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What They're Saying: The Vandal Cure Edition

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS dubbed the Vandals a sure-fire cure for the ailing while the star of the day saluted the Almighty and the Almighty Big Uglies for his career breakout. That and more in our weekly round up of what pundits and tweeps had to say following WSU's 56-6 victory over Idaho.

“Idaho has often been a cure for what ailed the Cougars.” —Nicholas Geranios, Associated Press

"After the week Washington State had, a blowout win was the best possible outcome. What they do with it moving forward will be very telling for how the rest of the season plays out." — Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

"(Fans) saw the very unLeachian spectacle of the running backs outgaining quarterback Luke Falk, and a coming-out party for the hard-grinding James Williams, who had 126 yards. And they saw a superior team finally put the hammer down on an overmatched opponent.In other words, they saw some lessons learned." — John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"James Williams hates this game concluded. He always wants to keep going, which is kind of what you're after out of a guy.” — Mike Leach

As he crossed the goal line to give Washington State its first special-teams touchdown in 11 years, Marcellus Pippins thought about breaking into a Thizzle, a dance move spawned by the rapper Mac Dre that would have thrilled Pippins' friends in the California Bay Area. But he looked warily at an official in the end zone and decided not to risk a penalty for excessive celebration. — Dale Grummert, Lewiston Tribune

“I watch a lot of NFL football and every time there’s a fumble it’s like the ball just automatically just has grease on it so no one could pick it up. I was thinking, ‘I gotta get this ball.’ I was timing how it was bouncing. I know how to look at the ball and know how it bounces, and I knew it would take one more bounce to bounce up, so I got under and scooped it.”  Marcellus Pippins on his sprint to paydirt

“For the first time this season, WSU’s offense, defense and special teams all showed up on the same day.” -- Stefanie Loh, Seattle Times

“Should you find yourself on a country drive down state Route 270 on Sunday afternoon, don’t startle if you see a group of students (wearing black, let’s be honest) hiking their way back to Moscow.” -- Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

“Cougar fans, this is the running back you've been hearing about for the past year-plus.” -- Skyler Cracraft, CF.C (on James Williams)

"Why the #@$% is Luke holding onto the ball? He waits forever. If we had a mix between Halliday and Luke it would be perfect. Throw the ball!"          -- Female student outside Martin Stadium

“There didn't appear to be a crush of people on the field after the game so that the coaches would have trouble finding one another. So it's a mystery. Again. This much is known: for the second-straight meeting between WSU and Idaho, there was drama surrounding the post-game handshake (or in this case, the postgame non-handshake).” -- Barry Bolton, Cougfan.com

“On a day when Washington State’s air raid offense appeared to stall against Idaho, the special teams unit stepped up and delivered a rivalry win.” --Josh Grissom, Idaho Press-Tribune

AND FROM THE TWITTER-VERSE:

Frankie LuLu #51 is laying Wood all over Martin Stadium! 

@MKBruce2

Trivia question of the day: last time WSU had 2 special teams touchdowns in the same game ... The answer: 1973. WSU returned two punts for touchdowns against...Idaho, of course.

@MikeDugar

The curse is broken. Our Cougs are back!  That's a "W" baby!!  #GoCougs

@Mamacracraft

Hey, we've got guys throwing punches on the field now too.

@Cougsgo

prayed for this moment and god comes through for me EVERYTIME I can't thank him enough...and my O-line

@boobiewilliams2 (James Williams)

This season is so weird, WSU just went over 200 yards rushing. IN ONE GAME!!

@NussCoug

Tough times don’t last; TOUGH people do. #GoCougs

@WSU_Odom

The Leach/Petrino handshake was the only reason this game was on tv.

@BigWoodWSU

Programming note: We interrupt this installment of “Cops” to bring you the Washington State-Idaho football game . . .

@bud_withers

Good game, Cougs! Make sure you celebrate tonight. Away from any parties. Away from pizza places. #GoCougs

@ronschott

Wazzu has held Idaho to less points than UW. Transitive property says Wazzu>UW.

@SKramerWrites


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