What They're Saying: Bowl-Eligible Edition

JEFF TUEL WASN'T the only former Pac-12 quarterback excited about what he saw in Pullman on Saturday as Washington State defeated Arizona State 38-24. So was former Heisman winner Matt Leinart. Here's what pundits and Twitter types are saying about the Cougars' victory.

"Make no mistake, what this Washington State team lacks in consistency they more than make up for in confidence, swagger and coachability. Throughout the game, players on the WSU sidelines were being coached up to gain focus on the task at hand."
-- Lew Wright, Cougfan.com

"Their win over Arizona State was big for a couple reasons. First, it made the Cougars bowl-eligible for the second time in three seasons. Second, it showed they can overcome a double-digit deficit and still win. It was a very mature performance on both sides of the ball."
-- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

"I love watching Luke Falk."
-- Matt Leinart, Fox Sports

"With two more wins, Luke Falk would be one of my Heisman Trophy finalists."
Spencer Tillman, Fox Sports

“Washington State receiver Gabe Marks doesn't think becoming bowl-eligible is that big a deal. Washington State came from behind to beat Arizona State 38-24 on Saturday for its sixth victory of the season. 'I don't think it's very significant,' Marks said. 'We've played good enough to get to this point. But we don't want to be satisfied with just being bowl-eligible.'"
-- Nick Geranios, The Associated Press

“Navigating the rolling hills of Palouse farmland serves as a perfect metaphor for Arizona State’s season: You’re up, you’re down and yes, OK, you might even encounter a little whiff of manure.
-- Paola Boivin, azcentral.com

“Inadvertently. Hey, that’s progress in the Pac-12. It could have been intentionally. Inadvertently, those were the magic words for the Cougars.”
-- John Blanchette, The Spokesman-Review

“Call it confusion, karma coming back around, or perhaps — depending on which team you ask — a mistake. But after coming out on the wrong end of some controversial officiating decisions against Stanford in its previous game, Washington State caught a huge break in the second quarter of its 38-24 victory over Arizona State on Saturday afternoon at Martin Stadium.”
-- Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times

“Raise your hand if you know who Washington State's leading receiver was in the Cougs' 38-24 win over Arizona State. If you guessed a true freshman slot receiver who didn't start, you're right.”
-- Cougfan.com (For the record, the answer is Kyle Sweet)

“What looked like a blowout early for the Arizona State Sun Devils turned into a roller coaster of a game with multiple lead changes and turning points. Ultimately, it was Washington State that overcame the early deficit and twice regained the lead in the second half before pulling away for a 38-24 win.”

"The Cougars have wilted in the face of far less adversity so many times over the past 12 years. This season, however, the Cougars are better. They’re better physically, and every bit as importantly, they are better mentally."
-- Howie Stalwick, The Inlander

“In one of the greatest displays of resiliency you'll see, WSU overcame an early 14-0 deficit to easily defeat Arizona State, 38-24, and secure its sixth win of the season, which should assure the Cougars of a return to the postseason.”
-- Jeff Nusser, CougCenter

And from the Twitter-verse:

Great day to be a coug #Bowling
@qb10jvt (Jeff Tuel)

Arizona State has to be livid. On 5th down, the Cougs score. TOUCHDOWN. Huge swing.

When sitting in the press box, one must remain absolutely neutral. The slightest celebratory action is met with disapproval.#ThisIsSoHard

Coug fans your Football team will be in a Bowl game this year. After losing to Portland St. That's impressive.. Congrats. #WSU

Clock management is "I score points, son" #GoCougs

Raise your hand if you had "Washington State becoming bowl eligible before Oregon and USC" in your office pool...

Leach says the Cougs didn't change anything schematically after the 1st Q, "except for all the calls we stole from Arizona State." #GoCougs

Let's keep it going! #GoCougs

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