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Looking back on EWU’s wild win

Eastern Washington’s 35-24 comeback win over Montana State on Saturday felt like a carnival ride to many of those involved. Ups and downs, huge momentum swings and another crazy ending to the first half made it seem that way.

We have additional thoughts and post-game comments from Eagles coach Beau Baldwin and some of his players below, along with links to related stories about the game.

Read on.  

Late comeback lifts Eagles past MSU

Eastern Washington used a big fourth-quarter comeback to post a 35-24 homecoming win over visiting Big Sky Conference rival Montana State at Woodward Field on Saturday.

I’ve attached an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R below, and I’ll be back with another post — containing additional thoughts and post-game comments, along with links to related stories — sometime tomorrow.

Until then . . . 

Plenty to read about EWU, Big Sky officials

There is no shortage of midweek news concerning Eastern Washington University’s football team — which will play at Woodward Field for the final time this season on Saturday — and the Big Sky Conference, which admitted its officials did a shabby job in last weekend’s EWU-Montana game in Missoula.

But the best read is this John Blanchette column that ran in Wednesday morning’s S-R and skewers not only the striped shirts who made such a debacle of Eastern’s hard-luck 31-24 loss to the Grizzlies, but Big Sky commish Doug Fullerton, as well.

For more on EWU — including an S-R feature on the Eagles’ senior quarterback Matt Nichols — and its Big Sky showdown against Montana State on Saturday, read on.

Big Sky officials admit refs blew calls in Missoula

Think the officiating in last Saturday’s Big Sky Conference game between Eastern Washington and Montana in Missoula was bad?

So, apparently, did Big Sky officials, who issued this release, pointing out a couple of obvious mistakes — both of which went againt the Eagles.

Let us know what you think, and check back later for S-R columnist John Blanchette’s take on the revelation, in addition to a feature story on EWU’s senior quarterback Matt Nichols, who will be among the 16 seniors making their final appearance at Woodward Field on Saturday, when the Eagles take on Montana State.

A late day after post on EWU’s loss to Montana

Sorry about the late post, but a late night in Missoula, followed by a leisurely drive back to Spokane put me a little behind. And by the time wrapped up some quality times with the grandkids and was finally able to acess the S-R’s website it was time for dinner.

Still, I’ve gone ahead and posted some links to stories about Eastern Washington’s hard-luck football loss to Montana on Saturday, along with some additional post-game quotes from Eagles coach Beau Baldwin and a couple of his players.

Read on.  And be sure to leave any thoughts you might have about Saturday’s game — or the guys that offciated it — right here.

Third-ranked Griz hold off Eags

Third-ranked and unbeaten Montana scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns Saturday to beat Eastern Washington University 41-34 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.

Click here for my game story, and be sure to check back tomorrow for addition comments and links to other stories about the game.

EWU vs. Montana: How big is it?

Will is mean anything come November?

That remains the question on the minds of many Eastern Washington University football fans as they look toward Saturday’s 12:05 p.m.Big Sky Conference game against unbeaten and third-ranked Montana at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.

Read on.


Sherritt’s name added to Buchanan Watch List

It’s Montana Week for Eastern Washington, and we have some links below to Saturday’s Big Sky showdown between the Eagles and Grizzlies in Missoula. 

But the big news of the day is that the name of Eagles linebacker J.C. Sherritt, who is leading the Big Sky in tackles after his single-game school-record effort in last Saturday’s home loss to Weber State, has been added to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List.

You can read more on the announcement here, and you get an early read on the feature story on J.C. that will run in Friday morning’s S-R below, as well.



Big Sky slaps EWU’s Wilkins with one-game suspension

The Big Sky Conference has suspended Eastern Washington Univeristy’s senior linebacker Kyle Wilkins for one game because of the illegal hit his put on a Weber State receiver during Saturday’s 31-13 loss to the Wildcats at Woodward Field.

I did not see a replay of the hit, but from my pressbox view, I did not think it deserved even the personal-foul penalty it drew at the time, helping set the stage for three WSU scores in the final 90 seconds of the first half.  I have a call in to EWU coach Beau Baldwin to get his take on the hit and the suspension and will update this post with whatever comments he makes.

In the meantime, I encourage anyone who saw the game and Wilkins’ hit to weigh in with their opinions.  Is the suspension warranted?

As promised, I’ve incuded these comments from Baldwin, who obviously understands the limitations on what a coach can say about Big Sky officials:

“We’re talking about going three deep (into the depth chart, now,” he said, adding that redshirt freshman Tyler Washburn will probably start against Montana on Saturday. “But most of all, I feel bad for Kyle, being and senior and all, because the Montana game is always a big deal.”


