What They're Saying: Post Auburn Edition

FROM HUNTSVILLE to Birmingham, Tacoma to Lewiston, one thing is certain: The Cougars and Tigers attracted a load of attention. Jim Moore isn't quite sure what to think, but leans toward the positive. Tommy Tuberville gushes that he's a "Mississippi Gambler," and much, much more.

"The Mississippi Gambler is back. The momentum was switching. I could feel it. We had the option of checking out of it, but when I saw how they lined up I swallowed hard and knew we were going to run it. It went perfect."
– Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, to the Huntsville Times, on the Tigers' third-quarter fake punt from their own 16.

"So here's how the first half started. Three of Washington State's first four plays resulted in sacks. Kenny Irons' first carry of the season went for 42 yards. Then he started the second half with a 58-yard touchdown run. Two carries to start each half. One hundred yards total. Not bad."
-Censhaw Solomon, Birmingham News

"The positives: Washington State didn't lose a close game, the new punter punted well, they almost pulled off a goal-line stand, DeMaundray Woolridge was terrific and Loren Langley didn't miss a field goal. He didn't attempt one, but never mind the little details … I'm hoping Auburn is underrated. If so, losing to the eventual national champions on their home field the way the Cougs did isn't so bad. This is what I'm trying to figure out. Was it a decent effort by WSU given the circumstances, or not as good as it should have been? Somewhere in between is the guess here."
- Jim Moore, Seattle PI

"For parts of the evening, especially trailing 7-6 after the first quarter, the Tigers performed like another over-exposed, over-hyped team running around in nothing but their Under Armour, which just happened to unveil a television commercial including Tuberville during the ESPN2 telecast. "
- Glareth Clary, Mobile Press-Register

"What's borderline amusing is that in (Gary) Rogers' first meaningful college action, he goes into the heart of Dixie against the nation's fourth-ranked team and turbocharges his team 90 yards for a touchdown, summarily announcing himself as a Cougars option. If you believe WSU coaches thought that would happen, then you may also think Neiman-Marcus is plotting a department store in Pullman."
-Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"Save for Washington State's two scoring drives, which combined for 170 yards, Auburn's defense shut down the Cougars. The Tigers recorded five sacks and stopped the Cougars on 10 of 14 third downs."
- Bradley Handwerger, The Decatur Daily

"Deep in Dixie, the Cougars were gracious guests. In a game that should earn a "y'all come back" invitation, they helped bolster Auburn's No. 4 national ranking and Kenny Irons' Heisman campaign."
- Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"What the Cougars should know returning to Pullman: For starters, Auburn is every bit as good as its ranking. Two, among their legion of running backs, the Cougars might have a very good one starting for them in DeMaundray Woolridge. Three, WSU's defense, while giving up a few big plays Saturday, might be better than first thought. And finally, quarterback Alex Brink really is human."
- Todd Milles, Tacoma News Tribune

"Call it a cultural education. Washington State traveled to the opposite corner of the country and learned how football is played in the South. That is to say, with frank aggression. And these days, with an occasional twist."
- Dale Grummert, Lewiston Morning Tribune

"While brief, quarterback Gary Rogers gave the Cougar faithful the most eye-popping launch of a career this side of legendary Jack Thompson at Minnesota in 1976."
- Brandon Fincher, Special to Cougfan.com

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