Eric Barriere looked like the dual-threat quarterback that topped several preseason lists. Eastern Washington's traditionally explosive offense was back to its usual ways.
So the Big Sky Conference has promised action in the wake of the Great Doink Debacle in Moscow on Saturday.
The kick, which would have given the Eagles a 24-21 lead, went through the uprights, but bounced off the bottom of the Vandals' sizable scoreboard just a few feet behind the goal posts.
Idaho quarterback Mike Beaudry connected with Hayden Hatten on a 25-yard touchdown pass in the final minute Saturday to lift Idaho past 12th-ranked Eastern Washington 28-21 the Kibbie Dome.
It took a six-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic and a schedule truncated to six regular games, but the rare winter/spring season begins Saturday when the No. 12 Eagles finally open up at Idaho in the warm confines of the Kibbie Dome.
Preseason accolades have been coming at Eric Barriere like a blitzing linebacker. Now the EWU quarterback is ready to earn them.
Eastern Washington football coach Aaron Best has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Eagles' season-opening game at Idaho on Saturday, the school announced Thursday.
Redemption had to wait, but now it's readily available for Eastern Washington. With a few caveats, of course.
If Ty Graham got what he wanted, the Eastern Washington linebacker would have already exhausted his eligibility. Serendipity offered an extension.
EWU running back Tamarick Pierce often defers to a quiet, workman's approach and his avoidance of the media has made him somewhat of a mysterious figure.
Weeks before Eastern Washington is slated to open their delayed, six-game spring Football Championship Subdivision season at rival Idaho, a third assistant coach has resigned.
EWU football off to a quick start in first practices, two assistants coaches resign and the Eagles add five more recruits to its 2021 class.