What They're Saying, 10/23/05

THESE QUOTES ARE becoming predictable, much like the outcome of the games that we all watch week after agonizing week. If you are still curious of what was said about the 42-38 loss to the California Golden Bears read these quips and quotes from eyewitnesses to the discouraging event.

"Fourth-quarter leads for Washington State, apparently, are the kiss of death." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"After Lynch fumbled twice in the first half of the previous Saturday's 23-20 loss to Oregon State, Tedford benched Lynch for the second half. On Saturday night, Lynch rebounded." Bruce Adams, The San Francisco Chronicle

"Hill hauled in three long touchdown passes in the third quarter, wiping out the Bears' 28-10 lead in shocking fashion. He simply ran past whomever Cal assigned to cover him, scoring on 38-, 62- and 38-yard receptions from Brink. His third touchdown catch came after Bears cornerback Tim Mixon tipped the ball. Hill tipped the ball up a bit himself, then secured it and jogged into the end zone." Jay Heater, The Mercury News

"Brink did not complete a pass to a teammate in the second quarter, but threw two to Cal players." Darrin Beene, Tacoma News Tribune

"The Cougars had made themselves right at home and scored on their opening drive on a 66-yard pass play from Brink to true freshman Brandon Gibson, who broke a tackle at the 20-yard line. It was the first passing touchdown Cal had allowed in five home games." Craig Smith, The Seattle Times

"Joe Ayoob was looking into the face of another disappointing finish, one that could have scarred him for quite a while and derailed the Bears' season. But with help from an unlikely source, LaReylle Cunningham, a redshirt freshman walk-on from Fairfield, Ayoob made the plays when they counted most -- something he failed to do a week ago." Jake Curtis, The San Francisco Chronicle

"The Cougars were supposed to be writing a new script Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Down 18 points at halftime, it was Washington State University's turn to make a valiant second-half comeback, its turn to grab victory from likely defeat." Glenn Kasses, The Spokesman-Review

"Another fourth-quarter loss, a third lead blown in the last four weeks, was apparently too much for some Cougars to take. Head coach Bill Doba slammed his foot down onto a chair in the tunnel before speaking to the media, unable to bottle the frustration that the Cougars' season has supplied in buckets." Glenn Kasses, The Spokesman-Review

"But perhaps the biggest -- and most important -- numbers were those of Cougars wide receiver Jason Hill. He caught six passes for 240 yards, and took control of a game that Cal had firmly in its grasp at halftime." Jay Heater, The Mercury News

"The Bears found themselves down by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter, and that result would have been terribly demoralizing for the Bears, who had lost two in a row and now begin the toughest part of their schedule. Cal's final three opponents -- Oregon, USC and Stanford -- have a combined record of 18-3. A bowl berth seemed in jeopardy." Jake Curtis, The San Francisco Chronicle


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