Whenever a team squanders an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter before going on to lose in overtime, the defeat hurts. When that loss comes against the program’s cross-state rival, the sting lingers.
After falling to Washington State, 31-28, in the Apple Cup, Washington is left with questions it thought it had answered. The Huskies' four-game winning streak was snapped and they fell out of the top 25, putting more importance on ending the season with a bowl win.
As the Huskies continue to digest what happened against the Cougars, here is a look at who played well in Saturday’s loss in Pullman, Wash.
1. WR Kasen Williams: Defenses have focused on Williams all season, but the sophomore was able to create enough separation to pile up eight catches for 83 yards.
2. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: As he has all year, the sophomore helped spark the Huskies’ offense early, catching a touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Mackey Award finalist finished with five catches for 38 yards and the touchdown.
3. S Shaq Thompson: The freshman did a little bit of everything against Washington State. He piled up eight tackles. He recovered a fumble and returned 21 yards. He had a sack and a pass breakup.
4. LB John Timu: The linebacker continues to come into his own at the tail end of his sophomore season, finishing with a team-high 11 tackles.
5. RB Bishop Sankey: Sankey’s streak of 100-yard rushing performances ended at three games, but the sophomore scored twice and finished with 84 rushing yards on 26 carries.
6. S Justin Glenn: The senior helped spark the Huskies with a second-quarter interception that led to Washington’s first score, an 11-yard pass from quarterback Keith Price to Seferian-Jenkins. Glenn had eight total tackles.
7. S Sean Parker: The junior finished with a team-high seven solo tackles and had a total of nine -- one for loss. He also broke up a pass for the Huskies.
8. LB Travis Feeney: Feeney continues to be one of the most productive players on Washington’s defense. Against the Cougars, the redshirt freshman finished with five tackles and an interception.
9. DE Josh Shirley: While the defensive end only had four tackles, he had 1 ½ tackles for loss, including a sack. He forced a fumble and continued to help the Huskies produce some semblance of a pass rush opposite Andrew Hudson, who also finished with a sack.
10. WR Cody Bruns: The senior continues to make the most of the tail end of his final season, catching a touchdown pass for the second straight game. He finished with a pair of receptions for 20 yards.