Kupp, by the numbersAfter catching three touchdown passes at Oregon, Eastern wide receiver Cooper Kupp has 40 in his career, ranking 12th in FCS history and second all-time in school and Big Sky Conference history behind the records of 46 held by Eric Kimble (2002-05). “I’d be shocked if you could show me a better receiver at any level in the country,” Baldwin said. “Usually I don’t talk like that, but that’s how I feel right now and think that we have here at Eastern.” Kupp is just one touchdown catch from tying Northern Iowa’s Dedric Ward (1993-96) with 41, and three behind the 43 of Southern Utah’s Tysson Poots (2007-10). The FCS record is 58 set by New Hampshire’s David Ball (2003-06). Kupp now has 212 career catches, and is one from moving into fifth in school history (Tony Davis, 213, 2006-09).
A big weekend for the Big SkyFrom Portland State’s stunning win at Washington State to North Dakota’s first win over an FBS opponent, the Big Sky Conference had a lot to celebrate last weekend. “What a great deal for these guys. They have been working at this since last November,” said PSU interim coach Bruce Barnum after the Vikings’ shocking 24-17 win in Pullman. The Vikings bused six hours, because there is no wiggle room in the PSU budget. Not that anyone cared after the WSU game. “Nobody will ever buy that day,” Barnum said earlier this week. “Not a soul.” Just as shocking was UND’s 24-13 win at Wyoming, a game that saw the visitors hold a 276-41 margin in rushing yards. That wasn’t all: Southern Utah led most of the game at Utah State, but fell 12-9 on a late punt return; and Weber State gave Oregon State a tough game before falling 26-7.
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