RECAPS: What they're saying...OSU at WSU

What the Oregon and Washington media are saying about Oregon State's 52-17 thumping of Washington State Nov. 17.

| From an Oregon State Perspective |

Orange crush Cougars
The weather was miserable, but for Oregon State, it may as well have been 80 degrees with a tropical breeze in Maui.

With OSU’s defense running roughshed, the Beavers had a fun-in-the-sun type Saturday, storming past Washington State 52-17 Saturday at Martin Stadium ... more from the Portland Tribune.


Beavers crush Cougars
Washington State football coach Bill Doba issued a public plea to WSU students to delay their Thanksgiving break and stick around for Saturday's game with Oregon State.

Few students showed up, including the ones wearing crimson uniforms ... more from the Statesman Journal.


Beavers’ defense thrives on rough afternoon for Cougars’ Brink
No need to fret about the officials. Also no more cause for concern about playing into the postseason for Oregon State.

Using four of the six interceptions thrown by Washington State quarterback Alex Brink to set up first-half scoring drives Saturday, the Beavers put away the Cougars, 52-17 ... more from the Register Guard | Game report


Beavers make the noise
In front of a nearly empty student section, in front of a scattered crowd of just 22,600 at Martin Stadium, Oregon State moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Pacific-10 Conference with Saturday's shockingly easy 52-17 defeat of Washington State.

OSU (7-4, 5-3 Pac-10) had eight takeaways -- seven interceptions and a fumble recovery -- to keep the atmosphere eerily quiet at a normally raucous venue ... more from the Oregonian.


Defense shines in the first half
The first half was suppose to be iffy for the Oregon State football team to hold off the onslaught of Washington State’s passing game.

The Beavers were without a starting cornerback and a key reserve safety in the first half Saturday night after they were ejected during last Saturday’s game against Washington ... more from the Gazette Times | Report card


Palouse pummeling
As improbable as it sounds when taking into account the start of the season, the Oregon State football team is playing at its best and getting better.

Filling in for all those injured players brought the Beavers together, and they are moving up the Pacific-10 Conference standings with a confidence about them ... more from the Gazette Times | Sideline briefing



| From a Washington State Perspective |


Questions for Cougs after OSU's beat down
With everything to play for, favored Washington State put a definitive fork in its bowl hopes Saturday against Oregon State. In the wet, miserable process, off target Alex Brink -- aided by the porous left side of his offensive line -- ensconced himself as the most jeered Cougar of the modern era. And Bill Doba's hot seat may finally have reached the boiling point.

The final score was 52-17. But that is almost immaterial to the lopsidedness. The Cougars, installed by oddsmakers as 2 1/2-point favorites, were never in it. This was was like the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Michael Jordan on Craig Ehlo. Simon Cowell debating Paula Abdul ... more from


Cougars Fall Out of Bowl Contention
Coach Bill Doba begged Washington State students to delay their Thanksgiving break to stick around for Saturday's crucial football game with Oregon State, but relatively few students showed up — including the ones wearing crimson uniforms.

The Cougars, needing two wins to qualify for bowl consideration and possibly to save Doba's job, were buried 52-17 at Martin Stadium. The 52 points allowed and 35-point margin of defeat are records for WSU in a series that dates back to 1903 ... more from the Kitsap Sun.


Poor Showing Doesn't Help Doba's Job Status
The weather was lousy, the crowd was lousy and the home team was lousy.

Other than that, Washington State's final home game was just peachy Saturday night at rain-splattered Martin Stadium ... more from the Kitsap Sun.


Eight turnovers net a "nightmare"
Embarrassment. Flogging. Disaster. Pick a word. They all describe Washington State's performance Saturday in Martin Stadium.

With quarterback Alex Brink tying a school record with six interceptions — five in the first half — the Cougars got thrashed by Oregon State 52-17 ... more from the Seattle Times.


Signs were all there — WSU was out of it early
Friday, many miles from the Washington State campus, the signs were already ominous for the Cougars. Automobiles, lines of 12 to 15 of them, streamed west on Highway 26, young faces homeward-bound and WSU's weeklong Thanksgiving vacation.

Smart students, those Cougars. Good to see our tax dollars are well-spent ... more from the Seattle Times.


Beavers bully and batter Brink
Since Alex Brink's first start as a redshirt freshman in 2004 at Reser Stadium, something about the Oregon State defense has given the Cougars quarterback nightmares.

In the senior quarterback's final start at Martin Stadium on Saturday, Oregon State made it an ending to forget for WSU's all-time leading passer, who will leave without playing in a bowl game ... more from the Seattle Times.


Cougs face empty campus
So you think this was a turnover-fest by Washington State?

Well, it was, but the WSU-Oregon State game Saturday didn't quite match the school-worst effort in giving away the ball. School publicists were consigned to that sordid research after OSU's 52-17 victory over the Cougars, and discovered it to be tied for the fourth-worst in school history ... more from the Seattle Times.


Picked-off Cougars say goodbye to bowl hopes
The day unfolded for the Washington State Cougars, but never got untracked.

For an important football date in November, the fever never felt quite right, even after a high-ranking Washington State University official caught two students camping out in lawn chairs outside Martin Stadium at 7 a.m., waiting for the gates to open ... more from the News Tribune.


Comedy of errors dooms Cougars
Coach Bill Doba acted as if he was the culprit, the trigger man for seven Washington State interceptions and the ballcarrier for one costly fumble.

He felt bad, as did all the players and coaches. He felt even worse when receiver Michael Bumpus, head down and walking slow, came into the interview room to talk after the Cougars’ 52-17 loss to Oregon State at Martin Stadium, ending the team’s chances for a bowl bid ... more from the News Tribune.


Cougs look to 'our bowl game'
Washington State coach Bill Doba called next Saturday's game against Washington the "Apple Bowl."

It's becoming a habit ... more from the Columbian.


Cougars bowled over by Oregon State, 52-17
Early last week, Washington State coach Bill Doba pleaded with students to stick around for Saturday's football game rather than go home early for Thanksgiving break.

Most of the students didn't listen. Maybe they wanted to get a head start on working Dad for spending money. Or perhaps they knew something bad was going to happen ... more from the Columbian.


Beavers splash Cougs' bowl dreams
As miserable as the day was for those faithful few who showed up, it was worse for those playing.

In a game that began in a driving rain and ended with Washington State's slim bowl hopes washed away, Oregon State pounded the Cougars 52-17 before an announced crowd of 22,660 ... more from the Spokesman Review.

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