HOT COUGAR ACTION: Sunday Morning Victory Links

As I write this, it's currently 2:30 a.m. and I still have a smile on my face. I've watched the game twice and Marquess Wilson's touchdown at least a dozen more times. I have no idea what this win means for the current season, or the long-term future of the program, but right now I don't care. I'm 25-years-old and have a growing patch of white hair in my beard, likely a result of watching WSU sporting events the last seven years, but days like today make it totally worth it. 

 As for the game itself, we can start with the official stats. Also from WSUCougars.com we have postgame notespostgame quotes and a photo gallery. If you only read one link, read the player reactions in the postgame quotes. Some really great stuff including this gem from Daniel Simmons.

"Honestly, I think this was the best win of my life. It was well deserved. We can only relish this for the next 24 hours, but I'm going to dream about this tonight and I'm so happy I was a part of it."

WSU rallies to stun Colorado 31-27 - Spokesman.com - Oct. 1, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. – Sometimes a dramatic victory grows from the fertilizer of a tough defeat. Such was seemingly the case for the Washington State Cougars on Saturday.

WSU notebook: One important catch - Spokesman.com - Oct. 1, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. – Marquess Wilson has made harder catches. The sophomore wide receiver has made longer ones. But he’s never made a more important one than the 63-yarder he gathered in to bring Washington State all the way back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit during the Cougars 31-27 upset of Colorado Saturday at Folsom Field.

Colorado is losing football head games - The Denver Post
BOULDER — Colorado coach Jon Embree could list all his team's shortcomings on one of the Flatirons that looms over CU's struggling football program.

CU loses 31-27 to Washington State after blowing late 27-17 lead - The Denver Post
BOULDER — Finishing football games: important. Finishing games in the Pac-12: paramount. Welcome to the league of high-scoring buzzer-beaters, where holding a 10-point lead with five minutes left only means there is still plenty of time to step up or mess up.

Cougars solve CU Buffs' defense late - Boulder Daily Camera
For more than three quarters Saturday Colorado's patchwork secondary appeared to do enough to hold Washington State's high-powered passing attack in check. The final five minutes proved nightmarish.

Embree at a loss after stunner against Washington State - Boulder Daily Camera
An epic fourth-quarter collapse sealed the fate of Jon Embree's predecessor last fall. Now Colorado's new football coach has a late-game meltdown of his own to digest. The Buffaloes managed to surrender a 10-point lead in the final 5 minutes, 4 seconds Saturday against Washington State and lost 31-27 at Folsom Field to a Cougars team that had won only one other time away from home under fourth-year coach Paul Wulff.

Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Is a monumental program downturn at an end for Washington State? Has coach Paul Wulff delivered a transformative victory? While it might be too early to say for sure, the 31-27 comeback win at Colorado hints strongly that things might be finally getting better in Pullman.

CU Buffs might have reached rock bottom - Boulder Daily Camera

Colorado linebacker Doug Rippy stood in the doorway of the room where players and coaches speak to reporters after home games at Folsom Field on Saturday. He was still in full uniform, cleats, shoulder pads, tape, everything.

A dramatic win for WSU - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 1, 2011

So how noisy was it in Pullman when Marquess Wilson gathered in Marshall Lobbestael's perfectly thrown pass to save Washington State's Pac-12 opener? I'm guessing really, really loud, especially in a few taverns around town. Read on.

Cougars | Cougars' Two-Minute Drill | Seattle Times Newspaper

Players of the Game • Washington State quarterback Marshall Lobbestael came back from a first-drive interception to complete 32 of 49 passes for 376 yards. • On defense, WSU linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis had a team-leading 14 tackles and two sacks.

Cougars | Cougars 'finish' the job | Seattle Times Newspaper

BOULDER, Colo. — Two weeks ago, at San Diego State, Washington State coughed up a three-point lead in the fourth quarter and WSU coaches concluded the indignity was something that could be remedied.

Bud Withers | Two late touchdowns net WSU its first Pac-12 victory | Seattle Times Newspaper

BOULDER, Colo. — It all happened so fast, so innocently. Washington State's afternoon of exasperation under a hot Colorado sun shifted dramatically, unexpectedly, in the Cougars' favor. 

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