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On April 9th, Eastern Washington head football coach Aaron Best announced on Twitter he is going to take a 10 percent pay cut in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coach Best is hoping this will help the university and football program once this crisis is over.
Alex Cloyd blocked a punt in the end zone and Jayson Coley recovered for a touchdown to spark North Dakota’s 16-12 victory over Montana State in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Saturday.
Eastern Washington beat writer Ryan Collingwood predicts Week 7 games in the Big Sky Conference. He went 5-2 last week and has an overall record of 48-10.
More than five minutes had burned off the halftime clock Saturday at Hornet Stadium, and a group of EWU coordinators and assistants were still half-circled around head coach Aaron Best outside the locker room. A gesticulating Best appeared frustrated as he gave his cohorts the pep talk, hoping to inspire a few adjustments for a EWU team that was getting pushed around by Sacramento State, which took a 27-14 lead at intermission. But the top-to-bottom inconsistencies that have marred the Eagles’ 2019 campaign didn’t stop.
Troy Taylor had tenure as an educator in Folsom, California, and was leading one of the state’s premier high school football programs. He was in a good spot.
The Eagles open up their 15th postseason game since 2010 when they host Nicholls State on Saturday.
Week 12 Big Sky Conference football predictions
Jake Constantine passed for two touchdowns and Trey Tuttle added a pair of field goals and Weber State defeated Sacramento State 26-14 on Saturday in Ogden, Utah to win its fourth straight and remain bunched among Big Sky Conference leaders.
Junior quarterback Jake Maier threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, leading a second-half rally that carried UC Davis past Montana 49-21 on Saturday in Missoula.
Davis Alexander passed for 90 yards and ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns to help Portland State beat Northern Colorado 35-14 on Saturday in Portland.
Montana State weathered a game-opening 98-yard kickoff return by Denzel Knight, who also had a 48-yard return later in the first quarter.
Dalton Sneed fired two touchdown passes 22 seconds apart and added a scoring run as the Montana Grizzlies pulled away from Drake 48-16 on Saturday in Missoula.
I suppose there are people who care about Big Sky Conference football. In fact, I’m almost sure of it. Seems as if I’ve met some of them. It’s just that in Spokane their fandom tends to get drowned out by the noise about Gonzaga basketball, WSU football and whatever. Which is fine. We Big Sky fans take a sort of pride in the absence of hype. Well, I do anyway.
Bobby Hauck, who guided the Grizzlies (1-0) to Big Sky Conference titles in each of his seven seasons as the helm from 2003-09, saw his defense hold Northern Iowa to 47 total yards in the first half. Sneed tore off a 17-yard scramble to give the Grizzlies a 6-0 lead about 2
In perhaps his final home game, senior wide receiver Nic Sblendorio rose to the occasion Saturday night to help Eastern Washington beat Portland State. His 273 yards receiving are the third most in program history.
The air went out of Barney Ball this year.
Here's the full replay from Thursday's live chat on EWU sports with Spokesman-Review beat writer Jim Allen
Join Spokesman-Review beat writer Jim Allen as he talks about about Eastern Washington sports
Eastern Washington All-American quarterback Gage Gubrud and starting linebacker Kurt Calhoun have been suspended for this week’s Big Sky Conference game at North Dakota, coach Aaron Best said Sunday afternoon.
Here's the full replay from Thursday's chat on Eastern Washington football with Spokesman-Review beat writer Jim Allen.