SEATTLE -- A look at positives and negatives from Washington’s 31-28 overtime loss at Washington State in the Apple Cup.
1. Shaq Thompson: The freshman continued to show why there are high hopes about where his career is headed, doing a little bit of everything against the Cougars. He finished with eight tackles. He returned a fumble 21 yards that set up a touchdown and added a sack and a pass breakup.
2. Kasen Williams: Despite facing frequent double teams, Williams was able to haul in eight passes for a team-leading 83 yards on a day when it was tough for Washington’s offense to produce big plays.
3. Turnovers: Washington forced four turnovers against the Cougars and turned three of those into points. It started in the first quarter when Justin Glenn picked off Jeff Tuel to set up the Huskies’ first score, an 11-yard pass from Keith Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Washington also turned fumble recoveries from Thompson and Talia Crichton into a pair of Bishop Sankey rushing touchdowns in the third quarter.
1. Travis Coons: The kicker had one chance to put points on the board. He had one kick to win the game as time expired in the fourth quarter. The Huskies had won their last 11 games decided by 10 points or less, so it seemed inevitable that Coons would make the kick and lead Washington to its fifth win in a row. But, with the scored tied at 28, Coons pushed the 35-yard field goal wide right.
2. Keith Price: Overall, it wasn’t Price’s best performance. The junior completed 20-of-34 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. But it is the interception that will be remembered. On Washington’s first offensive play in overtime, the quarterback was on the verge of being pulled down by Washington State’s Logan Mayes. Price tried to keep the play alive and make something happen. He flipped the ball in the air and Kalafitoni Pole picked it off, which led to the Cougars’ game-winning field goal.
3. Penalties: This continues a weekly staple of this feature, with the Huskies piling up a school-record 106 penalties in 2012. Against the Cougars, Washington finished with a school-record-tying 18 penalties for 129 yards. Eight of those flags were thrown in the fourth quarter as Washington State rallied from an 18-point deficit.