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Apple Cup 2015: Peyton Bender will start; Luke Falk out with concussion

Redshirt freshman Peyton Bender will make his first career start in the Apple Cup, according to a report from the Seattle Times.

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Washington State quarterback Peyton Bender will make his first career start today when the Cougars face the Huskies in the 108th Apple Cup, according to Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times.

Falk, who suffered an apparent head injury in a win over Colorado last week, is not expected to dress.

True freshman Christian Jorgenson, a preferred walk-on out of Bellingham, Wash., will be the Cougars' back-up quarterback today, according to Loh. Freshman Tyler Hilinski has worked as the third-string quarterback this season.

This will be the fourth appearance of the season for Bender, who saw extended snaps in the second half of last week's game against the Buffaloes, finishing 13-of-22 for 133 yards with one touchdown and an interception. For the season, Bender is 17-of-33 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Brian Floyd has a great read about Bender and why you shouldn't be worried with Falk now officially out this week.

Update: This essentially confirms that, in the event of an injury to Bender, they're going to save Hilinski's redshirt.