POCATELLO, Idaho – Behind the rushing of Taiwan Jones and the passing of Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington remained undefeated in the Big Sky by defeating winless Idaho State 38-3 Saturday.
Jones averaged 12 yards on 14 carries for the Eagles (4-1, 3-0 Big Sky). The sophomore rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns, including a 96-yarder.
Nichols completed 27 of 38 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite targets were Aaron Boyce, who had 10 catches for 149 yards and both TDs, and Tony Davis, who caught nine passes for 60 yards.
“I thought that was the most complete game we’ve played in all three facets – offense, defense and special teams,” Eagles coach Beau Baldwin said. “We fought until the end – that’s what I love about this team. There wasn’t any quit or letdown in the second half on either side of the ball. I was proud of them for that.”
The Bengals (0-5, 0-2) were led by junior quarterback Kyle Blum, who completed 13 of 22 for 150 yards.
Eastern racked up 530 yards of total offense to 271 for Idaho State. The Bengals were held to minus-2 yards rushing on 30 attempts, and they allowed five sacks.
Senior Jacob Kragt had a sack and recovered two of fumbles for Eastern, with both setting up Eagle touchdowns.
Eastern, which entered the game ranked 17th in the Sports Network NCAA Football Championship Subdivision poll, has its third 3-0 start in Big Sky play (1992, 2004).
Eastern goes for its first 4-0 Big Sky start in school history Saturday when defending league co-champion Weber State visits Woodward Field. The 11th-ranked Wildcats were upset at home by Montana State 26-21 on Saturday.
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