What They're Saying: Peril on the Palouse

Leach still winless in Pac-12 play

THE COUGARS HAD some fight in ‘em; there's no doubt about that. Amidst a firestorm of malicious comments released by former wideout Marquess Wilson, pundits who watched Saturday's game saw a team fighting through adversity. This team showed valiant effort as it attempts to find its bearings.

With the Marquess Wilson fiasco hanging over the program, the Cougars made things worse by playing sloppy, uninspired football in the first half. Though WSU did mount a valiant comeback, it could be that the once-promising Mike Leach era in the Palouse is in peril. -- Chris Huston, CBSSports.com

The volume of errors overwhelmed what WSU did well in the game. The Cougars actually outgained the Bruins 457 to 261. – Chris Chancellor, Cougfan.com

After jumping out to a 30-point lead on the road against the Washington State Cougars, head coach Jim Mora watch his team squeak out a 44-36 win after the Cougars stormed back to score 29 second-half points. -- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com

The 17th-ranked UCLA Bruins were challenged but overcame Washington State, 44-36, late Saturday night at Martin Stadium. Not that it mattered. The Cougars' stirring comeback attempt was overshadowed by inflammatory comments made by all-time Cougars receiving leader Marquess Wilson. -- Howie Stalwick, The News Tribune

Forget about the Marquess Wilson saga. Washington State's special teams in Saturday's first half against UCLA might have been the biggest disaster of the evening. -- Christian Caple, Spokesman Review

Next at Washington State University: Empty Corpse Bobblehead Night. Having exhausted the giddy buzz of a rock-star hire, whatever "whoa" jolt was felt from his recent trashing of a few team elders and the gimmick of a toy handout at the turnstiles, the only promotional card left for the Cougars is to combine all three, no? -- John Blanchette, Spokesman Review

All week, we warned that this game could not be taken lightly. We warned that we could not look forward to that other school. We couldn't get caught up in our positive press. We were headed to the Palouse, where bad things happen, and it was fricking cold. -- BruinNation.com

Well, it figured that one of the weirdest weeks ever in Washington State football would be climaxed by a madcap finish. The Cougars came within an onside-kick recovery of having a shot of completely erasing a 30-point halftime deficit in their 44-36 loss to UCLA. -- Bud Withers, Seattle Times

UCLA does have an 8-2 record and it was ugly. In fact, if the Bruins were playing anyone else Saturday, they might be 7-3. -- Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times

After a quarter of lackluster play, UCLA ran up a two-digit lead and what looked like an easy win. After halftime, they almost gave it away. -- Jack Wang, The Sun

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