The Washington Huskies beat the Washington State Cougars in the 2015 Apple Cup and became bowl eligible once again. The very one-sided game finished 45-10 in favor of the Huskies, with the defense coming up with several huge plays. That included forcing six turnovers and limiting the prolific Cougars offense to only three points in the entire first half.
UW running back Myles Gaskin ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, taking the ball on 32 carries for the host team. Chico McClatcher added 40 more rushing yards and a touchdown on just three carries. Huskies quarterback Jake Browning completed 14-of-20 passes for 203 yards, but wasn’t able to notch a touchdown through the air. What he was able to do, was put the Huskies into scoring position on several drives.
On the other side of the ball, Peyton Bender was filling in as the starting quarterback for the injured Luke Falk. He had trouble finding any consistency on the field, completing just 36-of-58 passes and throwing two interceptions. Bender helped lead the Cougars to an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but that lead quickly vanished with 17-straight points from the Huskies before halftime.
The 45-10 Apple Cup win improves the Washington Huskies to 6-6 on the season and guarantees the team a bowl invite. The team would finish fifth place in the Pac-12 North if the standings remain unchanged, but will likely slide into an at-large bowl invite. The school likely won’t play in one of the allotted Pac-12 slots unless the Stanford Cardinal get invite to the College Football Playoff.
The Washington State Cougars finish the regular season at 8-4, marking the best record the team has had since hiring head coach Mike Leach. WSU will likely receive a nice invite from one of the top Pac-12 bowls after going 6-3 in conference games. It is also expected that starting quarterback Luke Falk should be able to return to the field for that upcoming bowl game.