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The 108th Apple Cup - 2nd Half Open Thread

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The Huskies take a 17-3 lead into the half

Bender hasn't been able to move the Cougs past midfield.
Bender hasn't been able to move the Cougs past midfield.
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Washington played Washington State's Air Raid offense with a classic bend but don't break defense and rode it to a 17-3 lead to end the first half.

It was the game plan that most UW fans expected to see DC Pete Kwiatkowski dial up.  In fact, I only counted one blitz (Keishawn Bierria) outside of normal  The Huskies were physical and played it as well as could be expected.  WSU QB Peyton Bender impressed with his decision making, his quick release and his accuracy.  But UW kept bowing up as WSU crossed mid-field and kept WSU out of the end zone the entire first half.

Offensively, Jonathan Smith had his best half as a UW offensive coordinator.  The score isn't gaudy, but UW did a great job mixing up the run with the pass and taking advantage of WSU's aggressive gap play.  The reverse to Chico McClatcher for an untouched 13 yard TD was the highlight.  Jaydon Mickens was the star of the show with 5 catches for 81 yards.

We'll see what adjustments both staffs make to open up the third quarter.  This is your 2nd half open thread.