What They're Saying: WSU's Duck Hunt Edition

THERE COUGARS weren't perfect Saturday night— and they didn’t need to be to convincingly trounce Oregon. From the woe of the season opener to this eye opener against the Ducks, the pundits are now talking bowl games again.

“Props to you, Washington State -- you have owned both this game and this Twitter feud the past two seasons.”

--Chantel Jennings, ESPN

"Washington State beat Oregon up -- I'm not talking about the Duck players who were injured during the game --  Oregon's D had hands on its hips before the first half had even ended.  Meanwhile, Washington State's stop corps, along with its offense, looked daisy fresh late in the fourth quarter. That Luke Falk and defensive players like d-lineman Hercules Mata'afa performed at a high level in  the Pac-12 opener would certainly seem to bode well going forward for Washington State."

--Barry Bolton,

“Yes, there were some issues…But they pale in comparison to the magnitude of Washington State’s win over Oregon – the second in two tries – and how many worries were put to rest by a team that had little goes its way in the season’s first month.”

--Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman Review

“For the better part of the last decade, Oregon has been the Pac-12 bully. In 2016, those opponents are now lining up to get their revenge.”

--Andrew Greif, The Oregonian

“Look who is crawling out of the basement. Maybe the Cougars aren’t ready to contend for a conference title, but their bowl hopes are looking a lot better sitting at .500 after a second consecutive win over Oregon. And not just a win -- a 51-33 thrashing. The Cougars can make some serious waves next week when they travel to Stanford.”

--Kevin Gemmell, ESPN

“This was the Washington State team many expected to see in the season opener. Sure, WSU made its share of mistakes, just like you might expect in the first game of the season. But the Cougars were a force of nature on offense, and the defense got stronger as the game went along.”

--Barry Bolton,

“When tailback James Williams romped into the end zone and ricocheted off defenders and teammates into the netted, padded front wall of the CrimZone, so many giddy Cougars quickly piled into him that it almost evoked memories of Washington State's celebrated Snow Bowl win of a quarter-century ago.”

--Dale Grummert, The Lewiston Tribune

“Surely it will be some consolation to the University of Oregon to keep winning all those track meets they love so much. And maybe some Saturday the Ducks will make football at their school relevant again. But not yesterday Saturday.”

--John Blanchette, The Spokesman Review

The Cougar offensive line of Cole Madison, Cody O’Connell, Riley Sorenson, Eduardo Middleton and Andre Dillard looked all the world like the Cougar roader graders of 1988 who produced two 1,000-yard rushers.”

“The beginning of their Pac-12 slate marked a new beginning, the players said this week in the lead up to their big tilt against the Ducks. That’s exactly what they set out to prove in front of a sold-out crowd at Martin Stadium Saturday night.”

--Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times


WSU vs UO game is lit I love the coug nation!


Apple Cup on track for Northern supremacy. Cougs and Dawgs both undefeated in Pac-12 play as of Oct. 1


Dude running around pullman with an axe and a house on fire… This is what happens when we beat Oregon #GoCougs


and just like that… #WSU #GoCougs are 2nd in the Pac-12 North


WANTED: Any WSU student who can kick a 30 yd field goal. #WSU


#Wazzu with 655 yards of offense and 284 yards rushing! Domination!!! #AirRaid


I hope duck fans tonight fall asleep to the endless sounds of the cougar first down growl. The sound of their nightmares #gocougs


Basking in the WSU beating Oregon afterglow!


To catch you up, it’s WSU 44, Oregon gearing up for spring football.


Gabe Marks now 1 TD catch behind No 2 Dom Williams on all-time scoring receptions list & 3 behind recordholder Jason Hill at 32



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