What They're Saying: Post-Idaho Edition

FROM BOISE TO BREMERTON, the pithy comments are plenty in the wake of Cougs' convincing win over Idaho. Erickson, suffering the worst defeat of his career, spares no words in his own assessment of the carnage.

In the wake of Washington State's 56-10 blowout of Idaho, Dennis Erickson may have had an inkling of where this loss ranks in his 25-year head coaching career. "I've been in a lot of games," the Vandals boss said, "and that's about as bad as I've been in." In fact, it is the worst. None of Erickson's teams had ever lost by as much as 46 points before Saturday's outing.
- Matt Baney and Dale Grummert, Lewiston Morning Tribune

On Saturday, Washington State looked like Washington State, and Idaho looked like Idaho -- only worse.
- Jahmal Corner, Tri-City Herald

Who'd have thought after last week's close call at Michigan State that Vandal fans would look back at the Nick Holt era as the Golden Years?
- Dan Weaver, Cougfan.com

The Washington State Cougars showed there is a lot more than an 8-mile divide between themselves and their Palouse neighbors from the University of Idaho. A divide that no matter how long the Vandals left their starters in - and some were on the field in the game's final possessions - they weren't going to bridge this Saturday."
- Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review

Technically, Dennis Erickson was wrong. After watching his Idaho football team get pulverized Saturday at Washington State, he called the 56-10 drubbing "about as bad as I've been in." In reality, the 3 hour, 25 minute whipping the Vandals took in front of 29,431 fans at Martin Stadium was the worst loss Erickson has sustained in his 23-plus years as a head coach.
-Nick Jezierny, Idaho Statesman

The Cougars as a whole have rarely been better than they were on Saturday. The 56 total points, 35 first-half points, 46-point margin of victory, 637 total yards and 344 rushing yards rank among the top marks in school history.
- Howie Stalwick, Kitsap Sun

Throughout the game, the Cougars ran at will and Erickson, when asked about injuries, said, "We got some nicks and bruises, but we didn't hit anybody hard enough to get hurt." Erickson's complaints included his coaching. "We got outcoached by WSU." Other Idaho problems included five dropped passes.
- Craig Smith, Seattle Times

The Cougars found a tonic Saturday during their nonconference matchup against the Idaho Vandals at Martin Stadium. WSU scored its most lopsided victory of the Bill Doba era, 56-10, in front of 29,431 curious fans. Why so curious? The Cougars needed to re-establish a working understanding of what won them 39 games since 2001, third-most in the Pacific-10 Conference. Their edict Saturday was simple: Get everybody involved, and instead of forcing big plays, allow the big plays to happen.
-Todd Milles, Tacoma News Tribune

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