 18 and 61 yards and John Ross on a 6-yarder. Brown­ing had 243 yards pass­ing by half­time, the Huskies had 386 to­tal yards at the break and even Wash­ing­ton State’s third-quar­ter rally didn’t make Wash­ing­ton sweat.

Wash­ing­ton (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12, No. 5 CFP) tied a school record with the 28-point first quar­ter, cap­i­tal­iz­ing on an early turnover that quickly put Wash­ing­ton State (8-4, 7-2, No. 23 CFP) in a 14-point hole.

Brown­ing com­pleted 21 of 29 passes, be­com­ing the third quar­ter­back in Pac-12 his­tory with at least 40 TD passes in a sea­son. Ross had eight catches for 80 yards and his 16th TD catch of the sea­son.

Wash­ing­ton State quar­ter­back Luke Falk was 33 of 50 pass­ing for 269 yards and a 9-yard TD pass to Gabe Marks in the third quar­ter. But the Cougars were un­able to find the end zone on three drives in­side the Wash­ing­ton 10.

Eight years af­ter this matchup was mocked be­cause of how bad the two teams were, the Ap­ple Cup was back on a stage of na­tional rel­e­vance as the Pac-12 North ti­tle game and re­garded by many fans as the most im­por­tant matchup of the 109 meet­ings.

It be­came a pur­ple party for the Huskies that made the trip over the Cas­cade Moun­tains to the Palouse.

Lavon Cole­man added 82 yards rush­ing and a pair of touch­downs. His 15-yard TD run early in the fourth quar­ter capped a 98-yard drive and sent many clad in red back to the tail­gat­ing lots.

Wash­ing­ton’s first half was a pic­ture of dom­i­nance, punc­tu­ated by big plays that left the Cougars play­ing chase from the start. Wash­ing­ton rolled up 386 yards in the first half, 252 com­ing in the first quar­ter and cap­i­tal­ized on three big mis­takes by Wash­ing­ton State.

Ja­mal Mor­row fum­bled on Wash­ing­ton State’s open­ing pos­ses­sion, re­cov­ered by D.J. Beavers at the Cougars’ 46. Eight plays later, Pet­tis caught an 18-yard touch­down and Wash­ing­ton had a 14-0 lead. Later in the half, Ger­ard Wicks was stopped at the 1 on fourth-and-goal on a great play by Ben­ning Po­toa’e. And on the fi­nal drive of the first half, Falk was in­ter­cepted by Beavers in the end zone.

Down 35-17, Wash­ing­ton State had a chance to pull within 11 late in the third quar­ter, but on the 17th play Wicks was again stuffed on fourt­hand-goal.

TED S. WAR­REN — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Jake Brown­ing, right, hands the Ap­ple Cup tro­phy to wide re­ceiver John Ross as they walk off the field af­ter Fri­day’s win over Wash­ing­ton State.

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