The WSU Cougars came back big in the Apple Cup Friday, wiping a catch phrase from the Northwest lexicon that started being used widely this season. “Couging It” was starting to be used for any seemingly in-hand easy victory, blown by mistakes, ineptitude, and blunders. If Stacy Ireland was playing “Stairway To Heaven” in the afternoon and the CD player froze up, she “Couged It”. If Mr. Peter read the wrong lyrics on Crow’s Lyrics of Mystery he “Couged It”. Understandably, the WSU Cougars wanted to nip that phrase in the bud, just as it was starting to be used by elementary school kids who forgot their homework. “Oh, sorry Mr. Chips, I Couged it today”. The UW Husky football team had a seemingly easy win in the bag going into the 4th quarter of Friday’s Apple Cup. They were up 28-10 against a team that had lost 8 games in a row. Even when they allowed the Cougars to go ahead 31-28 they had a chance to tie it up as the clock expired with a chip-shot 35 yard field goal, but they “Couged It”.
The Husky men’s basketball team “Couged It” Friday night when they lost to a Colorado State team they were supposed to beat 73-55 just 48 hours after their football counterparts Couged the Apple Cup.
And the Seahawks Couged it in epic proportions in Miami yesterday, with the sloppy play we’ve come to expect after a bye week and a 10 AM East Coast road game of the sort they always seem to have trouble with, blowing a lead to a field goal with just 3 seconds left on the clock to lose 24-21. Coach Pete Carroll took the blame, saying he probably shouldn’t have given his young team so much time off practice after the win at home over the Jets. But there was plenty of blame to go around. Russell Wilson and the offense couldn’t do anything right in the first half, being penalized by the officials over and over. Even Marshawn Lynch was held to an unbeastly 46 yards. Wilson came alive later, setting an NFL rookie record with 16 completed passes in a row (nearly tying Warren Moon’s Seahawk record of 17), but so did Dolphins rookie QB Ryan Tannehill (who actually did break the Miami rookie passing record set by Dan Marino). Maybe it was the sprinklers. The stadium’s irrigation system came on while the ‘Hawks still had the momentum in the third quarter…the FOX commentators said they’d never seen that happen in all their years of covering the NFL, we certainly never have. Other than Leon Washington’s 98 yard kickoff return for a TD (he’s only the second guy in NFL history to have done that 8 times), it was all Miami in the 4th quarter, who tied the score setting up a 43 yard field goal with 3 seconds left that ended up being Dolphin kicker Dan Carpenter’s first game-winner since dinosaurs roamed the earth. It should have been an easy win over a team that had lost 3 straight, and the Seahawks Couged it big time, and then were greeted by the news that their star gargantuan cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman had tested positive for game-enhancing drugs and face a possible 4 game suspension (Both tests have been appealed, and Sherman tweeted “The truth will come out. Not worried“). Thankfully the loss was to an AFC team, so it won’t count against them in the division, and all the other wild-card contending teams lost yesterday as well. If the playoffs were to start today, the Seahawks would be the 6th seed overall, but they’d have to play on the road, which hasn’t worked so well this season. Next week’s game is another early one at Soldier Field against the 8-2 Chicago Bears, who handily dispatched the Vikings yesterday 28-10.