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UW Falls To WSU In Boeing Apple Cup Game, 40-13

Nov 26, 2021

SEATTLE (AP) -- Max Borghi rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Washington State defeated Washington 40-13 in the Boeing Apple Cup on Friday night at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.

The Cougars snapped a seven-game losing streak to their rivals picking up their first win in the series since 2012 and first at Husky Stadium since 2007.

Borghi scored on a 32-yard touchdown run on Washington State's opening possession and set the tone for the night. He added a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter and only the Cougars' inability to finish drives in the first half kept the game from being even more one-sided.

Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura hit 21 of his first 22 pass attempts and finished 27 of 32 for 245 yards.

The previous largest margin of victory for Washington State was a 52-26 win in 1973, also in Seattle.

The victory may have locked up the head coaching position permanently for interim head coach Jake Dickert, who was already receiving significant support for the job he's done in the wake of Nick Rolovich being fired in mid-October. The Cougars went 3-2 in Dickert's five games in charge.

And there could still be one more game to come besides a bowl trip for Washington State. If Oregon State can beat Oregon on Saturday it will be the Cougars as the Pac-12 North representative opposite Utah in the Pac-12 championship game next Friday in Las Vegas.

Highly-touted Washington freshman Sam Huard made his first start of the season in place of Dylan Morris for the season finale. Fans have called for Huard as the offensive struggles have continued all season.

Huard was put into a tough position and his performance matched his inexperience. Huard threw four interceptions, the last one a deflection that should have been caught by Devin Culp and was returned 28 yards by Armani Marsh for a touchdown, his second interception of the game.

Huard finished 17 of 31 passing for 190 yards. He threw the first touchdown of his career as Rome Odunze made a terrific catch for a 16-yard TD early in the fourth quarter.