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"“It doesn’t matter if you have a 1-10 season. Beating the Huskies is everything.”–WILL DERTING, WSU linebacker, after the Cougars defeated the Huskies 26-22 in the 2005 Apple Cup"


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"“I’ve always felt that being a Cougar prepares you well for life. You learn not to expect too much. — DON JAMES, UW coach, before the 1983 Apple Cup"


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"“The quickness of the game is one aspect that’s taken me a while to adjust to,” he said. “The level is higher. The little things you get away with in high school are things you can’t get away with here.”"


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"He said Broussard’s departure greatly influenced his decision to consider other options — and regardless, it’s becoming increasingly common for players to announce a commitment but continue to allow themselves to be recruited by other schools.Along with talking with UW coaches, Sankey also spoke with other schools and eventually visited UW, WSU, Maryland and Minnesota."


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"Yet a Huskies win in Saturday’s Apple Cup against Washington State would give Washington a 7-5 regular season. That would be the third improvement in Sarkisian’s three regular seasons on Montlake."


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"efore we crunch some numbers, though, let’s finger the biggest reason why Washington has lost four-of-five: the schedule. Stanford, Oregon and USC supplied three of those defeats. They are each top-10 teams. The loss at Oregon State, however, was dreadful, so Huskies fans should feel free to be miserable about that one."


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"However, Arizona and UCLA – the two teams with the biggest national reputations – were defeated."


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"Josh Smith clearly is way heavier than his listed weight of 305 pounds. Coach Ben Howland said the doubling and foul trouble gave Smith fits Tuesday night. But when asked whether conditioning was also an issue, his reply was pretty curt: “It’s evident.” Look, Smith has talent. He has great hands, moves well for a big man and can knock people around in the paint. But his lack of conditioning and focus are pretty alarming. UCLA played better when he wasn’t in the game, and until he gets into shape and starts playing hard, he can forget about the NBA."