What they're saying: Stanford edition

IT WAS A night from hell for the Cougs at Century Link Field in Seattle, said the scribes in attendance. As the rain fell, so did Washington State's hopes of an upset at the end of the first half. It was the Stanford Cardinal show from the opening whistle and it didn't stop until WSU entered the locker room with a 3-2 record and a crushing 55-17 loss to their name.

On a wet and rainy night in CenturyLink Field, Stanford exorcised some demons. And they exercised their right to have a party in the backfield. - Brandon Huffman, Scout.com.

As it was, the Cardinal had managed to establish why they were who they were. They picked up every Cougar blitz they needed to, which meant they converted virtually every third down they needed to, which meant Halliday and the offense needed to be pretty much perfect – and fell well short. - John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

Known for its ground-and-pound approach, the fifth-ranked Cardinal instead went over the top. - Jon Wilner, Mercury News

Instead of pulling off a stunning upset that would have signaled another step in their resurgence, the Cougars were left physically beaten and battered by the Cardinal. - Associated Press

WSU Coach Mike Leach did not elaborate on Halliday's status, but said he could have gone back in the game had Apodaca gotten injured. - Micah Rice, Columbian

The game was reminiscent, at least by score, of some recent blowouts in WSU's past, with one exception. The effort appeared to be there, but surely not the execution against a brawnier, more savvy team.- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

The Cougars had an opportunity to win in the waning moments of last year's 24-17 loss in Palo Alto. No such luck in 2013 as Stanford converted 5 of 8 third-down attempts in the first half, while the Cougars failed on all six of their attempts. - Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

On the same CenturyLink Field where the 49ers were clobbered by the Seahawks two weeks ago before a raucous crowd, Stanford silenced the place Saturday night. - Tom Fitzgerald, SF Gate.

The Cougars, who had recorded their first win at USC in 13 years, didn't score a touchdown until backup quarterback Austin Apodaca threw a couple of scoring passes against the reserves in the fourth quarter. Against the Stanford defense, WSU's hurry-up offense had 322 yards passing but succeeded mainly in hurrying itself to the sidelines. Its two touchdowns came late in the game. - Tom Fitzgerald, San Francisco Chronicle

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