What They're Saying

RELIVE THE MISERY of the Cougars' heartbreaking 29-26 overtime loss to Notre Dame with these notable quotes from sportswriters across the land.

"They Gipper you and Four Horsemen you and Joe Montana you and drone on about the Heismans and national championships as if any of it happened since the current crop of players here at Notre Dame graduated from kindergarten. And if you try to bring up Joe Kuharich or Bob Davie or any Irish moment that suggests gridiron mortality, that's when they excuse themselves for another whiskey." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

 "By the final minutes of the first half, WSU was up 19-0…The only nagging concern was how many points they had let slip away: The missed extra point. Kegel missed an open receiver in the end zone before Dunning's first field goal. Devard Darling let a ball slip through his arms in the end zone before Dunning's second." Don Ruiz, (Tacoma) News Tribune

"There was the missed extra point in the first quarter. The early field goals that should have been touchdowns in the first half. The touchdown pass that went through Devard Darling's hands in the first half. The missed fumble recovery at the WSU 10 in the fourth. The defensive personal foul penalties that led to Notre Dame field goals. And finally the missed 34-yard field goal in overtime." Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review

 "An upset over the storied Irish would have been the perfect return trip for Doba, who was born in South Bend 63 years ago today, grew up in the area and returned to coach at three local high schools. Instead, he left asking "what-ifs" after what could have been one of the biggest nonleague victories in Washington State history." Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Matt Kegel, the Washington State quarterback, was a lot like his team yesterday: Bursts of competence and spasms of ineffectiveness." Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"That Washington State didn't make the 2 yards is not the pity. The pity is, the Cougars didn't even go for it. They played it safe, deciding to kick the extra point that would extend the contest to an overtime sequence any team visiting Notre Dame should want to avoid." John McGrath, (Tacoma) News Tribune

"He was the last one added to the team before fall and, fittingly, more than an hour after Notre Dame's heart-stopping 29-26 overtime win over Washington State, Julius Jones was the last man out of the locker room." Jason Stein, (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette

"The same fans who booed Irish quarterback Carlyle Holiday and the offense for its lack of production in the first half were the same fans who flooded the back gates of Notre Dame Stadium looking to congratulate their blue-and-gold heroes…And the same Washington State team that thought it would prove the Notre Dame mystique was just a myth was the same team wearing the long faces when it came time to board the team buses." Vaughn McClure, South Bend Tribune

"Somehow, nightmares feel more vivid when they're experienced at Notre Dame. The Irish suffered through a kaleidoscopic doozy for three quarters of Saturday's opener against Washington State."  Lindsey Willhite, Daily Herald

"For three quarters, Notre Dame seemed headed for a certain defeat and Irish quarterback Carlyle Holiday (sacked six times) seemed headed for a certain overnight stay in a local hospital thanks to some sloppy play by the rebuilt offensive line." John Jackson, Chicago Sun-Times




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