CORVALLIS, Ore. — Vernon Adams passed for 411 yards and ran for 107 and the go-ahead score with 18 seconds left as Eastern Washington upset No. 25 Oregon State 49-46 on Saturday to become the third FCS team to beat a ranked FBS team.
Adams overwhelmed the Beavers in a performance sure to attract national attention. He threw for four touchdowns and ran for two, completing 23 of 30 passes despite leaving the game twice — once with cramping and a second time after taking a hard hit near the sideline.
Adams returned, though, and scored on a 2-yard run to put the Eagles up 49-46. It was the first time a team from the Football Championship Subdivision has defeated a ranked team from the Football Bowl Subdivision since James Madison beat Virginia Tech in September 2010.
“It’s just having swagger,” Adams said. “Coming out here and not being nervous. Just come out here and play your game.”
Sean Mannion threw for 422 yards and Brandin Cooks had 13 catches for 196 yards for the Beavers.
Getting the ball back in the final seconds, Mannion led the Beavers down the field, completing two quick passes to give Oregon State a chance to tie, but Trevor Romaine’s 52-yard field-goal attempt was wide right.
Ashton Clark had 155 yards receiving and Cooper Kupp had 119 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles, who are ranked fourth in the preseason FCS poll and third in the coaches poll. It was the school’s first win over a Pac-12 opponent.
The Beavers went 9-4 in 2012 and played in the Alamo Bowl. It was the second time Oregon State has lost to a FCS opponent in three seasons. Sacramento State beat the Beavers 29-28 in overtime in 2011.
“This loss doesn’t define us as a team,” Beavers running back Storm Woods said. “When we lost to Sac State people were really down on themselves, as opposed to this year.”
Said Oregon State coach Mike Riley: “That’s a good football team with good players. They’ve been good for a long time.”