What they're saying

Our weekly roundup of notable quotes following another Cougar victory:

"The Idaho Vandals play defense like politicians tell the truth: rarely, and with little conviction. The Vandals, making a determined run at finishing dead last in the nation in points allowed for the second straight year, were pistol-whipped in a 49-14 loss to 11th-ranked Washington State." The Idaho Statesman (Boise)

"The team that wants to take games one at a time can finally look forward to Ohio State. After two weeks of dutifully refusing to look ahead to their Sept. 14 date in Columbus, Ohio, that date is now the next game on the Washington State schedule." Don Ruiz, Tacoma News Tribune

"There were two first half turnovers and an offense that at times appeared lethargic, but when WSU needed to, it flipped the switch and flashed the explosiveness that was missing in last week's win against Nevada." Jon Naito, Seattle P-I

"Last week, said Mike Levenseller, the WSU offensive coordinator, (Darling) 'just didn't get uncorked.' Consider Darling uncorked. Consider the bubbly engulfing the Cougars, who overwhelmed Idaho 49-14 on a cool, sunny day in the Palouse." Bud Withers, Seattle Times

Idaho freshman tackle Kelly Talavou, when asked about WSU's dominating offensive linemen: "they weren´t that tough." And Jason Gesser ? "He's no Heisman candidate."

"It wasn't the final score. It wasn't the statistics, exactly. It wasn't the fact that Washington State beat the bookmakers' spread. It was something else that reassured the Cougars and their fans Saturday in a 49-14 win over Idaho before a crowd of 30,110 at Martin Stadium. It was the size of the holes. It was the incisiveness of Jonathan Smith's moves, the acuity of John Tippins' vision. It was the pristine serendipity of Jason Gesser's 41-yard touchdown pass to Devard Darling -- on fourth-and-8, no less. The Cougars restored the punch and the pizzazz of their offense -- and just in time (for Ohio State)." Dale Grummert, Lewiston Morning Tribune

Just before the half we drove down the field and scored on 6 plays, just like that.  We need to have that kind of play and urgency on every down - - defensive and offensive - - If we want to be successful from here on out…(Devard) Darling is just a flat out stud!  But I'll tell you, when you have a receiving corps like the Cougs you need to be putting that ball up more than they have been. Nick Witter, WSU senior


For the first two weeks of the college football season, the Cougs and their giddy constituents have been content to enjoy the status and spoils of their new station. The odds of ESPN setting up the Gameday furniture at a Cougar game are weighed more vigorously than how the defense may deal with screen passes and the speed option. The official schedule listed "Nevada" and "Idaho" on the first two dates, but the believers knew them to be "Victim 1" and Victim 2," obligatory warm-ups to the first main event -- next Saturday at Ohio State. John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review



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