What They're Saying: Dumpster Fire Edition

THE GAME was highlighted by costly turnovers, porous defense and aghast fans. The post-game punditry, on the other hand, was all laser-sharp-focus, with Mike Leach the center of many cross hairs.

Leach was hailed as an offensive guru while at Texas Tech, taking recruits Texas didn’t want and churning out exciting, teams that made 10 consecutive bowl games. But increasing evidence suggests the college football world has caught up with him … It’s not unreasonable to think that Leach lost his edge after a forced hiatus following his ugly departure at Texas Tech. Other than an upset over a Lane Kiffin-led USC team in 2013, there’s been scarce evidence to believe otherwise.
—Adam Lewis, SeattlePI.com

This one hurts … big time. The most damning statistic is the 233 rushing yards the Cougars gave up to the Vikings. There was plenty of discussion in the offseason that new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch was going to bring improvement to a defense that allowed 38.6 points per game.
-- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN

In more than a century of sordid embarrassments attendant to the Washington State football program, the nadir may have occurred Saturday in Pullman’s Martin Stadium, where the Cougars, 30-to-35 point favorites depending on the oddsmaker, choked 24-17 to Portland State of the FCS Big Sky Conference.
— Sports Press Northwest

Washington State misfired on all pistons in its 24-17 season opening defeat ... Amidst a steady rain on a gloomy day that contributed to the dismal 24,302 attendance at Martin Stadium, there were a litany of dropped passes, fumbled balls, fumbled snaps and missed tackles.
-- Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times

The pirate ship is listing to port and taking on water.
—Ty Duffy, The Big Lead

But the facts are no matter how hard you work, no matter the opponent, no matter the hype, you have to come out and do your job. Know your keys, keep contain, catch the ball, make the tackle, make a play, beat the guy across from you, beat the team across from you, want it more than they do. As the game went on, the thing that allowed Portland-freaking-State to steal that football game was the fact that they simply began to want it more than Wazzu. Not that the Cougs didn't want it, PSU just wanted it more.
--Joshua Davis, Cougfan.com Luxury Suites Columnist

The Portland State football players call their style of play "Barney Ball," in honor of new head coach Bruce Barnum. "Barney" Ball made a shocking debut on Saturday, as Portland State of the FCS upset Washington State 24-17 in a driving rainstorm … It was the first time Portland State beat a Pacific-12 team in 15 tries ... It was Washington State's first loss to an FCS team in 20 outings.
—The Associated Press

The Cougars lost to a team picked to finish 12th in the 13-team Big Sky Conference … The Cougars lost to a current Big Sky school for the third time in school history — in 49 games dating back to 1903 … The Cougars lost to a Portland State team they outscored 107-30 in their two other meetings, including 59-21 last year.
— Howie Stalwick, Cougfan.com

Portland State gained 294 yards, with nearly 230 coming in the second half … Washington State finished with 411 yards of offense, but only a third of that came after halftime. The Vikings also forced two turnovers, blocked a punt and knocked down six passes.
— Mike Lund, GoViks.com

  The lowest point didn’t arrive at the end of a long descent for Washington State. Rather, it rocketed up to meet the Cougars, who thought they were in the midst of their own ascension. -- Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman-Review

I've done a lot of sticking up for Leach over the past three seasons. There are no more excuses. I'd welcome you to rock bottom, but as my years as a fan have taught me: There is no bottom. Fire everyone. Go Cougs.
-- Jeff Nusser, SB Nation

  A 31-point underdog? A quarterback who had never before thrown a pass in an NCAA game? A driving rainstorm? None of that mattered Saturday for Portland State, which earned its first win in 15 tries against a Pac-12 opponent by stunning four-and-a-half-touchdown favorite Washington State, 24-17, in a driving rainstorm in Pullman.
-- FOX Sports

Expectations for Mike Leach's 2015 season, his fourth at Washington State, were high …(but) left to smolder in what became a dumpster fire Saturday at Martin Stadium when the Cougars blew a 10-point halftime lead and lost to FCS Portland State 24-17.
-- Matthew Zimmer, Cougfan.com

From the Twitter-verse:

Cougs lose to Portland State. Wyoming falls to North Dakota. That's a hell of a draw in Pullman on Sept. 19.
@JPBlanchette

watched that game completely sober. that was a mistake.
@cougsgo

New day, new attitude.  Forecast is sunny and warm for the Rutgers game.  Fresh start. #PlayTheNextPlay #GoCougs
@MamaCracraft

This fan base's morale is like telenovela. #GoCougs
@EvanSHaines

So as bad as it was for WSU to lose yesterday to Portland St, it's time to pick up the pieces & get back to work. #gocougs
@Coughouse

Mike Leach seat temperature just went from San Diego to El Centro. #wsu #GoCougs
@baclark

So...should I start watching the @wsucougfb game on my DVR now...or give it a day or two? Yeah. I need more time. #GoCougs
@DerekKXLY

My son is nearly 15. He's grown up rooting for the Mariners and the Cougs. At some point he's gotta realize his dad is an idiot
@KyleRancourt

Vegas now taking odds that Bill Moos' Monday radio show will focus solely on soccer and volleyball
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