Scores

Final

Weber State 16

(5-6, 4-4 Big Sky)

E Washington 38

(8-3, 6-2 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Roos Field, Cheney, WA

1 2 3 4 T
WEB 0 10 6 016
EWU 7 7 14 1038

Top Performers

Passing: M. Nichols (EWU) - 256 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. Smith (WEB) - 24 CAR, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Brown (EWU) - 6 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

E. Washington 38, Weber St. 16

Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Matt Nichols threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns as Eastern Washington kept alive its postseason chances with a 38-16 victory over Weber State on Saturday.

Nichols added a career-high 103 yards rushing for the 15th-ranked Eagles (8-3, 6-2 Big Sky Conference), winners of four straight.

Freshman Cameron Higgins was 21-of-44 for 238 yards for the Wildcats (5-6, 4-4), with one touchdown.

EWU, second place in the Big Sky behind Montana, would need one of eight at-large berths to qualify for the 16-team Football Championship Subdivision field scheduled to be announced Sunday.

With Eastern trailing 16-14 midway through the third quarter, Nichols engineered back-to-back scoring drives, hitting Brynsen Brown and Nathan Overbay on TD passes that put EWU up 28-16.

The pass to Overbay came on a 4th-and-1 from the WSU 36 with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.

Brown finished with six catches for 99 yards for the Eagles, who scored 24 unanswered points in the second half.

Nichols was 18-of-37, including first-half scoring passes to Shane Eller and A.J. Jimerson. He was sacked once and had no interceptions.

Eastern's defense and a muddy field combined to slow a Weber State offense that had averaged 57.7 points and more than 600 yards during its three-game win streak. The Wildcats managed 325 total yards.

Higgins' 40-yard scoring pass to Tim Toone had put Weber State up 16-14. Higgins was sacked three times and intercepted once.

Trevyn Smith rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown and Bryant Eteuati had seven catches for 74 yards for the Wildcats.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WEB
EWU
1st Downs1722
Total Yards325426
Passing242256
Rushing83170
Penalties8-838-57
3rd Down Conversions7-193-14
4th Down Conversions1-32-3
Turnovers20
Possession30:2929:31

Passing Leaders

Weber StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Higgins21/442385.411
Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols18/372566.940

Rushing Leaders

Weber StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith24843.5113
Eteuati155.005
Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nichols151036.9019
Morris13473.6013

Receiving Leaders

Weber StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Eteuati77410.6025
Toone37424.7140
Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown69916.5128
Overbay25125.5136

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWEBEWU
TD06:30A.J. Jimerson 4 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:06
07
SECOND QUARTERWEBEWU
TD06:37Trevyn Smith 3 Yd Run (Mike Snoy Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 69 yds, 5:55
77
TD05:51Shane Eller 14 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 33 yds, :46
714
FG00:00Mike Snoy 26 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 66 yds, 1:57
1014
THIRD QUARTERWEBEWU
TD07:55Tim Toone 40 Yd Pass From Cameron Higgins (Pat Failed)
Drive: 2 plays, 61 yds, :25
1614
TD07:27Brynsen Brown 22 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 43 yds, :28
1621
TD00:31Nathan Overbay 36 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Felipe Macias Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 45 yds, 1:53
1628
FOURTH QUARTERWEBEWU
FG11:44Felipe Macias 20 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 45 yds, 3:29
1631
TD00:51A.J. Jimerson 11 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 54 yds, 6:29
1638