BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Erik Meyer's fourth touchdown pass forced
overtime and his fifth gave Eastern Washington at least a share of
the Big Sky Conference title as the Eagles rallied for a 51-44
victory over Montana State on Saturday.
Meyer, who passed for 372 yards, found Eric Kimble in the corner
of the end zone with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the
score at 44 on a 5-yard TD pass.
On the second play of overtime, Meyer hit Craig McIntyre
streaking across the end zone from 22 yards out to give the Eagles
(8-1, 6-1 Big Sky) their first lead of the game.
"That was the greatest game I ever played in," Meyer said. "I
knew we wouldn't give up. Eric Kimble is one of those guys you
can't stop, you can only hope to contain. We scored twice when we
saw them go one-on-one with him."
Montana State (6-4, 4-2) had a chance to tie in overtime, but
failed to reach the end zone in eight tries. Travis Lulay's pass on
fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line was batted down by linebacker
"They stopped us in overtime, which is what you've got to do,"
said MSU coach Mike Kramer, who was head coach at EWU for six years
before coming to MSU.
The Eagles finished league play Saturday and could win the
league championship if Montana State beats Montana next weekend in
Missoula. If Montana wins, EWU and Montana share the league crown.
"We're no longer playing for the Big Sky title, but we've got a
lot of pride," Lulay said. "We're going to be more than prepared
Lulay passed for 432 yards and three touchdowns and ran for
another score. The Bobcats took a 31-10 lead early in the third
quarter on a 41-yard pass from Lulay to Rick Gatewood.
Eastern Washington scored three touchdowns in the third quarter
-- on a 58-yard run by Reggie Witherspoon and touchdown passes of 29
and 48 yards from Meyer to Kimble -- while Montana State settled for
field goals of 43 and 28 yards by E.J. Cochrane. The Eagles rallied
to within 37-30.
"They stepped up and stopped us a couple of times," Lulay
said. "You knew they weren't going to roll over and die. The
deciding factor was they made their plays late."
EWU tied the score at 37 on a 1-yard TD run by Toke Kefu with
8:13 left in the fourth.
Montana State took a 44-37 lead on a 32-yard pass from Lulay to
Gatewood with 1:17 remaining, but the Eagles drove 76 yards on
eight plays, capped by the third Meyer-to-Kimble TD pass that sent
the game into overtime.
Kimble caught 10 passes for 196 yards.
Our defenders "were playing against a great fourth-year player
in Kimble and they just couldn't cover him," Kramer said.
Gatewood caught nine passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns and
Eddie Sullivan caught 11 passes for 143 yards and the Bobcats'
Montana State had 683 yards in total offense to 536 for Eastern