What They're Saying: Post OSU Edition

THE TENACIOUS DEFENSE of Oregon State, Alex Brink's last stand at Martin Stadium, and the mass exodus of WSU's student body were recurring themes in several recaps of the Cougs' 52-17 fall to the Beavers on Saturday. With quips, quotes and takes on Mother Nature, a Wazzu Seniors' Day akin to the prom scene in Stephen King's "Carrie," and more; from Seattle to Portland, here's what they're saying.

Something was certainly settled here Saturday evening, and not just Washington State's hash. Also confirmed was the legacy of Alex Brink. Ten thousand yards. Nothing – well, no bowl – to show for it. John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

Friday, many miles from the Washington State campus, the signs were already ominous for the Cougars. Automobiles, lines of 12 to 15 of them, streamed west on Highway 26, young faces homeward-bound and WSU's weeklong Thanksgiving vacation. Smart students, those Cougars. Good to see our tax dollars are well-spent. They must have known something. Not only was it a horrid, rain-soaked first half here Saturday — think '92 Apple Cup, plus about 20 degrees — WSU's performance here unfolded in lockstep. Bud Withers, Seattle Times

It wasn't supposed to shape up this way. Sure, a few students were expected to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday early, but players and coaches figured a fair share of the WSU faithful would be present. Rain flooded parts of the field a couple hours before the game. Dark clouds loomed over the stadium. Quite frankly, the mood was deflating before it ever got going in a positive direction. "It didn't feel (right) today, it was supposed to be a football game," WSU receiver Brandon Gibson said. "But it's stuff you have to play through." Todd Milles, The (Tacoma) News Tribune

Embarrassment. Flogging. Disaster. Pick a word. They all describe Washington State's performance Saturday in Martin Stadium. With quarterback Alex Brink tying a school record with six interceptions — five in the first half — the Cougars got thrashed by Oregon State 52-17. Craig Smith, Seattle Times

The first half was suppose to be iffy for the Oregon State football team to hold off the onslaught of Washington State's passing game. The Beavers were without a starting cornerback and a key reserve safety in the first half Saturday night after they were ejected during last Saturday's game against Washington. With strong-armed Alex Brink leading the Pacific-10 Conference in total offense, all signs pointed to a big first half for the Cougars. And OSU is not known for its comebacks this year.Cliff Kirkpatrick, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Brink was either sacked, knocked down or hurried at least a dozen times by one count. Of Brink's 43 career interceptions, 13, or 30 percent, have come against OSU. Vince Grippi, Spokesman-Review

While the day, meteorologically and athletically, was a shame for 20 WSU seniors and their families, maybe it was actually a favor in disguise, an opportunity for a self-examination of the program. If this was a referendum on the state of affairs under coach Bill Doba, the Cougars didn't exactly deliver a bullhorn endorsement. Bud Withers, Seattle Times

It was a tossed salad of wince-some moments. There was the ill-advised throw back to the middle of the field while running for his life. There was the unseen defender stepping in front of the deep pass that stayed up a smidgen too long. The absurd gift to a defensive end who must have been stunned not to see the ball thrown away. The high-and-behind misfire. The end-of-half Hail Mary. John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

Early last week, Washington State coach Bill Doba pleaded with students to stick around for Saturday's football game rather than go home early for Thanksgiving break. Most of the students didn't listen. Maybe they wanted to get a head start on working Dad for spending money. Or perhaps they knew something bad was going to happen. Something very bad. Nick Daschel, The Columbian

Essentially, it was Brink against the OSU defense, and he acknowledged that the importance of the game made him take some chances he regretted. "Yeah, I think you can attribute all the early interceptions to pressing a little bit, not throwing the ball away," Brink said. "Trying to do a little too much was definitely a part of it on a couple of them." Bob Clark, The (Eugene) Register-Guard

It was a cold, wet, miserable day, both for the Cougars and their sparse fans. WSU (4-7, 2-6) wanted its students to stay on campus and delay their Thanksgiving break to provide some noise and some attitude for a crucial game. There was no noise to speak of, and no attitude. In a series that started in 1903, no OSU team had ever scored 52 points against the Cougars. "I was pretty surprised," Beavers right tackle Roy Schuening said. "I don't really know how down on their luck they are. I don't want to say they quit out there." Paul Buker, The Oregonian

Doba's worst fears were realized when most students headed home early with no classes scheduled next week due to the Thanksgiving break. Check that: Doba's worst fears were realized when all-time leading WSU passer Alex Brink threw a career-high six interceptions - including five in the first half.Howie Stazlwick, The Olympian

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