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Despite the unusual circumstances, it was business as usual Tuesday afternoon for the Eastern Washington football team.
PHOENIX – Hopefully the flight back from Arizona gave the Eastern Washington players and coaches a chance to appreciate the big picture. No, not the Grand Canyon, although for the past two years it seemed the Eagles had put a fair-sized gulf between themselves and the rest of the Big Sky Conference: 14 consecutive conference wins, two straight conference titles and a pair of semifinal berths in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Chris Brown ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns as the Cal Poly Mustangs (5-3, 4-1) ground out a 41-21 Big Sky conference win over the Montana Grizzlies (5-3, 3-1) in San Luis Obispo, California, on Saturday night. The win was just the third for the Mustangs in 18 meetings with the Grizzlies. Montana joins Cal Poly and four other teams with one loss in Big Sky play. Idle Montana State is now the lone unbeaten conference team.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After he praised his players, Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin took most of the blame for the Eagles’ stunning 28-27 loss to Northern Arizona on Saturday. “That loss is on me,” Baldwin said during the emotional moments following one of the most bizarre endings in recent Eastern football history.
Parallel pair: Idaho State's KW Williams is tackled by N. Colorado's Dominick Sierra. ISU won 46-12.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Picking up the pieces? That will have to wait another day. After their shocking 28-27 Big Sky Conference loss to Northern Arizona on Saturday afternoon, the Eastern Washington players and coaches could barely pick themselves off the turf.
Picking up the pieces? That will have to wait another day. After their shocking 28-27 Big Sky Conference loss to Northern Arizona on Saturday afternoon, the Eastern Washington players and coaches could barely pick themselves off the turf.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After another close game, the Eastern Washington football team could use a breather today. It probably won’t happen. Not against a Northern Arizona team that has a good chance to return to the FCS playoffs, and certainly not in the thin air of Flagstaff, elevation 7,000 feet.
After another close game, the Eastern Washington football team could use a breather today (Saturday). It probably won’t happen. Not against a Northern Arizona team that has a good chance to return to the FCS playoffs, and certainly not in the thin air of Flagstaff, elevation 7,000 feet.
The expectations just got higher for the Eastern Washington men’s basketball team. With four returning starters, the Eagles were picked second by the coaches and third by the media in preseason polls released Thursday by the Big Sky Conference.
Sometimes it really is all about gettin’ the ‘W.’ Winning can make the barbells lighter, the injuries more bearable and the trips a lot shorter – especially the bus ride that carried the Eastern Washington football team back from Corvallis, Oregon, last year.
Despite missing the postseason the last two years, the Eastern Washington men’s basketball team is has been picked to finish second by Big Sky Conference coaches and third by the media, the conference announced Thursday.
Northern Arizona’s running game is still a “work in progress,” coach Jerome Souers said Wednesday as the Lumberjacks prepared for Saturday’s home game against second-ranked Eastern Washington. That may have more to do with injuries on the line than the trio of backs who’ve replaced graduated Big Sky Conference all-star Zach Bauman.
Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer’s Stanford team has been picked to win a 15th consecutive Pac-12 regular-season women’s basketball championship. A poll of the league coaches gave the Cardinal 116 points and seven first-place votes, the Pac-12 announced during its media day Wednesday. Bay Area rival California was chosen to finish in second place.
Northern Arizona’s running game is still a “work in progress,” coach Jerome Souers said Wednesday as the Lumberjacks prepared for Saturday’s home game against second-ranked Eastern Washington.
Perhaps a few Eastern Washington football fans are guilty of judging a book by its cover, coach Beau Baldwin says. That book would be the story of this year’s Eagle defense, which added a few plot twists in a 26-18 win Saturday over Northern Colorado: stout run defense, seven sacks and a new attitude of aggressiveness.
Even if the final score was plain-vanilla, the Eastern Washington coaches added a few delicious toppings to the Eagles’ 26-18 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday. With the underdog Bears playing their customary stingy defense, the Eagles scored on a fake field goal and set up another on a Statue of Liberty play – and those plays may have been the difference in helping Eastern avoid a stunning upset on its own field.
Justin Arias passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns and Xavier Finney ran for 165 yard and three TDs to lead the Idaho State Bengals (4-3, 2-1 Big Sky) to a 56-28 win over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho. Arias, the only Big Sky quarterback to throw for multiple TDs in every game, was 30 of 50 with no interceptions.