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Cougar, Husky Rivalry Holds Strong at Apple Cup Watch Parties

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Outside of the Apple Cup game at Martin Stadium in Pullman Friday, the second best party in town was at Spokane's Swinging Doors.

"I'm hear to hang out with my friends and drink," Husky fan Alissa Johnson said with a laugh. "I'm just being honest."

Coug Alum Jen Landry, who sat in the same group said, "I am here rooting for the Cougs, crossing my fingers we win today with my girls!".

While the bar is normally known to bleed crimson and grey, Swinging Doors had a sizeable contingency of Dawg fans too.

"I walked right up in here like I belong," Husky fan Ranea Nilles said. "Huskies all the way!"

Her partner-in-crime, Ray Anderson added "They don't scare me. I wear (this jersey) with pride!"

And so the long-standing rivalry between the University of Washington and Washington State University played out between friends and family. Cheers of "Go Cougs!" and "Go Huskies" rang out from the crowds seated around the bar.

"I am hear to support UW," Nilles said, pointing over to her Coug-clad wearing friend.

"We always have hope," her Coug friend countered.

Friday, it was all about the trash talk, especially amongst Landry and her fellow Cougar alum who sat with one lone Husky.

"My friend gave this to me and I knew they were Coug fans so I had to wear it to piss them off," the Huskey-jersey-wearing Johnson said, followed by an eruption of laughter at the table.

"Depending on the score she might have to walk home," Landry joked.

At the end of the day, most fans know that the potential of an Apple Cup win has been viewed throughout the years as a way to salvage any season, good or bad. 

And so it went this year. The biggest prize of all was bragging rights.

"It's the last game of the season for us so, if we win, we get to talk about it for nine months," King said.

The Washington State Cougars defeated the Huskies 31-28 in overtime.

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