What they're saying 10/07

Here's the <i>Cougfan.com</i> weekly roundup of what folks are saying about Washington State's 34-27 victory over the Beavers:

Craig Hill, The News Tribune:          

"It has been four years since there's been this much to party about on the Palouse…A 5-0 Washington State University football team rolling toward a bowl game and sitting in first place in the Pacific-10 Conference. A defense that doesn't budge against the run. An offense that has scored more points - 210 - through five games than any team in school history except the '97 team."

Bob Rodman, (Eugene) Register-Guard:  

"That hole Oregon State has had a penchant for digging this season reached canyon proportions on Saturday…'Unbelievable,' sighed OSU football coach Dennis Erickson in the aftermath of his team's 34-27 Pac-10 Conference loss at Washington State that looked a good deal closer on paper than it really was."

Steve Bergum, Spokesman-Review:

"By intermission, the Cougars had outgained the Beavers 275-102 and forced three turnovers. WSU had a 19-3 edge in first downs and a 177-18 advantage in rushing yards…And coach Mike Price's Cougars had made nearly everything in their playbook -- including a running-back pass from Dave Minnich to wideout Nakoa McElrath that resulted in a 22-yard touchdown -- work…OSU, meanwhile, was stumbling all over itself. The Beavers were missing blocks and tackles, throwing plenty of errant passes and dropping those that weren't."

Brooks Hatch, Mid-Valley Sunday:

"But at least in the second half the Beavers transformed what was shaping up to be a Palouse debacle of Pettibone-esque proportions - remember those 40-point blowouts here in the early 1990s? - into a competitive game that wasn't decided until the Cougars recovered an on-sides kick with 35 seconds to play."

Craig Smith, Seattle Times:

"The Cougar defense had a solid outing and no statistic stood out more than OSU Heisman Trophy candidate Ken Simonton's career-low 19 yards on 12 carries."

Rachel Bachman, The Oregonian:

"One team entered the season on a canopy of adulation, its best season just ended and its biggest straight ahead. The other entered to little interest and modest outside expectations, its three consecutive losing seasons bunching like kindling under its coach's seat."

Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review:

With quarterback Jason Gesser on the sideline hurting from a shot to the gut he took in the first half, Matt Kegel was in charge of the offense. Well, more like he was the guy behind center.

Doug Bauer, Seattle Times:

"For the second week in a row, the Cougar defense returned an interception for a touchdown on the game's first possession. And even though Oregon State mounted a second-half comeback that made things interesting, the Beavers' offense produced only one touchdown and a pair of field goals."






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