What They're Saying: Goffing up lead edition

FROM OAKLAND TO Spokane, pundits and fans had a lot to talk about following the entertaining show Washington State and Cal put on in Berkeley on Saturday.

The nation’s worst major college defense most of the past two seasons, Cal collected seven sacks and forced four turnovers ... Safety Damariay Drew, banished from campus last year after an assault incident, made the day's biggest play when he came seemingly from nowhere to pick off Luke Falk's pass down the middle at the 10-yard line with 3:29 left.
-Jeff Faraudo, Oakland Tribune

Jared Goff threw an interception on his third pass of the day. Cal’s next possession ended when running back Daniel Lasco fruitlessly plunged into the line on 4th-and-1. This did not look like a powerful offense. More than three hours later, Goff and the Bears savored another taut, high-scoring victory ...
--Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle

Oh Boy, that was a tough loss to stomach. Especially, being up by 14 points and having the Cal Bears on the brink. I think our Cougs are still learning how to win close games and how to make those four to five plays that make all the difference between winning and losing. However, I thought our Cougars played a better overall game. The offensive unit played extremely well and the defense tightened down when necessary. Unfortunately, there were a couple of plays that broke our backs. I think our Cougs are getting better and still are headed to a winning season!
--Ricky Turner, WSU quarterback 1980-84

Inconsistent play like we saw Saturday doesn’t lend itself to thinking there are four more wins out there for WSU.
--Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

WSU's botched fake punt, the Bears' onsides kick recovery, and Cal running back Vic Enwere's momentum-defining 36-yard run on third down from the Cal five late in the fourth quarter will burn bright.
--Matthew Zimmer, Cougfan.com

The turnovers and stops that have eluded the Washington State defense finally came on Saturday. And a suddenly aggressive offense was able to put some points on the board, for a half.
--Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman Review

Washington State was able to keep Cal from scoring on the (Vic Enwere third-and-36) drive, but it allowed precious time to chew off the clock and for the field to be flipped. Cal was able to hold on, and remain unbeaten heading into a massive matchup with Utah next week.
--Robby Kalland, CBSsports.com

For a while on Saturday afternoon, if looked as if Washington State might come away with its first upset win over a ranked team since 2013. The Cougars were flowing against Cal, offense and defense for once playing in sync.
--Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times

And from the Twitter-verse:

Hi, I'm WSUvsCal, and I'm still the most bizarre game in college football every year
@jscarp

Hell of a game
@jasonpuckett20

See, Mike Leach is right. Even lining up to punt is bad.
@JPBlanchette

DLs Paulo, Barber and Vaeao turning in one of most memorable trench efforts in recent Cougar memory
@COUGFANcom

NEVER RUN THE SNEAK AGAIN
@RM_Preston

There exists a bar where more than 20 people are gathered, watching WSU football. Believe it, I'm here. It's not a happy place.
@CeeLew

I swear the WSU football team can beat any team in the country ... They can also lose to any team in the country... but who cares?
@LoganTennis

Bad fake punt. Bad onside kick. Bad run defense on 3rd and long. Bad offense in the second half. Still proud of the Cougs.
@The_Brentinator

Don't know if I should be happy we did better than everyone expected or pissed that the same stupid mistakes lost us the game
@ToryStory

Would be a fun race to see if Klay Thompson or the Bear Raid could score more points in a quarter
@avinashkunnath


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