NCF Nation: Romeo Pellum

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

I never knew that you liked Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

  • Washington State is banged up, but Cougar quarterbacks connected with eight different receivers and completed 17 of 26 passes for 220 yards in a scrimmage over the weekend. Also on that link is an interesting interview with WSU AD Jim Sterk talking about the proposed move of the Apple Cup to Seattle's Qwest Field. Some Cougar notes, including items on the suspensions of cornerback Romeo Pellum (team rules violation) and receiver Michael Willis (DUI charges).
  • California running back Jahvid Best's budding good health bodes well for his budding Heisman Trophy candidacy. And what about Jacquizz Rodgers and the Heisman?
  • Oregon's first spring scrimmage gets a gentleman's C. JC transfer Terrance Montgomery, however, led a fairly strong performance by the defensive line. 
  • Eight touchdown passes -- EIGHT! -- highlighted Oregon State's first scrimmage on Friday night, with Sean Canfield contributing four. There's enough linebacker to go around for Oregon State to share.
  • UCLA's offense sputtered on Friday, but defensive tackle Brian Price looked good. Quarterback Kevin Prince wasn't happy with how he played.
  • Updating Washington's depth chart.
  • Ranking the Pac-10's defensive tackles.

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

 
 AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
 Washington State head  coach Paul Wulff holds the Apple Cup trophy in the locker room after Washington State beat Washington, 16-13, in double overtime Saturday.

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Wearing flushed faces and unbelieving grins, they leaped over the railing at Martin Stadium and stormed the field, a spontaneous and joyous crimson tide flowing over the turf and meeting in a pulsating mass for a raucous celebration.

"Wooooooo! No. 1 baby!" bellowed a middle aged man as he flung himself into the swirl of humanity.

Victory. So sweet.

It looked and felt like the scene at Texas Tech a few weeks back, when the Red Raiders announced themselves as national title contenders.

Only this was Washington State, and the team trudging off the field with grim and nearly catatonic faces was Washington.

Washington State had triumphed in the 101st Apple Cup, 16-13, in double-overtime, overcoming a 10-0 halftime deficit.

The Cougars and Huskies entered the game with a combined 1-20 record, the lone victory being Washington State's win over Portland State, a mediocre FCS team.

The stakes were simple, thereby earning this train wreck of a game national attention. The loser would be known as the nation's worst BCS conference team.

"That's really disrespectful but there's really nothing you can do about it," Washington State cornerback Romeo Pellum said. "We are one of the worst teams in the nation."

Still, that the Cougars, a touchdown underdog at home to a winless team, hung that dubious distinction over the mantle of their archrival, well, that's the greatest thing in the world.

"It's the best feeling I've had in my life -- ever," Pellum said.

Amid the craziness, the Huskies slouched off the field. Some raced up the tunnel, looking for quick escape. Others walked slowly, seeming to purposefully take in the scene as if they were picking at a wound.

Tears streamed down senior offensive guard Jordan White-Frisbee's face. Limping badly, he required the assistance of tackle Cody Habben and defensive lineman De'Shon Matthews to get off the field. The threesome, arm in arm, wandered into the darkness of the stadium tunnel.

The game was the Huskies to lose. And they found a way to do so for an 11th time this season and 13th time in a row overall.

The short explanation is they couldn't make a field goal. Ryan Perkins missed from 37 yards in the second overtime and from 28 yards in the fourth quarter. Jared Ballman, the long kicker, missed from 40 yards, also in the fourth.

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