Washington players run onto the field before the NCAA game against Arizona Photo: AP Photo / Elaine Thompson
SEATTLE (AP) - The Apple Cup between Washington and Washington state scheduled for Friday was canceled Sunday due to a lack of Cougars scholarship recipients due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.
The cancellation raises the possibility that the state's rivals will not play for the first time since 1944, although both schools say they hope to postpone if an open date arises.
“After assessing the general state of our football program, we remain below the minimum threshold of 53 student-athletes available and cannot predict a scenario that will allow us to reach this threshold by the end of the week. Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun said. said.
The Pac-12 Conference has announced the cancellation and in accordance with policy, the game will be declared without competition. But there could be potential options to play the rivalry match at the end of the season if neither team ends up in the Pac-12 championship match.
Chun and Washington director of athletics Jennifer Cohen said they would prioritize the rivalry game if there was an opportunity.
“It's one of the best rivalries in college sports and every year we circle this game at the start of the season,” Cohen said. “We will work with Pac-12 to prioritize this game and look at any opportunities to play it if there was an open date for both schools later.
This will be the second week in a row the Cougars haven't played and the second time this season the Huskies have lost a game due to coronavirus issues with their opponent.
Washington state saw its game at Stanford on Saturday canceled after four Cougars players landed in COVID-19 protocol on Friday. That put nine players in total in protocol on Friday and combined with injuries, Washington state fell below the Pac-12's mandate to have 53 fellows available.
The Cougars are 1-1. Their last game was a 43-29 loss to Oregon on Nov. 14.
Washington has had its season opener in California canceled due to coronavirus concerns with the Golden Bears. The Huskies - who beat Arizona 44-27 on Saturday to go 2-0 - should be aggressive in trying to find a replacement game for this week.
The most logical option from a competitive and regional standpoint would be No.8 BYU, which has no other game scheduled until Dec.12 against San Diego State.
The Aztecs could also be an option for Washington after their game against Fresno State scheduled for this week was also called off on Sunday. Last week, the Pac-12 approved non-conference games if the opponent meets the requirements set out by the conference, including Pac-12 testing and COVID-19 protocols.
For now, Washington State's next game is scheduled for December 4 in Southern California, while Washington is set to host Stanford on December 5.
“It is heartbreaking and disappointing for our student-athletes and coaches as well as those at UW,” said Chun. “As we work through the rest of our schedule, we will continue to communicate with the Pac-12 Conference and UW if a scenario emerges that would allow us to postpone the game to a later point in the season.”
Know the main point of the game. The goal of American football is to score points by carrying the ball from a starting point on a 120-yard long and 53. 3-yard wide field into a specially marked 10-yard-deep area at either end of the field called an end zone. Each team uses the end zone in front of them to score while trying to prevent the opposing team from reaching the end zone behind them.  Each end zone has a Y-shaped structure called the field goal which is positioned on the end line. The field goals are used to score points with special kicks
The end zone that a team is defending is usually referred to as “their” end zone. Thus, a team with 70 yards ( 64. 0 m ) to go before it can score a touchdown is 30 yards ( 27. 4 m ) from its end zone. Teams trade possession of the ball according to strict rules. Whichever team is in possession of the ball is known as the “offense;” the other team is called the “defense. ”
Learn the time divisions. Football is divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a break between the second and third periods called “halftime” that is normally 12 minutes long.  While the clock is active, the game is divided into even shorter segments called “plays ' or ' downs. '
A play begins when the ball is moved from the ground into the hands of the players, and ends when either the ball hits the ground, or the person holding the ball is tackled and his knee or elbow notes the ground. When a play is over, an official called a referee, places the ball on the yard marker which corresponds to his or her judgment of the place where the forward progress of the player with the ball was stopped. Each team has 4 downs and within those downs, they have to make ten yards from the line of scrimmage ( the starting point ). If the team fails to do so within the 4 downs, the offensive team has to hand over the ball to the opposing team. If the offense succeeds in taking the ball 10 yards in the 4 downs they get another 4 downs to move the ball 10 yards. The teams have 30 seconds to get into formation and begin the next play.
Play time can stop for a few different reasons : If a player runs out of bounds, a penalty is called, a flag is thrown, or a pass is thrown but not caught by anybody ( an incomplete pass ), the clock will stop while referees sort everything out.
Penalties are indicated by referees, who throw yellow flags onto the field when they see a violation. This lets everyone on the field know that a penalty has been called. Penalties normally result in the offending team losing between 5 - 15 yards of field position.  There are many penalties, but some of the most common are “offside” ( someone was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped ), “holding” ( a player grabbed another player with his hands, and either player doesn’t have the ball, instead of blocking him properly ), ' false start ' ( When a player moves before the ball is snapped ), ' Unsportsmanlike conduct ' ( When a player does something that doesn’t show good sportsmanship, and “clipping” ( someone contacted an opposing player other than the ball carrier from behind and below the waist ).
The opening kickoff - At the very beginning of the game, the head referee flips a coin and the home team captain calls out which side of the coin will be face up. If acceptable, that captain may choose to kick off or to receive the opening kickoff or allow the visiting team captain to make that choice. Once the kicking and receiving teams are decided, the team captain who lost the coin toss gets to decide which goal his or her team will defend during the first half. This initial play is called the kickoff, and typically involves a long kick down field from one team to the other, with the team that kicked the ball rushing towards the team receiving the ball in order to prevent them from course the ball a long ways back towards the kicking team’s end zone. After halftime, there is a deuxième kickoff by whichever team did not perform the opening kickoff. Throughout the deuxième half, the end zones each team defends is the one opposite the end zone that team defended in the first half
Downs - The word “down” is synonymous with the word “chance” or ' plays ' in American football. The offense is allowed four downs to move the ball at least 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) towards the end zone. Each play ends in a new down. If the goal of 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) from the first down is achieved before the fourth down is over, the count resets to the first down, commonly noted as “1st and 10” to indicate that the standard 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) are once again required to reset to the first down.  Otherwise, the downs count from one to four. If four downs pass without resetting to the first down, control of the ball passes to the other team
This means that a team that moves the ball 10 or more yards on each play will never be on the deuxième down. Every time the ball is moved 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) or more in the proper direction, the next play is a first down with 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) to go.
The distance required to reset to the first down is cumulative, so running 4 yards ( 3. sept m ) on the first down, 3 yards ( 2. sept m ) on the second, and 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the third is enough for the next play to be a first down again.
If a play ends with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, the difference in yards is added to the total number of yards required for a first down. For example, if the quarterback is tackled sept yards ( 6. 4 m ) behind the line with the ball in his hands, the next play will be noted as “2nd and 17, ” meaning that 17 yards ( 15. 5 m ) must be covered in the next three plays to reset to a first down.
Instead of playing the fourth down, the offense can choose to punt the ball, which is a long kick that transfers control of the ball to the other team, but is likely to force them to start farther up the field than they would otherwise have been.