WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Home's where the hurt is

IT WAS A NIGHT that should have ended in celebration for Connor Halliday and a high-flying Cougar offense that put up the most points of the Mike Leach era. Instead, a failed field goal gave California a 60-59 win – and turned homecoming into a horror show on the Palouse.

And the media and Twitter-verse had plenty to say about a performance that showcased how far the program has come – and how far it has to go.

Yes, the Cougars, who underachieved against Rutgers, who were helpless against Nevada, who seemed hell-bent-for-left-for-dead if only the schedule hadn’t served up relief in the form of Portland State – they were positioned to be the steady Eddies of West Coast football.
-- John Blanchette, The Spokesman-Review

The Cougars, now 2-4, are a flawed team, but until this night, they might not have realized how flawed. In addition to missing the clinching field goal, they allowed two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the insane third quarter.
-- Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

In a game where there was no shortage of offense or explosive plays for both teams on a night that set the stat sheet on fire, ultimately it was a play by a kicker that decided the contest.
-- Michael Shawn Dugar, Moscow-Pullman Daily News

For as bold as Leach has been throughout his career, including going for it on fourth-and-20 at Utah and on the Cougars’ successful onside kick in the third quarter that translated into a touchdown and a 38-27 lead, he played to the program’s weaknesses.
-- Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

Washington State made superlative plays and that should have been enough to win the game, but it was the ordinary plays that were the Cougars undoing as they lost the highest scoring game of the Mike Leach era to California by the slimmest of margins, 60-59.
-- Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman-Review

Reality punched the Cougars in the mouth when Quentin Breshears missed a 19-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in a game that ranks among the wildest in college football history. Final score: California 60, Washington State 59.
-- Howie Stalwick, Cougfan.com

The Bears defense – which, frankly, hadn’t stopped anything or anyone for the previous 59:41 – finally stood up and halted a goal-line rush by the Cougars.
-- Ryan Gorcey, BearTerritory.net

It just can’t be sane for Cal football. Not with this defense. The Bears allowed an FBS-record 734 passing yards to Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, yet still won another crazy one, 60-59, in front of 30,020 at Martin Stadium on Saturday night.
-- Mike Vernon, The San Francisco Chronicle

Even if the ball hadn't sailed wide of the right upright, there would have been something slightly anticlimactic about a Washington State field goal in the waning seconds of a dizzying, incomprehensible football game.
-- Dale Grummert, The Lewiston Tribune

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday set the new FBS passing record Saturday night, throwing for 734 yards against Cal, but he's going to have a tough time enjoying it.
-- Kyle Bonagura, ESPN

Washington State has the nation's No. 1 passing attack, while Cal's is No. 8, and the teams did not disappoint, combining for 1,400 yards of offense.
-- The Associated Press

After the Cougars recovered a surprise onside kick, the Cougars stretched their lead to 38-27. Then, Cal’s Trevor Davis decided to take the game into his own hands.
-- Sean Wagner-McGough, The Daily Californian

But a quarterback who threw for 734 yards was a lot more certain bet than a walk-on transfer kicker from Fresno State who struggled through fall camp, took over the job in the second game of the season only because the starter was ineffective, and had never been asked to make a pressure kick at WSU.
-- Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

The Cougs – and Halliday – were going to be the nightcap toast to an incredible day of college football. And then they weren’t.
-- John Blanchette, The Spokesman-Review

And from the Twitter-verse …

Apparently being stronger than your defender is a 15 yard penalty. Keep up the good work @Vince_Mayle
-- @DroppsTheCoug

Reminds me of how I felt when I walked out of Husky Stadium after the 1975 Apple Cup. Equally gut-wrenching. #GoCougs
-- @cougsgo

As the coug nation we will recover but WOW how shameful to play like this, especially on Defense. #GoCougs @cougfbl
-- @tigletsplace

Because Leach wants to do things the unconventional way, regardless of the win loss, damn near fireable offense #GoCougs
-- @nate_ivie

Embarrassing. Coach Leach needs to answer for our special teams tonight and I think a firing is in order. Pathetic. #GoCougs
-- ?@JB_GoCougs

"Mr. Breske? Mr. Russell? Coach Leach would like to see you in his office." #GoCougs
-- @JKdoesPR

Break the all time record for passing yards, lose on a missed field goal. If that's not WSU football I don't know what is. #GoCougs
-- @Dominic_Shelden

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