Brink Shines as Cougars Capture 100th Apple Cup

Nov. 24, 2007

SEATTLE (AP) -Alex Brink threw for 399 yards and five touchdowns, the last a 35-yarder to Brandon Gibson with 31 seconds left, and Washington State (5-7, 3-6 Pac-10) came from behind to win the 100th Apple Cup 42-35 against Washington on Saturday night.

Brink completed 27 of 40 throws in his 40th and final start. He became the first Cougars quarterback to beat the Huskies three times while setting a record for passing yards in an Apple Cup game. Washington State's career leader in all major passing categories finished his career fourth in Pac-10 history in passing yards.

Redshirt freshman Jake Locker returned from a scary neck injury two weeks ago to rush for 103 yards and two touchdowns - including a go-ahead, 1-yard run that gave Washington (4-8, 2-7) a 35-28 lead with 12:18 remaining.

Locker also threw for 224 yards and a touchdown for the Huskies, which will now try to spoil Hawaii's undefeated season and quest for a Bowl Championship Series bid next week in their finale.

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