What They're Saying: Lay down & die for Ducks

THE WRITERS TRIED, at least they tried. But in the aftermath of Oregon's 62-38 stomping of Washington State, none could match the quotes of a livid Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti who took aim at Mike Leach and let loose with both barrels.

Headline: Ducks' defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti calls Washington State coach Mike Leach 'low class' after Cougars keep passing late. -Jason Quick, The Oregonian

That's total (BS) that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did. And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think it's low class and it's (BS) to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team. -Aliotti in a post-game press conference

I am kind of stunned he would keep his quarterback and crew in there. And still he threw the ball with 20 seconds left. But he did. They want stats, they got stats. But we got the most important stat and that's the ‘W' and we are happy about that. -Aliotti, Part II, in a post-game press conference

Well how dare Washington State not just lay down and die! They were playing the mighty Oregon Ducks! You don't try to score points against the Oregon Ducks reserves, you just take your 50-point beating and tell the Ducks you were honored to have the privilege of being run over! Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

While Leach still is building a program, Mark Helfrich inherited a national championship contender from Chip Kelly. -Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

Halliday said he knew early in the week he would be throwing early and often against the Ducks. Oregon's defensive backs ran so much, they almost lettered in cross country. -Howie Stalwick, Cougfan.com

Halliday provides a case study into the development of a quarterback in the Mike Leach system. First off, no quarterback is tougher. -Bud Withers, Seattle Times

There is one other thing to put into context. At 4-4, the Cougars still must win two more games to get back to the Promised Land, a bowl game. Can they do it? The way Halliday throws the ball, they could easily go 4-0 down the stretch. Or 0-4. -Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review

Perhaps the Ducks were simply bored in the first half when they took a 34-24 lead, perhaps the Cougars just didn't have enough gas left in the tank. Whatever the reason, Oregon looked entirely different after their midgame pep talk. -Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

As much promise as either Austin Apodaca or true freshman Tyler Bruggman might be showing in practice, this isn't their time yet, not with WSU two victories from bowl eligibility, not in a league this competitive. -Bud Withers, Seattle Times

Although the Ducks were wearing retina-burning pink helmets to help raise awareness for women's cancers, Halliday seemed to have trouble seeing defenders, finishing with four interceptions and also getting sacked four times. -Ryan Thorborn, Register-Guard

I think I broke my foot accidentally kicking our 300-pound coffee table during Xavier Cooper's fumble recovery and race to the end zone. It was totally worth it. - Barry Bolton, Cougfan.com

Aliotti's complete post game comments:

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