What They're Saying - Post Arizona edition

WASHINGTON STATE's bowl hopes took a hit to the gut says one veteran newspaperman who witnessed the carnage in the desert otherwise known as Arizona's 48-20 win over WSU. Scribes from Tucson to Seattle to Spokane weigh in.

Like the sun going down in the Sonoran Desert, Washington State's bowl hopes dimmed considerably Saturday night. -- Craig Smith, Seattle Times

Fleeting hope for a miracle comeback - WSU trailed 34-20 at the time - evaporated near midfield at Arizona Stadium. If (Dwight) Tardy had caught the ball, the Cougars might have scored. He was that open. In the end, the drop became more symbolic than anything: WSU might quickly be losing its grip on the 2007 season. -- Todd Milles, Tacoma News Tribune

UA athletic director Jim Livengood, amid the postgame celebration outside the locker room, referred to that old antacids commercial: "How do you spell relief?" he said. In this case: W-S-U. -- Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen

Cougars coach Bill Doba said the Wildcats were "quicker and faster than us.'' What he didn't say was that Arizona was also more physical. -- Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star

Cougars' gunslinger Alex Brink posted his typical gaudy numbers (35-56, 347 yards, three touchdowns), but Tuitama's Wildcats came out on top. The teams combined for 985 yards of total offense, making sure this contest lived up to its pre-game billing as an offensive shootout. -- Nick Prevenas, Green Valley News and Sun

It turns out you don't have to be a top-10 team to pile up yardage and points on Washington State. -- Lewiston Morning Tribune

Washington State dared Arizona to run the ball. So the Wildcats ran -- and then passed -- the Cougars right out of Arizona Stadium. -- Bob Baum, Associated Press

I'm not even sure what to write about Arizona's 48-20 win over Washington State tonight. The Air Zona offense established the ground game for the first time in over a year. -- Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star

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