Cougs Fall to Rival Huskies, 16-9
November 21, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington Huskies shut down the Cougar offensive attack to win the Apple Cup 16-9 in front of a surprisingly small crowd of 37,251 rain-drenched fans at Martin Stadium.
The win moved the Huskies to 6-5, 4-4 in Pac-10 play, to give them their 23rd-straight winning season. Meanwhile, WSU lost its eighth consecutive game, all of them against Pac-10 opponents, to finish the season 3-8 overall and winless in conference play for the first time since 1975.
Early in the game, both offenses seemed unusually inept. In the first quarter, neither team scored. The only highlight for WSU came on a first-down interception near midfield by Earl Riley. But as in the two drives previous, the Cougars were forced to punt the football away.
On its third possession, Washington put an end to the shutout. On the strength of Willie Hurst's ball-carrying, the Huskies marched 80 yards on 10 plays, Hurst finishing the job with a one-yard touchdown run. But after Joe Jarzynka's point-after-attempt failed, Washington had only a six-point lead with 13:29 left to play in the second quarter.
The Cougar offense looked to respond, but succeeded only in penetrating into Husky territory. Kareem Anderson then unleashed a 41-yard punt that was brought out to the 20-yard-line on the touchback. Three plays later, forced to punt deep in its own territory, Washington's mistake proved to be the Cougars' good fortune.
With punter Ryan Fleming waiting at the goal line, the intended snap flew over his head and out the back of the endzone and WSU had a team safety and a 6-2 ballgame with eight minutes remaining in the first half. As time wound down, WSU looked to mount two offensive drives but fell short each time.
First, a 10-play, 26-yard drive was all for naught when Rian Lindell's 45-yard field goal attempt was blocked. Then, a 68-yard drive on only five plays proved disastrous. Facing third-down at the 12 yard line, Paul Mencke fired a pass into triple-coverage which was intercepted in the endzone by Nigel Burton.
Instead of at least cutting the Husky lead to one, the Cougs went into halftime down trailing by four, 6-2. After containing the Washington offense for two quarters, WSU suffered a lack of execution five minutes into the third quarter.
On third-and-seven, Brock Huard dropped back and found Dane Looker across the middle for a 27-yard touchdown. After Jarzynka's conversion, Washington had a 13-2 lead, which it protected into the fourth quarter.
Just eleven seconds into the final stanza, Jarzynka and the Huskies struck again. This time, Jarzynka nailed a 44-yard field goal, the longest of his career, to move the Washington lead to 16-2.
While the Cougars refused to die, their offense failed to crack the Husky defense until it was too late. After 13 plays netted 68 yards, DeJuan Gilmore added another on a one-yard touchdown plunge with only 2:36 left in the game.
After an on-sides kick was recovered by Washington, and seven WSU snaps from within their own 16 yard line came up empty of a big gain, the Huskies needed only to kneel out the clock for the 16-9 victory.
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