Huskies, Cougars rising

Might the Apple Cup mean something this year?

The last time both Washington and Washington State were 2-0? 2001.

But both programs are unbeaten through two weeks after posting impressive, though very different, wins on Saturday. They did share one thing: Quarterback play well above expectations.

Huskies QB Keith Price threw for a career-high 315 yards and four touchdowns, and Washington held off Hawaii's late rally for a 40-32 win.

Over in Pullman, QB Marshall Lobbestael, backup to injured starter Jeff Tuel, threw for career highs of 361 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars pounded UNLV 59-7.

Washington State left not doubt. It scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and held a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Perhaps as encouraging for the Cougars as Lobbestael's play was strong defense. UNLV rushed for just 98 yards and produced nine first downs. Its TD came on kickoff return.

The Huskies didn't get the same defensive performance, though Hawaii and quarterback Bryant Moniz are a different bird than the rebuilding Rebels. The Warriors had 333 yards passing, and the Huskies are presently ranked last in the nation in pass defense.

Both programs face big road tests this weekend. Washington State takes on San Diego State (2-0) while Washington heads to Nebraska (2-0) for the rubber match of a three-game series. The Cornhuskers blistered the Huskies in the 2010 regular season and the Huskies returned the favor in the Holiday Bowl.

But college football in the state of Washington, in the muck for the past few years, apparently is on the rise, at least in the early going.