CHENEY — Vernon Adams threw for five touchdowns, four in the first quarter, as Eastern Washington coasted past Western Oregon 43-14 Saturday night.
Adams, who accounted for five touchdowns in an upset of Oregon State last week, completed 18 of 24 passes for 298 yards. He connected with four receivers in a near-flawless first quarter that saw the Eagles (2-0) open a 29-0 lead over the Division II Wolves (0-1).
Adams added his fifth touchdown, the second to Shaquille Hill, early in the third quarter. Hill had 117 yards on eight catches.
Eastern Washington’s defense forced four Western Oregon turnovers and held the Wolves to just 28 yards rushing on 26 attempts.
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Ryan Bergman threw two touchdown passes for Western Oregon in the fourth quarter but in between Eastern got another TD pass from backup Anthony Vitto. Bergman was also picked off twice by Allen Brown.
“I loved the way we started both halves with speed coming out,” said Eastern coach Beau Baldwin, who had not been a part of a 2-0 team in his 10 seasons as head coach or assistant coach at EWU until now. “I loved the way we came out firing. I loved the way our defense played almost the entire game. We made some mistakes, and we were close to a shutout, but we don’t get too worried about that. I thought we played a pretty consistent ballgame all day.”
Adams completed 8 of 9 passes for 189 yards, and also rushed for 28 yards during EWU’s onslaught in the first 15 minutes.
“He really does (special things),” Baldwin said of Adams. “He has an energy and a motor, and it becomes infectious not just with the offense, but with the whole team. It was great to start the way we did.”
Texas A&M-Kingsville 21, at Central Washington 14
Sophomore Jordan Todd of Bellevue’s Interlake High ran for 119 yards on 28 carries, and the Wildcats had an opportunity to tie the score in the closing seconds.
Central suffered its third straight season-opening loss to the Javelinas, also spoiling the coaching debut of John Picha.
Offensively, CWU managed just 202 yards — its lowest single-game total since a 166-yard performance in a 10-7 loss at South Dakota on Oct. 7, 2006.
At Whitworth 36, St. Scholastica 7
The Whitworth defense never let visiting St. Scholastica get going offensively, leading to a season-opening victory for the Pirates at the Pine Bowl.
Led by De’ Hall’s two interceptions, Whitworth held the Saints to 200 yards.
DJ Tripoli scored three touchdowns and had 75 yards rushing.
Bryan Peterson completed 15 of 24 passes for 259 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Devon Lind had six receptions for 113 yards and a TD.