What They're Saying: Cougs are 5-2 Edition

PULL UP A CHAIR and top off that Sunday morning cup of coffee, Cougar fans, because this What They're Saying is one of the most colorful we've ever run. From Steve Gleason to Cindy Brunson, the Arizona Daily Star to Alex Grinch, here's what people had to say following Washington State's 45-42 victory over Arizona on Saturday.

“There is a new look to the Cougs both on and off the field which reflects a belief in themselves. In Year Four of the Leach era, they have finally learned what it takes to win Pac-12 games. And that, my friends, is what confidence will do for any competitive football team.”
— Lew Wright, Cougfan.com

“Washington State has been the punching bag of the Pac-12 for years and looked like it would be again this season after opening with a home loss to Portland State. The Cougars have changed the script over the past month, inserting themselves into the Pac-12 championship conversation.”
— John Marshall, The Associated Press

“Are people paying enough attention to Washington State...?”
— Joe Tessitore, ESPN
“Not at all, but they will with Stanford coming up..”
— Joey Galloway, ESPN

“The Washington State method for winning football games is neither pretty nor safe. But darn if it isn’t effective.”
— Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman Review

“Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez teams come together, points are expected. And neither the Washington State Cougars nor the Arizona Wildcats disappointed as the Cougars pulled away in the closing minutes …”
— Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

“Arizona football asked for a Homecoming miracle. Washington State quarterback Luke Falk wasn’t in on the memo.”
— Ezra Amacher, The Daily Wildcat

"Wazzu quarterback Luke Falk wasn't pressured much and feasted on Arizona's young secondary." 
— Zach Rosenblatt, Arizona Daily Star

“As usual, it wasn't a perfect first half, as the #specialforces allowed another punt return for a TD -- Arizona had a punt block on, so the coverage should have been simple, but ... yanno.”
— Jeff Nusser, CougCenter

“Falk to Marks. Washington State fans became familiar with that call throughout Washington State's 45-42 win Saturday at Arizona.”
— Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

“The Cougars aren’t playing full throttle for 60 minutes quite yet, but they’re finishing games, and that’s what counts. For now.”
— Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times

“Ryan Kealy held the record for most passing yards against UA, throwing for 511 yards in Arizona’s 50-42 win in 1998. The record stood for 17 years, until Washington State sophomore quarterback Luke Falk took one look at Arizona’s defense, licked his chops and said, ‘It’s going to be a good day, boys.’”
— Scott Bordow, azcentral

“Coach Rich Rodriguez took the mic at the post-game presser today after losing a heartbreaker to Washington State, coaches questions lasted a full 37 seconds.”
— Shereen Ryan, Fansided

“Getting carved up by Washington State's Air Raid was to be expected because of the Cougars' loaded receiving corps and Arizona's inexperienced secondary, but it looked even worse than I anticipated.”
— Ryan Kelapire, azdesertswarm.com

AND FROM THE TWITTER-VERSE:

Finally stopped shaking. Yes, Yes, YES! In @wsucougfb Gabe and Luke we trust!
@CindyBrunsonAz

I wish Gabe Marks was on my fantasy team. #GoCougs
@JasonPuckett20

Hope reports are wrong about GameDay going to Temple. Temple? Seriously? No one cares about Temple. Everyone cares about the COUGS
@Cougsgo

I really hope some temple-WSU beef gets started because wsu fans are ruthless on twitter, and all 12 temple fans would be in over their head
@Gillin_31WW

Not what we want to be, BUT not what we used to be!
@CoachGrinch

So proud of these young men. Great character. Keep it rolling!
@CoachMcGuireWSU

60 minute football games every week in the PAC 12! So proud of these guys for grinding out the win! A lot to improve on, but 5-2 YES!
@CoachKenWils

I am not a Coug 'fan'. I am a football alumnus, with high expectations. I like what I am seeing lately. #NeverPunt #GoCougs
@TeamGleason
,br> If the #Cougs ever start playing defense they'll be pretty good...
@DarnayTripp

Let's all hop on board the WSU special teams experience. Hopefully we don't all burn up on our way out the atmosphere
@zane_rm

GAME OVER, COUGS WIN! ONE MORE TO GO AND WE ARE BOWWWWLLLINNNGGGG
@dansjensen

Remember when all of Cougar Country was calling for Mike Leach’s head after Week 1? #WSU
@ChrisDaniels5

So much for being underdogs #GoCougs
@CodyOConnell1

Alright @CollegeGameDay we did our job this week. Come to papa.
@bward09wsu

The Cougars have now beaten last year's Pac-12 North champion and last year's Pac-12 South champion.
@JacobThorpeSR

The Mike Leach led Washington State Cougars will be playing for 1st place in the Pac-12 North next week. You read that right.
@Ken_PiffeyJr

Shout it from the Palouse! @wsucougfb is 5-2!
@Pac12Networks

Soph Luke Falk: 47-62, 514 yards, 5 TDs.. former walk-on has turned into a very good QB. 628 yards for #Wazzu today on the road at Zona.
@BruceFeldmanCBS

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