What they're saying...

What the media, coaches, and player are saying about WSU's 36-3- victory over OSU on Saturday.

Cougs play it fast and Palouse
The end of the Washington State-Oregon State football game yesterday evening was completely in keeping with the previous 59 minutes, 57 seconds. A monster mash of a night ended with WSU's Kyle Basler receiving a punt snap, running laterally to kill time and falling intentionally in the end zone to take a safety.

That dropped the spread from eight to six, 36-30 final, thereby rendering apoplectic anybody who might have wagered on the Cougars giving the popular spread of seven or eight points...Bud Withers, Seattle Times


Jackson brought to a hault by WSU
Led by a wide receiver who was courted, then spurned, by Oregon State, Washington State rallied with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat the Beavers 36-30 yesterday.

Senior Scott Lunde scored two of the three fourth-quarter touchdowns in leading the Cougars back from a 28-16 hole.

"This was kind of a special game for me," said Lunde, who caught eight passes for a career-high 110 yards and the two scores...Craig Smith, Seattle Times


Penalties again prove costly to Beavers' chances
To Oregon State defensive end Bill Swancutt, the sight of Mitch Meeuwsen fleeing down the north sideline, the ball tucked safely under his arm, was one of the prettiest sights he had seen on a football field.

"I just remember him picking it," Swancutt said of the fourth-quarter play, when Meeuwsen made what looked like his fourth interception with the Beavers behind by a point. "I couldn't go after him because my knee was hurting, but I was hoping he would go all the way.

"Then I saw the flag thrown and I thought, 'Yes! It's holding on them.' "...Norm Maves Jr. Oregonian


Beavers have foul aftertaste after this loss
T he 88th meeting of Oregon State and Washington State wasn't a football game as much as a torture test. Bottle this one and send it to the folks who test remedies for acid reflux disease.

Break out the Pepto-Bismol and the eye drops, because Beavers coach Mike Riley won't be sleeping this week. Neither will his players, who had their hearts broken on the Palouse on a perfect October Saturday...Brian Meehan, Oregonian


Beavers let one slip away
It was a game of incredible emotional swings, of mind-boggling turnovers, of crucial penalties, controversial calls and special teams mistakes. And for the longest time, it looked as if Oregon State -- with no consistent running game and working on its third long snapper -- would have enough to hold off No. 6 Washington State at Martin Stadium.

"I don't know if we ever had control of it," Beavers coach Mike Riley said Saturday night as darkness and a chilling cold descended on the Palouse. "But we had the lead and we had some opportunities."...Paul Bunker, Oregonian


Cougars fourth quarter rally stops Beavers 36-30
A college football team isn't supposed to win a game when it commits seven turnovers. Most don't.

Washington State bucked the odds Saturday night at Martin Stadium. The Cougars relinquished the ball seven times -- five interceptions and two fumbles -- and still walked away with a 36-30 victory over Oregon State...Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune


A game of errors
The team that collapsed last, collapsed the hardest and lost.

No. 6 Washington State, staggered by an inconceivable blizzard of errors in the second quarter, capitalized on a reciprocal flurry of Oregon State misadventures in the fourth quarter to defeat the Beavers 36-30 on Saturday night...Brooks Hatch, Gazette Times


The football gods frown on the Beavers
Is there no statute of limitations on torment, heartbreak and misfortune for Oregon State?

Listen up, football gods.

The Beavers did not sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees for a "Building Bell Field" campaign. They did not refuse ticketed entrance to a billy goat, Cougar, Bear or even a Duck, for crying out loud...Aaron Yost, Gazette Times


No. 6 Washington State 36, Oregon State 30
Scott Lunde ended up taking his frustration out on Oregon State -- instead of his own coach.

Matt Kegel threw three touchdown passes, two to Lunde in the fourth quarter, and Jonathan Smith scored twice as No. 6 Washington State rallied to beat Oregon State 36-30 on Saturday...John K. Wiley, Associated Press

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