What They're Saying: Post-Stillwater Edition

What They're Saying: Post-Stillwater Edition

FROM TULSA to Lewiston, the quips and quotes, barbs and broadsides, are moving fast in the wake of Washington State's nightmarish opening to what was billed to be a competitive season after two years of woe.

HERE'S SOME OF THE BUZZ ....

"Not a lot of bright spots blared forth for Washington State here Saturday night ... but one was obvious: Freshman receiver Marquess Wilson. The 6-foot-3 product of Tulare, Calif., snagged a 48-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Tuel, and had another 46-yard reception that was denied a touchdown by a replay. Wilson finished with four catches for 108 yards, becoming the fourth WSU true freshman to top the 100-yard mark since complete statistics began to be compiled in 1978." -- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

"Much improved? If that's true of the Cougars, the other team must be terrific." -- Lewiston Tribune

"Is it already time to reconsider the "Maybe it won't be as bad as we think" season of Washington State football? Hey, it's always good to be reminded that even hedged expectations can go unfulfilled. But in college football, it's just not so good to be reminded before Labor Day. Now, if you think it's too early to give up on the notion of competitive Cougars football in 2010, you're certainly entitled to that delusion, er, decision." -- John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review

"We came out the first play of the game and turned the ball over, and we're fragile enough and young enough we get in spells and things go against us and we didn't respond very well. I thought our kids played tight early for quite a while. We just didn't play. I think we wanted to really bad, and they really want to do great. The attitude is great. They didn't cut it loose. They played tentative. They played not to make mistakes." -- Paul Wulff, WSU head coach

"We tried to stay healthy (in fall camp) and cut tackling back a little bit. You're between a rock and a hard place, trying to stay healthy but you want to tackle more. But we obviously didn't do enough. That's our fault. That's my fault." -- WSU defensive coordinator Chris Ball

"In five previous seasons as a coordinator, Dana Holgorsen's Texas Tech and Houston offenses got 79 percent of their yards on pass plays. In the first game of his first season at Oklahoma State, Holgorsen exhibited flexibility. He pumped the football to Kendall Hunter. The results were spectacular ... Playing slightly more than two quarters, Hunter rushed for a career-high total of 257 yards." -- Bill Haisten, Tulsa World

"This game was supposed to be the launch of the Dana Holgorsen era. Instead, it became a (Kendall) Hunter revival. The senior tailback looked like the first-team all-American from 2008, not the injury-frustrated junior from 2009. Only better ... Yes, Washington State stinks. But this still was a Pac-10 team; this is what a great tailback should do to an overmatched defense. And make no mistake, Hunter is a great tailback." -- Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman

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