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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: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

Rams practice squad, former EWU center Aaron Neary arrested on DUI suspicion

Former Eastern Washington standout Aaron Neary, a center on the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and damaging property.


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 …


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: 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 …