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What they're saying: post-Cal edition

DESPITE WASHINGTON STATE'S 21-3 loss to California, reports from across the West Coast praised the crimson defense that held the nation's No. 10 team scoreless after halftime with only 123 second-half yards. Preseason All-American Mkristo Bruce called Cal "the most relentless team" – more relentless than No. 3 USC, which the Cougars nearly beat on Sept. 30. Here's what the media is saying.

"Don't run our team down," Doba told the press sternly. "These kids are tight. They're a family, and they're staying tight. I guarantee you they'll play their butts off against Oregon." But it was Sean O'Connor, the junior offensive guard from Redmond, who seemed to strike the proper chord for the day. He was asked if it would have taken a perfect game to beat the Bears, who had averaged 40-plus...

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