What They're Saying: Letting one slip away

THE COUGARS fell apart in the fourth quarter -- not that they had looked stellar to that point anyway. But most writers agree, Washington State simply let this one slip away and in shocking fashion.

During the week leading up to Colorado's visit to Washington State, there was a good deal of dialogue about whether a certain football team could win a game this season. At the moment, that still seems like a worthy question: Will the Cougars find a way to beat anybody that's left on their schedule? -- Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

What we learned? The same thing we learned the last two weeks, only in much more disappointing fashion for the Cougars — they're not a team that knows how to win. -- Christian Caple, Spokesman Review

Maybe this will be looked back on as the epiphany, the catalyst for glory, the jolt desired but previously unrequited in the first 300 days of the Mike Leach era. But right now, it's simply a new level of low for your Meltdown Millionaires, the Washington State Cougars. -- John Blanchette, The Spokesman Review

How about that second half by our Buffs? We outscored Mike Leach and his Cougars 28-13, and 21-6 in the 4th quarter. We paid them back for their comeback victory last season in Boulder. -- David Gerhardt, The Ralphie Report

Colorado's passing game came alive Saturday. Did it ever. Celebrating Saturday's come-from-behind 35-34 victory over Washington State is one thing. But the Buffaloes believe they can build upon it throughout the season, even with more talented Pac-12 opponents looming ahead. -- Tom Kensler, Denver Post

While a storm of criticism swirled around his program during the last week with Internet critics calling for his job and media declaring his program dead and irrelevant, Colorado coach Jon Embree did what he was hired to do. He showed his players and assistant coaches a way through the malaise to a brighter Sunday morning. -- Kyle Ringo, Buffzone

They grow up so fast. The Buffs were ranked as the nation's No. 1 (worst) team in ESPN's "Bottom 10" after losing to Colorado State, Sacramento State and Fresno State in nonconference play. After a stunning comeback victory at Washington State on Saturday, Colorado is now tied for No. 1 in the Pac-12 standings. -- Kyle Thorburn, Buffzone

The reputed worst team in major college football got off the canvas Saturday, set its jaw and smacked Washington State in the nose. Colorado, widely mocked for a remarkably poor showing in an 0-3 start against bad competition, overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 35-34 at Washington State. -- Ted Miller, ESPN.com

In 2010, Colorado gave up 35 fourth quarter points to Kansas in a humiliating 52-45 loss that officially led to Dan Hawkins‘ firing. His successor, Jon Embree, hasn't had much to celebrate in his short tenure with the Buffs. Until now. -- Ben Kercheval, NBC Sports

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