Miles of flag waving to welcome fans Saturday

PULLMAN — A throng of Washington State students plan to greet Cougar fans -- repeatedly -- on the road to Pullman on Saturday. The athletic department's student volunteer group Coug Guys & Gals will be waving the colors every-other-mile from Spangle, just outside of Spokane, down to Colfax and then every mile between Colfax and Pullman.

Thirty-eight people will be roadside from 2:30-6:30 p.m. showing their spirit, says WSU senior Allie Bordeaux, president of Coug Guys and Gals. Kickoff between WSU and Oregon is set for 7:30 p.m. (ESPN).

This marks the third-straight year the group has devoted a game day to waving Cougar flags between Spokane and Pullman. Part of the impetus is to show Spokane fans how much their support in Pullman is appreciated, and to reinforce just how close Spokane and Pullman are to each other.

Bordeaux said there is another fun benefit to this year's effort. Since Oregon is staying at a hotel in Spokane, the Ducks will be treated to a steady diet of crimson flags and Cougar spirit on their drive to the stadium.

"We welcome them to Pullman and to Martin Stadium for the true Coug experience, because there is nothing better than Cougar football Saturday!” Bordeaux said.

The Coug Guys and Gals have never limited their flag waving to US 195 South. During Seattle Week, for instance, they're the ones on the I-90 bridge. And for WSU's Homecoming game Oct. 4 against Cal they'll be on the road between Dusty and Pullman to welcome the RV drivers.

The goal of Coug Guys and Gals is to enhance the game-day experience in Pullman, Bordeaux said, and waving the flag is just another way to add to the spirit.

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