POCATELLO, Idaho — Vernon Adams threw for 432 yards and five touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington over Idaho State 55-34 in Pocatello on Saturday.
“Any time you go on the road in this conference and find a way to get a win, it’s huge,” said Eagles coach Beau Baldwin.
The Eagles (7-2, 5-0 Big Sky) fell behind with five minutes left in the first half but didn’t stay down for long. They took the ensuing kickoff down to the Bengals 20-yard line, and two plays later were in the end zone.
“I give Idaho State credit. They went up 24-17 and we were reeling a little bit,” Baldwin said. “In the second half we were able to get on a roll, and play a better fourth quarter. But there are definitely things to work on.”
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While the Bengals seemed to be grinding it out on offense, frequently moving the chains, the Eagles feasted on big plays, including touchdown receptions of 35 yards and 54 yards from Cooper Kupp and an 83-yard touchdown run from Quincy Forte. Kupp finished the night with 205 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches.
“We were certainly explosive and our players made plays. We got more out of our running game, which was huge,” Baldwin said.
Justin Arias was 44 of 64 for 441 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the Bengals (3-5, 1-5), and Luke Austin had 177 yards and one touchdown on 10 catches.
At Central Washington 21, Humboldt State 14
Jake Nelson threw two touchdown passes to lead Central Washington (6-3, 6-2) past Humboldt State (0-9. 0-8) in Great Northwest Athletic Conference game at Tomlinson Stadium
Nelson threw a 17-yard TD pass to Jordin Kinnune in the first quarter.
In the third quarter, Charles Hall ran for a 19-yard touchdown for the Wildcats, who rushed 48 times for 209 yards.
Nelson had a 3-yard pass to Colter Clinch with 11:41 remaining.
Casey Mintz had two touchdown passes for Humboldt State, a 32-yarder to Kelechi Nwadibia, and a 23-yarder to Chase Krivashei.
At Pacific Lutheran 41, Puget Sound 21
Dalton Ritchey rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more to lead the Lutes (7-1, 4-1 Northwest Conference) past the rival Loggers (1-6, 0-4) at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
The Lutes were down 14-7, but scored three touchdowns in the third quarter for a 28-14 lead. Ritchey made it 34-14 with a 5-yard run.
Niko Madison had 73 yards on 16 carries and one TD. He also caught five passes for 88 yards.
Braden Foley threw two TD passes for the Loggers, who were limited to 2 yards rushing on 27 attempts. The Lutes rushed 46 times for 177 yards.