What They're Saying - Post Idaho edition

THE PUNDITS were out and about following Washington State's 45-28 victory over Idaho, waxing on all things Battle of the Palouse. Quips, quotes and takes on another record performance from Alex Brink, crimson grabmaster Michael Bumpus, the Cougar D's efforts against some inspired Vandals, the end of a tradition and more. From Seattle to Spokane, from Tacoma to Lewiston, here's what they're saying.

No rout this year. This was a real "Battle of the Palouse" and in the end senior quarterback Alex Brink had a big night and led Washington State to a 45-28 win over Idaho on Saturday night.
Craig Smith, The Seattle Times

Believe what you're seeing. Alex Brink is in a zone that makes anything for the Washington State Cougars seem possible. Like having a chance against No. 1 Southern California next weekend in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to open their Pacific-10 Conference schedule.
Todd Milles, The Tacoma News Tribune

Despite improvements, it was again made clear that Wazzu needs a more ferocious pass rush and steadiness in the secondary, though four interceptions will make for a happier film review today.
John Blanchette, The Spokesman-Review

The result was the same but the path Washington State took to win its seventh straight non-conference football game over Idaho was certainly different.
Dave Trimmer, The Spokesman Review

Robb Akey and the Idaho Vandals may have known what Washington State was going to do. But they couldn't stop it. Alex Brink, again prolific and pinpoint in directing the Washington State passing attack, led the Cougars to an imperfect but convincing 45-28 win Saturday night in what will be the last football Battle of the Palouse for at least three years.
Lewiston Morning Tribune

If Saturday night's Battle of the Palouse was the swan song for this series – at least for the foreseeable future – it went out on a high note. Robb Akey, Alex Brink and Michael Bumpus made sure of that.
Vince Grippi, The Spokesman Review

Despite leading the team with 60 receptions, and also had 558 yards in 2006, only one was for a score. Bumpus finally got hot in the red zone Saturday night as he hauled in eight receptions for 118 yards and two scores.
Brandon Scheller, The Seattle Times

Maybe it was Akey's familiarity with the opponent, though he didn't wax nostalgic being on the opposite side in the stadium where he spent the previous eight years. He said he didn't really watch Doba on the other sideline. "Only when I was taking their signals," Akey joked. "He was looking at me looking at him."
The Spokesman Review

Turning point: He's been knocked down. He's been toasted for long-gaining completions and touchdowns. But Saturday, sophomore cornerback Devin Giles got a little revenge. Giles, in his third start, made an acrobatic interception of Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle's pass intended for Lee Smith on the right sideline at the Vandals' 33 with 3:52 to go before halftime.
Todd Milles, The Tacoma News Tribune

Jeshua Anderson, a freshman from Mission Hills, Calif., fielded the kickoff to open the second half at the 6-yard line and took it 39 yards to the WSU 45. Maybe that won't get him on SportsCenter, but it does tie the longest kickoff return for the Cougars since Sammy Moore returned a kick 50 yards against Oregon State in 2003.
Brandon Scheller, The Seattle Times

Yes, please, let's end this series now. If Washington State and Idaho can't summon up a better amusement than the one staged here Saturday night, then surely mothballs are preferable to football.
John Blanchette, The Spokesman-Review

Michael Bumpus caught eight passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns as Washington State (2-1) won its seventh straight in the series between schools located just 8 miles apart.
Nicholas K. Geranios, Associate Press

The Washington State Cougars, tuning up for their Pac-10 opener with No. 1 USC, had all they could handle with No. 108 Idaho on Saturday night.
Howie Stalwick, the Idaho Statesman


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