What they're saying, 10/19

RELIVE THE GOOD and the bad that was the Cougars 24-14 victory over the Cardinal. Sportswriters lend their view on what took place in Palo Alto as No. 6 Washington State defeated Stanford to run their record to 6-1.

"But they're also looking at two daunting dates against Oregon State next Saturday and big, bad USC after that -- and it's now past time they allow coach Bill Doba to shelve the it-sure-feels-good-to-play-bad-and-still-win shtick for a couple of weekends, anyway.  That's right, Oregon State. Hell has not frozen over, but there's frost on the devil's windshield". - John Blanchette Spokesman Review

"(In the first half), Washington State, the No. 6 team in the country, got only seven points, so huzzahs for the Stanford D.  But offensively, 20 yards in the first quarter?  No points in the first half?  And trailing 13-0 before unbreakable Chris Lewis got off the bench?  What is this, three yards and a cloud of rust?"  - Art Spander, Oakland Tribune

"Washington State tripped down to laid-back California Saturday and the nation's sixth-ranked team did everything but lay down in front of 48,526 at Stanford Stadium." - Carter Strickland Spokesman Review

"Washington State became the second consecutive team to complain about dirty play by Stanford blockers.  USC defenders complained last week that Stanford players blocked dangerously low at their legs.  WSU defensive end Isaac Brown noticed that on film last week, and then he watched it play out again Saturday in Stanford Stadium.  He was especially upset after watching a Cardinal block the back of the legs of defensive tackle Jeremey Williams."  - Don Ruiz, Tacoma News Tribune

"We are speaking of a team that did not look very overwhelming against a team that is eminently overwhelmable Saturday, and has the toughest stretch of its season in the next two weeks. The Cougars do have work to do..."  - Ray Rotto, SF Chronicle

"But the Cougars were also adept at making big plays. And just like a couple of other games this season that saved WSU (6-1, 3-0) from an ignominious defeat to a lower-tier opponent as it beat Stanford 24-14."  - Carter Strickland Spokesman Review

"At least under Tyrone (Willingham) you knew Stanford was going to get the ball into the end zone more than a couple of times, which is all it did Saturday in getting whipped by Washington State 24-14 before 48,526 in a place that holds 85,000, give or take a tarpaulin or two."  - Art Spander, Oakland Tribune

"It may be on the lowest rung of the remaining goals this season for Washington State, but the Cougars became bowl eligible Saturday with their sixth win of the season."  - Don Ruiz, Tacoma News Tribune

"The competition figures to be considerably less convivial starting now. Are the Cougs ready?" - John Blanchette Spokesman Review

"Bill Doba wanted to be more critical of his Washington State football team Saturday, but he never took that final, irrevocable step. He always made sure that every neutral answer ended with the catch-all phrase, ‘It's just good to get a win.''   But he must know, even though he has come to run his own program fairly late in his career, that more is expected of the Cougars than a desultory 24- 14 win over Stanford."  - Ray Rotto, SF Chronicle

"Making it even more remarkable was the dislocated (non-throwing) shoulder (Matt) Kegel suffered early in the fourth quarter on a hit by linebacker Jared Newberry -- that kept him off the field for all of one series. Upon his return, he threw for his third touchdown, a flip to tight end Cody Boyd." - John Blanchette Spokesman Review

"In pulling a Jason Gesser, Kegel added to his own growing portfolio here yesterday. It was Gesser, the Cougars' career passing leader, who injured his knee in the Apple Cup last year but gimped through a triumphal Rose Bowl-clinching victory against UCLA two weeks later.  But Kegel's emergence wasn't built on this effort, or on any particular game this season. It began last January, and February, and continued through spring and summer."  - Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"The Cougars also have some players willing to play through some pain -- namely Kegel. The senior quarterback dislocated his non-throwing shoulder in the fourth quarter. Team physician Ed Tingstad popped the shoulder back into the socket. And Kegel pushed himself back in the game."  - Carter Strickland Spokesman Review

"ESPN College Gameday was on the Wisconsin campus Saturday.  But clearly visible among the crowd of Badgers supporters was a large crimson WSU logo flag."  - Don Ruiz, Tacoma News Tribune

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