What they're saying

Here's a look at what the pundits are saying about the Cougars' win over Idaho.

John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review:

"For the time being, it was only important that Wazzu win, preferably in convincing fashion, and in front of a relatively large and mostly appreciative audience. There will be time enough to prove themselves against the nouveau Goliaths of the Northwest -- Oregon and Oregon State -- and their old pal Washington. But for once -- if not for all -- they needed to demonstrate that they were out of Idaho's league."

Steve Kelley, Seattle Times:

"They came here to start something new, to rekindle the past when quarterbacks carved up secondaries and tiny Martin Stadium was as inhospitable as a Palouse winter. They came here to reawaken the echoes of 1997."

Howie Stalwick, Coeur d'Alene Press:

"The Cougars ran the ball, passed the ball, caught the ball and returned the ball with shocking precision and a shocking lack of resistance from Idaho. The Cougars out gained the Vandals 544-146 total yards and had four -- not one, not two, not three, but four touchdowns called back for one reason or another."

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman:

"Idaho didn't look prepared for its season opener. The Vandals dropped passes, committed silly penalties and tackled like it was a no-takedown practice … WSU, meanwhile, was crisp. The Cougars punted just once in the first half while piecing together scoring drives of 87 and 72 yards. They expanded their lead to 33-0 with two quick touchdown drives to open the third quarter."

Steve Christilaw, Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

"Yes, there are enough quality receivers in Pullman to make the Cougars' multiple wide-receiver passing attack work. And yes, basketball standout Mike Bush can make an impact on the Cougars' football fortunes."

Craig Hill, Tacoma News Tribune:

"For the most part the Cougars could do no wrong Thursday night. Idaho didn't cross midfield until it returned a kickoff 70 yards to set up its only touchdown. The Cougars out gained Idaho, 511 yards to 91, in the first three quarters."

Nick Witter, Witter Family, The Next Generation:

"GOD BLESS COUGAR FOOTBALL!!!  What a game from start to finish.  Even though the final score should have been 50-0, 36-7 will do just fine.  We just have to cut down on the penalties a bit, but hey, first game, it was to be expected.  Great play from both sides of the ball."

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