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What They're Saying: Refuse to be Reprimanded Edition

IT WAS A NIGHT OF broken records, snapped streaks, a nail biting fourth quarter and an unpleasant post-game handshake. In other words, the storylines abounded following Washington State's 37-32 victory over Arizona State. And the pithy prose, naturally, abounded.

Here's a sampling:

“The Pac-12 blog respectfully declines to comment on Washington State this week for fear of being publicly reprimanded or fined. (But that five-game winning streak looks pretty darn nice and the Cougars are 4-0 in league play for the first time since 2003.)”

--Kevin Gemmell, ESPN

At times during a college football season, everyone must simply admit the truth. And the truth Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium was simple. Despite a gutsy, never-quit effort, Arizona State didn’t have much of a chance.”

--Doug Haller, The Arizona Republic

“(Robert Taylor’s) fancy footwork marked WSU's first kickoff return for a TD since Sammy Moore went 97 yards in a WSU win at Colorado in September 2003. Since Sammy, it's been 13 years and five weeks of .... nada. Until Saturday night in Tempe.”

—Barry Bolton, Cougfan.com

“It goes by like a blur, I saw that green grass and I just had to hit it.”

—Robert Taylor, WSU return man

"I was telling them (younger guys), one thing you can always expect from Arizona State, is their defense is going to hit and hit hard.”

—Gabe Marks, WSU receiver

"It's a good thing Washington State and Arizona State played a late game Saturday because the coaches’ handshake at midfield was strictly for mature audiences."

--David Wharton, Los Angeles Times

“But even with the random-pieces-held-together-by-duct-tape lineup, [ASU] fell short of a key win that was very much in their grasp.”

--Brad Denny, CBS 5

“A few limp ghouls appeared early … But Washington State effectively exorcised 15 years of demons at Sun Devil Stadium, with the Cougars eventually coming out ahead in every football phase during their 37-32 win at ASU on Saturday.”

--Jacob Thorpe, The Spokesman-Review

“Don’t look now, but the Cougars are on a five-game winning streak and should be 8-2 going into the road trip to Colorado.”

--College Football News

“Static early, static late. But the Cougars' dynamic play in the middle two quarters keyed another tense victory that kept Washington State undefeated in conference play.”

--The Lewiston Tribune

“For the second straight game, it was almost a blow-out-gone-wrong for Washington State. But as the Cougars have shown many times this season, their resiliency allowed them to get it together late in the fourth quarter and end up on top of the scoreboard.”

--Skyler Cracraft, Cougfan.com

"Arizona State was down to its fourth-string quarterback after Manny Wilkins was injured on the opening drive and had four other starters out. The Sun Devils still managed to lead by 11 early and clawed most of their way back from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter."

--John Marshall, FoxSports

“The Pirate went Beast Mode on Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium. Washington State football coach Mike Leach channeled his inner Marshawn Lynch at his post-game press conference, repeating the same answer to four different questions after WSU's 37-32 win over Arizona State. In what was surely unintentional homage to Lynch .... Leach rolled out one answer to every question about ASU’s game strategy.”

—Stefanie Loh, Seattle Times

AND FROM THE TWITTER-VERSE:

All imma say is GO COUGS @Domwill80

Saw someone get hurdled, a 100 yard kickoff return and a 70 yard punt return for TDs. So you could say the game was a success  @TheRealSpenserJ

I guess ASU can’t steal signs on kickoff returns. @JPBlanchette

Not sure I've been alive to see the Cougs score a TD on a kickoff return. @j_muns

The best part of tonight’s game will be the handshake after it’s over given Mike Leach accusations of Todd Graham stealing signs. @cougsgo

Graham tells Leach always respected him but that (signalgate presumably) was "chicken shit" and "bullshit." Leach completely ignored him @COUGFANcom

That feeling when the Cougs have won 5 in a row and just beat ASU at ASU for the first time since 2001. #GoCougs @Jasongesser

Awesome team win, love these kids. Let’s keep it rolling. GoCougs!! @CoachMcGuireWSU

PICTURED ABOVE: Touchdown, Jamal Morrow.


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