WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: What Air Raid?

WRITERS FROM ACROSS the land seem dumbfounded by Washington State's offensive performance against BYU on Thursday. One theme remained constant in the prose coming out of Provo: That was the juggernaut known as the Air Raid? Really?

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• Using an imaginative, no-huddle offense and some opportunistic plays on defense, BYU steamrolled Washington State 30-6 in the season opener in front of 57,045 fans for both teams, but not before a string of personal fouls and other discipline-related penalties created an angst-filled first half. – Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune

Mike Leach's debut as Washington State's coach was ... awful. Really, nothing good about it. At all. – Ted Miller, ESPN.com

• All in all, BYU exceeded most expectations by building a big lead early and holding WSU in check throughout the rest of the night en route to a 30-6 win. – Brandon Gurney, Deseret News

• Riley Nelson threw for two touchdowns and third-string quarterback Taysom Hill added another on his first collegiate pass as Brigham Young beat Washington State 30-6 on Thursday night to spoil Mike Leach's return to coaching. – Lynn DeBruin, The Associated Press

• The BYU Cougars took on the Washington State Cougars and the game many thought would be a barn burner turned out to be a lop-sided win. – John Clyde, KSL

• All things considered, the Mike Leach era was a lot more entertaining in the offseason than it was in the opener. – Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

• The final stats proved how futile the "Air Raid" was in its first Washington State performance, only gaining 224 total yards (229 passing, minus-5 on the ground). – Jared Lloyd, Provo Daily Herald

• They played with tempo. They played with confidence. They moved the ball up and down the field, in short bursts, long bursts, by pass and by run… Yes, Brigham Young's offense looked the way Washington State wished its own group could have. And didn't. – Christian Caple, Spokesman Review

• The Cougars wearing blue did not surrender a touchdown. It was the first time a Leach-coached team failed to score a TD since 2006. – Jeff Call, Deseret News

• Mike Leach and his "Air Raid" attack tried to create momentum early in the first quarter. They did. For BYU. After Uona Kaveinga intercepted a pass tipped by Daniel Sorensen, the Cougars in blue drove 80 yards in 10 plays to jump on top 7-0, and they never looked back. – Jared Bray, Yahoo! Sports

• Mike Leach's return to the college coaching ranks was every bit as big a dud as his vaunted offense late Thursday night. – Howie Stalwick, The Columbian

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