James Noble rushed for 221 yards in his return from an injury as Cal Poly defeated Eastern Washington 40-35 Saturday. Noble, who missed last...

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — James Noble rushed for 221 yards in his return from an injury as Cal Poly defeated Eastern Washington 40-35 Saturday.


Noble, who missed last week’s loss at UC Davis with an ankle injury, rattled off a 74-yard touchdown run and became the first Mustang in six years to rush for more than 200 yards.


Cal Poly freshman quarterback Matt Brennan rushed for two touchdowns and threw touchdown passes of 3 and 48 yards to Ramses Barden.


Brennan finished 8-for-21 passing for 157 yards.


Eastern Washington scored the game’s final 14 points but could not recover a crucial onside kick with just less than 3 minutes remaining.


Eagles quarterback Erik Meyer, who passed for a career-high 470 yards against Sacramento State a week earlier, completed 26 of 38 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns.


Cal Poly (6-3), which had just 113 yards of total offense at UC Davis, matched that yardage total on its first two series and finished with a season-high 529 yards for the game.


Ryan Cole rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries for Eastern Washington (5-4).


CAL POLY-SLO 40, E. WASHINGTON 35
























E. Washington 0 7 14 14 35
Cal Poly-SLO 7 13 13 7 40
First quarter

POLY — Brennan 2 run (Coromelas kick), 6:45.


Second quarter


POLY — Barden 3 pass from Brennan (Coromelas kick), 13:18.


POLY — Brennan 9 run (kick failed), 5:42.


EWU — R.Cole 14 run (Weddle kick), 1:00.


Third quarter


POLY — George 21 run (kick failed), 11:10.


EWU — McIntyre 47 pass from Meyer (Weddle kick), 9:19.


POLY — Barden 48 pass from Brennan (Coromelas kick), 7:24.


EWU — R.Cole 16 run (Weddle kick), 4:57.


Fourth quarter


POLY — Noble 74 run (Coromelas kick), 12:25.


EWU — Kimble 3 pass from Meyer (Weddle kick), 10:04.


EWU — McIntyre 35 pass from Meyer (Weddle kick), 3:02.


A — 7,901.













































EWU POLY
First downs 30 27
Rushes-yards 32-93 55-372
Passing 428 157
Comp-Att-Int 26-38-1 8-21-1
Return Yards 15 27
Punts-Avg. 6-45.3 4-48.3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-0
Penalties-Yards 10-99 4-38
Time of Possession 27:37 32:23
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — E. Washington, R.Cole 16-78, Morris 7-21, Meyer 9-(- 6). Cal Poly-SLO, Noble 19-221, Brennan 22-72, George 2-26, Russell 3-21, Hives II 5-19, Konaris 2-18, Team 2-(- 5).


Passing — E. Washington, Meyer 26-38-1-428. Cal Poly-SLO, Brennan 8-21-1-157.


Receiving — E. Washington, Vijil 9-164, Kimble 8-101, McIntyre 7-160, Calhoun 1-5, R.Cole 1-(- 2). Cal Poly-SLO, Barden 4-76, Russell 2-59, Hives II 1-19, Holmes 1-3.