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What They're Saying: Lost chances Saturday but big apples on Friday

SO MUCH FOR retirement. Vince Grippi, the old WSU beat writer for the Spokesman-Review, still talks and writes about the Cougs with insightful abandon. In a wide-ranging snapshot and what pundits and others are saying about the Cougars' loss in Boulder on Saturday, the Ol' Man gets straight to the point.

"Don't feel too bad, Cougars. No one has made it through the conference undefeated since the Pac-10 became the Pac-12.” —Kevin Gemmell, ESPN

“Hard to see Washington State dropping much after this thriller.” — Associated Press

“Friday’s winner in Pullman will play again a week from Friday against the South champion for the conference crown and, at the least, a Rose Bowl berth … And yet Saturday’s loss in Boulder was important in a lot of ways for WSU. The Cougars could have built momentum for the Apple Cup. They could have set a school record for consecutive wins. They could have, heck, should have, shown the nation just how far they have come. Instead the stubbed their toe. Heck, they broke one. Dropped passes, missed tackles, blown assignments. Yes, Colorado was the better team Saturday, especially in the second half. But WSU helped the Buffs immensely, especially in the first half.” — Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review

“As an improbable clash of football upstarts looked increasingly like an MMA fight, the Washington State Cougars looked increasingly as if they'd wandered into the wrong arena. The No. 20 Cougars' high-flying offense mustered only seven points after halftime and their defense couldn't stop the dual threat of Sefo Liufau on Saturday as WSU's eight-game winning streak ended with a 38-24 loss to No. 12 Colorado.” — Lewiston Tribune

“The glass slippers? They’ve been tossed in the dumpster. Cinderella now wears steel-toe boots … Colorado is ready to rumble with anybody. After kicking the crud out of Washington State, the Buffaloes sent a message Saturday to the Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and the rest of the college football elite: You better pray the committee keeps CU out of the college football playoff.” — Mark Kiszla, Denver Post

"The No. 20 Washington State Cougars overcame evaded sacks, dropped passes and a missed field goal in the early goings of their heavyweight bout at No. 12 Colorado. But they could not overcome senior Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau.” — Jacob Thorpe, Spokesman-Review

"The unlikely battle for Pac-12 and national legitimacy between Colorado and Washington State eclipsed expectations, not unlike the participants this season.” — Ted Miller, ESPN

"A tough loss, the first in a couple months for Washington State showed that the Cougs still have a lot of room for improvement before they play Washington in the Apple Cup next Friday.” — Skyler Cracraft, Cougfan

"It was a slugfest. One of Washington State's messiest games of the season.” — Stefanie Loh, Seattle Times

“Sefo Liufau endured a broken foot, losses that piled to the peaks of the Flatirons, the courting of a potential replacement and an ankle injury that robbed him of a quarter of his senior season … Now he has put the Buffaloes to the doorstep of a championship … Liufau, CU’s senior heart and soul, saved the best game of his career for its biggest stage …” — Nick Kosmider, Denver Post

"Washington State junior back Luke Falk may have helped his dark-horse (Heisman) candidacy with 325 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, but it wasn't enough to score a crucial road win.” —Mike Chiari, Bleacher Report

"A matchup between two of the worst Power 5 programs of the last decade was one of the most thrilling contests in a bland Week 12.” — Chris Johnson, Sports Illustrated

AND FROM THE TWITTER-VERSE:

An Apple Cup victory gives us a shot at the Rose Bowl. An Apple Cup loss could drop us to Vegas. What a time to be alive @BigWoodWSU

Colorado continues to be one of the stories of the year! Buffs get #StreitCred with win over Wazzu, stay atop PAC-12 South @kirkherbstreit

Great victory by @RunRalphieRun see you in Santa Clara. #gocougs @RyanDLeaf

Cougar defense is legit. Had tough day against great team. Nothing more. Nothing will be easy. Nothing @Softykjr

Happy #Applecup week. Hate aside, this is a good week to be a fan in the state of Washington. Both schools have come a long way #Gocougs @Cougar_Krotch

Win and you win North. All that matters. #GoCougs @cougs123

Storming the field after beating the Cougs. That's a new one. #GoCougs @cougsgo

We haven't had a winning streak like that since 1930. I'm still so proud of the cougs. See you next week huskies #GoCougs @breanna_straus

Still have an opportunity to win the north! Wouldn't mind getting a second shot against my ole pal Chip. #GoCougs @ButchTCougar

Coug seniors Cracraft, Marks, Sorenson, Middleton. Crazy youth Parker Luani Broughton @TheSoCalCoug

Last time the #UW Huskies were ranked #5 in the country was the snow bowl in 92. That's all I have to say about that #RollCougs @CougSutra

Wait, Colorado rushing the field? @MikeDugar

As much as you hate his loss, it kinda doesn't matter. Handle business in the Apple Cup and Pac-12 title game/Rose Bowl are all right there. @DarnayTripp

It wouldn't be a bad thing if Colorado and WSU played again in a couple weeks. Really good game. @BonaguraESPN

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