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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Montana State, The Day After

I have nothing to say today. In fact, I will probably have next to nothing to say this week about larger issues, given that I encouraged everyone to at least wait until the quarter pole to make judgments. I will hold myself to the same standard, as hard as that is today.

Go Seahawks! (Why do I do this to myself?)

On to the links.

Tight WSU takes forever to overtake MSU - SportsLink - - Sept. 12, 2010
Tuel’s pass, James Montgomery’s fumble, Chantz Staden’s fumble, Brandon Rankin’s early personal foul, heck even the lack of aggressiveness on defense until late in the game, those were plays and decisions made by players and coaches trying too hard to win. When WSU finally said "what the freak," if I may paraphrase "Risky Business," then it started to play. And outscored MSU 16-0. And won.

Cougars have to rally to beat Montana St. - - Sept. 11, 2010
When you’ve lost 10 consecutive games, when you are coming off a 65-17 shellacking to open the season at Oklahoma State, and when there are 26,356 fans in a sun-drenched Martin Stadium getting their first chance to see this Cougar edition, well … "A win’s a win," said WSU coach Paul Wulff, a comment echoed by more than one of his players.

WSU Notebook: Toomer wears roommate's number - - Sept. 11, 2010
Tyree Toomer usually wears No. 33. But Saturday afternoon he took the Martin Stadium turf against Montana State wearing No. 15. LeAndre Daniels’ number. His roommate.

John Blanchette: Cougars will take it - - Sept. 11, 2010
Lighten up, everyone. Everyone. Fans, critics, players and, yes, coaches, too. Take a breath and enjoy whatever endorphins were manufactured and linger from Saturday’s great escape, even as the unrelenting grumps – and not without some justification – will paint it as Freedonia beating Sylvania in a Marx Brothers movie.

Cougars keep disaster at bay against FCS Montana State | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
All the doom and gloom ended with a joyful celebration shared by the Cougars and the student section after WSU scored the only 16 points of the fourth quarter – including Nico Grasu’s game-winning field goal with 2 minutes, 13 seconds remaining – to cinch a 23-22 triumph at Martin Stadium.

One for Cougs’ confidence | WSU Cougars - The News Tribune
The Washington State Cougars have won four games in three years, so they weren’t about to get picky after being forced to rally in the fourth quarter to edge Montana State, 23-22. "A win is a win," sophomore safety Tyree Toomer said. "We’ll gain from it. We’ll gain confidence."

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 2 - Pac-10 Blog - ESPN
C.J. Mizell, Washington State: Mizell, a freshman linebacker, returned an interception 62 yards and had a key fourth-down sack in the fourth quarter of the Cougars 23-22 comeback win over Montana State. 'Wulff probably most relieved man in U.S.'
Punched in the mouth early, it took a courageous and determined effort to overcome WSU's largest fourth-quarter deficit since a 49-42 win in 1984 against Stanford. Similar to last year’s dramatic overtime victory against Southern Methodist, the Cougars (1-1) capitalized on a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions.

Cougars | 2Minute Drill | Seattle Times Newspaper
Player of the game Quarterback Jeff Tuel led two fourth-quarter drives of 51 and 57 yards for touchdowns as the Cougars put 16 consecutive points on the board after trailing 22-7 at the end of the third quarter. Tuel finished with 204 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Fourth-Quarter Rally Puts Washington State Over Montana State, 23-22 - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
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Some video of postgame news conferences after the jump.