What They're Saying, 11/16

RELIVE THE GLORY of yesterday's Cougar victory over Arizona State with these samplings of notable quotes from various Sunday papers.

"Watching proudly from the sideline was Kegel, who Swogger said had tipped him that the play might work. ‘I said last week that Josh Swogger is one of the best young quarterbacks in the country, and I think he proved it today,' Kegel said. ‘I knew we had a better chance of winning with Josh in there than me.'" Don Ruiz, Tacoma News Tribune

"This game will confound Arizona State's coaches and returning players more than any of the season's previous six losses.There was next to no reason a team in ASU's physical and mental condition should have come within a sniff of the nation's No. 8 team. Yet, in Saturday's 34-19 loss at Washington State, ASU twice was a third-and-long stop away from taking possession with a chance to tie in the fourth quarter." Paul Coro, Arizona Republic

"Midway through the second quarter, the pain escalated and the tough-guy routine began to seem pointless. Matt Kegel knew it; coaches knew it. The senior quarterback turned to freshman Josh Swogger and said, ‘Your time has come, bud.' Indeed it had." Dale Grummert, Lewiston Morning Tribune

"But this was truly a day for remembering the defense, a unit with nine starting seniors — (Ike) Brown, D.D. Acholonu, Tai Tupai and Jeremey Williams up front, Don Jackson at linebacker and (Jason)David, Erik Coleman and Virgil Williams in the secondary. And, oh yes, Al Genatone, a starting linebacker who availed himself of free time created by an ankle sprain to nurse his wife through delivery of an 8-pound, 14-ounce baby boy yesterday. If he's anything like the mentality of his dad's defense, they'll probably call him Spike." Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"Next week -- this week -- is Apple Cup week, with a date against the University of Washington at the end of it, and if there is one Cougar you'd expect to have an all-consuming ache to break dance on the grave the Huskies have been busy digging for themselves, you'd have to assume it's Kegel." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"The best handoff in Martin Stadium yesterday was on the sideline, not on the field. With the score tied 10-10 and Washington State quarterback Matt Kegel playing in pain, Kegel came to the sideline and told backup Josh Swogger, with a wink, ‘Your time has come, bud.'" Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Still, when the defense had to make big plays it did. For instance, in the second quarter with the score tied and Kegel out of the game, junior linebacker Pat Bennett stepped in front of a Walter pass and took it back 39 yards for a touchdown to put WSU up 17-10 midway though the second quarter." Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review

"If the Cougars have a problem with emotion when they play Washington, it's usually that they're exuding too much. Considering what's at stake next Saturday in Seattle, this will be, from a WSU standpoint, the most important Apple Cup since 1997 (that, by coincidence, was the last time WSU beat its most detested rival). So the Cougars can ill-afford to be over stimulated." Jim Browitt, Lewiston Morning Tribune

"It's been said that parting is sweet sorrow, but for Drew Dunning, it was a sweet victory. In his final game at Martin Stadium, the senior kicker broke the Washington State record for career field goals by kicking his 64th in the third quarter of the Cougars' 34-19 victory yesterday over the Arizona State Sun Devils." Jennifer Jackson, Seattle Times

"With some usual heroes unavailable, the Washington State Cougars turned to some new faces Saturday. There was freshman quarterback Josh Swogger under center when senior starter Matt Kegel realized he couldn't play. There was Pat Bennett forced to the top of the depth chart at the depleted linebacker position and making the play that turned the game. And in the end, the unfamiliar faces brought a familiar result: Washington State's ninth win of the season, a workmanlike 34-19 defeat of Arizona State." Don Ruiz, Tacoma News Tribune


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