Looking back on Eags’s first league loss

There wasn’t much to recommend — for Eagles fans, at least — about Saturday’s 31-13 Big Sky Conference football loss to Weber State.

A couple of school records were set, sure.  And some fourth-quarter offensive fireworks that fizzled out in deep in the red zone were entertaining. But the Eagles were beaten badly in the trenches on both sides of the football, which allowed Weber State to remain committed to the run, while Eastern seemed a bit scattered in its play calling afternoon.

For more details on the game, you can read this game story that appeared in Sunday’s S-R and this gamer that ran in the Ogden Standard Examiner.  I’ve also included this link to a Standard Examiner sidebar on the final minute and a half of the first half that went so bad for Eastern, along with this link to the post-game story on EWU’s webside and this link to what the sports information folks at Weber State filed on the game. 

You can check out summaries of all the Big Sky games that were played on Saturday here, and be sure to check below for additional post-game thoughts and comments on the Weber State-EWU game.


Snarling ‘Cats next up for EWU

It could be an angry bunch of Wildcats staring Eastern Washington University’s 14th-ranked football team in the face on Saturday, when Weber State invades Woodward Field for potentially crucial Big Sky Conference game that kicks off at 12:34 p.m.

Read on for more details, as well as a few links to related stories about Saturday’s showdown.

UW adds Eags to 2011 schedule

Eastern Washington officially announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to play the University of Washington in Seattle in its 2011 season-opening football games. We have links to related stories below, along with an unedited version of the feature story on EWU’s Brynsen Brown that will appear in Wednesday morning’ s S-R.

Read on.

ISU no match for Eagles

As expected, Eastern Washington University roughed up winless Idaho State in Pocatello on Saturday.  You can read more about the Eagles’ 38-3 win in this game story, supplied by EWU’s sports information department.

And check back on Sunday for additional details.


EWU receivers worry Zamberlin

The Big Sky Conference schedule has been one of Eastern Washington University’s best friends in the early stages of the 2009 college football season. And it serves up another highly beatable opponent on Saturday, when the Eagles (3-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big Sky) travel to Pocatello, Idaho, to take on winless Idaho State (0-4, 0-1).

Eastern’s first two opponents — Northern Colorado and Sacramento State — figure to be second-division teams this fall, and ISU could well be the league’s bottom feeder.  The Bengals are coming off a 33-22 home loss to D-II Central Washington and are struggling on both sides of the football.

I asked their coach, John Zamberlin, for his thoughts earlier this week on trying to defend EWU’s talented stable of receivers — which is so deep, it allowed Beau Baldwin to move a returning second-team all-conference wideout, Brynsen Brown, to defensive end.

You can read his comments below.

Eags’ Johnson to miss season

Eastern Washington University football coach Beau Baldwin has learned that sophomore linebacker Zach Johnson will miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot in his left calf.

I used the status update on Johnson as the lead to the Big Sky Conference notebook that will appear in Thursday morning’s S-R and tacked on an unedited version of that notebook below.  You can also check here for details supplied by Eastern’s sports information department.

EWU’s Jones earns national honor

Eastern Washington’s football team picked up a few individual awards following Saturday’s Big Sky Conference road win over Sacramento State.  You can read more details here and here.  Then you might want to consider how it is that the Eagles’ Taiwan Jones can be named the national co-offensive player of the week, but still has to share the Big Sky Conference play of the week award with two other players.

Also, you can get an early look at the EWU-ISU game notes supplied by Eastern’s sports information department here, and you  can read Idaho State’s press release on the upcoming game here.


Eags’ offense has its way with Hornets

Taiwan Jones and Matt Nichols had big offensive nights for Eastern Washington University Saturday and Eagles’ linebacker J.C. Sherritt was a monster on defense once again as the Eagles rolled to a 56-30 Big Sky Conference win over Sacramento State.

Follow the links below for day-after reports on the game.

Jones leads Eagles to rout of Sac State

Sophomore running back Taiwan Jones accounted for for 279 yards and Eastern Washington University kept its record at Hornet Stadium unblemished with a 56-30 rout of Big Sky Conference rival Sacramento State on Saturday night.

You get more details, supplied by the EWU sports information office here.  And check back on Sunday for additional stories on the game.

Eagles far from perfect in victory

Eastern Washington’s 16-0 win over Big Sky Conference rival Northern Colorado on Saturday, while satisfying to most of those watching from the Woodward Field stands, was far from a masterpiece in the minds of the Eagles’ players and coaches.

