John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review:
"There's half a season yet to play, but the Cougars will have to go some to be any more special than they were Saturday afternoon. They beat a quality, ranked team after going 0-for-their-last-9 in that endeavor. They won at the stadium which has been Poop Heights for Price his entire WSU tenure. And they overcame another tsunami of injuries with remarkable come-throughs by fourth-option running backs and kid linebackers who a year ago were hectoring 140-pounders from Elma and Montesano."
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News:
" All the plays, all those points, all those yards, all the thrills and momentum changes, the exhaustion and dehydration -- all that, and the difference was five mistakes…Five mistakes that changed the game…Five mistakes that changed Stanford's season…A fumble, a dropped pass, a blocked punt and two interceptions resulted in a possible 35-point swing, and that was the difference in Stanford's 45-39 loss to Washington State on a warm Saturday afternoon before an announced homecoming crowd of 40,950 at Stanford Stadium."
Dale Grummert, Lewiston Morning Tribune:
"Uncannily, the Cougars again produced an early scoring deluge, leading 21-7 and 35-21 in the first half, but meanwhile a funny thing happened. They lost their offense. Their only score in the second and third quarters came on Billy Newman's 54-yard interception return…That's what made their game-winning TD drive so impressive. In terms of momentum, it began from ground zero. It went 84 yards, took 6:38 off the clock, was notably unorthodox and came in the face of visible exhaustion in the 90-degree heat."
Brad Weinstein, San Francisco Chronicle:
" Washington State wide receiver Mike Bush walked jubilantly toward the visitors' locker room yesterday yelling, ‘We made it happen, we made it happen.' The question is, What didn't happen during 3 hours and 40 minutes of football on a warm afternoon at Stanford Stadium."
Craig Hill, The News Tribune:
"Saturday's victory, which qualified the Cougars for their first bowl game since the '97 Rose Bowl season, defied explanation at times. The defense scored, the special teams scored, a receiver threw a touchdown pass, a basketball player caught two touchdowns, the defense recorded seven sacks and two interceptions and the offense sputtered before dominating the fourth quarter."
Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review:
"The Cougars defense also made believers out of some people. After being run over and banged up for the first three quarters -- Stanford held the ball for 29:24 and gained 435 yards in that time -- the defense held the Cardinal to 4 yards in the fourth quarter."
Craig Smith, Seattle Times:
"When it was over, the Washington State football team didn't go to the locker room. Instead, the Cougars ran to the 2,000 WSU fans in Stanford Stadium and joined the crowd in chanting ‘6 and 0! 6 and 0!'"