PULLMAN, Wash. - A 30-6 loss to BYU in the opener is not how anyone expected the Mike Leach era to start down in Pullman, but if you think senior quarterback Jeff Tuel and his teammates are going to mope around about the defeat, Tuel says think again.
"If you guys are going to expect us to sit around and mope for the whole week, you're wrong," said Tuel at the Cougars weekly press conference on Monday. "That's not what's going to happen around here anymore, those times are over. That Friday practice, guys were flying around energetic because it does us no good to sit around and dwell on things in the past and what we didn't do well. We have to correct things and get it done."
Junior safety Deone Bucannon echoed Tuel's sentiments. "I'm not going to sit up here and lie, it definitely took a toll and hit us hard, but like Tuel said, we came out the next day, the next practice, and we were flying around," said Bucannon. We were out there playing hard because that's not us out there on the field, we're definitely a better team than that."
Washington State opens the home part of its schedule on Saturday against Eastern Washington. Cougar fans hope the first game at the newly renovated Martin Stadium leads to the first win in the Mike Leach era.
**To hear the complete interviews with Jeff Tuel, Deone Bucannon and head coach Mike Leach, click on the video links to the right.