DawgmanRadio: A full breakdown of UW's 31-13 Apple Cup win


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We shouldn't be surprised anymore, but it was still surprising. Mike Leach didn't change a thing, so neither did Jimmy Lake. And at the end of this particular Groundhog Day, the Washington Huskies won another Apple Cup in much the same way they've won the last six, this one 31-13 Saturday in Seattle.

The guys from Dawgman.com - Kim Grinolds, Chris Fetters, Scott Eklund, and intern George Johnson - broke down what they saw from the game, how it started out poorly for the Huskies on both sides of the ball, and how one play - a 57-yard bomb from Jacob Eason to Terrell Bynum - jump-started the Dawgs and gave them the impetus to eventually take a 21-10 halftime lead and then expand on it.

They talked about what Washington State was doing early and how UW tightened up their tackling, got more pressure with three rushers against five offensive linemen, and pushed WSU Quarterback Anthony Gordon off his spot to the point where he was having to elude defenders and settle for short gains. Joe Tryon had a couple of man-sacks in the game, simply a reminder to Gordon that he could end a drive at any time he wanted to.

The Huskies were more than happy to let WSU go nuts between the 20's, but it was in the red zone where the real hay was made. UW was 5-5 in the red zone, with four of those five chances turned into touchdowns, while the Cougars were only able to find the end zone once in their five red zone opportunities.

Game over.

The guys also talked about Jacob Eason's turnaround from the Colorado loss, and how they were able to persevere with the run game despite the lack of big runs. By sticking with it, they were able to open up shots to the tight ends and keep Washington State off-balance just enough to drive down the field. And once they saw the goal-line, they attacked. Eason's 3-yard 'sneak' for UW's first score was a sign of things to come.

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