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CHENEY — Despite a temperature of 19 degrees at kickoff, Vernon Adams threw five touchdown passes to lead Eastern Washington to a 41-17 victory over South Dakota State in Saturday’s Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Quincy Forte rushed for 202 yards on 21 carries and a TD as Eastern reaches the quarterfinals.

“It was really easy,” said Forte, who scored on a 20-yard run during the second half in which the Eagles (11-2) outscored the Jackrabbits (9-5) 27-3. “I was just picking through holes. The (offensive) line did a super job.”

Adams targeted seven receivers, four of whom caught touchdowns. He was 12 for 22 for 217 yards.

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Cooper Kupp caught two touchdown catches, giving him an FCS record of 20 this season. He had four catches for 90 yards, giving him 81 catches, which ties an FCS freshman record.

Kupp has a TD catch in 13 straight games.

The Eagles will host Jacksonville State, a 31-10 winner over McNeese State, at 1:05 p.m. Saturday.


• Fifth-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater rallied from a 17-0 deficit with 28 unanswered points, knocking off No. 2 Linfield 28-17 in the West Region final of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Jake Kumerow scored three touchdowns in the game’s final 2½ quarters, all on passes from Matt Behrendt. Linfield (11-1) saw its bid for the NCAA championship end. UW-Whitewater (13-0) advances to play Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) in next week’s semifinals.

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