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.
• Before the game we wrote the Cougars needed to learn how to win a close game. But I really didn't think that would include a rally like they put on today. I meant hold on to a small lead throughout the fourth quarter, not come from 10 points down. My bad. … To a man – and we'll have more quotes in our morning post – the Cougars said the practice changes the past couple weeks really helped in the fourth quarter. They felt more at ease with the situation, they felt more confidence and they performed. As Lobbestael said, when the offense went out on the field for the final possession, both Paul Wulff and offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy told them they liked the look in their eyes. … I know everyone is going to be bitching about the penalties called on WSU, but I think it was more an officiating crew that was flag happy, not any type of homering. Referee Land Clark and his crew made some god-awful calls, many against WSU, some against CU. … I don't know if you got to see it on TV, but Wulff just went after Clark during a time-out following the pass interference call on Daniel Simmons late. It was what my dad would have called an old-fashioned butt chewing. We asked the players about that incident and we'll relay their answers in tomorrow's post – or use it for our follow for Monday. … The best player Colorado had on the field today was running back Rodney Stewart who had 278 all-purpose yards. The 5-foot-6 running back also covered kickoffs and delivered a couple blows. He picked up one tackle. … The Washington State contingent, in the north end zone stands and in the northwest corner, was pretty active throughout the game. But the group really exploded after Wilson's catch. As the Cougars left the field, many of the players and coaches high-fived the fans lined up the ramp to the locker room. All that enthusiasm is to be applauded, but the drunk fan who screamed something unintelligible during Wulff's post-game press conference, he I could do without. … I think I covered as much as I could in my game story and notebook, but if I think of anything more, I'll pass it along tomorrow.
• That's all for tonight. We'll be back in the morning. Until then …