"We've got to get that seventh – got to get ourselves to guarantee it," said senior offensive tackle John Fullington in a postgame radio interview. "It's going to be awesome to end the regular season there."
While junior quarterback Connor Halliday said that the Cougars "have got to win the Apple Cup," he also acknowledged that it may be a different game than last year, when a late field goal after an interception helped the Cougars knock off No. 25 Washington 31-28 in overtime.
"Both us and UW are completely different teams than we were last year," he said. "You kind of throw momentum out the window in a rivalry game like this."
Still, senior kicker Andrew Furney said that becoming bowl eligible at home in a 49-37 win against Utah gives the team renewed confidence.
"Two straight (wins) going into the Apple Cup feels great," he said.
Senior safety Deone Bucannon made it clear in a post-game interview that he isn't ready for the season to end in Husky Stadium.
"I want to be with this team as much as possible," he said. "I love this team."
The Pac-12 now has nine teams eligible for the postseason – and seven bowl affiliates. That means that if only one conference team makes it to the BCS – a scenario more likely after Arizona's 42-16 drubbing of No. 5 Oregon on Saturday – two teams could be without a bowl. The Pac-12's bowl affiliates are Rose, Alamo, Holiday, Sun, Las Vegas, Fight Hunger and New Mexico.
But coach Mike Leach doesn't want to think about that right now.
"There's no bowls coming up anytime soon," he said. "We just need to focus on the next play. Anything that follows is just a byproduct of what happens on individual plays."
And Halliday, in postgame comments to The Seattle Times, summed up his feelings succinctly.
"I haven't played in an Apple Cup yet," he said. "I'm kind of excited to lose my virginity."