Granted, the defensive effort was as good as I can recall. But Eastern’s offense looked lost, at times, in sputtering its way to a mere 13 first downs and 292 total yards.  There were also some obvious problems with the kicking game — problems that could undoubtedly cost the Eagles’a  game down the line.

Read on for more on what was behind EWU’s lack of offensive production and several links to related stories about Saturday’s game.


Eagles open Big Sky play with win over UNC

Eastern Washington opened Big Sky Conference football play on Saturday with a 16-0 win over Northern Colorado at Woodward Field.

You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R below, and be sure to check back tomorrow for additional thoughts and post-game comments on the Eagles’ first home-field shutout in 26 years.

EWU, UNC kick off Big Sky play

Eastern Washington opens the Big Sky Conference portion of its 2009 football schedule against visiting Northern Colorado on Saturday.  Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. at Woodward Field, and we’ve got some links below to more information on the game.

Eagles move Brown to defense

Brynsen Brown, a three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver on Eastern Washington University’s football team, has been moved to the Eagles’ defensive line.


I didn’t get a chance to talk to Brown about the position change, but Eastern coach Beau Baldwin said he is catching on quickly.

You can check below for an unedited version of the short story that will appear in Friday morning’s S-R, along with a feature on the strong friendship that has been formed between Eagles quarterback Matt Nichols and his favorite target, wideout Aaron Boyce.

Catching up on EWU’s loss to Cal

Tenth-ranked California made Eastern Washington’s weekend swing through the Bay Area anything but pleasant on Saturday, rolling the Eagles 59-7

You can read more on the game, and catch up on what else happened around the Big Sky Conference by checking out the links below.

Cal presents big challenge for Eagles

After disposing of Division II Western Oregon 35-14 last weekend, Eastern Washington University takes a dramatic step up the competitive ladded on Saturday when it goes on the road to face 10th-ranked California, an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision power that is expected to challenge USC for supremacy in the Pacific-10 Conference this fall.

Kick off is set for 2:35 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., and you read more details on the game and other related stories below.


A look back at Eags’ season-opening win

Here’s hoping Eastern Washington football coach Bean Baldwin and his staff took at least a couple of hours to enjoy Saturday’s season opening 35-14 win before checking out the telecast of the abuse next Saturday’s opponent, California, put on Maryland.

52-13? Ouch!

But before we start delving into the abyss of problems the Golden Bears might present next weekend, let’s look back on Saturday’s win over the Division II Wolves.

Read on.

Jones makes impressive debut as Eagles roll

Eastern Washington’s offense opened the 2009 college football season in spectacular fashion Saturday, getting an 87-yard touchdown run from sophomore Taiwan Jones on its first play from scrimmage.

The Eagles went on to defeat NCAA Division II Western Oregon 35-14 at Woodward Field and did some other splendid things along the way.

You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday’s Spokesman-Review below. Feel free to leave any comments you might have on the story or the Eagles’ season-opening win, and check back on Sunday for additional post-game comments from players and coaches, along with some of my own personal observations.

Wolves first test for Eagles

Eastern Washington University will open it’s 2009 football season against Western Oregon, an NCAA Division II school based in Monmouth, Ore., at Woodward Field on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m.

Due to the shrinking news hole in The Spokesman-Review, we will not be running detailed game advances on Eastern, Idaho or Whitworth on Saturdays this fall.  Those advances will be replaced by short, overviews that will run as part of our new scaled-down GameDay page.  So, rather than give you blog readers a early read of Eastern’s overview, I will attemt to post a more in-depth weekly look at the Eagles upcoming game and opponent.

Read on, and please feel free to leave any thoughts you might have on Eastern right here.



Eagles feeling good about 2009

Eastern Washington University will open its 2009 college football season at home against Western Oregon on Saturday.

You can get a first read of the unedited version of the Eagles’ season preview that will appear in Wednesday morning’s S-R below.  And don’t be shy about leaving your thoughts on how the Eags will fare.

Eags hold final preseason scrimmage

Eastern Washington University held its final football scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday, and head coach Beau Baldwin once again used the hour-long scrimmage to get a closer look at some of the young players on his roster.

You can read an unedited version of the story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R below.  And check back on Tuesday night for a first-read of the EWU season preview that is scheduled to run in Wednesday’s S-R.


Lowdown on GSL grid stats

Got the Greater Spokane League football statistical data updated prior to the start of football play in a little over two weeks. Herewith is a recap of what transpired in 2008 where receivers secured places in league history.