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WSU Cougs open 2014-2015 season at CenturyLink Field v Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Thousands of Coug fans decked out in crimson and gray joined forces at CenturyLink Field in Seattle at the season opener of the Washington State University Cougars against the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights on August 28. A mild-weathered evening presented a comfortable atmosphere for the game goers, and the smell of CenturyLink’s infamous garlic fries was prominent. Fans traveled from near and far to watch the game including locals from Seattle, students from the Washington State University Pullman campus, and those from the Washington State University Vancouver branch campus. Students from Washington State University Vancouver’s campus received tickets for free and saved $35 thanks to the Office of Student Involvement, but students provided their own transportation to the event as shuttle buses were not available for this game. Despite this, VanCougs still made their way to Seattle to cheer on their team and enjoy the season opener festivities. Sophomore and business administration major Haley Elmer said, “This was my first ever WSU football game. I was excited to go with friends and have fun. It was a great game!” During the halftime show, the WSU marching band performed a lively rendition of Jennifer Lopez’s new song “Booty” with the Coug cheerleaders, which evoked responses of raucous laughter from the audience.

Both teams traded the lead between them through the first three quarters, with the end of the third quarter looking like a certain victory for the Cougs. The remaining segment of the fourth quarter provided a surprise, however, when the a fumbled punt return gave the Scarlet Knights a chance to put together a last-minute drive to take the game. Washington State University lost to Rutgers with a score of 41-38, but the enthusiasm of Coug fans was maintained throughout the entirety of the game with an uproar of cheers when WSU scored and groans whenever Rutgers maintained an advantage.

After the loss to Rutgers and substantially lower ticket sales than expected, the thirteen-year-long tradition of WSU playing a “Seattle game” is currently suspended. WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos said to the Seattle Post Intelligencer that WSU has not scheduled anymore games at Seattle for the time being and that “it appears the pros of playing in front of a sizable community of Seattle alumni no longer outweigh the cons of losing a bona fide home game in Pullman.” Due to this abrupt change, it is not yet known if Washington State University Vancouver will change its strategy in regard to offering football tickets to students, but time will tell. For more information regarding OSI ticket sales to football games and other events, contact the Office of Student Involvement at 360-546-9163 or osi@vancouver.wsu.edu.

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