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Just in time for Eastern Washington, the UC Davis Aggies have their best player back at full speed. Running back Gabe Manzanares, the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year last season, is finally recovered from a foot injury suffered last spring. Second-year Aggies coach Ron Gould couldn’t be happier as his team opens conference play Saturday night against second-ranked Eastern Washington.
Just in time for Eastern Washington, the UC Davis Aggies have their best player back at full speed.
Classes begin today at Eastern Washington University, where the football team’s offensive line just aced another pop quiz. For the fourth time in as many games, the line paved the way for 500-plus yards of total offense in a 52-51 win Saturday at Montana State. They looked even better on film, which assistant coach Aaron Best said graded out among the highest in his 18 years with the team.
BOZEMAN – As Vernon Adams likes to say, this game is supposed to be fun. And so it was Saturday afternoon – even with 1:55 to play, the Eagles down by seven and needing to go 73 yards against a feisty Montana State team backed by 19,377 fans and half that many cowbells.
BOZEMAN – After one of the biggest days of his college career, it was almost unfair that Eastern Washington running back Quincy Forte was consigned to the sidelines at the end of the Eagles’ 52-51 win at Montana State. Midway through the fourth quarter, Forte picked up 7 yards on a first-down play, but his stomach landed squarely on the football and he was helped from the field.
BOZEMAN – As the fourth quarter began Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium, the fans broke into a chant. “Rock this House,” the overflow crowd of 19,377 roared with expectation as Montana State carried a seven-point lead into the home stretch against second-ranked Eastern Washington.
John Crockett ran 28 times for 144 yards and top-ranked and defending champion North Dakota State (4-0) posted a 22-10 victory over the Montana Grizzlies (2-2) in Fargo, North Dakota. Carson Wentz was 16 of 24 for 167 yards for the Bison and threw to Kevin Vaadeland for a 3-yard TD for North Dakota State’s only touchdown.
Mario Brown scored on a 1-yard run with 27 seconds left and quarterback Vernon Adams ran in the two-point conversion to lift Eastern Washington to a 52-51 victory over Montana State on Saturday.
BOZEMAN – That’s funny, this doesn’t feel like a nonconference game, and it probably never will. As they warmed up at Bobcat Stadium on a pleasant Friday afternoon, the Eastern Washington players also warmed to the subject of a rivalry with Montana State that’s among the biggest in the Big Sky Conference.
For four years, Eastern Washington punter Jake Miller has heard the cheers, the sighs and everything in between – sometimes on the same play. Booming kicks that take a bad bounce into the end zone … a coverage breakdown … a capricious wind that carries the ball out of bounds.
For four years, Eastern Washington punter Jake Miller has heard the cheers, the sighs and everything in between – sometimes on the same play.
Look out, Vernon Adams: There’s a new kid on the block. He’s quick on his feet, short on experience, but gaining fast – sort of like Adams was two years ago.
Look out, Vernon Adams: There’s a new kid on the block.
By all accounts, the Eastern Washington football players and coaches put last week’s bye to good use. The Eagles got healthy and got in some extra time in the weight room and the film room. They also gained some perspective, something that doesn’t always come easily when you’re the No. 2 team in the land.
By all accounts, the Eastern Washington football players and coaches put last week’s bye to good use.
Dakota Prukop ran for two scores and threw for another and Anthony Knight ran for three touchdowns leading Montana State past Central Arkansas 43-33 in Bozeman, Montana. The Bobcats (2-1) built a 37-13 lead late in the third quarter before the Bears (1-2) made a game of it.