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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Sunday morning links

The last thing I want to do after a brutal loss is read more about it by digging up a dozen or so links, but the show must go on, so here we are.

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

I remember the feeling I had after last year's Colorado game. In fact, here is what I wrote the next day.

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.

The feeling I have right now is the exact opposite. I don't know what I'm more upset about, the loss or the fact I have to go back through that dumpster fire to chart the wide receivers. Days like today make being a sports fan suck.

In case you are a glutton for punishment, there are links and post game press conference videos after the jump.


Postgame Notes
Washington State postgame notes.

Washington State Quotes
Mike Leach

Cougars Notebook: Once again, WSU doesn't finish " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — One by one, Washington State players stepped up to the podium, stared into a sea of television cameras and tape recorders and tried to explain what it feels like to blow a 17-point lead in the final quarter at homecoming.

An impassioned Mike Leach assesses a tough loss - SportsLink - - Sept. 22, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — Mike Leach was as passionate as he's been at any point in his WSU tenure on Saturday. Here's a full transcript of his postgame press conference.

Cougars' 2-Minute Drill | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
Play of the game Webb ran for a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal draw play with 9 seconds left, and when Will Oliver kicked the extra point, Colorado had a one-point victory.

Mental mistakes costly as WSU blows big fourth-quarter lead to lose to Colorado | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — During the week leading up to Colorado's visit to Washington State, there was a good deal of dialogue about whether a certain football team could win a game this season.

Cougars have another offensive lineman get injured | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
PULLMAN — As if Saturday afternoon's events on the field weren't disheartening enough to Washington State — the Cougars fell victim to Colorado's big comeback in a 35-34 loss — its offensive line is getting thinner by the week.

Leach says Cougars' mentality needs to change " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — If Washington State football players were as fired up during Saturday's game as their coach was during his postgame press conference, chances are the Cougars would not be trying to explain their late collapse in a 35-34 loss to lowly Colorado.

‘Mentally weak’ Cougs lose - Washington State University - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
PULLMAN – When Bill Moos returned to his alma mater two years ago to take over as athletic director, he stressed how much he loathed the phrase "Cougin’ it."

Buffaloes bounce Cougars with fourth-quarter rally - - Sept. 23, 2012
PULLMAN – As the first Washington State player to take the podium following Saturday’s faceplant, cornerback Daniel Simmons took a crack at explaining exactly why the Cougars repeatedly fail to put teams away when given the chance.

WSU Football: Mike Leach after the Colorado game, Sept. 22 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Connor Halliday after the Colorado game, Sept. 22 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Daniel Simmons after the Colorado game, Sept. 22 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Elliott Bosch after the Colorado game, Sept. 22 (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football: Teondray Caldwell after the Colorado Game, Sept. 22 (via WSUCougarAthletics)