The Huskies shot out to a 28-3 lead and never looked back in an eventual 45-17 Apple Cup win over the Cougars on Friday. Here's what people are saying.

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It was supposed to be the greatest Apple Cup ever. Instead, it was a laugher — for the Huskies, at least.

For the Cougars, it was anything but funny. WSU got downright smacked in Pullman by a Husky team that appears to be one step away from a berth to the sacred College Football Playoff.

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When it was all said and done, the Martin Stadium scoreboard read 45-17 as dejected Cougar fans filed out of the stadium in search of Fireball, while the Huskies hoisted the Apple Cup trophy for the seventh time in eight years.

The Huskies shot out to a 28-3 lead in the first quarter, while the Cougars appeared to be in a tryptophan-induced daze until the second half. By then, it was too late. WSU’s comeback bid sputtered on the 1-yard line — not once, but twice.

Meanwhile, the Huskies’ basket of tricks was too much for a WSU defense that had shown plenty of life up until Friday’s smackdown.

Jake Browning — who had shown signs of mortality in UW’s last two games — came out firing for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Browning’s brilliance along with a balanced ground game, and some classic Chris Petersen trickery, quelled the Cougars’ hopes early on … as well as any notion this 109th meeting between the cross-state rivals would go down in Apple Cup lore.

Here’s what fans and media members had to say: