Snow Dawgs: No. 16 UW beats No. 7 Wazzu for the sixth win of the Apple Cup

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Jake Browning won the fourth Apple Cup of his career in the 28/30 UW victory. (AP)

Of TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer

PULLMAN, Washington. (AP) – Chris Petersen has moved away from the party that is taking place in the final area where the Apple Cup was broadcast by his players for the sixth consecutive year. He reached out and grabbed a piece of snow that covered the lawn of Martin Stadium and fired at the snowballs that were being thrown by his two sons.

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There have been many celebrations by the Washington coach and his players – snow angels, snowballing clashes – after the Huskies continued to dominate Washington State in an Apple Cup, the purple and purple # 39; gold will not soon forget.

"I heard it sucks at the Cougs and I'm glad I do not have to experiment with it," said the Washington quarterback, Jake Browning.

Myles Gaskin freed himself for an 80-yard touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter, and number 16 Washington won his second Pac-12 North Division title in three years, beating the Washington State number 28-15 Friday night.

With stormy winds blowing in waves of snow, Gaskin found enough traction to transport the Huskies into the Pac-12 championship game and once again ruin the title's hopes in Washington State. It was the third consecutive year in which the Huskies denied the northern crown of the State of Washington.

Gaskin rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, a year after running for 192 and four points against the Cougars. He was the best player on the field in one night when Washington needed his bearer to be that one. The Huskies (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12) will face Utah in the title game of the conference next Friday in Santa Clara, California. The winner will earn a place in the Rose Bowl.

"Myles, what are you talking about? That guy can do it all … He's the last competitor … When you need something nice to happen, it's the guy who's going to do it," Petersen said.

The State of Washington (10-2, 7-2) brought the last remaining hope of the Pac-12 to find a way for the Football Football Playoff, but the Air Raid was mostly based on a combination of snow and on the sticky secondary of Washington. Gardner Minshew was 26 out of 35 for 152 yards.

"We played a lot on this game," said Minshew. "The great goals we set for ourselves depended on the outcome of this game and we felt as if we had left each other and wanted to win each other, but we could not do it."

James Williams has crashed for two touchdowns and the Cougars are at a disadvantage for 20-15 going to the fourth quarter, the first time since 2008 the game had reached five points from the last quarter.

Gaskin made sure it did not last long.

Facing the third and the first at the Washington 20, Gaskin passed the line and found no one in crimson there to make the stop. He beat Marcus Strong, getting to the right goal line and putting him over 1,000 yards for the season. Gaskin became the first Pac-12 to return to the first 1,000 meters of racing in all four seasons.

Gaskin ended his career against the State of Washington with 10 impetuous touchdowns.

"We got rid of it," Gaskin shouted as he ran off the pitch during the postgame celebration.

Browning threw for 207 yards, overcoming an interception and fiddling to finish his 4-0 career while the Huskies were starting from QB against rivals. He made a key conversion of the third down at the start of the third quarter, hitting Hunter Bryant for a gain of 59 yards, and at the next game a double-pass saw Aaron Fuller hit Bryant for a touchdown of 22 yards and an advantage 20-9 after the extra point was blocked and returned for a Washington state score.

"It was great to be able to help my team and help us get this victory … just to be able to do all the things we want to do with our season," said Bryant who missed the first nine games of the season.

The Cougars 'pulled between 20-15 on TD Williams' 1 yard late in the third quarter, but that was as close as Washington would have gotten.

"I thought it was a unique way to watch a football game, the most important thing is that they came out on top, that's the part that really worries me," said Washington State coach Mike Leach .

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington: The Huskies rushed for 258 meters in the snow and has 533 yards of racing in the last two games.

Washington State: The Cougars have struggled with Washington's past defense in recent years and the excellent conditions have made it even more difficult. No receiver in the Washington state had more than four catches.

WASHINGTON BAND

The Washington band did not perform, one day after one of its three charter buses turned on its side while traveling from Seattle. The Washington State band performed Washington's "Bow Down to Washington" fighting song during a pregame field performance. The Martin Stadium section, where the Washington band would sit, was fenced off and left empty. The bus crashed Thursday night on a chilly stretch of Interstate 90 in downtown Washington. Of the 56 people on board, 47 were taken to the hospitals for evaluation or treatment.

NEXT

Washington: The Huskies will face Utah in the Pac-12 title game next Friday.

Washington State: The Cougar will wait for the announcement of their cup, but they should still be in good condition for the New Year's bowl, probably the Fiesta.

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