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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: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Big Sky picks: Pac-12 foes loom for Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Southern Utah and UC Davis

EWU beat writer Ryan Collingwood predicts this week’s Big Sky Conference games


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Competition fuels Eastern Washington football brothers Nsimba Webster, Nzuzi Webster

As friends and family from her native Congo sipped drinks and socialized at a wedding reception Saturday near Oakland, California, Batala Webster sat in a nearby chair, her eyes locked …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Eastern Washington defensive tackle Dylan Ledbetter, son of a former Washington State linebacker, feels home at his natural position

Jay-Tee Tiuli is back in the middle and now Mark Ledbetter is at home: defensive tackle, the position he was recruited to play out of Seattle’s O’Dea High School.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Mike Leach interested in roots of Eastern Washington’s red turf, but Washington State coach prefers ‘neutral’ green field

Mike Leach would like to hear the back story on why Eastern Washington colored its football field red, but the Washington State coach wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to trade …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 9:47 p.m.

Washington State coach Mike Leach talks Eastern Washington

WSU head coach Mike Leach answers questions about his next opponent, Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

First look: Eastern Washington at Washington State

Washington State (2-0) will try to fend off its only FCS opponent of the season, Eastern Washington (2-0), which likewise will attempt to spring an upset of the only FBS …


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: 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: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 11:03 p.m.

Big sky picks: Eastern Washington, Montana State have stiff road tests

Week 2 Big Sky Conference football predictions


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.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 6:05 a.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Northern Arizona star receiver Emmanuel Butler poses a major threat to EWU’s experienced secondary

The first time Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best met Emmanuel Butler, he threw the Northern Arizona receiver a red jersey and jokingly requested his services in Cheney.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Nsimba Webster steps up as big-play receiver

On an almost annual basis, Eastern Washington has produced some of the Big Sky Conference’s most dynamic pass catchers. Senior Nsimba Webster, a shifty, athletic former high school quarterback, appears …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Eastern Washington offense totals 677 yards as Eagles rout Central Washington in season opener

The ninth-ranked Eagles scored on the first play from scrimmage, jumped out to a swift 20-point lead, and kept their foot on the throttle in a 58-13 rout of NCAA …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Eastern Washington ready for Central Washington’s strong running game

There’s a glaring disparity in scholarships, depth, resources and, at many positions, talent between the Eastern Washington and Central Washington football programs.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Aaron Best expects another pesky, talented Central Washington team Saturday

Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best still shakes his head when recalling the play. Three months before EWU captured the program’s first national title in 2010, the Eagles edged NCAA …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Big Sky picks: Eastern Washington, Southern Utah should have success in season openers

Week 1 predictions for Big Sky Conference football teams.


Action flick: High-powered Eastern Washington has eyes set on a January trip north of Dallas for FCS title game

With one of its most experienced and talent-stocked rosters in recent history, Eastern Washington has no intention of letting the FCS Playoff Committee dictate its postseason fate.


Block buster: Back from injury, Eastern Washington’s Jay-Tee Tiuli ready to wreak havoc in Big Sky backfields

Over the last four years, Jay-Tee Tiuli, a preseason All-American, has bullied centers, guards and ballcarriers with his ferocity, size and off-the-ball speed. He’s establishing himself as one of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Central Washington quarterback Reilly Hennessey ready to face his old squad in season opener at Eastern Washington

Reilly Hennessey respected the decision, but he didn’t like it. Before the strong-armed Central Washington quarterback guided the Wildcats to a 11-0 regular season last fall, he spent two years …


Eastern Washington kicker Roldan Alcobendas named to preseason watch list

Eastern Washington kicker Roldan Alcobendas was named to the Fred Mitchell Award watch list, an honor given to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among FCS, NCAA II, III, NAIA and …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Eastern Washington offensive lineman Matt Meyer charged with DUI

Meyer had a blood-alcohol level of .108, according to WSP. He was detained and charged with speeding and misdemeanor DUI, but wasn’t booked into jail.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

With starters mostly out, Eastern Washington’s defense shines in second scrimmage

In the Eagles’ second and final scrimmage Saturday, the defense tallied three interceptions, yielded two scoring drives and surrendered just 269 yards.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Eleven on Eleven: taking a look at the toughest players Eastern Washington will face this season

Here are 11 individuals that could pose the most trouble for EWU.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

Eastern Washington football’s special teams vie to build off success

Roldan Alcobendas, the Eagles’ kickoff and place-kicker the last three seasons, hopes for similar results. He’ll be punting this fall, too.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Mitch Fettig leads backside of Eastern Washington’s secondary

For the last three years, Mitch Fettig, a 6-foot, 175-pound senior, has been a key cog in the Eagles’ 4-2-5 defense, leading the team in tackles last season (92) and …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Tough times reshaped Eastern Washington’s defensive line

The return of Jay-Tee Tiuli, a preseason All-American, along with five starters and 10 letterwinners has this group expecting a dramatic improvement.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Eastern Washington’s first scrimmage displays ‘good, bad and ugly’

Of Eastern Washington’s 16 scripted and situational drives Saturday at Roos Field, just two resulted in the offense – first-, second- and third-team units – reaching the end zone.