What They're Saying, 9/04

RELIVE THE GLORY of Washingtons State's 21 –17 victory over New Mexico on Friday with these samplings of notable quotes from various eyewitnesses to the event.

"What happened? This is what happened: When you're a perennial player on the national stage like the Cougs have become, you win games like these. These Cougs went from sucking to sucking it up, rallying for a 21-17 victory over New Mexico that, if not unbelievable, was at least improbable." – Jim Moore; Seattle P-I

"In this land where Billy the Kid, Geronimo and Kit Carson once lived, there have been some memorable escapes. Another one occurred last night." – Craig Smith; Seattle Times

"…there were plenty of reasons to think the Cougars wouldn't win on this night. The team didn't score in the first half, the first time that had happened since the 2003 Rose Bowl. ‘It's the first game of the season. I don't think it was a big deal. No one remembers how we played in the first half, they only remember the final score,' WSU Tight End Troy Bienemann said." -DARRIN BEENE; Tacoma News Tribune

"I thought we played harder than they did. That's a BCS team ... and I actually thought we played much better than they did. We just made too many mistakes." – New Mexico Head Coach Rocky Long

"With a few seconds less than a full quarter to go in their season opener Friday night against the University of New Mexico, the Cougars were 10 points down going on 110. Rarely in their 108 years of football has a mere touchdown and a piddly field goal looked as insurmountable to the Cougs as it did at this moment. Well, sure, during the Chad Davis Era maybe. But in those days the famed Palouse Posse almost never left it up to Chad, anyway, and Cougar Nation remains eternally grateful." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"The scoreless first quarter, which included the Cougars dropping four passes on their first two possessions, was interpreted as good news for Lobos coach Long, who had predicted all week that if his team hung with the Cougars early it would be a close game. He was right. It just turned out to be a disappointing game for him and his team." – Craig Smith; Seattle Times

"Josh Swogger, making his first start for the Cougars at quarterback, must have wondered why he bothered to win the job after the way his receivers treated him on the first two series last night. Swogger began 3 for 7 — with drops by Jason Hill, Cody Boyd (two) and Marty Martin. ‘We planned it so he'd have easy throws,' said offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller, shaking his head over the execution." – Craig Smith; Seattle Times

"Albuquerque is nearly a mile-high city, and the Lobos aren't bashful about reminding other teams about it. On the gate to the field of University Stadium is this sign: ‘Warning: Acute Altitude Sickness. Symptoms include but are not limited to: shortness of breath, confusion, dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping and nausea. AAS looks and feels like 'the flu' but is more serious. Immediate medical attention may be required.' " – Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but these young pups from New Mexico are a few corrected mistakes away from being a good football team." – Albuquerque Journal

"The Lobos needed to make a strong statement Friday night on ESPN. The right words didn't exactly tumble out of their mouths. And even though New Mexico Quarterback Kole McKamey's phrase ‘Not good enough' fit the Lobos well Friday night, you could sense another phrase, another statement, was being mouthed to describe this young team. Not bad." – Richard Stevens; Albuquerque Tribune


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