WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Lights go down on Cougs

THE NATION’S TOP PASSER and a relentless Stanford defense. Something had to give – and boy, did it ever. The Cardinal brought out Connor Halliday’s ire – and a season-low passing performance – en route to a 34-17 win on The Farm on Friday night. And the media and Twitter-verse had plenty to say about yet another blown opportunity for the Cougars, who late in the game trailed by just seven.

The setting was ripe for an upset. A tepid crowd came to watch a team on the brink of falling out of the national rankings against a team that is much more dangerous than its record indicates. The Pac-12’s resident bully overmatched Washington State in size and speed, but the Cougars made plenty of the plays that can overcome such deficiencies.
-- Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman-Review

Too many times in a trying season, the Cougars have been slow out of the box, on one side of the ball or the other. On this night, in the first six minutes of the game, Stanford reeled off five plays of 20 yards or more and looked like it might hang 60 on the Cougars.
-- Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

The Cardinal (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) kept WSU’s record-setting quarterback, Connor Halliday, in check most of the night. But they once again made some major mistakes and allowed the Cougars to keep the game closer than it should have been.
-- Tom FitzGerald, The San Francisco Chronicle

The old adage asks: How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm? Well, if you’re the Stanford Cardinal, you methodically pound the hell out of a prized quarterback until the only thing he wants to throw is his suitcase into the overhead bin on a flight back to Pullman.
-- Jennifer Chancellor, Cougfan.com

Stanford's defense made Washington State scratch and claw for every single yard, buying the Cardinal's inconsistent offense enough time to finally put the hammer down on the scoreboard.
-- David Lombardi, ESPN.com

There were no national records, no 56-point quarters, no stunning surprises. In other words, this was Stanford's brand of football, not Washington State's.
-- The Lewiston Tribune

Connor Halliday had little time to throw, so he threw short early and often. It was enough to rack up a lot of yards, though nowhere near his record-setting mark of a week ago. And the Cougars couldn't keep pace without it.
-- Antonio Gonzales, The Associated Press

A week after throwing for an NCAA-record 734 yards and six touchdowns against California, Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday was limited to 292 yards and two touchdowns.
-- Rick Eymer, Palo Alto Sports Online

Stanford turned to an old friend Friday night to offset more red-zone woes and defeat Washington State 34-17. The tight end position, once the center of the Cardinal's universe but rarely used for the past season and a half, re-emerged in decisive fashion before an announced crowd of 44,135 at Stanford Stadium.
-- Tom Wilner, San Jose Mercury News

The No. 25 Stanford Cardinal were not perfect in their 34-17 victory over the Washington State Cougars on Friday night, but they were a lot more like what coach David Shaw had in mind for this team.
-- The Sports XChange

The offense was hardly exemplary, but two years ago on this field, Stanford sacked Jeff Tuel 10 times. This time, the Cardinal got through WSU’s youthful front to down Halliday four times. So maybe there’s a time when the operative adjective won’t be young, but good. Mike Leach can’t wait. Literally.
-- Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

And from the Twitter-verse …

Pretty sure I hallucinated. We can kick field goals again? #GoCougs
-- ?@biggie47

I dig that Mike Leach loves to go for it on 4th. I, too, like to live dangerously. #GoCougs
-- ?@TarynKISW

WSU just ran the ball three times in the same drive...I think the sky is falling #GoCougs
-- ?@AustinMolner11

Clearly Halliday and Cracraft have done a Vulcan mind meld. He always knows where he is. That was unreal. #GoCougs
-- ?@zane_rm

This is tough to watch.... I remember when we used to run the ball & beat the Cardinal.......#GoCougs
-- @JasonMcEndoo

There has to be a current student in @WSUPullman that can punt it 40+ yards. Open tryouts...please. #GoCougs
-- @drcoxwsu

#GoStanford respect for Connor Halliday, that guy took a beating tonight lucky to be leaving the Farm in 1 piece #WSUvsSTAN
-- ?@RuleofTreeNICK

Connor Halliday is the QB, so naturally he will be blamed for the loss, but it's hard to throw when you're running for your life #WSUvsSTAN
-- ?@Fear_The_Talon

So is the O-line going to line up and answer questions about how #Halliday almost got killed tonight? #WSU #WSUvsSTAN
-- ?@JohnHBaker

#cougs can compete with anyone in the #pac12. Not ready to turn the corner yet but it's coming. #gocougs
-- ?@diamondnathan75

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