Washington rolls to easy win over Washington State

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PULLMAN — Danny Shelton, a Huskies’ 339-pound bear of a defensive lineman, showed adult bare-footed and bare-chested for a initial quarrel before his final Apple Cup.

This was Saturday morning, in a light snowstorm. Washington players and coaches hold a brief walk-through in a parking lot of a Best Western University Inn in Moscow, Idaho. Shelton didn’t worry with boots or a shirt.

As a tiny assembly of UW fans looked on, Shelton and other shirtless players had a witty snowball quarrel — initial with any other and afterwards with some immature fans.

Saturday night, in a coldest Apple Cup on record, a fun continued for Shelton and a UW defense. The Huskies dominated Washington State en track to a 31-13 feat before a throng of 32,952 during Martin Stadium.

“It’s an overwhelming feeling,” Shelton said. “It means everything.”

The heat dipped to 18 degrees in a fourth quarter. By then, a Huskies’ freeze-out of a Cougars offense was in full effect. By then, a Cougars had mislaid a fight.

The Huskies wrapped adult a initial unchanging deteriorate of Chris Petersen regime with an 8-5 record (4-5 in a Pac-12) interjection in vast partial to one of UW’s many considerable defensive performances of a season. The Huskies forced 3 turnovers and hold a Cougars (3-9, 2-7) off a scoreboard until a 9:55 symbol of a fourth quarter.

“This thing starts and stops with how considerable a invulnerability was,” pronounced UW manager Chris Petersen, 100-17 in his nine-year coaching career. “Those kids played great. They played as good as I’ve seen them all year.”

Shelton and UW’s maestro defensive line tranquil a line of struggle most of a night while again mostly rushing only 3 or 4 defenders. Kevin King and John Ross III any had a initial interceptions of their careers as UW’s immature delegate some-more than hold a possess opposite a nation’s tip flitting offense.

The Cougars unsuccessful on 3 true fourth-down attempts to open a diversion — all in UW domain — that killed any early movement they had. They finished 1 for 10 on third-down attempts and 2 of 5 on fourth down.

“That’s one of a best defensive lines in a country,” WSU manager Mike Leach said.

Dwayne Washington had a 51-yard touchdown run on UW’s second play from struggle and Kasen Williams hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass — his initial touchdown pass in some-more than dual months — late in a initial half to give a Huskies a 14-0 halftime lead.

On UW’s second play in a second half, Dwayne Washington detonate 60 yards for a touchdown. The subjection was on.

“There’s no improved feeling than to see him get to that second level, since there’s not a lot of guys who can locate him,” Petersen said.

Cameron Van Winkle combined a margin idea and Cyler Miles threw his second touchdown pass to Joshua Perkins early in a fourth entertain to make it 31-0.

Miles finished 25 of 39 for 249 yards with dual touchdowns and one interception. Dwayne Washington (135 yards) had his third true 100-yard rushing game.

Washington State redshirt beginner quarterback Luke Falk was 27 of 49 for 355 yards, with 156 of those entrance in a fourth quarter, after UW had put a diversion out of reach. Shelton had one of UW’s 4 sacks of Falk in a third entertain when he did a tub hurl only before a snap afterwards bull-rushed right by WSU’s left guard.

“That was my diversion plan: longhorn rush, (push) a core right into (Falk’s) path and get him scared,” Shelton said.

You could contend a Huskies were prepared for a quarrel entrance into Pullman.

The territory during Martin Stadium, dusted with a light snow, was privileged about a half an hour before players from both teams started to drip out for early warmups. About a dozen Washington State players jogged out bare-chested, and there was a common barking between a dual teams.

Just before a 7:37 p.m. kickoff, UW players danced and bounced onto a field, call WSU players to rush toward midfield and do a same. There was some-more jawing, though no apparent hit between players.

“This was a lot of a initial times personification in this weather. It was crazy,” Shelton said. “We had to have fun, be hyper and keep warm.”

Adam Jude: 206-464-2364 or ajude@seattletimes.com

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