What They're Saying, 10/16/05

COUGFANS CONTINUE THEIR three-week stay at Heartbreak Hotel following Washington State's 44-41 overtime loss to the UCLA Bruins on Saturday. Why not toss some salt on the wounds by reading these quotes from various witnesses to the soul-crushing game?

"This is why the word heartbreaker is in the sports vocabulary." Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Their first quarter wasn't so much football as it was a symphony. The Cougars rained 228 yards on the Bruins in 15 minutes with a whirlwind tempo. Brink, whose starting status has been a popular debate, threw emphatically, showing enough arm for even his detractors. He checked into touchdown passes on the Cougars' second and third touchdowns." Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

"About the only thing that changed in this one compared to the second-half belly flop at Oregon State two weeks ago and the sleepy home setback to Stanford last Saturday was that it took the Cougars a little longer to lose." Jim Meehan, The Spokesman-Review

"The Bruins started their final 11-play drive at the 4 because of a UCLA penalty. They finished in the end zone then finished there again in overtime. The Cougars just finished tired, stunned and disappointed — again." Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Loren Langley came in and drilled a 37-yard field goal to give WSU a 41-38 lead. All the Cougars' defense had to do was prevent a touchdown. It couldn't." Darrin Beene, The Tacoma Tribune

"It's almost a cruel mockery of WSU's season that Harrison has just rushed for the third- and fifth-best single-game totals in school history, and he has 1,001 net yards, and still, WSU is 0-3 in the Pac-10." Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

"Some consolation. What WSU is left with is a 3-3 record and a bruising five-game stretch of conference games – three on the road, starting with consecutive trips to Cal and USC. Not exactly the prescription for healing a fading season." Jim Meehan, The Spokesman-Review

"Washington State's football season is on life support, despite another valiant CPR attempt by Jerome Harrison." Howie Stalwick, King County Journal

"All the good Washington State's football team accomplished over the course of three quarters was erased in 15 minutes. Overtime provided brief hope, then more disappointment." Darrin Beene, The Tacoma Tribune

"When tailback Maurice Drew lost his helmet on a 1-yard touchdown plunge in overtime, the 12th-ranked Bruins completed their third come-from-behind victory in as many games. They added the Cougars to a list of victims that includes Washington and California." Austin Burton, The Seattle Times

"With his helmet buried amid a pile of humanity and his dreadlocks swishing from side to side, UCLA tailback Maurice Drew emerged from the bodies and lifted the ball skyward. Moments later an official raced in from the side, raised his arms, and 64 Bruins followed suit." Brian Dohn, LA Daily News

"Harrison, whose previous career high of 247 rushing yards came in a win over UCLA last year, ran 57 yards for a TD on the fifth play from scrimmage. His 260 rushing yards ranks third in school history. He's one of the national leaders with 1,001 rushing yards (166.8 per game) and 11 rushing touchdowns, which is tied for fourth in school history." Howie Stalwick, King County Journal

"With a bag draped over his shoulder, his body sore from being hit and his mind tired from the stress of another close game, UCLA quarterback Drew Olson said he wanted something to numb the pain. His own smile a few steps later did the trick." Brian Dohn, LA Daily News

"A football season was reborn here late yesterday afternoon, as bright and vibrant as the collage of fall color on the Washington State campus. WSU was in this bowl thing after all, taking the game to 12th-ranked UCLA, ready to name the score. By early evening, cold, hard reality had run down the Cougars from behind." Bud Withers, The Seattle Times

"Life doesn't get any easier for the Cougars, who have to wonder if an effort as gritty as the one they displayed for much of Saturday's game would have won them the two previous contests. Having dropped two consecutive home games, WSU must travel to California next week and then to USC." Glenn Kasses, The Spokesman-Review

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