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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Vandals’ tasks are simple: Show up and win against Portland State

To jump-start a Big Sky Conference season that was becalmed in a decisive 44-21 loss to UC Davis last week, Idaho needs to do at least two things on Saturday …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

Eastern Washington has a history of clutch performances in Bozeman

The Eagles, who have won 14 of their last 18 meetings with Montana State, have had some their most clutch moments in Bozeman in recent years.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Idaho receiver David Ungerer benefits from having mother as roommate for senior season

David Ungerer graduated from Pullman High School in 2013, less than 10 miles from the Idaho campus. But after his freshman year with the Vandals his family was scattered widely.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Big Sky roundup: Montana tops Sacramento State for 200th win in Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Dalton Sneed ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns and threw a go-ahead scoring pass to Matt Rensvold to lead Montana past Sacramento State 41-34 on Saturday in Missoula.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Idaho Vandals fall behind early in Big Sky-opening loss to UC Davis

UC Davis’ high-speed offense yielded quick results, and in their return to the Big Sky Conference, the Idaho Vandals found themselves trailing 24-0 in the second quarter before they got …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 11:06 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Ex-Cal Poly coach Eti Ena’s defensive ends step up to slow Mustang rushing attack

Just three years removed from his stint as a Cal Poly assistant, Ena knew the chore the Eagles’ defensive line would have in stopping the Mustangs’ triple-option offense, an old-school …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington proves its ground game is plenty potent in throttling of Cal Poly

Eight guys packed it for 19 yards or more on a single play Saturday – and this against a team that’s supposed to be the runningest thing this side of …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Defensive touchdowns, return of Antoine Custer Jr. leads Eastern Washington to 70-17 rout of Cal Poly

Cole Karstetter and Jim Townsend cashed in on a pair of first-half Cal Poly fumbles, sparking the sixth-ranked Eagles’ 70-17 rout of Mustangs in their Big Sky Conference opener.


Idaho expects trickery from UC Davis in Big Sky opener for both teams

When Idaho travels to UC Davis at 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Vandals will face a team coached by Dan Hawkins, who led Boise State from 2001-2005.


Eastern Washington ready for Joe Protheroe, Cal Poly’s triple-option

As college football continues its high-octane, throw-it-all-over-the-field evolution, Cal Poly’s triple-option offense offers a rare, throwback look for modern defenses. Sixth-ranked Eastern Washington (2-1), which opens Big Sky Conference play …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

Eastern Washington football notebook: Running game still effective without standout Antoine Custer

The balanced Eagles (2-1), who rank third in the FCS in total yards, have 110 carries to 94 pass attempts, totaling an impressive 723 yards on the ground and 910 …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:47 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Second-half momentum killed on a holding penalty in loss to Washington State

Its offense flummoxed and its defense on skates most of the first half, Eastern Washington had finally strung together a sequence of yard-churning drives.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:29 p.m.

Travell Harris gives Washington State a boost with 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown

Travell Harris is debuting as Washington State’s new kick returner this season, but up until Saturday’s game against Eastern Washington, the redshirt sophomore wide receiver hadn’t had many opportunities to …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:11 p.m.

Peyton Pelluer briefly contemplated move to Alabama before deciding on return to Washington State

Alabama knew of Pelluer because defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi, a former defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator at the University of Washington, is married to the WSU linebacker’s …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

John Blanchette: Washington State has every reason to believe early-season momentum will carry into Pac-12 play

So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Analysis: Washington State wins ninth straight at home, defeating Eastern Washington 59-24 behind dominant offensive performance

In seven years under Mike Leach, the Cougars have built a potent offense, strengthened their defense and, a more recent development, have gradually transformed Martin Stadium into a considerably difficult …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Difference makers: James Williams scores a trio of touchdowns in Washington State’s blowout win

Difference makers from Washington State’s 59-24 victory over Eastern Washington


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

TV Take: Washington State provided plenty of highlights for Pac-12 Networks to replay in 59-24 win over Eastern Washington

There is an argument to be made instant replay is the most significant invention in the history of football. At least the broadcast part of it.


Sellout crowd on hand for regional battle between Washington State, Eastern Washington

WSU reported ticket sales at 32,952, which makes Saturday’s game the 13th sellout at Martin Stadium since the beginning of the 2012 season. It comes one week after the Cougars …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Big Sky roundup: Freshman quarterback Tucker Rovig leads Montana State over Wagner

Montana State weathered a game-opening 98-yard kickoff return by Denzel Knight, who also had a 48-yard return later in the first quarter.


The picks: Washington State will remain unbeaten after Eastern Washington test

Both Theo Lawson (WSU beat writer) and Ryan Collingwood (EWU beat writer) give their predictions on Saturday’s showdown between the Cougars and visiting Eagles at Martin Stadium in Pullman.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Eastern Washington has proven to be a pest for Pac-12 foes

Since 2011, the Eagles’ six games against the likes of Washington State, Washington, Oregon and Oregon State have been decided by an average of 6.3 points.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 6:03 p.m.

Short memory: Mike Leach, Washington State not letting 2016 loss linger ahead of Saturday’s rematch versus Eastern Washington

In 2018, the Eagles present a few of the same challenges to the Cougars they did two years ago, but they also differ in many respects.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

Two-minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against Eastern Washington

Keys to a potential Washington State victory Saturday against Eastern Washington at Martin Stadium.


Rewinding the tape: Cooper Kupp and others tell an oral history of the classic 2016 battle between Eastern Washington and Washington State

With the help of a few prominent cast members, we rewind the tape and take a closer look at the unforgettable game in 2016, placing a magnifying glass on a …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:19 a.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles offense puts up big numbers, but defense makes name for itself

With an offense as efficient as Eastern Washington’s, it’s defense – one of the most experienced in the Big Sky Conference – just has to do a serviceable job.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Big Sky roundup: Dalton Sneed, Montana rout of Drake

Dalton Sneed fired two touchdown passes 22 seconds apart and added a scoring run as the Montana Grizzlies pulled away from Drake 48-16 on Saturday in Missoula.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:20 a.m.

Eastern Washington strikes early, holds off Northern Arizona rally in 31-26 victory

When Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus was forced to kick the game’s opening snap out of bounds near his own end zone Saturday, the No. 18 Lumberjacks’ chalked it up …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

No. 9 Washington wakes up late in 45-3 win over North Dakota

Jake Browning threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, Ty Jones had two touchdown receptions , and No. 9 Washington finally pulled away in the second half for a 45-3 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Strong-armed showdown: Eastern Washington’s Gage Gubrud, Northern Arizona’s Case Cookus set to air it out

Two of the country’s top FCS quarterbacks share a conference, gaudy statistics and the amount of Division I scholarship offers coming out of high school: Zero.