What They're Saying: Snow in the Sun Edition

THE FOCUS OF THE pithy commentary ranged widely, from the heroics of the Cougar defense to Kaleb Fossum's holding perfection, from the snowy weather to the stepping-stone nature of the outcome. From Seattle to Miami and Spokane to El Paso, It's all here in the final What They're Saying of the 9-4 Cougars' memorable 2015 football season.

“Washington State headed west with the joy of victory as its co-pilot, Miami headed east with the unwanted luggage of defeat. It was a football game, a head-knocking affair. While all the pre-game talk centered around Washington State's air attack, this game funneled down to a pair of defenses, a lot of pride and some luck.”
—Bill Knight, El Paso Times

"Watching the Sun Bowl play out featuring Washington State vs. Miami was like a wild ride on a toboggan. Part of the ride is exhilarating. Part of the ride puts knots in your stomach. But when you get to the end you’re glad to have experienced something special."
—Lew Wright, Cougfan.com

“Washington State brought the snow with it from Pullman to El Paso, but the Cougars will take home the Sun Bowl trophy.”
—Stefanie Loh, Seattle Times

“Aided by Miami’s porous offensive line, undisciplined play and overall sloppiness, Washington State scored 13 second-quarter points Saturday to break open a first-quarter tie and survive with an eventual 20-14 victory in the Sun Bowl.”
—Susan Miller-Degnan, Miami Herald

“As the band played and the fans cheered Washington State’s 20-14 Sun Bowl victory over Miami, senior offensive linemen Joe Dahl and Gunnar Eklund paused to soak it in ... 'This is the perfect way to go out, to get my first bowl victory in my last game,' said Dahl, who appreciated the moment even more because it almost didn’t happen (due to the foot injury that kept him out of the previous four game) ... Eklund ended his career with 38 straight starts at either left guard or left tackle. 'I can’t even describe this feeling,” Eklund said after the game. 'It’s been an honor to play here with my brothers. I’ll never forget it.'”
—Jim Allen, Spokesman Review

“A bowl win creating offseason momentum can sometimes be overstated, but not when the win comes for a program that hasn’t won a bowl game since 2003.”
—Jared Shanker, ESPN

“Miami and Washington State met in El Paso, Tex., for the Sun Bowl on Saturday, and just in case the Hurricanes in the Sun Bowl wasn’t enough meteorological action for you, they played through a snowstorm.”
—Jacob Emert, Washington Post

“It was awesome, A stepping stone. This is a program on the rise.”
—Gabe Marks, WSU receiver

“Washington State's defense saved the Cougars in the snowy Sun Bowl.”
—John Erfort, Associated Press

“As quarterback Luke Falk scrambled to secure a first down that clinched a 20-14 Sun Bowl win Saturday against Miami -- and the Cougars' most successful season in a dozen years -- it was difficult not to think ahead. That is because this feels like a burgeoning golden era for WSU football.”
—Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

“It was weird, wild and snowy, but that was just fine with Washington State.”
—Greg Wallace, Bleacher Report

“If you’ve watched the Hurricanes play this season, then this game looked awfully familiar to you. An avalanche of penalties, drops, head-scratching decisions and more penalties buried Miami, not the heavy snow.”
—Mark Singer, The Miami Hurricane

“… the John Folmer special teams award went to Cougar kicker Erik Powell, who had field goals of 30 and 25 yards. That award has never gone to a holder, but Kaleb Fossum stated quite a case on Powell's first field goal, when made a lunging grab of an errant snap, got back in a crouch and made a perfect hold. Fossum also fielded punts in the driving snow without incident.”
—Bret Bloomquist, El Paso Times

AND FROM THE TWITTER-VERSE:

congrats Washington St. football on win today in Sun Bowl- The one and only coach Mike Leach doing it again.
@McConaughey

It's snowing at the #SunBowl. Advantage: Cougs!  #GoCougs
@tyler_young

CBS announcer: "You know I don't watch WSU often... Actually not at all, maybe a few highlights a year" Thanks bro
@GilParraa

Let's get back into the end zone. And let's get it on camera this time!
@brett_gleason

250 DAYS TIL COUGAR FOOTBALL #GoCougs #SunBowl
@benwineman

Probably Luke's worst game of the year and we still pull it off against a decent Miami team. I'll take it. But so terrifying.
@BrettMillerWCB

Who says holders can only hold?
@WazzusJobu

I thought Marks got his leg ripped clean off in the Apple Cup. Less than a month later, TD in the Sun Bowl
@BrianMFloyd

Popcorn guy. Fireball guy. Whatever girl. Sombrero shirtless dude? #SunBowl
@AaronQ13Fox

@MamaCracraft must be so proud of her three sons Skyler, River and Ryan.
@johnscottreeves

El Paso commercial starts: "El Paso is known for its warm weather..." AS IT IS CURRENTLY BLIZZARDING
@kheimbigner

My holiday season is the best it's been in a dozen years
@cindybrunsonaz

First time WSU and UW have ever won bowl games in the same year and they do it on the same day.
@bcondotta

2015 @HyundaiSunBowl Champs! Proud of this team, these coaches & especially this group right here (pic of rush backers and nickels)
@CoachRoyM


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