Update: Follow the Apple Cup 2011.
The Washington Huskies, as they have countless times this season, found a way to pull-out a win at the wire, dropping the Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup, 35-28. Chris Polk put the Huskies on the edge of field goal range with a 36-yard run late in the fourth quarter. A crucial fourth down conversion got the Huskies closer, but Jake Locker made it all moot. Locker found Jermaine Kearse from 27-yards out for the game-winning touchdown.
Polk finished the game with 284 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. It was a career-high for the UW sophomore. Jermaine Kearse caught six passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Kearse and Polk were Cougar killers, carving up the Washington State defense all day.
On the other side of the ball, Jeff Tuel had another great day at quarterback. Tuel threw for 298 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Daniel Blackledge had a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown for the Cougs. Marquess Wilson tied the game late with 4:26 to go, snagging a 16-yard Tuel strike. James Montgomery added 78 yards on 12 carries.
The Huskies are bowl-eligible with the win and await an invitation. The likely landing spot, with the Pac-10 lacking in eligible teams, is the Holiday Bowl. The Cougs finished the year at 2-10.