What They're Saying, 9/19

Relive the glory of Washington State's 49-8 victory over the Idaho Vandals on Saturday with these notable quotes from eyewitnesses to the blessed event.

"Everything grew easier Saturday night for Washington State. There were no deficits to overcome, no heart-wrenching mistakes, no quarterback quandaries. Is this the function of a backyard rival?" Dale Grummert, Lewiston Tribune

"You knew it was going to be a tough night for Idaho when its quarterback, Michael Harrington, was intercepted on the Vandals' first play from scrimmage. The Cougars didn't convert the turnover into points, but it hardly mattered considering Idaho would fumble three times before the half was over. More damaging than Idaho's self-inflicted wounds was the play of WSU's Jason Hill. Hill had a hand - and a shoulder - in the Cougars first four touchdowns." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"…and the announced head count for the Cougars' unneighborly 49-8 pasting of Idaho – 34,858 – made it Wazzu's best-attended Pullman opener in history. Except that it was technically Idaho's home game … sold as part of WSU's season ticket package. This demonstrates once again that not only are these college football's oddest bedfellows, but also the chummiest – no matter what the score would suggest." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"The Vandals (0-3) hadn't beaten the Cougars (2-1) since 2001 and before that since 1965 and the Cougars made it clear from the get-go they wanted to keep it that way with four first-half touchdown passes by Swogger." Rod Hardwood, Coeur d' Alene Press

"A week ago, Josh Swogger got pulled in the third quarter for all the wrong reasons. This week, he got taken out again in the third quarter — for all the right reasons." Glenn Kasses, Spokesman-Review

"Hey, what are neighbors for but to help you recover from tough times? Idaho was the perfect neighbor for Washington State last night as the Cougars bounced back from last week's defeat to Colorado by thrashing the winless Vandals 49-8 before 34,858 at Martin Stadium." Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"For the Cougs, it was all good – well, 95 percent of it – and especially for quarterback Josh Swogger, who, unlike a week ago, had the pleasure of both good protection and reception and by a quarter to nine had his pajamas on, but not because he'd been sent to his room. Unfortunately, there was word of a knee injury of unknown severity, tempering the celebration somewhat." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"Swogger spent the first quarter seemingly proving why coaches had decided to retain him as starter despite Alex Brink's superior statistics the previous week in a loss to Colorado. Swogger showcased his strengths, throwing darts and splitting defenders. His third-down strike to Hill, amid fast-moving traffic in the end zone for a 10-yard TD in the first quarter, was both ill-advised and perfect." Dale Grummert, Lewiston Tribune

"The University of Idaho lost big everywhere Saturday night – except at the turnstiles. The game was considered a Vandals home game, and the 34,858 fans at Martin Stadium who watched Washington State's 49-8 win should go a long way toward helping Idaho reach the NCAA requirement of averaging 15,000 attendance for its four home games." Jim Meehan, Spokesman-Review


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