What They're Saying: Luke is Down Edition

WASHINGTON STATE'S eighth win of the season, a convincing affair on a chilly night, was overshadowed by Luke Falk's injury and then Mike Leach's testy response to questions about how the star quarterback is doing.

“On a chilly night that saw the Washington State Cougars claim their sixth win in seven games, the most heartening sight might have been Luke Falk weakly raising him arms to the crowd while being carted off the field on a stretcher.”
--Dale Grummert, The Lewiston Tribune

“Regardless of what happens in the Apple Cup, Luke Falk (who of course we hope is going to be OK) should be the league’s offensive player of the year and Mike Leach should be the coach of the year. An improved defense is as much a reason as the high-flying offense.”
—Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

"One hit will overshadow their overall performance. And that is a shame. Because No. 24 Washington State's offensive line was a significant factor in the Cougars' 27-3 win Saturday against Colorado at Martin Stadium."
--Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

“On a frigid Senior Night at Martin Stadium, No. 24 Washington State closed out its home slate in the exact opposite way it started: with a dominating 27-3 blowout win against Colorado that gave WSU its eighth win for the first time since the 2003 season.”
--Stephanie Loh, The Seattle Times

“Wazzu's offense gets a lot of credit for its recent turnaround, but the job defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has done in improving the Cougars defense might be more important. Saturday's win marked the first time since 2006 that Washington State did not allow a touchdown in a Pac-12 game.”
--Kyle Bonagura, ESPN.com

“The scoreboard results after Washington State’s first home game this season and its last were wholly opposed…And yet the sense of foreboding at the end of both games was eerily similar.”
--Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman Review

“Luke Falk has been a folk hero to Cougars fans in leading Washington State to its best record in years”
--Timothy Burke, Deadspin.com

“Pac-12 opponents keep getting credit for beating the Colorado Buffaloes. It continues to be Colorado, however, that gets in the way of the Buffaloes.”
--Brian Howell, The Denver Post 
editor’s note: What game did this fella watch last night?

AND FROM THE TWITTER-VERSE:

This is the scene when Falk makes his halftime stats look like pretty good full game stats.
@WazzuFBBlog

Our D strategy lately, let their best player go for 200 yards and stop everyone else.
@Dontignorene

Prayers for #Luke. Never want to see anyone go down like that.
@SefoLiufau (Injured Colorado starting QB)

Seeing Falk on the stretcher and being carted out just brought me to tears. He's been such a superstar for WSU #GoCougs
@cmturner812 

What is it to be a Coug? When you get carted off on a stretcher and the last thing you do is try to pump up the crowd #GoCougs #falk
@KesterBryant 

It took 5 years, but we finally got a 100 yard rusher!
@WazzusJobu  

We get it Leach, you don't talk about injuries. But "healthy as can be, rested him in 2nd half" seems a lil cold when QB was carted off.
@JoeyESPNPalouse

Should be a great apple cup week. Excited for a great game! Will be down to the wire! But go Cougs!
@Hogie_hawks

Marks on his look at camera after 2nd half TD: "I knew it was ESPN...they run College GameDay. We're pretty good, maybe you should've come"
@JessaMcIntyre 

This has nothing to do w/rivalry & everything to do w/a special kid & his very bright future. Luke Falk should not play Friday
@BrockESPN

Continuing to send prayers up & thinking good thoughts about @wsucougfb QB Luke Falk. I know @WSUCougars nation is doing the same!#GoCougs
@CindyBrunsonAZ

Nothing scarier than head injuries. Hope you're alright Luker
@c_halliday12

#Wazzu's Leach to ESPN reporter asking about Falk: "Healthy as can be. He was rested in the second half." His smart-ass act wears thin.
@Art_Thiel

I know Mike Leach doesn't talk about injuries but dam. That's a cold quote on Luke Falk.
@MikeDugar
           

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