The Washington Huskies visit the Washington State Cougars on Friday at 12:30 pm PT for the 2012 Apple Cup, and UW is gunning for their eighth win on the back of surprisingly strong defense. The game will be televised on FOX as WSU tries to pull off an upset and stop a three-game losing streak in the series.
In 2011, the Huskies were all about offense. With Chris Polk on the ground and Keith Price chucking the ball all over the place, Washington was putting up points in bunches. On the flipside, the UW defense was atrocious. These two extremes were best exemplified in a 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl to end the year.
This season, the roles have reversed. The Husky defense has starred in the team's wins, most notably two Gameday Championships over highly-ranked Stanford and Oregon State. The offense has taken a while to get going.
The Huskies have been below average overall this year on the offensive side of the ball. The passing game has been the main culprit, as Keith Price has struggled to match his breakout sophomore season. The quarterback has nearly the same pass attempts as last year (362 to 359), but the production has been markedly different.
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