Husky Game Awards: Apple Cup

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Hau'oli Kikaha makes his presence felt, Bishop Sankey's screen pass, first half goats, Travis Coons as an All Conference player, Sankey pounding the rock, Halliday's interceptions, the UW pass rush, and WTF is a Keith Price draw? are this week's awards.

Player of the Game: Hau'oli Kikaha. His stats weren't eye popping -- though you can't sniff at two sacks -- but he was around the quarterback on just about every pass, and near the ballcarrier on what seemed like every run and short pass. He was just too good for WSU's offensive line too handle, and the result was that he either got pressure or got held.

Play of the Game: On third and five from their own 20, Steve Sarkisian dialed up a screen pass to Bishop Sankey who took it 40 yards down the sideline. It set up a tying touchdown, and probably settled the UW offense down quite a bit.

Goat of the Game: The first half offense. Penalties on Dexter Charles, turnovers from Keith Price, 5 carries from Bishop Sankey that went for 1 yard or less, sacks, and general horribleness all around.

Stat of the Game: 11/11. The number of times the UW starters have scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the second half. The one time it didn't happen was against Idaho State, when the backups had already been in the game for half a quarter.

Who Stepped Up: Travis Coons. He scored 9 points and had field goals made of 48 and 39 yards. He's been money all year, and should have his name in the conversation for All Conference honors.

The Game Tipped When: When Bishop Sankey. On the next UW drive after the Huskies pulled to 10-10, Bishop Sankey carried 6 times for 38 yards and a touchdown, giving the Dawgs a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

It Was Over When: With the Cougars trailing by just three points, Connor Halliday threw an interception to Greg Ducre, and the Huskies countered with a Keith Price rushing touchdown to go up two scores with 2:08 remaining.

Surprise of the Game: The pressure the UW defense was able to consistently get on Halliday. In addition to Kikaha's two sacks, Cory Littleton, Travis Feeney, and Evan Hudson added one apiece, and Halliday was moved off of his spot all day. The Cougars have been much better at protecting their QB than they were a year ago but Justin Wilcox dialed up a number of different stunts, blitzes, and overloads to get the UW pass rushers some favorable looks.

WTF Moment of the Game: The Price QB draw on third and five on the opening drive, which went for a loss of six. I don't ever want to see Keith Price run that play again, or any play resembling it.

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