What They're Saying: Breaking Bad...real bad

A DEBACLE IN ALBUQUERQUE. That's what the scribes were writing after this one. With the game seemingly wrapped up, WSU made some head scratching time management decisions and stirred in a bad case of the fumbles. Instead of slamming the door shut on CSU, the Cougs opened it wide and begged the Rams to walk on through. Any way you slice it, it was a disheartening 48-45 bowl game loss for Wazzu.

Perhaps with the next Pac-12 TV check, Washington State can hire someone to be in charge of bowl game clock management. Apparently $2.2 million isn't enough to get that job done. It was merely the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and not anything to do with roses, but the Cougars' collapse on Saturday afternoon will rank as the Granddaddy of Them All.
John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

I will spend my next 50 years in broadcasting wondering why the Cougars didn't take a knee.
- Bob Robertson, Cougar color man told the Cougars' radio audience, as reported via Twitter and published by the Spokesman-Review

Saturday's game surely raised the Rams' blood pressure as they dealt with a rollercoaster of emotions, but ultimately, they were able to complete an improbable comeback that will go down as one of the greatest games in CSU history.
-Matt L. Stephens, The Coloradoan

Most of the momentum Washington State gained from playing in its first bowl game since 2003 reverts to frustration.
-Ted Miller, ESPN.com

Football uniforms don't get dirty on synthetic turf. But, for 58 minutes and nine seconds on Saturday, Washington State had played the cleaner game.
-Mark Smith, Albuquerque Journal

The Cougars won't soon forget their first bowl appearance in 10 years, but for all the wrong reasons.
-Bud Withers, Seattle Times

How could anyone on the Colorado State roster forget it? Or the announced crowd of 27,104 at University Stadium? Or the national ESPN audience, for that matter?
-Tom Kensler, Denver Post, on Colorado State's improbable comeback.

"Congrats to (Halliday). He put up some crazy numbers. But I'm happy we got the win."
Garrett Grayson, CSU QB, as told to Tom Kensler, Denver Post

CSU linebacker Shaquil Barrett said it best. Fans that left the New Mexico Bowl early are going to be sorry; they missed one memorable finish.
-Matt L. Stephens, The Coloradoan

Just about everyone in the stadium were certain that WSU had already won. Everyone, including the Cougars.
-Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

It was a quarterback shootout that saw close to 800 passing yards combined and a game largely dominated by Washington State until the last 2 minutes.
-The Associated Press

The final three minutes of the game were devoid of poise and execution. This one will bite at coach Mike Leach and his players for a long time, at least until the 2014 season opener.
-Ted Miller, ESPN.com

If fake punts, fourth down conversions, turnovers, blown coverages, opposing coaches arguing with players and lots of points are your thing, then the New Mexico Bowl is your kind of party.
-Martin Rickman, SI.com

Coaching. Offense. Defense. Special teams. There was no aspect of the game where the Cougars played well enough.
-Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

The Cougars' rushing game was ineffective throughout the game while Colorado State was able to move it well on the ground. Rams back Kapri Bibbs finished with 169 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns.
-Glen Rosales, The Associated Press

Walter White? He had a better Saturday in Albuquerque than did the Cougs. And Walt's dead.
-Barry Bolton, Cougfan.com

And for the time being, we have the defining moment of the Mike Leach era, regardless of the good work that was done to get the Cougars back into the postseason in Year 2. This is the sort of pratfall that ruins the best ballets. It's going to take multiple trips to snazzier bowl games than this with happier outcomes before the Mile High Meltdown fades into a footnote.
- John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

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