What They're Saying: Oh, the horror

FOR THOSE WHO are fans of horror movies, there was no need to hit up Redbox or download a pay-per-view flick on Halloween night -- there were more than enough frightening moments available on basic cable courtesy of ESPN. That was the prevailing theme from those writing about the game between WSU and Arizona State. Here's what they're saying...

So the lean attendance figures were easy to see coming. What wasn't easy to predict was the Cougars' lifeless performance. Talk about the Walking Dead. - Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review

Administrators at Washington State University canceled classes Thursday in preparation for that night's game between the Cougars and the Arizona State Sun Devils. That doesn't mean there wasn't any schooling going on in Pullman on Halloween. - Vince Marotta, KTAR.com

One has to wonder how badly the Cougars are beat up mentally after yielding more than 50 points and 550 yards for the third straight game – all losses. - Howie Stalwick, Cougfan.com

Not in their most chilling dreams could the Cougars have conjured up a monster mash like this one. - Bud Withers, Seattle Times

The pitchfork is being applied to the Cougars rear end right now. - Rece Davis during the ESPN broadcast.

The Arizona State Sun Devils took care of business Thursday night in Pullman, as they should have. - Tyler Pollard, Tucson Citizen

This one wasn't much of a contest. In Graham's two years at ASU, the Sun Devils – 4-5 in games away from Sun Devil Stadium -- never had scored more than 20 first-half points in a true road contest. Thursday, they led Washington State 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. - Doug Haller, AZCentral Sports

More disappointing was the Cougars' shoddy tackling. Quarterbacks sometimes found success against WSU early in the season, but not many teams successfully ran against them. Led by senior Marion Grice, who had 94 yards on 18 carries, ASU had 282 yards on 57 carries. - Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

The cold weather and costumed crowd did little to stifle the Arizona State football team, which looked right at home on Halloween night. - Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

Arizona State scored three times in the first quarter, thanks in part to great field position, and three more times in the second to build a lead the Cougars could not overcome. - Associated Press

I can't imagine a worse advertisement for WSU football – ESPN TV at home for the first time in 23 years (ESPN without the "2" or the "U"), a lame effort, and a season-ticketholder section that was perhaps half full at kickoff. - Bud Withers, Seattle Times

Arizona State needed to silence its critics with a strong road performance against Washington State on Thursday night, and the Sun Devils needed less than a quarter to do just that. - Kerry Crowley, House of Sparky

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