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Cougs' focus quickly shifts to Apple Cup

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THE BAD NEWS is that the Cougars lost. (Again.) The good news is that instead of wallowing about Saturday's 46-7 thrashing in the desert, the team was barely off the field at Sun Devil Stadium when thoughts turned to the biggest showdown of the season: the Apple Cup.

While some may find the amount of reflection on the latest loss to be lacking, the immediate focus on the Washington game, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Friday in Pullman, shows that despite their play – or in some cases, lack thereof – this team is not giving up. Not only is Friday's game the last chance for Washington State to avoid going winless in conference play for the first time since 200...

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