KICKOFF: at Woodward Field, 12:05 p.m.
Records: Both teams 0-0
TV/Radio: SWX (Comcast 115)/1510-AM
Overview: Western Oregon, an NCAA Division II school, returns its leading rusher (Ben Kuenzi) and receiver (Shaun Kauleinamoku) from last year’s 7-4 team, and features a senior quarterback in Josh Riddell, who threw for 2,776 yards and 25 TDs as a junior. EWU coach Beau Baldwin knows his Eagles, who are hoping to improve on last year’s 6-5 finish, are heavy favorites, but he points to last year’s 52-31 win over D-II Western Washington – a game that was tied at 31 heading into the fourth quarter – as a reason for concern. “They have some really good skill players,” Baldwin said of the Wolves. “They are well-coached, and we can’t in any way get caught up in the classification difference.” Today’s game will mark the debut of EWU’s Taiwan Jones at running back. The speedy sophomore played cornerback last fall.
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