What they're saying

Our roundup of notable quotes following yesterday's Cougar victory over the Robber Barons:

"Whether it's the new system installed by head coach Buddy Teevens or a rapidly eroding sense of confidence, the simple fact is this -- the Cardinal can't score right now, much less keep pace with a team the caliber of the Cougars (6-1)." Michelle Smith, San Francisco Chronicle

"Somebody counted legs, not heads, and came up with an attendance of 30,750." Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review

"The usual theme in Washington State football is ‘Finish!' which translates as ‘play hard and well in the fourth quarter.' Yesterday's goal was to start strong. And that's what the Cougars did. Craig Smith, Seattle Times

"They sat on Stanford's bench after another inept series, dumbfounded and disappointed. It was midway through the third quarter and the game was over. They did not speak. They did not watch the action." Jon Wilner, (San Jose) Mercury News

"You get an idea of the state of the Stanford program by closing your eyes
and opening your ears. The spare crowd of 30,750 made the loudest cheer yesterday when the P.A. announcer informed them that Barry Bonds had just hit a three-run homer to tie the Giants NLCS game against the St. Louis Cardinals being played roughly 20 miles north." Ryan Metcalfe, Cougfan.com

"I think our offensive line is playing great right now. It has the last three games. They've really stepped up to the challenge. Coach challenged them after I got injured in the Montana State game to protect me and they've really done that." Jason Gesser.

Rien Long is not one for flattery. Nothing personal. It's just not the way of any defensive linemen. But when the 6-foot-6, 286-pound junior first lined up against freshman Nick Mihlhauser way back in August, Long knew someday even he would be heaping praise on not only a freshman, but an offensive lineman of all things. Carter Strickland, Spokesman-Review

"If there was any chance the league-leading Cougars would come out flat after their madcap overtime victory against USC last week, it dissipated in the general ineptitude of the Cardinal (1-4), which, if it hasn't fallen off the map yet, can be found over at about ZZ-23 on your Rand-McNally." Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"Here's how good life is for the Washington State University football team. The Cougars are 6-1, atop the Pac-10 at 3-0, on the mend going into a bye week and, after a 36-11 win over hapless Stanford on Saturday, WSU wasn't spinning cartwheels. Times, and expectations, have changed." Jim Meehan, Spokesman-Review

"It was a mellow California Saturday. Warm sun shining. Hazy mountains on the horizon. Small crowd at Stanford Stadium. Fleetwood Mac on the P.A. system. Washington State needed an alarm clock. And after it came, the Cougars buzzed to a 23-0 lead in the first 17 minutes before coasting to a 36-11 win over the Cardinal." Don Ruiz, The (Tacoma) News Tribune

"Let's let the stats speak for themselves before I even provide a summary of the game.  Washington State controlled the game and won 36-11 despite Stanford holding a 8:40 advantage in the time of possession.  Stanford averaged 15 1/3 yards per kickoff return.  Stanford committed eleven penalties for 85 yards.  Stanford was 3/16 on third down and 1/5 on fourth.  Unofficially, I estimate that every time a Cougar attempted to pass, he had more than four seconds to throw." YCF, The Bootleg.com




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