What They're Saying 9/14

RELIVE THE GLORY of the Cougars' 47-26 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes with these notable quotes from sportswriters across the land.

"Look on the bright side, Colorado fans: The Buffaloes finally ran a fake punt that worked. Trouble is, by the time CU found the right time to spring the surprise Saturday afternoon, Washington State couldn't have cared less. The Cougars were still celebrating their sixth touchdown of the day, which paved the way for a 47-13 third-quarter lead. Everything after that was garbage time. That includes the two late touchdowns CU tacked on to give the game at least a slight air of respectability — an air that was more of a stench to those who actually watched the game." Neill Woelk, (Boulder) Daily Camera

"So heavy was the second-half hammer Wazzu dropped on the Buffs that the biggest cheer for the home team was reserved for the punt fake that salvaged a first down midway through the third quarter -- with the score already 47-13. Of course, more than a few of the cheerers had headed out by then and many -- more than 5,000 seats went unsold -- never arrived." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"It is said that if the hard times don't kill you, they make you stronger. So, as the Cougars sat in the locker room with a 10-point lead, they remembered the week before, when they had given up a 19-point lead at Notre Dame. As it turned out, that game didn't break their hearts, it steeled their determination. It made them stronger. " Don Ruiz, (Tacoma) News Tribune

"After living on the edge for two weeks, the University of Colorado football team finally slipped (or was pushed) into the abyss. Unranked Washington State bolted to a 20-6 first-quarter lead, then scored 21 unanswered points in the first 4 minutes, 27 seconds of the second half to bury the No. 17 Buffaloes 47-26 Saturday at Folsom Field before 48, 146." R.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News

"This was supposed to be game where Washington State tried to bounce back from a difficult overtime loss to Notre Dame…It turned into a game where the Cougars just flat-out ran over No. 17 Colorado." Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review

"There is one thing anybody needs to know about why the sport has never really mattered in the Republic of Boulder, where Birkenstocks are always more fashionable than football cleats.The visitor who has played to the largest crowd in the history of Folsom Field is not Nebraska or Notre Dame. Lindsey Buckingham attracted 61,500 when he sang with Fleetwood Mac for a 1977 rock concert. The heck with scheduling the Pac-10 champion. If Colorado athletic director Dick Tharp wants to pack 'em in, he should start signing Stevie Nicks. She cannot block or tackle." Mark Kiszla, Denver Post

"Sammy Moore, who had pushed the Notre Dame game into overtime with a juggling touchdown catch, had a fresh reel of highlights yesterday. He opened the day's scoring with a 74-yard touchdown pass from Matt Kegel in the first quarter and broke open the game with a 97-yard kickoff return of a bobbled kick to start the second half." Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"By the time Jonathan Smith had broken his sixth tackle of the play, the only thing that could stop the Washington State running back was the goal line. Because for No. 17 Colorado, halting the Cougars proved to be an impossible mission." Chris Dempsey, (Boulder) Daily Camera

"Sammy Moore is a "SportsCenter" dream and a coach's headache. A week after he made a one-handed grab falling into the end zone to send a game at Notre Dame into overtime, Washington State's senior wide receiver broke Colorado's back with a scintillating on-his-own kickoff return of 97 yards down the sideline. Earlier, he had grabbed a pass over the middle from Matt Kegel and raced 74 yards for a touchdown. He finished with 225 total yards."  Blaine Newnham, Seattle Times

"Washington State tailback Jonathan Smith forced the fifth and sixth Colorado defenders to miss tackles in a seven-second span on the way to a 26-yard rushing touchdown early in the third quarter Saturday. At that point, it became clear CU's voodoo did not faze the Cougars." Adam Thompson, Denver Post



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