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PORTLAND – The depth of Eastern’s resolve to win a third straight Big Sky Conference football title was tested Friday night by the resolve of its depth. Consider safety Zach Bruce, a sometime starter but a big-time contributor to the 56-34 win at Portland State that clinched the Eagles’ third-straight Big Sky title. The sophomore from University High came up with the first two interceptions of his career, one a touchdown- saver in the first half and the other a game- clincher in the second half.
PORTLAND – As the rains kept falling Friday night, the Eastern Washington football players soaked it all in. And with a little help from their friends in the stands, the Eagles absorbed their place in EWU history: a third straight Big Sky Conference title, a first for the school.
Jabari Wilson rushed for three touchdowns and Vernon Adams Jr. passed for 309 yards and two more as Eastern Washington scored six TDs after halftime, defeating Portland State 56-34 Friday night and winning its third-straight Big Sky Conference championship.
PORTLAND – The way Portland State football coach Nigel Burton sees it, motivation tonight won’t come from the chance to hurt Eastern Washington. “No, this is about us,” Burton said. “It’s about us playing well for each other and for the senior class … they need to leave the field with a smile on their faces.”
The way Portland State football coach Nigel Burton sees it, motivation tonight won’t come from the chance to hurt Eastern Washington.
It doesn’t get any easier than this. Certainly it won’t this year for the Eastern Washington basketball team, which rolled past Walla Walla University 95-34 on Wednesday night at Reese Court.
When asked Wednesday how he deals with stress, Portland State football coach Nigel Burton said he relies on an old prayer: “Lord, give me the courage to change the things I can change, the patience to handle the things I can’t, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Among other things, the Eastern Washington football players used the recent bye week to get healthy. They also rediscovered a healthy respect for Portland State, their final regular-season opponent Friday night.
Among other things, the Eastern Washington football players used the recent bye week to get healthy.
Montana coach Mick Delaney is retiring at the end of the season. Delaney told his assistants and players about his decision on Sunday as they began preparations for this weekend’s Montana-Montana State game.
Jake Bleskin threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Montana State Bobcats to a 44-39 win over the Idaho State Bengals on Saturday in Bozeman. Montana 35, S. Utah 17: Jordan Canada ran for a career-high 206 yards and scored two TDs to lead the Grizzlies over the Thunderbirds in Cedar City, Utah.
MOSCOW, Idaho – Arkadiy Mkrtuchyan only had two exhibition starts and a handful of practices’ worth of experience coming into Idaho’s regular-season opener. But 15 seconds into the game it was clear the freshman was a go-to player. The Vandals designed their first offensive set to go down low to Mkrtuchyan, where he laid it off the glass for the first points of his collegiate career.
Up before the sun, the mercury and common sense to ring in the start of college basketball Friday morning. It’s Eastern Washington tipping it off at 8 a.m. against Texas Southern for the first, nobody-ahead-of-them, first, take-that-you-layabouts-at- other-schools, very first game of the season in all of Division I hoops. Not just the only show in town, but the only show anywhere.
It took half a game, but the Eastern Washington basketball players finally found a way to rise and shine. Playing the first game of the college basketball season Friday morning, the Eagles pulled away from the Texas Southern Tigers for an eye-opening 86-62 win at Reese Court.
In addition to the usual benefits, Eastern Washington’s bye week has given football coach Beau Baldwin a chance to make a healthy assessment of his team. The Eagles “as are healthy as we’ve been all year” following Saturday’s 36-26 win over Montana, said Baldwin, who has watched a lengthy injury list shrink dramatically over the past three weeks as the fifth-ranked Eagles get a week off ahead of their regular-season finale on Nov. 21 at Portland State.
How about some extra shots with that espresso? A dunk with your doughnut? No problem: The Eastern Washington basketball team will serve them up on Friday at Reese Court.
Moments after Eastern Washington’s 36-26 Big Sky Conference win over Montana on Saturday, Eagles football coach Beau Baldwin pondered the last three years and wondered aloud: “Before this, have we ever beaten both Montana schools three years in a row?”
Even after a 34-point win Sunday afternoon, Eastern Washington basketball coach Jim Hayford saw plenty of room for improvement. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been happy as a coach in November, because it’s such an early work in progress,” Hayford said after an 89-55 romp over Puget Sound in an exhibition game at Reese Court.
Eastern Washington University defeats UPS 89-55 at home in Cheney, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in an exhibition game.
The sand- bagging was still in high gear mid-week, when Vernon Adams Jr. kept hedging – stoking the will-he-play-or- won’t-he mystery in the name of gamesmanship. His charade lasted all the way until Eastern Washington hit the bloodstain of Roos Field on Saturday, and he started to Shane Sparks his way through warm-ups.