What They're Saying, 9/12

RELIVE THE DISAPPOINTMENT of Washington State's 20-12 loss to Colorado on Saturday with these samplings of notable quotes from various eyewitnesses to the event.

"Call it adventures in losing. Washington State found novel ways to lose yesterday while falling to Colorado 20-12 in a nonconference college football game before 56,188 at Qwest Field. The Cougars blew more chances for success than first-graders swinging at a birthday piñata." – Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"In the stands, they [the Cougar Defense] were saluted in the traditional fashion—with the ‘Jaws' clap, and maybe that's the problem—maybe the offense feels left out. Maybe it needs its own fan salute. Can somebody lead a group Heimlich?" – John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"The game ended with the Colorado offense kneeling on the ball for a 1-yard loss. It wasn't much different from the rest of the day on that side of the ball." - Kyle Ringo; The Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)

"The Cougars, despite gaining almost three times as many offensive yards as their opponent, experienced their first home-game loss since November 2002. Indeed, this was clearly a Washington State home game, though the Cougars were 300 miles from home and often looked about as comfortable as a catfish flopping on a church pew." - Dale Grummert,Lewiston Tribune

"OK, so nothing is set in stone - except, perhaps, the hands of the Cougars receivers. But we presume the videos will be as favorable to Brink as the stat sheet: 12-for-23 for 251 yards with one interception and one touchdown." - John McGrath, Tacoma News Tribune

"No indication was given during the week to the media that Brink was going to play, but both he and Doba said afterward that is was something they had hoped to get done. Swogger, on the other hand, said he had no indication before the game that he wouldn't play throughout." – Glenn Kasses, Spokesman-Review

"We need to concentrate on concentrating." – WSU Receiver Marty Martin

"It could have been a perfect ending for Alex Brink and Washington State University. Brink, the Cougars' backup quarterback seeing his first game action, had WSU at Colorado's 5-yard-line in the closing seconds. A touchdown and a two-point conversion would force overtime." – Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"Our advice to Buff fans today? Take the win and run. Do not look back. Do not worry about the how, the why or the what if. Do not listen to the folks who insist that CU is lucky and refuse to acknowledge the obvious. Take the 2-0 and be happy. " – Neil Woelk, The Daily Camera

"While Washington State and Colorado were trading turnovers, penalties, breakdowns and mental miscues during a football game that had the toe-tapping rhythm of a chess match, something happened in a hurry Saturday. They found a star in Alex Brink. He made mistakes, not the least of which was his game-ending fumble at the Colorado 2. But he also made plays of all kinds: Clutch plays. Bold plays. Smart plays." - John McGrath, Tacoma News Tribune

"All Swogger did was see five of his passes dropped in the first quarter and a half and then get an undeserved hook." - John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"They (WSU) lost without giving up an offensive touchdown. They lost by dropping eight passes. They lost by having a punt blocked for a touchdown and by having an interception returned 51 yards for another. The punt block occurred after a previous punt was partially blocked. They lost by missing 2 of 4 field-goal attempts and having another attempt thwarted by a botched hold. They lost despite holding Colorado to 125 net yards while gaining 402 themselves. Colorado didn't clear the 100-yard mark until there was about seven minutes to play." – Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Hey, at least it turned out interesting. After yawning through three quarters of uninspired offensive football, 56,188 fans left Qwest Field buzzing about Brink's job. The Cougars may have been without their usual Swogger in the fourth quarter, but the new kid has a shoulders-back way of walking." - John McGrath, Tacoma News Tribune

"Meanwhile, even though WSU's quarterbacks did throw for 387 yards, the Cougars still put only 12 points on the board. Colorado's defensive backs were in position to make the play most of the afternoon, and while WSU did put up some big plays late, they were plays of desperation." - Neil Woelk, The Daily Camera

"The Colorado defensive coordinator said his team could pressure the quarterback. For a week, no one believed him. The Colorado defense couldn't get close to Colorado State quarterback Justin Holland in the season opener. Hankwitz added a few wrinkles for Week 2 against Washington State. Presto. Eight sacks. " - Kyle Ringo, The Daily Camera

"After having the sole dimension of a running game against Colorado State, the CU offense had no dimensions against Washington State. The Buffs mustered only 125 yards against the Cougars. That ranks as the second-lowest offensive yardage output in a victory in CU history." - Chris Dempsey, Denver Post

"Say this about Colorado: If this is the best team booze and escort service honies can buy, then the staff recruiting pimp could have done as well with priests and fruit punch." - John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

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