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UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles’ offensive line has its way with Maine’s ‘Black Hole’ defense

Eastern Washington’s veteran offensive front wasn’t fazed in Saturday’s semifinal by Maine, which came to Cheney leading the country in run defense and was second in sacks.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

Dan Thompson: Eastern Washington likely in this position with healthy Gage Gubrud, but Eagles are happy with Eric Barriere under center

But in the long run, the progression of Eric Barriere – still just a redshirt sophomore – is going to pay off big time for the Eastern Washington football team.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 11:08 p.m.

Eric Barriere’s record-tying performance leads Eastern Washington to rout of Maine, spot in FCS national championship game

Barriere completed 21 of 30 passes for 352 yards and a seven touchdowns for the Eagles (12-2), who will face top-ranked North Dakota State (14-0) on January 5, 2019 at …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

5 keys to an Eastern Washington victory: Limiting mistakes, strong finish are points of emphasis for Eagles

Here are 5 keys to Eastern Washington’s success against Maine in the FCS semifinals.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Easton Stick leads North Dakota State over Jackrabbits, into FCS title game

Quarterback Easton Stick ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score to help North Dakota State defeat rival South Dakota State 44-21 in the FCS semifinals …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Run-heavy Eastern Washington faces run-stopping Maine for a trip to the FCS national title game

All Eastern Washington center Spencer Blackburn could do was watch the from the freezing sidelines as Youngstown State marched down Roos Field in the closing seconds of the 2016 FCS …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Spokane products Jack Hunter, Beau Byus have helped boost Eastern Washington’s stout offensive line

They’re paired on the left side of Eastern Washington’s offensive line, but Beau Byus and Jack Hunter spent their teenage years separated by a Greater Spokane League rivalry.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Ralph Walter: With Frisco at stake, there’s no better time to catch Eastern Washington football at the Inferno

For the fourth time since the National Championship run of 2010, Eastern Washington University is just a win away from a return trip to the FCS title game in Frisco, …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Seeking ‘Red’emption: Eastern Washington focused on snapping home losing streak in FCS semifinals

Since the installation of “The Inferno,” as the red turf at Roos Field in Cheney is called, Eastern Washington has been one of the best FCS teams in the country.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Maine reminds Eagles of Big Sky Conference rival Weber State

The third-seeded Eagles, playing in their fifth FCS semifinal since 2010, have to get past a staunch Maine defensive unit that upset second-seeded Weber State 23-18 on the road last …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 11:46 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles show they can win close games, too

Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere said he often dreams of orchestrating game-winning drives, but he’s rarely had the opportunity.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

FCS playoff roundup: Easton Stick leads top-seed North Dakota State past Colgate

Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns, Bruce Anderson ran for 124 yards with a touchdown and top-seeded North Dakota State advanced to the FCS semifinals for the eighth straight year …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Dan Thompson: Eastern Washington passes on the pass, runs through UC Davis and into FCS semifinals

When Eastern Washington promoted Aaron Best to head coach 22 months ago, he said at the time that he had no intention of changing the team’s pass-first identity.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

Eastern Washington scores 20 points in the fourth quarter to top UC Davis, earn spot in FCS semifinals

Sam McPherson’s 35-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds left lifted the Eagles to 34-29 win over UC Davis in a wild FCS quarterfinal Saturday at Roos Field.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

Maine advances to FCS semifinals with win over Weber State

Chris Ferguson threw for two touchdowns, Ramon Jefferson ran for a late fourth-quarter score and the Maine defense stymied second-seeded Weber State 23-18 as the Black Bears advanced to the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Round 2: Big Sky foes Eastern Washington and UC Davis meet again for a trip to the FCS semifinals

Moments after UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier had one of the worst performances of his college career last month in 59-20 thumping at Eastern Washington, he made a premonition of …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Tragedy helped sharpen Eastern Washington cornerback Josh Lewis’ focus

Earning a criminal justice degree is often a joyous occasion, but Josh Lewis, EWU’s trusty defensive back, had yet to shake the grief that consumed him the night before.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Same-season rematches have favored Eastern Washington in FCS playoffs

Twenty-eight days separate Eastern Washington’s 59-20 throttling of UC Davis at Roos Field and their rematch at the same chilly venue.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Defensive touchdowns have sparked Eagles’ recent routs

When Eastern Washington linebacker Ketner Kupp ran back a 95-yard interception return in the closing minutes of the Eagles’ 42-21 dispatching of Nicholls State on Saturday, it was a familiar …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles defense getting better each game in march toward FCS title

Consider Eastern Washington’s defense the Timex watch of the FCS.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington players haven’t blocked importance of special teams magic from memories

Not to slide the Eagles’ greatest hits album onto the turntable yet again, but consider what might be the most forgotten defining play in Eastern Washington football history.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:45 p.m.

Big Sky roundup: Jake Constantine leads Weber State past SE Missouri 48-23 in FCS playoffs

Jake Constantine threw for four touchdowns and ran for another and the Weber State defense picked off four passes to lead the second-seeded Wildcats to a 48-23 win over Southeast …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Eastern Washington turns to defense, special teams in FCS playoff-opening victory over Nicholls State

Linebacker Ketner Kupp’s 95-yard interception return in the final minutes put an exclamation point on the rout.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 6:15 a.m.

Fourteen years after playing in soggy, humid elements at Nicholls State, Eastern Washington welcomes Colonels to chilly Roos Field

Rebowe told Lousiana media earlier this week he had no interest in discussing the cold weather his team would likely experience in Cheney – snow and a high 37 degrees …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Five reasons Eastern Washington is built for the long haul heading into FCS playoff opener against Nicholls State

Considering the damage the fourth-ranked Eagles (9-2) inflicted in their last four games, handling their opponents by an average score of 54-17, now seems a good time to bet on …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Eastern Washington describes playoff opponent Nicholls State as fast, athletic

Nicholls State led by as many as 32 points in its handling of San Diego, earning the right to face EWU on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Roos Field.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

FCS Playoffs: Montana State tops Incarnate Word in opener; Nicholls State to face Eastern Washington

Troy Andersen ran for a touchdown and threw for another, leading Montana State to a 35-14 win over Incarnate Word in the first round of the FCS playoffs. His touchdown …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 12:27 a.m.

Eastern Washington earns No. 3 seed and first-round bye in FCS playoffs

EWU (9-2) will face the winner a first-round game between Nicholls State (8-3) and San Diego (9-2) on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Eastern Washington had home-like atmosphere in road win at Portland State

The fifth annual Dam Cup, given to the winner of the young EWU-Portland State rivalry game, was a bonus, much like the milestone marks a handful of Eagles reached in …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 11:46 p.m.

Even with a win, Eastern Washington faces uncertain playoff fate

What are the odds of Eastern making the 24-team FCS field? Here’s a quick breakdown.