What They're Saying: Post-Cowboy Edition

THE COUGARS' WOEFUL special teams work and Dex Bryant's alley-oop slam dunks on short WSU corners draw much of the attention from pundits near and far after Oklahoma State's big win at Qwest.

One play that belongs in the playbook no matter what the down and distance is a jump-ball toss to 6-2 sophomore receiver Dez Bryant, who had seven catches for 90 yards. Calling Bryant's name was child's play, especially when he lined up across from cornerbacks Romeo Pellum (5-10, 179) and Tyrone Justin (5-11, 157).
John Rohde, The Oklahoman

All you really need to know about the Paul Wulff Era of Washington State football you could have learned from the first game. And that's this: He's not a miracle worker.
John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

The Cougars played jittery, as if they weren't ready for this stage. They are painfully young, a slow work in progress. They had trouble finding their offensive rhythm all summer. They never had their full team together at practice. Even new coach Paul Wulff said after the game that, because of injuries, he is unable to use almost half his offensive playbook.
Steve Kelley, Seattle Times

The effects of strategies and game plans and coaching are all diminished when one team can merely throw the ball to a big guy over the head of the other team's small guy. A lot of Cougars fans wanted to come out to WSU's game on this side of the state to see what they'd look like under new coach Paul Wulff. Well, they looked young and banged up, a little confused at times, and maybe nervous in the early stages. But mostly they looked under-manned.
Dave Boling, Tacoma News Tribune

For the first two plays, Paul Wulff looked like a coaching genius. His Washington State football team ripped off seven- and eight-yard gains, getting off the line impressively and up the field in a hurry. Then reality took over Saturday at Qwest Field, with the Cougars thereafter exposed for the rebuilding project that they are under their new leader …
Dan Raley, Seattle P-I

With coach Mike Gundy primarily calling the plays for the first time in his four seasons as (OSU) head coach, 12 of their first 25 points came thanks to a 42-yard punt return by Dez Bryant, a safety, and a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Perrish Cox.
Gregg Bell, Associated Press

Oklahoma State's special teams performance was better than Cowboys' coach Mike Gundy expected. In fact, the special teams created field position so good, the play caller found himself running through his playbook. "I'll be real honest with ya, we don't have a big play list from inside the 20," Gundy said. "I don't know how many snaps we had down there, but every time I looked down at the call sheet we were inside the 20 yard line."
Andrea Cohen, The Oklahoman

When the tempo did speed up in the second half, the Cougars' young offensivelinemen - a freshman, three sophomores and a junior - began opening sizableholes for Dwight Tardy and Chris Ivory, who rushed for 59 and 32 yardsrespectively. So not all the Cougar surprises were unpleasant. Just most of them.
Dale Grummert, Lewiston Morning Tribune

Too many penalties, dropped passes and shoddy special-team performances spoiled Wulff's debut and made him the first Cougars' coach to lose his debut since Jackie Sherrill in 1976.
Percy Allen, Seattle Times

WSU's "special" teams were that in name only. Punts and kickoffs were routinely too short and/or too low; coverage on returns was often glaringly inadequate; and no sooner did the Cougars finally score than Perrish Cox ran untouched up the middle to score on a 90-yard kickoff return.
Howie Stalwick, Kitsap Sun

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