What They're Saying, 10/5

RELIVE THE GLORY that was the Cougars' 30-7 victory over the Arizona Wildcats. Notable quotes and notes as sportswriters lend their view on what took place in Martin Stadium on a sun-drenched Homecoming Saturday.

"They accumulated some amazing statistics - allowing the Wildcats past midfield only once, limiting them to 198 total yards, surrendering no third-down conversions - and after the game were almost apologetic for not doing better." - Don Ruiz, Tacoma News Tribune

"Kegel played in pain much of the game. He injured his throwing shoulder in the first half when he fell on it. He reinjured it on a keeper in the third quarter when he hit strong safety Gary Shepard, who limped off the field."- Craig Smith, Seattle Times


"…and while that sort of multiple personality disorder is bound to cause some consternation both for the coaching staff and the players themselves, it is pretty damned pointless to beat yourself up over being 5-1 and ranked 14th in the country." - John Blanchette, Spokesman Review

"At this time last year, Doba was a career defensive assistant, 61 years old, closer to retirement than becoming anyone's idea of a celebrity. On Saturday, Doba's Cougars beat Arizona 30-7, improving their record to 5-1, making them the favorite to (a) win the Pac-10 championship and (b) add to Doba's new-found celebrity." - Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star

"It was Jason David's third career interception return for a touchdown, a WSU record. And this one couldn't have come at a better time." Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review.

"On a day when the offense sputtered at times and was better at producing yards instead of points, the defense held the Wildcats to 198 net yards and allowed the visitors to cross midfield only once, on Arizona's third-quarter touchdown drive."- Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Lost in all the angst were a number of nuggets -- that WSU outgained the Wildcats 513-198, that quarterback Matt Kegel had another 300-yard game despite hurting a shoulder in the first quarter, that the Wildcats went 0 for 13 on third downs." - John Blanchette Spokesman Review

"As WSU and Arizona go their separate ways, almost all of the heavy lifting will be done by Hankwitz. If Doba can't get to the Rose Bowl with the talent in his locker room, he's going to get an earful from the suddenly spoiled Cougar Nation." - Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star

"The high powered Cougar offense was running up and down the field, throwing from sideline to sideline, but found it difficult getting into the end zone at Martin Stadium." - John Moredich, Tucson Citizen


"This team, full of playmakers, didn't make that many plays against one of the worst teams in the nation. There were no sacks for the first time in 23 games. There were few high-flying offensive plays. There wasn't the typical quick avalanche of points that buries the opponent. The No. 1 team in the nation in takeaways didn't have any until the fourth quarter. Shoot, for the first time in five games, there wasn't even a personal foul on Washington State." - Carter Strickland Spokesman Review

"It's a measure of the Cougars' high ambition that they seemed slightly disappointed in this performance -- not just in their offense, whose only TD in the first three quarters came on a freaky-looking 84-yard pass from Kegel to Devard Darling, but also in their lack of defensive spectacle. All the D did was hold Arizona to 198 yards of offense, nine first downs and a 0-for-13 showing in third-down conversions." Dale Grummert, Lewiston Morning Tribune

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