In what was one of the more disappointing seasons in recent WSU football history, the Cougars suffered one final indignity when they were whipped on their home field by their rivals as Washington won the 2014 Apple Cup, 31-13.
WSU finishes the season 3-9, 2-6 in the Pac-12.
Very little in the game went right for WSU, which didn't get its first points until the game until five minutes into the fourth quarter when the Cougs were trailing by 31 points. UW had success with something very few teams have been able to pull off: Dropping seven and eight into coverage on nearly every play. Quarterback Luke Falk rarely was able to throw to his first read, and when did find open receivers, they were plaugued by a plethora of drops.
The game was close for a half. While WSU sputtered on offense, UW had a difficult time moving the ball with consistency early in the game. Dwayne Washington ran in a 51-yard touchdown on the Huskies' second offensive play, but it took a late turnover on a Vince Mayle fumble deep in WSU territory for the Huskies to get a second score.
Despite trailing 14-0, WSU had outgained UW at the break.
That didn't continue in the second half. UW scored on the second play of the second half on another long Washington run (60 yards this time), and when WSU went for minus-10 yards on the next drive, it was clear there would be no Cougar comeback in this one.
Washington used its strong second half to outgain WSU 437-376.
Falk finished 27-of-49 for 355 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Cyler Miles finished 25-of-39 for 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Vince Mayle hauled in five catches for 79 yards, which will leave him short of the 1,500-yard milestone.
The season is over for WSU, which now will be left to wonder what went wrong. Could coaching changes also be on the horizon? There's probably very little that's not on the table after this debacle of a season.