WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: A step toward redemption

FOR THE FIRST TIME this season in Cougar Nation, the morning after wasn't cause to hide under the crimson covers. And while the performance wasn't perfect, media members and the Twitter-verse had plenty of positive feedback about Halliday and Co.'s 59-21 drubbing of Portland State in their home opener that featured running, passing – and a school record or two.

You wouldn’t call the day restorative, but for the Cougars and a lot of worried fans, it was at least a relief. And ultimately, perhaps, a reminder that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
– Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

Isiah Myers didn't realize what kind of numbers he was ringing up until a buoyant radio reporter and a wry redshirting teammate leaked the news after the game. That kind of ignorance is the way to bliss, according to his coach. And the Washington State Cougars were in no mood to argue.
– Dale Grummert, Lewiston Morning Tribune

Simply put, WSU’s offense needs to produce for the Cougars to have any chance at success this season. While their execution was not precise — there were too many drops, including one in the second quarter in the end zone, along with Halliday’s two interceptions — it was much better than the first two weeks of the season.
– Ted Miller, ESPN

A 59-21 win over Portland State is a good start. Now do it against an FBS team. Washington State's offense is potent enough that every single Pac-12 North team should be wary.
– Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

Quarterback Connor Halliday put up gaudy numbers indicative of an offense that completely figured out its opponent, or at least one with a receiver having the kind of night that Isiah Myers did on Saturday. Portland State’s defensive backs challenged the WSU receivers at the line of scrimmage on passing plays, attempting to throw off the timing between Halliday and his receivers. It didn’t work.
– Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman-Review

Halliday and the Air Raid offense were as advertised, torching the Portland State (1-2) defense through the air for 544 yards on 41-of-62 passing for six touchdowns and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a score.
– Michael-Shawn Dugar, Moscow-Pullman Daily News

AND FROM THE TWITTER-SPHERE …
Breske can't keep up with the changes a Div-II O.C. makes at halftime? $800K per Season? #GoCougs – @lancepaine

I guess that is one way to get the defense off the field. Boo. #GoCougs – @Scott_Wood

Also must note: because I'm a life long Coug, I'm still not comfortable up 28-0 at the half. Big leads stress me out too much haha #GoCougs – @KyleShermanWSU

#WSU should play like this and better against the Ducks next week, then we're talking #GoCougs - @guillenajr

Connor, sometimes you really like to throw into double or triple coverage and it pains me. But hey, we're winning! #GoCougs - @drcoxwsu

The score is even sweeter because the Portland State coach is a Husky... #GoCougs - @OhMegs

We finally look like a football team! #GoCougs @WazzuFBBlog - @jeff_holliday

World of Cracraft! #GoCougs! Great throw, great catch. River is a beast. - @JB_GoCougs

After last weeks embarrassment, I think tonight's performance by the COUGS was one that they owed to the Coug fans! #gocougs #prstvswsu - @noehly91

Cougar football might not be completely worthless #GoCougs - @Corn_ontheKobza

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