Erik Meyer passed for 395 yards and five touchdowns yesterday to lead Eastern Washington to a 34-20 upset of Montana. Eastern Washington...
MISSOULA, Mont. — Erik Meyer passed for 395 yards and five touchdowns yesterday to lead Eastern Washington to a 34-20 upset of Montana.
Eastern Washington (4-2, 3-1 Big Sky), ranked 12th in NCAA Division I-AA, took a 20-7 halftime lead on a 32-yard scoring pass from Meyer to Craig McIntyre. He caught six passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns — all covering at least 30 yards. Going into the game McIntyre had caught just eight passes for 109 yards.
Eric Kimble and Raul Vijil also had touchdown catches for EWU, which handed second-ranked Montana (4-2, 2-1) its biggest home loss since 1990. The defeat came in front of crowd of 23,732, the third biggest in school history.
“Coming into a hostile environment like this and to come out on top with a victory is huge for us,” Meyer said. “That just gets us rolling into next week.”
Montana’s scoring came on a 3-yard touchdown run by Lex Hilliard, a 22-yard pass from Cole Bergquist to Ryan Bagley and field goals of 30 and 26 yards by Dan Carpenter. His second field goal pulled Montana to within 27-20 with 6:09 remaining.
EWU put the game away as Meyer passed for 69 yards on the Eagles’ final drive, including an 8-yard touchdown pass to Vijil with 2:13 remaining.
“Our program’s matured a lot,” Eagles coach Paul Wulff said. “We knew coming in here that we had to take shots. We weren’t going to sit here and be passive. We were going to be as aggressive as we needed to.”
The Grizzlies had one more possession, and moved the ball to the EWU 14 before failing to convert on fourth down with 33 seconds remaining.
Meyer completed 28 of 40 passes and was intercepted once. Kimble caught 10 passes for 168 yards and Vijil caught six passes for 74 yards. Ryan Cole rushed 31 times for 99 yards.
Bergquist completed 25 of 40 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown for Montana.
Bagley caught nine passes for 102 yards and Mike Ferriter caught eight passes for 87 yards. EWU held Montana’s leading rusher, Lex Hilliard, to 53 yards, half his season average.
E. WASHINGTON 34, MONTANA 20
EWU — McIntyre 30 pass from Meyer (kick failed), 10:42
UM — Hilliard 3 run (Carpenter kick), 14:57
EWU — Kimble 34 pass from Meyer (Weddle kick), 7:52
EWU — McIntyre 32 pass from Meyer (Weddle kick), 4:45
UM — FG Carpenter 30, 7:37
EWU — McIntyre 31 pass from Meyer (Weddle kick), 1:14
UM — Bagley 22 pass from Bergquist (Carpenter kick), 13:38
UM — FG Carpenter 26, 6:09
EWU — Vijil 8 pass from Meyer (Weddle kick), 2:13
A — 23,732.
|Time of Possession||34:55||25:05|
Rushing — EWU, Cole 31-99, Meyer 7-42, Slind 1-6, Team 1-(- 1). UM, Hilliard 15-53, Ferriter 1-38, Green 4-15, Bergquist 9-14, Troxel 1-5.
Passing — EWU, Meyer 28-40-1-395. UM, Bergquist 25-40-0-246.
Receiving — Kimble 10-168, McIntyre 6-134, Vijil 6-74, Coleman 3-14, Cole 3-5. UM, Bagley 9-102, Ferriter 8-87, Troxel 3-19, Jackson 2-27, Hilliard 2-6, Talmage 1-5.