Homecoming for SearsThe last time he was in Cheney, in the fall of 2007, Sears was packing his bags for Pullman. As defensive coordinator for Paul Wulff from 2003 to 2007, Sears joined him at their alma mater at Washington State. After Wulff was fired at the end of the 2011 season, Sears joined John L. Smith’s staff at Weber State, and was elevated to head coach after Smith suddenly bolted for Arkansas without coaching a down. Sears has warm memories of Cheney, including coaching alongside Baldwin when the latter served as Wulff’s offensive coordinator. “It’s one of those deals where you’re always rooting for Eastern, except for one week, and this is the week,” Sears said. “I’m excited to go back and see the boys, but we’re going back on business.”
Around the conferenceMontana State senior All-American QB DeNarius McGhee made an early return to the lineup on Saturday. McGhee sustained a shoulder injury on the final play of a 31-30 loss to SMU on Sept. 7, and not initially expected to return until October. McGhee completed 13 of 18 passes for 194 yards and guided the Bobcats to five scoring drives that all ended Cody Kirk rushing touchdowns. … Six Big Sky teams are ranked in the top 20 of this week’s Jeff Sagarin FCS power rankings. Eastern Washington is fifth, followed by Montana (10th), Montana State (12th), Northern Arizona (16th), Cal Poly (19th), and Portland State (20th). Eastern Washington is ranked 84th overall. North Dakota State is the top FCS team at 29th.
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