Eastern Washington enters hostile territory tonight in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA football playoffs. The Eagles (7-4) will...

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Eastern Washington enters hostile territory tonight in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA football playoffs.


The Eagles (7-4) will play Northern Iowa (8-3), the Gateway Conference champion, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa (5 p.m. PT). The Panthers have won nine consecutive games in the building and are 10-2 in playoff games there.


Northern Iowa has won four games in a row since the return of quarterback Eric Sanders from a sprained ankle.


Eastern Washington (7-4), co-champion of the Big Sky Conference, is led by quarterback Erik Meyer. He has passed for 3,616 yards and 26 touchdowns. His top receiver, Eric Kimble, has 44 TD receptions in his career — six short of Jerry Rice’s Division I-AA record.


Kimble has 78 catches for 1,264 yards and 10 TDs in 2005.