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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer In the midst of his biggest win since returning to coaching, Mike Leach was matter of fact about moving ahead.
At least now, thanks to Washington State pulling off the biggest comeback in the 105 meetings with rival Washington, Leach has a benchmark victory to build on as he tries to put behind him a rocky first season on the Palouse that featured an eight-game losing streak, little offensive fireworks and disgruntled players.
Meanwhile, his counterpart across the state, Steve Sarkisian, can only hope the late collapse to the Cougars is only a minor blip and doesn't lead to any hangover. The Huskies are headed for a bowl game, but there will be lofty expectations for Washington heading into 2013.
BEST OF MAXIM
"THIS WAS THE best game we played all year," said Mike Leach after the Cougs defeated the Hsukies 31-28 in overtime of the 105th Apple Cup. "All three sides of the ball contributed. All three sides of the ball had their adversity and fought through it. The biggest thing is we hung together for 60 minutes. And you'll win a lot of games if you're able to do that."
The fear when fans rush the field after a big college win is that the general public will interact negatively with players. While this does not typically occur, unfortunately on Friday, a fan struck a University of Washington player, sending him to the ground.
Sophomore tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a Mackey Award finalist, was walking off the field when a fan leaped onto the...
THE COUGARS MANAGED to find enough luck to turn a 18-point deficit entering the fourth quarter into a tie, and then an overtime win as Washington State got its first conference win of the Mike Leach era in a thrilling 31-28 overtime win in the Apple Cup.
Royce Woolridge and Brock Motum combined for 28 points to help Washington State beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 66-38 on Saturday and end a three -game losing streak.
Washington State (3-3) led 23-16 at halftime and started the second half on a 9-0 run.
Woolridge and Mike Ladd hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 17-2 run to put the game out of reach at 56-28. The Cougars missed only...
FOR 13 WASHINGTON State seniors, today's Apple Cup is more than a rivalry game. It's their final game in crimson. Most names are familiar, some not. One ranks among the great Cougar defenders of the last dozen years. And all had a hand in pouring the foundation for a better future in WSU football.
PULLMAN -- Until today, the last time Washington State led a game at halftime was nearly two months ago. Indeed, except for an unfortunate interceptionn that led to a Washington TD, WSU's Cougars played a first half to remembere here today in the golden anniversary of the Apple Cup rivalry.
Andrew Furney kicked a 27-yard field goal on Washington State's first possession of overtime, and the Cougars overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stun rival Washington 31-28 in the Apple Cup on Friday, snapping an eight-game losing streak.
Washington has never had a meltdown like we saw on Friday in the Apple Cup as the Huskies, ahead 28-10 with 50 seconds left in the third quarter, lose in epic fashion to the Washington State Cougars 31-28 in Pullman. What went right and what went horribly wrong? Read on to find out...
A breathtaking Cougar win was the talk of the Palouse on Friday night, but it didn’t stop there. Washington State’s comeback win captivated football fans across the country – and at one point had “Apple Cup” and “Go Cougs” trending worldwide on Twitter. Beyond that, fans and pundits alike agreed the Huskies didn’t lose this game; the Cougars snatched it away.
THE RECRUITING SEASON shifted into a new phase on Sunday, with Washington State coaches hitting the recruiting trail. In the coming weeks, Cougar coaches will, in living rooms, high schools and junior colleges aplenty, be working to put the finishing touches on the 2013 class.
TEXAS TECH FANS warned Washington State faithful throughout the season that almost no deficit was insurmountable under coach Mike Leach. After narrowly missing a couple of improbable comeback wins earlier in the season, the Cougars finally captured one when Andrew Furney connected on a 27-field goal to propel WSU to a 31-28 overtime win Friday against No. 25 Washington at Martin Stadium.
Northwest Coaching Supremacy
The regular season is wrapping up this Saturday with rivalry weekend in the northwest. The Apple Cup and Civil War may not decide a champion in the Pac-12, but the games still mean plenty for the four schools involved.
Out of these four schools we love so much, which coach has done the best job this season? Here are my rankings for 2012.
4. Mike Leach...