WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: A little too close

PULLMAN – From the sounds of it, writers from around the region agree – the game on Saturday between Washington State and Eastern Washington shouldn't have been as close as it was.

  • The Eagles (1-1) were who the Cougars thought they were – a talented, confident FCS team that eventually took advantage of the opportunities handed to them by WSU. -- Christian Caple, Spokesman-Review

  • Mike Leach talks about "clusters," the idea that good football teams follow a positive development on offense with another one on defense, or maybe a big return or blocked punt on special teams. It was very nearly a cluster here Saturday for his Washington State football team, which took all of Eastern Washington's best shots in a 24-20 victory, Leach's first at the school. -- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

  • "It really showed me what Pullman, Washington, was about. It was just magnificent," redshirt freshman Darryl Monroe from Orlando, Fla., said after the Cougars' 24-20 win over Eastern Washington. "I could be somewhere in Florida playing in front of 90,000 people or whatever, but there is no experience like this where you have everyone that's in the town in Pullman, Washington, just to watch you play." -- Howie Stalwick, Tacoma News Tribune

  • For Washington State, the setting was perfect – a new head coach in Mike Leach, a massive renovation to Martin Stadium, and the first opening-game sellout in 60 years. Eastern Washington nearly made it the perfect disaster. -- Josh Petrie, Daily Record

  • Washington State coach Mike Leach didn't take much pleasure in his first victory as coach of the Cougars. Washington State barely hung on to beat Eastern Washington 24-20 on Saturday in Leach's home debut, as the Cougars had to knock down a final pass in the end zone to ensure the victory. -- The Associated Press

  • Saturday was a memorable day for Washington State football, even if the game itself was not particularly memorable. The game, in fact, was downright bizarre. -- Howie Stalwick, Kitsap Sun

  • It was too close. It was way too close. Washington State may have beaten Eastern Washington on Saturday, 24-20, but it was only a few inches away from not ending in the Cougars' favor. -- Ronald Clark, SBNation

  • With two touchdowns rescinded by penalties on the Cougars' final offensive possession and a costly fumble on EWU's goal line late in the fourth quarter, Eagles fans almost received their wish. -- Adam Lewis, Sportspress Northwest

  • Helmet Sticker: Andrew Furney, Washington State, K. Kick a 60-yard field goal and you're in. That simple. He did miss a 40-yarder, which made him questionable for a sticker. But come on, 60 freaking yards. Second-longest kick in school history. – Ted Miller, ESPN

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