What They're Saying, 10-17

THE LOWS WERE OH-SO-LOW, and the highs were downright great. Putting Washington State's 23-17 loss to Stanford into words left none of the eyewitnesses speechless.

"It gets tougher now — USC here in two weeks, UCLA on the road, Arizona State away on the night ASU retires Pat Tillman's jersey. Stealing three wins out of that agenda to get to a bowl game is going to be harder than studying on a weekend night here on Greek row." Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

"Stanford, which had gone four-and-out on its first series, initially looked shaky in its response. The first three plays of the subsequent drive included a wobbly incompletion, a false start and a shotgun snap that sailed over Edwards' head." Michelle Smith, San Francisco Chronicle

"Washington State seemed to rediscover its running game in Saturday night's 23-17 Pacific-10 Conference loss to Stanford. What made that fact even more impressive is that the Cougars rediscovered it against a veteran Cardinal defense that came in allowing an average of only 98.2 rushing yards per game." Steve Burgum, Spokesman-Review

"Four turnovers by the Cougars, including three interceptions by quarterback Josh Swogger, were especially damaging. Even more painful was a series of plays in the third quarter when the Cougars twice were inside Stanford's 5 but could not score." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"Two Cougars touchdowns in the final quarter weren't enough as WSU lost 23-17 to Stanford, which used a trick play and steady quarterbacking in the triumph." Craig Smith, The Seattle Times

"The Cougars' three losses this season have all been by eight points or less, but that doesn't help in their quest to return to a bowl game for the fourth consecutive year." Glenn Kasses, Spokesman-Review

"The Washington State University football team is capable of bursts of brilliance followed by series of frustrating flops." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"The Cougars did make it close with two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. But they also blew two opportunities inside the Stanford 3-yard line to pull back within striking distance earlier in the second half, a squandered chance that Doba said played a major role in sealing their fate." Glenn Kasses, Spokesman-Review

"Getting the ball back again, the Cougars then marched smartly downfield. And quarterback Josh Swogger, who ran hot and cold all night, gunned a missile to the corner for Jason Hill, who caught the touchdown pass behind T.J. Rushing, and the crowd was back into it." Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

"The possession included one heart-stopping moment, when Edwards, on the run, shunned a slide and rammed his right shoulder into middle linebacker Will Derting. Big mistake." Jon Wilner, The Mercury News

"But even with impressive individual efforts by Hill and fellow wide receiver Michael Bumpus, who also returned a punt 48 yards, the Cougars are learning the hard way that inconsistent play can be costly in conference games." Glenn Kasses, Spokesman-Review

"It was a familiar image: Josh Swogger shuffling into his dropback, looking downfield, believing the Cougars still have a shot.But his downfield heave sailed well beyond Jason Hill's reach, and Washington State suffered its second straight Pac-10 loss Saturday night, 23-17 to Stanford." Dale Grummert, Lewiston Tribune


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