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Washington State fans paying for fine Pac-12 never imposed

PULLMAN, WA - SEPTEMBER 09: Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) evades the tackle of Boise State Broncos nose tackle Emmanuel Fesili (57) during the game between the Boise State Broncos and the Washington State Cougars on September 9, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA. (Photo by Robert Johnson/Icon Sportswire)
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The Washington State Cougars got a big win on Saturday, coming back from trailing Boise State 31-10 with just eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. They ended up tying the score at 31-31 with 1:44 left in the game, then eventually prevailed 47-44 in triple-overtime.

After the huge victory, the home fans rushed the field to celebrate alongside the team. Some fans believed that the school would incur a $25,000 fine for the offense, which prompted some to put together a GoFundMe campaign to help. According to a Facebook post from the creator of the fundraiser:

“The PAC 12 Conference has fined Washington State University $25,000 because students and other fans rushed onto the field to celebrate WSU’s improbable comeback win over Boise State last Saturday. I’m hopeful that the faithful WSU students and fans around the world will assist in helping me gather the needed funds to defray the costs to the athletic program caused by this absolutely ridiculous fine.”

But according to the Pac-12, there has been no such fine levied against the school.

“There’s no fine for Washington State regarding field rushing following its game with Boise State,” a Pac-12 official said via email to The Spokesman Review.

Even though there is no fine for the school, fans are still donating to the GoFundMe campaign. As of 10 p.m. ET Tuesday, 29 people had donated $700.

Washington State entered the game ranked No. 22 in the nation, and the win pushes them to 2-0 on the season. The next big test for the Cougars comes Sept. 16 against Oregon State.

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