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Jason Gesser fired up on the radio

BILL MOOS HAD a previous engagement and wasn’t on his radio show Monday but Jason Gesser was still there, and he was fired up. Gesser, his voice rising, said Washington State “beat Stanford, across the board, the entire game.” And he was just getting started.

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Indeed, Gesser said WSU "whooped" the No. 8 team in the nation, and "dominated" and "outplayed" Stanford.

--The defense surprised everyone including, it sounds like, WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Gesser said on Cougar Calls with Bill Moos that Grinch told him during the practice week heading into Stanford, ‘I don't know if this is going to work.’

--Gesser went on to say Grinch’s game plan was spot on despite the DC's worries (as coaches are prone to do, Gesser noted). It succeeded in large part because the WSU defensive front seven “played out of their minds,” said Gesser.

--Gesser took a moment to subtly but firmly chastise Cougar fans for not making the game a sellout. The game should have been sold out weeks in advance, Gesser said, regardless of weather, regardless of not knowing the kickoff time until 10 days in advance, etc.

--For every Cougar fan who has said, ‘Give us a reason to be in Martin,’ as explanation for their absence in Martin Stadium, Gesser was adamant that WSU’s play on the field has rendered that rationale moot, that the Cougars this season has given fans every reason to attend.

--A longtime season ticket holder called in to ask if there could be something – for Cougar fans on the west side of the state – set up. Bus? Plane? Train? Anything? WSU’s Devon Thomas said time/logistics make busses a non-option for games with early afternoon start times since fans would have to board a bus at an ungodly time in order to make an 11 a.m. or early afternoon game. But Thomas said they would look into the issue further and noted Alaska Airlines offers a 10 percent discount for Cougar fans flying in for a WSU game.

--Gesser said Luke Falk's second interception that led to the winning field goal by Stanford was not on Falk, but rather the Stanford defensive back made a great play in fighting through a Cougar wide receiver’s block.

--Nickel Parker Henry's interception return for score in the second quarter that was ruled incomplete was an interception from his vantage point, said Gesser. He also lauded Henry's play against the Stanford tight ends. Host Derek Deis concurred. “This is a spot that’s supposed to be Isaac Dotson’s and he’s stepped in for him during the injury and I don’t know if Isaac’s going to get his spot back,” Deis said. “Parker just seems to make play after play after play.”

--Gesser says Brandon Gibson told him that Gabe Marks reminds Gibson of himself with how he plays. He also said another CouGreat wideout, Chris Jackson, has told him recently how much he has enjoyed watching Marks play this season.

--Gesser said he thought Marks could be outside wide receiver in the NFL, the same position he plays at Washington State. Related story: NFL guru Rob Rang sees Marks in slot at the next level: Click here


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