Cougs look to beat Washington, reclaim Apple Cup

Published On: Nov 22 2012 09:49:47 PM PST   Updated On: Nov 22 2012 09:53:59 PM PST
APPLE CUP PRE

104 times they've played, 31 have ended with a WSU celebration. And despite a down season, the Cougs think they can make it 32 wins against their cross-state rival Washington by beating the Dawgs on Friday.

"We know we can beat the Huskies if we come out and play our game so I'm looking forward to it," Cougs senior running back Carl Winston says.

"Records don't matter. This is Washington vs. Washington State, records haven't mattered, they won't next year, the year after, the year after," Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian remarks.

WSU needs that to be the case. Come kickoff on Friday, it will have been a year and 11 days since their last Pac-12 win.

"This week is a huge week for us and for a lot of people it could turnaround the season, or at least shed some light on to this grim season," Cougars junior safety Deone Bucannon says.

For the 13 seniors who will be honored before the game, it's their last chance to beat the Huskies.

"Every time I talk to the old players... they just tell us about the memories they had and winning the past Apple Cups and how alive Pullman is and how our fans are just going crazy. I haven't experienced that yet, so I'm definitely hoping we could experience that this weekend," Winston says.

"They've got nothing to lose, so they're going to bring what they have and we just have to be ready for it," Huskies sophomore linebacker John Timu says.

The Cougs know they have to be prepared for a dual threat at quarterback in Keith Price, and a certain sophomore running back who originally committed to WSU.

"Keith Price, he's a great quarterback, he's agile and can throw the ball... Also, they have Bishop Sankey who's committed here so everyone wants to hit him, and were going to go out there and play him as hard as we possibly can," Bucannon remarks.

If WSU plays the whole game that way, Apple Cup win 32 could be there's for the taking.