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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Halftime: Washington 21, Washington St. 14

By Ted Miller

Just when it seemed like Washington State had all the Apple Cup momentum, Washington produced a strong response.

After the Cougars scored consecutive touchdowns to tie the game, the Huskies drove 61 yards in 1 minute, 41 seconds to retake the lead, 21-14 at the break.

The Huskies jumped to a 14-0 lead, mostly feeding off a sloppy start by the Cougars. Washington scored one touchdown on a blocked punt, then drove 55 yards for another.

The Cougars had five penalties, fumbled and gave up a blocked punt in the first quarter.

But Washington State found its footing on offense, driving 80 and 66 yards for touchdowns.

Both quarterbacks are playing well. Cougars QB Marshall Lobbestael completed 14 of 18 passes for 167 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. Huskies QB Keith Price completed 10 of 16 for 134 yards with two TDs and no picks.

So far, Washington State has done a good job of containing Washington running back Chris Polk.

The second half question may be which defense breaks first.