What they're saying

From Seattle to Dayton: Read what they're saying about Washington State's painful loss to <b>The Maurice Clarett</b>, er, Ohio State University. And keep in mind: Four out of five sports therapists say reliving painful game moments--even losses to Big-10 opponents--can make for a healthier and happier life (but please, whatever you do, don't let your kids see you cry...again).

"This is the football OSU coach Jim Tressel learned from Earle Bruce, who learned it from Woody Hayes, who learned it from, uh, well, nobody's sure exactly. But we think it might have been Moses. Part the defensive line and march right through it. And when you're on defense, make the other guys feel like they've just been swamped." Bob Hunter, Columbus Dispatch

"And no one has more reason to be disappointed than Gesser, who has never quite found the rhythm to match his big games with the biggest victories…As resourceful and riveting as he has often been, this is a rarely voiced reality -- and it needs to be tempered somewhat because of the injuries which have dogged him at the end of each of the past two seasons. A young quarterback on a young team in 2000, Gesser was not able to steer the Cougars to victory in the swing games -- those overtime killers -- even when he was spectacular. A year ago, the Cougars won a couple big ones -- notably against UCLA and then Purdue in the Sun Bowl -- in which Gesser's numbers were dreadful. Only in the dramatic victory at Stanford has his performance been in sync with the Cougars' results." John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"Ohio State's Maurice Clarett isn't a tailback, he's a bulldozer. He's a sprinter. He's a runaway freight train. He's a 230-pound ballet dancer. No, he's all that and more. After only three college games, Maurice Clarett is a legitimate contender for the Heisman Trophy." Terry Pluto, The (Akron) Beacon Journal

"For a half, Maurice Clarett actually resembled a freshman…After halftime, he looked more like Superman…Facing a Washington State defense determined to stuff the run, Ohio State's freshman sensation carried 11 times for a rather mundane 36 yards in the first half. Not coincidentally, the sixth-ranked Buckeyes trailed the 10th-ranked Cougars 7-6 at intermission." Stewart Mandel, CNNSI.com

"If only they could have ended this one after 30 minutes. Then the bloom would still be on Washington State's national rose and Jason Gesser would still be considered a Heisman contender. But football, as Ohio State so forcefully proved Saturday, is a game of 60 minutes." Pat Mitchell, Cougfan.com

"Until Clarett sprouted wings, the Buckeyes never left the runway. At halftime they were 0-for-6 on third down and had 109 yards total offense -- 33 of that coming on a pass from quarterback Krenzel to wide-open Michael Jenkins on the game's first play from scrimmage." Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal

"Smashmouth football slammed finesse. The run pounded the pass yesterday. The Big Ten blasted the Pac-10." Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"Maurice Clarett loaded his Buckeye teammates on his shoulders Saturday afternoon, and everyone is going to find out just how strong he is. The big, bruising freshman from Warren Harding was Ohio State's "bus" with a German engine under the hood. He left Washington State defenders as roadkill and punished them in the second half when they tried to tackle him." Todd Porter, Canton Repository

"He (Maurice Clarett) must have needed practice because they left him in there for the entire game." Mike Price, WSU coach

"Fact is, the Scarlet and Gray Sea may have parted yesterday for Ohio State. Washington State is legitimate, a top-10 team with an ace quarterback and a fast, talented defense. And with all of that the Cougars managed one whole touchdown and played second-half defense against Clarett as though they were running the streets of Pamplona." Ray Stein, Columbus Dispatch

"(Rien) Long and (Isaac) Brown said Oregon's Onterrio Smith might be the only running back they've played against who is better than Clarett. Smith ran for 285 yards as a junior last season against WSU." Craig Hill, The (Tacoma) News Tribune

"With Gesser scrambling, (Darrion) Scott fought off a block and had the WSU quarterback land right in his arms. With that the 270 pounder picked Gesser up and slammed him to the ground in big-time wrestling style. ‘I couldn't believe my luck, he was right there,' Scott grinned. ‘And then I just wanted to bury him. When he hit, I heard him grunt and then it was just kind of a groan. He got up and said some things to me I can't say in print. All you got to know though is that his voice was . . . a little weak.'" Tom Archdeacon, Dayton Daily News

"Of more concern to Gesser was the Big Ten officiating crew's seeming indifference to defensive pass interference, particularly on a takeoff down the left sideline to Devard Darling just before halftime. Darling got by corner back Dustin Fox, but free safety Donnie Nickey came across the field and collided with Darling before the ball arrived. No flag was thrown…In the possession before that, WSU receiver Scott Lunde was flagged for offensive pass interference, though it appeared he was being dragged down from behind by Fox." John Blanchette and Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review

 "Facing a 7-6 deficit that could have been worse if officials hadn't ignored a pass interference penalty deep in OSU territory, the Buckeyes answered the third-quarter bell with a ferocity that turned the outcome as quickly as it did irreversibly." Bruce Hooley, (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

"I started trash talking to the ref because he was talking trash to me.I wasn't even worried about Ohio State, I was worried about him." Jason Gesser, WSU quarterback

"The college football season is barely a fortnight old, but it already has been tough on would-be Heisman Trophy winners. Dave Ragone, Rex Grossman, Byron Leftwich, Jason Gesser — their candidacies have all taken hits. By the end of the season, voters may be swayed to a guy originally not on any list." Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"Second-year Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel and his staff apparently crafted the metamorphosis at halftime, because their players went from sputtering before the break to splattering the 10th-ranked Cougars after it." Steve Junga, Toledo Blade

"(Washington State) was beating us up front on our blocks,

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