Celebrity experts break down Cougs' victory

TRANDON HARVEY, who is no stranger to fantastic finishes, wasn't impressed with Washington State's clock management down the stretch at Rutgers on Saturday, but what truly matters, he duly notes, is the bottom line. Here's what the one-time Apple Cup hero and other former Cougar standouts had to say following the WSU's victory in Piscataway.

2005 Apple Cup hero, receiver

"You can never take away a win, so good win today Cougs. Nonetheless, there were a lot of opportunities that could have made this game easier. The good news is that the offense was on point, and showed a sense of urgency (though I disagree with that first-quarter decision to go for it on fourth down from the 11 rather than try the field goal). I also thought the Cougs could have done a better job with time management toward the end of the game when Rutgers had no timeouts. That is on the coaching. Go Cougs!"

1988 Aloha Bowl and 1989 All-Pac-10 offensive lineman

"First and foremost, a win is a win, no matter how slim. Second, huge credit to players and staff for getting the Cougs prepared to travel to the East Coast and pull out a win. The Cougs gave some great effort and made some big-time plays. Gut check!! Peyton Pelluer, what a great defensive play to force a fumble that my fellow Newport High alum Isaac Dotson (pictured above) recovered on a screen play. Way to go Pops, Scott Pelluer and Michael Dotson -- Cougar Bloodlines run deep!)

Good to see a more established running game and stick with it. Pass protection was solid on offense, defense made some strides. I was especially happy with some big stops on defense. Edge defense vs. the run needs work. Special teams, specifically kickoff and punt return also needs some more work. Big-time forward steps on field goal kickin and the Vaeao PAT block. Game and clock management has improved, yet is still not at a winning level. Good win Cougs!.”

2005 & ’06 Apple Cup standout, tight end

"Great win on the road! Falk and all of the receivers were on the same page and making the big plays that won the game. Cougs earned this win. Keep it rolling

1998 Rose Bowl offensive lineman

"It was a big improvement from last week. In the first series, the offense came in and drove, scored and dominated in a noisy stadium where there is no huddle and cadences vary. I also felt the defense improved , creating turnovers and making some big plays. And let's not forget Rutgers is in a tough conference, runs the ball well, and has had a decade of post-season appearances.

At times, the Cougar offense dominated, run game included, but short yardage situations, especially the quarterback sneaks, need improvement. Think about it -- take away the punt return and kickoff return for TDs and the game is dominated by WSU. WSU's special teams coach will be on fire to fix those breakdowns this week.

Overall, I say we overlooked Portland State. Nothing we do will make it better. The best part of football is you have the next week and another game. If this win at Rutgers had been WSU's first game, we'd feel pretty good about them beating a Big10 school in their house after flying across the country. The players and coaches need our support and confidence. If they take their best plays from today and put that into four quarters of consistent play we are going to have a great season. I believe we will! Go Cougs.”

1998 Rose Bowl & Fab Five receiver

“Really good late win today. This should help with some confidence. Go Cougs #Confidenceishalfthebattle.”

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