What They're Saying: Roping Wyoming Edition

KEITH HARRINGTON and the second-half version of the Washington State defense drew the most attention from the punditry following WSU's 31-14 win over Wyoming in front of a raucous Martin Stadium crowd.

Washington State hadn't won a home football game in more than a year, but the Cougars used a solid team effort to beat Wyoming 31-14 and send their fans home happy on Saturday night.
-- Nick Geranios, The Associated Press

The Cougars have now won back-to-back games for the first time since knocking off Arizona and Utah at the end of the 2013 season. That Week 1 loss to Portland State seems even more baffling now. But lingering on the past won't get the Cougs anywhere.
-- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

In refusing to punt the ball on fourth down in Washington State territory in the third quarter, Cougars coach Mike Leach was trying to show trust in his sputter offense. Instead he lot a fire under his sputter defense.
-- Dale Grummert, Lewiston Tribune

... the Cougar offense was just about as ineffectual as it could be – from indifferent line play to uninspiring quarterbacking to a lack of red-zone imagination. One exception: backup running back Keith Harrington, a speedy, determined workhorse on WSU’s go-ahead TD drive, especially the 36-yard burst that capped it – the Cougs’ longest TD run of the Leach era.
-- John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

Washington State coach Mike Leach was aggravated enough with his team in the first half that he told a sideline reporter the Cougars had to “stop playing fat and lazy” on the offensive line and on defense. To its credit, the defense shook out of its funk after the half.
-- Stefanie Loh, Seattle Times

The Cougars, who had only eight takeaways last season, already have five (this season).
-- SportsPressNW.com

Opposing scoring streaks have been a common theme for Wyoming through three games. On Saturday, Washington State scored the game's final 24 points after Wyoming took a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.
-- Ryan Holmgren, Casper Star-Tribune

The end zone!
-- WSU linebacker Jeremiah Allison when asked what he saw on the fourth-quarter play that resulted in his key interception.

And from the Twitter-verse:

Luani is really settling nicely at safety. Almost had a diving two handed pick. Attacks the run game. Good to see
@TheSoCalCoug

Luke Falk for President!!! #GoCougs WSU# #Cougfootball
@DB_2421

Disneyland isn't the happiest place on earth...Pullman is.
@JohnsonKamden

I love my team #GoCougs
@Forever_Leisure (Ivan McLennan)

Ready to get REAL accustomed to watching Hercules do great things on defense for @wsucougfb!
@CindyBrunsonAZ

Is Bevell calling this red zone?
@JoshHammond

This Peyton Pelluer guy…he might be someone to keep an eye on.
@JPBlanchette


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