Who would have thought Brett Bergstrom's right leg would be the most important appendage in EWU football, circa 2006?
Bergstrom, a senior, kicked three field goals in the first half – including a 53-yarder that tied for the fourth longest in Eastern history. The nine points Bergstrom supplied were the only nine scored – at least the only nine that counted.
The Bobcats had two long touchdowns negated by penalties – and there was no Oregon-like calls here, both penalties (a block in the back and a hold) were correct calls, made early – and the Eagles only moved the ball well twice.
Those two drives, both in the second quarter and both culminating in Bergstrom field goals (the last one as time ran out in the half) were opposites. The first was fueled by the passing of Matt Nichols and good protection up front. The second was a time-consuming, trap-blocking, run-oriented drive that moved from inside Eagle territory to the end of the quarter.
That was the first time the Eagle offensive line clicked, and may be a harbinger of things to come. Stay tuned.