What They're Saying, 9/10/05

RELIVE THE BLOWOUT of Washington State's 55-21 victory over the Nevada Wolfpack on Friday with these notable quotes from eyewitnesses to the blessed event.

"The differences on this night were distinct and many. In talent, especially when Ault didn't start star receiver Nichiren Flowers to send a message. In preparation – the WSU staff was ready for nearly any Nevada wrinkle, despite the Pack's new "pistol" offense, though it more resembled a popgun." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"The Cougars hadn't scored more than 55 points since putting up 77 in that game against Louisiana-Lafayette in 1997. And at the rate the offense moved the football Friday, a repeat performance might just be possible next week as the Cougars look to wrap up a perfect non-conference season." Glenn Kasses, Spokesman-Review

"Sophomore Michael Bumpus highlighted the romp with a school-record 87-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter, but it was a night when Cougars just took turns making big plays. Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"The Wolf Pack's mistakes were many and they were critical. Its star wideout was missing for the first half. The new pistol formation never got in gear until the second half and the missed tackles were too numerous to count." Chad Hartley, Reno Gazette-Journal

"This was a yardage festival for the Cougars, who amassed 534 yards of total offense." Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Confidence should be sky high after this one. Idaho's confidence. Oh, sure, the Cougs' confidence, too, but the Vandals played Wazzu to the wall last week and they'll enjoy this video presentation every bit as much. John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"Occasionally, you need Dame Fortune in Nevada, and she gave the Cougars a first-half hug. Ahead 17-0 in the second quarter, WSU was pinned against its goal line, and on third down Harrison bucked out only to the 5. Alas for the Wolf Pack, the Cougars' false start wiped out the play, and Brink whipped a post pass for Hill for 47 yards." Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"Freshman wideout Mike McCoy had the pass bounce off his hands and into the waiting arms of Eric Frampton, who raced 36 yards for the opening touchdown of the game. The play seemed to demoralize the Pack and give every ounce of momentum to Washington State." Chad Hartley, Reno Gazette-Journal

"So the Cougars are 2-0, and given a schedule that Sports Illustrated rated third-mushiest in the nation, they ought to be. Still, among the triad of Idaho, Nevada and Grambling State next week at Qwest Field, this one was figured to be the most treacherous." Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"Nevada did open the scoring in the second half with Spencer's touchdown reception. But that just seemed to upset the Cougars, who answered by going 66 yards in four plays, scoring just 38 seconds after Nevada on Jason Hill's 22-yard reception." Chad Hartley, Reno Gazette-Journal

"Cougars fans were well represented in Reno. A WSU official estimated some 2,000 tickets were purchased by Cougars fans, who filled two full sections of the stadium." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"The Cougars have taken riskier football ventures than this first junket to Reno, but this had a bummer vibe in the wings from the beginning – starting with the bugaboo of playing a team from the other side of college football's tracks in its own stadium, never a good idea." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"We were, what, seven-point favorites, and they were talking about it being a shootout? That's a slap in the face to our defense. I think the defense came out and they made a statement just as the offense made a statement. The fashion in which we won is going to be a great jumping point for us." Troy Bienemann

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