What They're Saying: Huge meltdown edition

AFTER TAKING A 24-17 lead in the second half, the storyline was how the Cougars were building their way to 5-2 record. But then the wheels fell off and a completely different narrative emerged for Washington State -- specifically, a fourth quarter from hell. Here's what they're saying...

The Cougars cast a spell of almost comical ineptitude upon themselves Saturday night. -Bud Withers, Seattle Times .

Leach has good reason to be in a foul mood. The Cougars blew a game they had an excellent chance to win before a rare sellout crowd, and now they must travel to Eugene to play unbeaten, second-ranked Oregon next Saturday. -Howie Stalwick, Cougfan.com

The Cougars broke. And that was why Leach was mad. He has spent the past 22 months trying to wean that losing attitude out of his team. But it is still there. -Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review

After displaying plenty of composure in WSU's road win last week at California, Halliday seemed flustered when the Beavers took a 31-24 lead early in the fourth quarter. -Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

Then everything fell to pieces for the Cougars. When it came time for one team to seize the game and will itself to victory, OSU flourished and WSU wilted. -Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

Oregon State continues to rebuild its once-shattered image week by week and yard by Sean Mannion yard. -Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

Leach wasn't definitive on what went wrong on the play, saying, "It was bad on our part. It's basically my fault. We had two things going there. I allowed it to happen and shouldn't have allowed it to happen." Pressed by a reporter on what the two things were, Leach said, "None of your business." -Bud Withers, Seattle Times, on WSU's disastrous fake punt attempt.

Beavers turn close game with Cougars into a laugher. -Steve Gress, Corvallis Gazette-Times

OSU needed some momentum. Reeling off 35 unanswered points -- 12 of which came courtesy of (Rashaad) Reynolds giving the ball back to OSU -- seemed to do the trick. -Lindsay Schnell, Oregonlive.com

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