What They're Saying, 11/7

SMACK ‘EM DOWN! Smack ‘em down so they stay down! Relive Washington State's thrilling 31-29 win as the never-say-die Cougs smacked down and held back the UCLA Bruins with these quotable quotes from eyewitnesses to the blessed event.

"The Cougars put Black October behind them Saturday, returning to their early-season dramatics while bagging their most satisfying win of the year." The Lewiston Tribune

"It became apparent quickly in Saturday's game involving UCLA and Washington State that it was going to be a long afternoon for the Bruin defense — the same defense that a week earlier had managed a rare shutout against Stanford. It took 18 seconds, to be precise. That's when the Cougars, after recovering a Tab Perry fumble at the Bruin 25 during the opening kickoff return, gave the ball to Jerome Harrison." Pete Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"All it took for Washington State to snap a four-game losing streak was 506 yards of offense, three UCLA turnovers and a record-setting day by running back Jerome Harrison." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"Before Saturday, Harrison's personal best had been 117 yards, and he was coming off a dismal 15 yards in 11 carries against USC. He eclipsed his own mark by the middle of the second quarter as he gave UCLA's slow-reacting defense fits all game with his quickness." Lonnie White, Los Angeles Times

"On an afternoon when it was all there for the taking for Dorrell's Bruins, the winning regular season and the bowl game and the momentum sitting there as inviting as a ball on a kicking tee, they messed up the opening boot against the struggling Cougars and couldn't recover in a 31-29 defeat that's as deflating as a loss can be." Kevin Modesti, Los Angeles Daily News

"The Bruins did what they always do. Inexplicably, yet predictable, they came out devoid of emotion, dropped their heads when faced with adversity and never recovered after fumbling on the opening kickoff." Brian Dohn, The Pasadena Star

"UCLA's run defense had allowed 218 rushing yards a game, and the Cougars made that statistic look puny by pounding the ball incessantly into the Bruins defense. Harrison's 247 rushing yards is the third-best total in school history, and his 42 carries set a school record." Glenn Kasses, Spokesman-Review

"Jerome Harrison made sure every reporter understood completely. The reason he was able to gain a career-best 247 yards was because the blocking by the offensive line and receivers was outstanding against UCLA." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"They should get more credit but the media likes guys who score the touchdowns. They don't get the love that they should. But I love them to death." Jerome Harrison

"Tab Perry, returning the kickoff, fumbled when he was tackled by Husain Abdullah and watched Jesse Taylor fall on the ball. It took one play for tailback Jerome Harrison to sweep right for a 25-yard touchdown. Before they knew what hit them -- mostly Cougars linemen -- the Bruins were two touchdowns behind against the two-touchdown underdogs." Kevin Modesti, Los Angeles Daily News

"Boyd did make one vitally important grab to close out the Bruins. After UCLA scored a touchdown with 42 seconds left to pull within two of the Cougars, kicker Justin Medlock skipped an onside kick directly at Boyd. The ball bounced high, and the 6-foot-7 Boyd had to reach over his head to make the catch. Had a shorter Cougars player been standing in his place, it's possible that a jump ball would have resulted, giving the Bruins a chance to recover." Glenn Kasses, Spokesman-Review

"The block of the day, however, belonged to Lightbody. The senior tackle all but poured Log Cabin syrup on Bruin corner Matt Clark, the pancake giving receiver Jason Hill smooth sailing to the endzone off an 18-yard catch and run that put the Cougs up 21-7 in the second quarter." J.V. Holland, Cougfan.com

"Harrison, of course, is too modest. He often made yards when no hole existed, running right and breaking back left to find open field. Or he plowed forward and then squirted back outside when the opportunity presented itself." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"The Bruins' second series ended when quarterback Drew Olson threw the ball to an invisible man after a miscommunication. Their third series ended when he threw where Craig Bragg couldn't catch it. Their fourth series ended when he threw it to Jeremy Bohannon, who happens to play for Washington State." Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times

"After a halftime tongue-lashing from UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, the Bruins rallied and pulled within 31-29 when running back Manuel White caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 42 seconds left. But even that play demonstrated how out of sync the offense was since the pass was intended for Joe Cowan in the back of the end zone. White reached back to grab it with his left hand just inside the goal line." Brian Dohn, The Pasadena Star

"Although there were solid blocks throughout, the signature one came on a pass play in the second quarter from the UCLA 18. Quarterback Alex Brink faked a pitch left and then quickly threw back right to receiver Jason Hill. UCLA cornerback Matt Clark - listed as 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds – closed quickly on Hill. But he never got there because Lightbody, all of 6-9 and 325 pounds, flattened him. Hill walked in for the score untouched." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"The malaise of UCLA's defense in the first half was equaled by the uninspired play of offense. The Bruins had four first downs in the first half, 90 total yards and spent much of the time missing tackles or blocks and stumbling over themselves." Brian Dohn, The Pasadena Star

"When the Cougars got the ball back on a fumble recovery by Will Derting to set up another field-goal attempt, WSU switched kickers and junior Graham Siderius kicked a 31-yarder. Siderius immediately made another important play as he kicked off and delivered a brutal hit on Perry that drew "oohs" from the UCLA crowd when it was shown on the stadium screen." Craig Smith, The Seattle Times

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