What they're saying, 9/20

RELIVE THE GOOD and the bad of the Cougars' 23-13 victory over the New Mexico Lobos with these notable quotes by sportswriters from across the Evergreen State.

P>"You know the red zone -- the territory inside the opponent's 20-yard line? At Wazzu, it's not just red but also radioactive." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"Washington State coach Bill Doba looked back at a long Saturday afternoon of football and cited a long list of problems. Three times in the first half, his Cougars settled for field goals after facing first-and-goal inside the 5. They committed penalties. Then more penalties. Their injury list was daunting. But then Doba got to the bottom line. For all the items on his to-do list, his Cougars recorded a 23-13 victory over New Mexico at Martin Stadium that wrapped up their non-conference schedule just one overtime loss from perfection." Don Ruiz, (Tacoma) News Tribune

"Success for Drew Dunning is measured by his foot. But his record-setting effort Saturday afternoon did wonders for the Washington State place-kicker's head." Greg Lee, Spokesman-Review

"…good teams also score more than field goals inside the 20-yard line, and, in the first half, the No. 24 Cougars (3-1) had to settle for three points after reaching the 1-, 2- and 5-yard lines. Short-yardage problems are nothing new for the Cougars, who have struggled with them since 2001 while going 23-6." Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Drew Dunning finally is home. Although it has been two weeks since Washington State returned from a devastating overtime loss against Notre Dame, it wasn't until last night that Dunning was welcomed back to the Palouse with open arms." Jennifer Jackson, Seattle Times

"When Washington State was called for a penalty near the New Mexico goal line Saturday, someone jokingly suggested their chances of scoring a touchdown were better from farther away. There was some truth to the joke. While the Cougars' offense has racked up some impressive numbers this season, they have been awful from close range. Settling for field goals instead of touchdowns was one of the prime reasons they lost to Notre Dame two weeks ago. The Cougars had first downs inside the Lobos' 5-yard line four times Saturday, and came away with three field goals and - finally on the last try - one touchdown." Don Ruiz, (Tacoma) News Tribune

"When he blows a kick, Dunning invokes a mental process that helps him swallow the disappointment. He reminds himself of ‘the things that are really important in life' -- his health, his family." Dale Grummert, Lewiston Tribune

"Washington State quarterback Matt Kegel had a record game against New Mexico. Which shouldn't necessarily lead to a record day by field goal kicker Drew Dunning. But it did." Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review




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