Scores

Final

E Washington 38

(5-3, 3-2 Big Sky)

Sacramento St 30

(1-7, 1-5 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, October 27, 2007

Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, CA

1 2 3 4 T
EWU 7 10 14 738
SAC 10 0 7 1330

Top Performers

Passing: J. Smith (SAC) - 396 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Morris (EWU) - 20 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Boyce (EWU) - 8 REC, 177 YDS, 2 TD

E. Washington 38, Sacramento St. 30

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)Sophomore quarterback Matt Nichols threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington to a 38-30 win over Sacramento State on Saturday night.

Aaron Boyce had eight catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the second half and Dale Morris ran for 92 yards and a score for the Eagles (5-3, 3-2 Big Sky).

Freshman quarterback Jason Smith threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns and Tony Washington had nine catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns for Sac State (1-7, 1-5 Big Sky). Sac State linebacker Mike Brannon finished with 11 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.

Sac State led 10-7 in the first quarter after receiver Torrell Baker's 39-yard catch set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Cyrus Mulitalo.

But the Eagles scored 10 unanswered point in the second quarter and linebacker Jared Kuhl intercepted a Jason Smith pass to help Eastern Washington hold on to a 17-10 halftime margin.

Brynsen Brown caught three passes for 84 yards and one touchdown in the first half for the Eagles.

Eastern Washington came out aggressively on offense in the second half. Nichols delivered two 46-yards touchdown passes to Boyce in the third quarter to make the score 31-10.

After Sac State receiver Washington caught a 50-yard TD from Smith, the Hornets were in position to score again until running back Travon Jones fumbled on the 9-yard line. On their next possession, the Hornets got within seven points when Washington caught a 13-yard TD pass with 14:10 left in the fourth.

After the Hornets were called for two penalties for roughing the passer, the Eagles increased the score to 38-24 on an 18-yard run by Dale Morris. Sac State never wavered as Smith found receiver Ryan Coogler for a 62-yard score on the Hornets' next possession. But kicker Juan Gamboa, perfect all season, missed the extra-point attempt for the Hornets leaving the score 38-30.

When Nichols fumbled a high snap, Sac State linebacker Dorian Brown recovered the ball on the Eagles' 8-yard line. On the Eagles' 2-yard line, the Eagle defense stopped Mulitalo's run on fourth-and-goal late in the fourth quarter.

After the Eagles failed to move the ball effectively, the Hornets had another chance to score until Coogler fumbled on Eastern Washington's 39-yard line with 1:37 left. The Eagles ran down the clock to end the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EWU
SAC
1st Downs2523
Total Yards466469
Passing328396
Rushing13873
Penalties11-11210-119
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers14
Possession31:0428:56

Passing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols20/2932811.330
Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith29/413969.732

Rushing Leaders

Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris20924.610
Nichols13272.100
Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hilliard12463.800
Jones10373.700

Receiving Leaders

Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyce817722.120
Brown38428.010
Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Washington914616.220
Baker79513.600

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREWUSAC
FG09:10Juan Gamboa 40 Yd 03
TD05:04Brynsen Brown 13 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick) 73
TD01:30Cyrus Mulitalo 1 Yd Run (Juan Gamboa Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTEREWUSAC
TD12:51Nicholas Ramos 8 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick) 1410
FG04:33Felipe Macias 38 Yd 1710
THIRD QUARTEREWUSAC
TD12:21Aaron Boyce 46 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick) 2410
TD06:59Aaron Boyce 46 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick) 3110
TD06:47Tony Washington 50 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Juan Gamboa Kick) 3117
FOURTH QUARTEREWUSAC
TD14:10Tony Washington 13 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Juan Gamboa Kick) 3124
TD09:39Dale Morris 18 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick) 3824
TD08:51Ryan Coogler 62 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Pat Failed) 3830