WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: A Catfight gone awry

ANOTHER WASTED SATURDAY. Yet another night where another Connor Halliday record was overshadowed by the agony of defeat. And this time, it was the Cougars’ defense – namely the secondary – that felt the pain, as No. 15 Arizona stomped all over it en route to a 59-37 win. And the media and Twitter-verse had plenty to say about yet another blown opportunity.

Leach talks about playing the game clinically — my word, not his — about winning individual battles and focusing on the next play. But somewhere in there, there has to be an element of urgency and passion from the opening kickoff, and it’s missing.
-- Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

After watching their young defensive backs get burned for the umpteenth time, Washington State coaches did some burning of their own. They burned a redshirt. It didn't generate much heat, though.
-- Dale Grummert, The Lewiston Tribune

The Arizona Wildcats are turning into the Arizona Road Warriors. The Wildcats scored a 59-37 win over Washington State this evening and ran their road record to 3-0 on the season.
-- Daniel Berk, Arizona Daily Star

This secondary has held up about as well as the historic, dilapidated barn along the Palouse Scenic Byway. Based on ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating system, Solomon ranks eighth among Pac-12 signal-callers. He is seventh in the conference in the more traditional quarterback-rating statistic. In other words, Solomon is not elite.
-- Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

The first quarter was a horror show for WSU and most fans didn’t stick around for the curtain call. Every weakness the Cougars have shown this season was exploited quickly and mercilessly, putting WSU in a seemingly insurmountable hole long before the second act.
-- Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman-Review

Arizona football scored early and scored often to get revenge at Washington State, blowing out the Cougars 59-37.
-- James Kelley, The Daily Wildcat

Simply put, Connor Halliday is not OK. And it’s pretty easy to understand why Halliday, who on Saturday night broke Washington State’s career passing record – just three weeks after shattering the Football Bowl Subdivision single-game mark by throwing for 734 yards – isn’t satisfied.
-- Jennifer Chancellor, Cougfan.com

This time, No. 15 Arizona got started early. The Wildcats, plagued recently by slow starts, scored 24 straight points in the first quarter and beat Washington State 59-37 on Saturday.
-- The Arizona Republic

Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon and the Wildcat offense were virtually unstoppable. Before the game WSU defensive line coach Joe Salave’a compared their offense to the Indy 500 but instead it looked more like a monster truck rally with the Wildcats crushing the Cougar defense – particularly the secondary – with no remorse.
-- Michael-Shawn Dugar, Moscow-Pullman Daily News

AND FROM THE TWITTER-VERSE ...
Excited for #TheWalkingDead tonight. Unlike the version our #GoCougs defense portrays on Saturdays. #EmptyCorpse
-- @JasonJoyce82

Do they even care anymore? #GoCougs
-- ?@ThatDude_Mikey

@Vince_Mayle Great to see a great player play hard down late in that game. #GoCougs
-- ?@STAFFORDps54

Anyone see the semi that just ran over WAZZU? Bet Michigan alumni wish they still had RichRod right about now...#GoCougs
-- ?@spinecoug

Remember August when the experts penciled Rutgers, Nevada, and Arizona as probable wins? Not our turn around year! #GoCougs
-- ?@georgew1965

Crushing loss today! Team battles until the end. We need to finish 4-0 for a bowl game! It can happen! #GoCougs #believe
-- ?@paulcounts


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