What They're Saying

RELIVE THE GLORY of WSU's Holiday Bowl victory with post-game quips and quotes from pundits, coaches and players.

They won a big game on a big stage, beating a big-time program with a nationally ranked recruiting class.They did it with one guy from Okanogan and one from Elma in starring roles … They did it with a host of others, knocking off the No. 5-ranked team in the country. I don't know where to start, but I do know where I'm going to finish -- at the nearest cocktail lounge for a couple of late-night pops and several toasts to the Cougs. Throw the flag -- it's going to be an excessive celebration. What a game.
-- Jim Moore, Seattle P-I

It was over. The coulda-beens, the shoulda-beens of the heartbreaking losses at Notre Dame and Washington were gone. Washington State won a big one last night, and Cougars hearts were doing cartwheels.
-- Craig Smith, Seatle Times

This is one we'll be talking about decades from now. Bigger than the win over Nebraska in '77 or No. 1-ranked UCLA in '88. This was one for the Ages. It was Cougar football at its finest -- blasting and blitzing, quick-strikes, and passionate fans fueling the fire with a vocal onslaught from start to glorious finish.
-- John C. Witter, Cougfan.com

Washington State deserved to win its season finale. Texas didn't. The Cougars looked liked the BCS team they thought they were. The Longhorns didn't. The Cougars were ranked 15th; the Longhorns came in fifth. It looked vice versa Tuesday in Qualcomm Stadium. This was a case of one side beating the other between the chalk lines, and, less shocking maybe, beneath the headsets.
-- Kevin Blackistone, Dallas Morning News

This was more than good, it was something closer to scintillating. Since the Cougars joined the ranks of serious football-playing schools in the past couple of decades, they've beaten people like Houston, Utah and Purdue in bowl games, but nothing on the order of Texas. You beat Texas, fifth-ranked Texas, you beat them as a 9½-point underdog, it gets people's attention.
-- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

Surrounded by reporters, Sammy Moore was almost beyond words, so he just grinned and watched his Washington State teammates sing the fight song with a raucous crowd of Cougar fans in a corner of Qualcomm Stadium. "We were the only ones who believed in us," he said. "Us and those fans up there, and that's it."
-- David Andriesen, Seattle P-I

They didn't just beat the Texas Longhorns. WSU's defense beat Texas in a fashion that wasn't indicative of the final score. They made the No. 5 team in the country look like they'd just discovered the forward pass this week. Chance Mock and Vince Young combined to complete only 20-of-49 passes and were sacked seven times.
-- Craig Hill, Tacoma News Tribune

That guy (Kyle Basler) was unbelievable. He was pretty much the difference in the ballgame, because we had to go so far to score.
-- Texas coach Mack Brown

It's safe to suggest that of the 30 victories the Cougars have banked these last three years -- that's three times 10 -- there has been none sweeter for Acholonu and the 18 other seniors who played their final game Tuesday. Or their underclass accomplices, for that matter.
-- John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

A relaxed Texas coach Mack Brown took time this week to talk about his worst job ever — washing garbage trucks for minimum wage as a student coach at Florida State back in the early 1970s. Tuesday night, after the No. 5 Longhorns' stunning 28-20 loss to No. 15 Washington State in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, the one he holds right now probably didn't seem much better.
-- Mark Wangrin, San Antonio Express-News

Washington State threw a big crimson blanket over Texas in the third quarter and beat them senseless.
-- Ted Miller, Seattle P-I

At game's end, the Longhorns made a quick departure to the locker room. Meanwhile, the Washington State band serenaded the red-clothed fans with the school's fight song. Coach Bill Doba grabbed the microphone and screamed, "It's great to be a Cougar. " It wasn't a great night to be a Longhorn. Texas clawed back from a 16-point deficit — caused by turnovers and poor field position — only to be thwarted late in the game.
-- Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman

"I told him [Mack Brown] he won the press conference and the luncheon, but I told him we were going to win the game."
-- WSU coach Bill Doba

The No. 15 Cougars did it by controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, chewing up yards on the ground, going up top a time or two, pinning the Longhorns five times inside the 15 (four times inside the 6) on punts, and, of course, by scoring a defensive touchdown.
-- Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review

The fifth-ranked Longhorns, who closed the regular season with a six-game winning streak on the strength of a clock-consuming ground game, abandoned that plan of attack in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium in favor of a passing barrage led by backup quarterback Chance Mock. The fresh approach yielded little fruit in a 28-20 defeat that raised more questions than it answered about the direction of the Longhorns' offense.
-- Jimmy Burch, Forth Worth Star-Telegram

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