One week after upsetting a higher-level opponent, the Eastern Washington football team will try to avoid falling victim to a lower-level opponent at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Division II Central Washington
ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOS (From left to right): Kendrick Bourne, Frankie Luvu, Cooper Kupp and Benson Mayowa are among the quartet of players from local colleges that figures to make an impact during the NFL season.
Eastern Washington defeated the University of Nevada Las Vegas 35-33 in double overtime to open the 2021 season, the Eagles' first win over an FBS opponent since a 45-42 victory over Washington State in 2016.
Washington State has never been ranked higher in the Pac-12 preseason volleyball poll (fifth) or the AVCA preseason rankings (No. 18). The Cougars have three preseason All-Pac-12 selections, another program first. The underdog label WSU has worn for years doesn’t seem to fit as snugly after five consecutive NCAA tournaments and regular appearances in the national rankings.
The Eagles were chasing the program’s first Big Sky title in the fall of 1997. They nearly pulled it off, but Sacramento State dug out a one-shot victory. “That was tough, that was our one chance,” said Kyle Kelly, a North Central grad. “Long ride back home to Spokane.” It was the closest the Eagles came to winning the championship, though they made a few more runs at it before the school dropped the program in 2002.