DALLAS (FWAA) – The Washington
Huskies won the Apple Cup for a sixth consecutive year and put themselves
in position to win the Pac-12 championship with a 28-15 win in the
snow at Washington State. For containing one of the nation's
top offenses to 237 total yards and winning the Pac-12 North Division,
the Huskies (9-3) are the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week
for games of the weekend of Nov. 24.
This is the fourth time for Washington to earn the honor that
dates back to 2002. The announcement came on "Off Campus with Mark
Packer" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during the season,
the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week will be unveiled during
the program, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET. The FWAA's All-America
Committee has selected the weekly winner and all Division I FBS
and FCS schools were eligible to be selected.
Washington running back Myles Gaskin broke loose on an 80-yard
touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for a crushing blow to
Washington State's conference title and College Football Playoff
hopes. The long run put Gaskin over 1,000 yards for the season,
and the senior became the first Pac-12 running back to top 1,000
yards rushing in all four seasons. He finished with 170 yards and
three touchdowns, and enters this week's Pac-12 Championship Game
with 5,131 yards, third-most in Pac-12 history.
Besides the sixth straight Apple Cup win, it was the third straight
year the Huskies kept Washington State from claiming the Pac-12
North Division title. Washington rushed for 258 yards in the snowy
conditions and quarterback Jake Browning won his 38th game as a
starter, the most by any quarterback in Pac-12 history.
"What a game. Much different than we had anticipated, even since
this morning with the conditions. We didn't get a chance to work
in rain this year. When it turned to that snow, it changed things,:
Washington coach Chris Petersen said. "Really proud of our defensive
for getting turnovers and coming up big time and time again. Our
offense as well. Myles Gaskin, what can you say? That guy can do
it all. He's the ultimate competitor. When you need something to
happen, he's going to get it done."
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Nov. 24 were:
• Minnesota (6-6): The Gophers beat Wisconsin
37-15 to snap a 14-game losing streak in the rivalry and reclaimed
Paul Bunyan's Axe on the road. Mohamed Ibrahim ran for 121 yards
and a touchdown, Demetris Douglas returned a punt 69 yards for
a touchdown, and Minnesota is bowl eligible for the first time
under second-year head coach P.J. Fleck.
• Ohio State (11-1): The Buckeyes crushed
arch-rival Michigan 62-39, breaking a host of records within
the rivalry in claiming the Big Ten East Division title. Ohio
State's 62 points were the most its ever scoring against Michigan,
and the most that the Wolverines have ever yielded in regulation.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins broke the Big Ten record for passing
touchdowns (41) in a season and the Ohio State record for passing
yards (4,003) during the rout.
• Texas A&M (8-4): The Aggies beat – or
better, outlasted – LSU in the seventh overtime 74-72 to snap
a seven-game losing streak to the Tigers, their first win over
LSU since 1995. The game broke or tied multiple combined scoring
and overtime records. Following his sixth touchdown pass to
go with one on the ground, Kellen Mond tossed a two-point conversion
pass to Kendrick Rogers to win it after LSU failed on its two-point
conversion after its touchdown to start the seventh overtime.
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