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Eastern Washington Eagles wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) scores a touchdown during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

John Blanchette: Eagles-Griz rivalry built on respect

Where is the Big Sky we used to know? A look at the upper floors of the conference standings name checks schools like North Dakota, Weber State and Cal Poly. That suggests a “Game of Thrones” story arc featuring Thoros ...

Gage Gubrud had a slow start for the Eagles but finished strong in 35-16 win over Montana on Saturday. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU-Montana notes: Gage Gubrud, EWU overcome slow start, beat Montana

It was the Northern Iowa recipe all over again. Tasked on Saturday with stopping Eastern Washington’s passing game, the Montana defense pressured quarterback Gage Gubrud and pressed his receivers. The strategy worked – for a while. After three possessions, the ...

Eastern Washington Eagles defensive back Josh Lewis (19) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Montana Grizzlies wide receiver Jerry Louie-McGee (16) during a college football game on Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU vs. Montana (Oct. 29)

Eastern Washington University defeats Montana 35-16 at home in Cheney on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.

In last year’s matchup in Missoula, Eastern Washington quarterback Reilly Hennessey (12) fumbles as he is hit by safety Manu Rasmussen. EWU used three QBs in the game. (Patrick Record / Associated Press)

Eagles’ stretch run begins with Montana

This isn’t about payback, though that would be nice too. For the Eastern Washington players and coaches, Saturday’s Big Sky Conference game against Montana is just another chance to get better. “Ascending,” coach Beau Baldwin called it earlier this week. ...

Coach Beau Baldwin and the Eastern Washington University are the No. 2 seed in the FCS playoffs. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU football to play in New York next year

Next year’s Eastern Washington football schedule is complete, and includes a trip to New York City, athletic director Bill Chaves said Friday. The Eagles will play Fordham on Sept. 16, 2017, at 7,000-seat Jack Coffey Stadium in the Bronx. “We ...

Eastern Washington DE Samson Ebukam zeros in on Northern Iowa’s Aaron Bailey earlier this season at Roos Field in Cheney. Ebukam says “getting to the quarterback makes me feel good.” (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU defensive end Samson Ebukam is a game-changer for the Eagles

Every Wednesday morning via teleconference, the football coaches of the Big Sky Conference entertain questions from the media about their upcoming game. When the subject turns to the Eastern Washington defense and what catches their eye, opposing coaches offer the ...

EWU sports live chat transcript (Oct. 27)

Jim: Hello, let's talk Eagle football! Steven Christopher: Hi Jim! Go Eags! (And Tribe!) GoEags (guest): Happy Thursday, Happy Griz week! Steven Christopher: Did? Montana's quarterback play against us in 2013 and 2014? Jim: No, he didn't face the Eagles until last year. GoEags (guest): ‘13 Brady Johnson and twice in ’14. ...

EWU-Montana Q&A with Missoulian beat writer

1)    Montana hasn’t been a very good road team in Big Sky play, going 0-2 so far. Why do you think that is? The coaching staff has pointed to a lack of energy away from home, that the team feeds ...

Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson (3) throws a pass against Southern Utah in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Missoula, Mont. Montana defeated Southern Utah, 43-20. (Patrick Record / AP)

Eagles face tall task against Montana QB Brady Gustafson

Looming large over Saturday’s Big Sky Conference game in Cheney is Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson, a 6-foot-7 pocket passer who some experts liken to former North Dakota State star Carson Wentz. That’s not hyperbole. Gustafson has all the tools – ...

It was a long day in Missoula last year when EWU lost 57-16. (Patrick Record / Associated Press)

Eagles need no extra motivation for Montana

The Eastern Washington football players didn’t need any extra motivation when they stepped onto the practice field Tuesday afternoon. This is Montana week, after all. The Eastern coaches understood; they didn’t even bother to put up last year’s score from ...

Eastern Washington Eagles quarterback Gage Gubrud (8) throws while on the move during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. EWU won the game 49-31. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU quarterback Gubrud is FCS national player of the week

Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud continues to take what defenses give him. He’s also grabbing a few awards along the way. On Saturday, Gubrud’s patience was rewarded with a 41-17 Big Sky Conference win at Montana State. Two days later, ...

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, left,  fights off Montana State defenders during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 in Bozeman. (Kelly Gorham / Montana State University via AP)

Eastern Washington Eagles fly past Montana State, 41-17

BOZEMAN – Eastern Washington is finding its comfort zone, which should make the rest of the Big Sky Conference very uncomfortable. “Settling in,” coach Beau Baldwin called it Saturday afternoon, the slow-but-sure dominance his third-ranked Eagles displayed in a 41-17 ...

Montana State quarterback Chris Murray  is menaced by Eastern Washington defenders during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 in Bozeman. (Kelly Gorham / Montana State University via AP)

EWU-MSU notes: Eagles DE Samson Ebukam was a game-changer at Montana State

BOZEMAN – A “real game-changer,” Montana State coach Jeff Choate called Eastern defensive end Samson Ebukam in the run-up to Saturday’s game against the Eagles. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Choate was right. More than any player on the field, Ebukam ...

Eastern Washington Eagles quarterback Gage Gubrud (8) throws while on the move during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. EWU won the game 49-31. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU offense flying high going to Montana State

BOZEMAN – Montana State football coach Jeff Choate is new to the Big Sky Conference, but he knows all about the Eastern Washington offense. Choate was the linebackers coach at Washington on the opening day of the 2014 season, when ...

EWU’s Nzuzi Webster intercepts a pass in front of Zach Eagle during the Red-White Game in April. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU’s Webster twins stick together

Nzuzi and Nsimba Webster have been hard at play since the day they were born. Their game of choice is NBA 2K, furiously played out in their Cheney apartment. Before that it was soccer, baseball, basketball, track and football. But ...

EWU sports live chat transcript (Oct. 20)

Jim: Hello, everyone - let's talk Eastern football! Jim: It's been two weeks - did you miss me? KHB_GoEags: Ha ha ha yes!!Can't wait for Saturday! Jim: Warmup question: Did you watch any football during the bye week? Guest8461 (guest): I think bye week came @ good time. Any updates on who ...

EWU sports chat Oct. 20 (noon)

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Eastern Washington QB Reilly Hennessey (12) fires down field against Northern Iowa, Sept, 17, 2016, in Cheney, Wash. Lineman Spencer Blackburn protects Hennessey. DAN PELLE danp@spokesman.com (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU offensive line overachieves

Please excuse Eastern Washington’s offensive linemen for patting themselves on the shoulder pads. In a season full of pleasant surprises, they’re the biggest. Questions posed by fans since last winter have been answered in exclamations points, with the most prolific ...

In this Sept. 3, 2016 file photo, Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin is all smiles after his team defeated Washington State. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU football notes: Eagles’ record should impress recruits

Eastern Washington football coaches hit the recruiting trail this bye week with five wins in their pockets, which is sure to impress most 17-year-old athletes. It also doesn’t hurt that Eastern has made a habit of competing with – and ...




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