What They're Saying: Roasted Duck Edition

WASHINGTON STATE'S thrilling victory in Eugene on Saturday brought out the pith stretching from Lewiston down the Snake and Columbia to Portland.

"In a cramped interview tent outside the Washington State locker room, Cougar players tried to explain how it feels to rally for a double-overtime victory over a team that last January played in the national title game. But it was difficult to make themselves heard over the cries of euphoria next door."
-- Dale Grummert, Lewiston Tribune

“The Ducks left under boos from those who'd stuck around during an off-and-on rainstorm at Autzen Stadium, losers 45-38 in double overtime against the Washington State Cougars.”
-- Andrew Greif, The Oregonian

  “Saturday night at Autzen Stadium, a Cougars team many had written off earlier in the season delivered an inspired performance to outpace the up-tempo Ducks and notch its first Pac-12 victory of the season.”
-- Stephanie Loh, The Seattle Times

  “So certain were the Oregon Ducks that they had finally put away a Washington State team that had made a habit of rising just in time to prolong the bout, that the Autzen Stadium PA announcer saw fit to remind the 55,775 fans in attendance of a Pac-12 rule prohibiting them from rushing the field after the final whistle.”
-- Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman Review

  “After getting their hearts broken against Cal, the Cougars came into Eugene and outplayed Oregon in almost every phase, gutting it out to the final second of double overtime to beat the Ducks 45-38.”
-- Matthew Zimmer, Cougfan.com

  “When it mattered, Washington State was about as clutch (with a dash of lucky) as it could get and the Cougars beat Oregon 45-38 in double overtime, snapping the Ducks' eight-game win streak over Wazzu.”
-- Chantel Jennings, ESPN

"The most shocking game of this college football season included one program’s largest margin of defeat in more than a decade. On Saturday, that program, Oregon, suffered an equally stunning loss, only instead of a blowout it was decided in double overtime."
— Chris Johnson, Sports Illustrated

  “The Oregon defense had an up and down game throughout the afternoon today at Autzen Stadium. The front seven was able to get some constant pressure on WSU quarterback Luke Falk throughout the game, but again they were victimized by giving up long plays and not being able to close out the game.”
-- Keeler McJunkin, 247 Sports with CBS Sports

"Washington State's celebration began on the field, and was still rocking 20 minutes later in the Cougars' locker room at the east end of Autzen Stadium."
— Kevin Goe, The Oregonian

"Pago Pago, a town with a population that doesn't quite reach 4,000, produced both ends of one of the most memorable -- and emotionally exhilarating -- plays in the last dozen years of Cougar football ... Daniel Ekuale is a third-year sophomore from Nuuuli Technical High -- in Pago Pago. Shalom Luani is a JC transfer junior who prepped at Faga'Itua High -- in Pago Pago."
-- Cougfan.com

"Washington State quarterback Luke Falk held his breath on his final touchdown pass against Oregon …. Falk threw to River Cracraft, who was brought down right at the goal line — but the ball popped out of his hands and into the hands of Robert Lewis, who ran into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown. The play stood on review … ”I thought (Cracraft) was in because I thought he broke the plane," Falk said. "And then I saw it bounce up and thought 'Oh crap.' But Robert was right there.” "
— Anne Peterson, AP

  AND FROM THE TWITTER-VERSE:

The Cougs had a beautiful scoring drive to open the game. I don't know how to feel
@DonnyOutWest

Raiders pass defense is still atrocious....Wait that's Oregon?! #silverandblack
@PossumJ16

Gabe Marks is better than you. Probably at everything.
@brett_gleason

Idle thought of the night: What are the odds Oregon breaks out those preposterous Lewis & Clark Meets Donald Duck helmets again?
@COUGFANcom

I seriously doubt any fan base gets more nervous about PAT's than we do after what happened against Cal last year.
@bward09wsu

We've reached peak Pac-12 After Dark Darkness, guys. There's no going back. Embrace the chaos.
@ChantelJennings

Being a Coug fan is like always having your phone at 1% and constantly wondering your fate
@blytheofdaparty

Is Portland State the best college football team in Oregon?
@rexcarlin

Whether you're a Cougars Fan or a huskies fan, we can both enjoy an oregon loss, great win Cougs!
@MissingSonics

never in my life has my entire family shouted in unison over a Wazzu win...til now!
@DavisHsuSeattle

This may go down as one of the happiest moments in my life.. That's how much I dislike Oregon
@Easton_Johnson2

PICTURED ABOVE: COUGAR SAFETY SHALOM LUANI FOLLOWING GAME-WINNING INTERCEPTION

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