Scores

Final

Sacramento St 15

(4-5, 2-4 Big Sky)

E Washington 13

(3-5, 2-3 Big Sky)

5:05 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Roos Field, Cheney, WA

1 2 3 4 T
SAC 6 0 6 315
EWU 0 7 0 613

Top Performers

Passing: M. Nichols (EWU) - 363 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Hilliard (SAC) - 14 CAR, 64 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Brown (EWU) - 11 REC, 147 YDS, 1 TD

Sacramento St. 15, E. Washington 13

Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. -- Jason Smith threw for 211 yards and a touchdown and Sacramento State's defense made two key fourth-quarter stands to preserve a 15-13 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Smith completed 18-of-27 passes for the Hornets (4-5, 2-4 Big Sky Conference), who broke a three-game losing streak. Matt Nichols threw for 363 yards for Eastern Washington (3-5, 2-3), but was intercepted twice.

Smith's 12-yard TD pass to Tony Washington gave Sacramento State a 12-7 lead midway through the third quarter. The Hornets pushed the lead to 15-7 early in the fourth quarter on Juan Gamboa's 23-yard field goal.

Eastern Washington pulled to within 15-13 as Nichols completed passes to four different receivers, capped by a 15-yard scoring strike to Brynsen Brown with 10:22 left. The Eagles' two-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone.

Sacramento State's Robert Virgil ended the Eagles' last drive at their own 46 with an interception of Nichols with 57 seconds remaining.

Washington had 10 receptions for 114 yards for the Hornets, who have won four of the last five meetings at Eastern Washington. In the series, the home team has lost eight of the past nine seasons.

Jake Croxdale added 91 yards on the ground for Sacramento State.

Despite being sacked five times, Nichols finished 29-of-43 and connected with Brown on 11 passes for 147 yards for Eastern Washington, which had minus-31 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAC
EWU
1st Downs2023
Total Yards365332
Passing211363
Rushing154-31
Penalties9-807-49
3rd Down Conversions8-190-6
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Turnovers13
Possession38:5221:08

Passing Leaders

Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith18/272117.810
Eastern WashingtonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nichols29/433638.412

Rushing Leaders

Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Croxdale28913.3018
Hilliard14644.6115
Eastern WashingtonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris7131.905
Kefu111.011

Receiving Leaders

Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Washington1011411.4128
Deadder36421.3037
Eastern WashingtonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown1114713.4124
Davis69415.7025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSACEWU
TD08:21Bryan Hilliard 2 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 60
SECOND QUARTERSACEWU
TD04:07Toke Kefu 1 Yd Run (Felipe Macias Kick) 67
THIRD QUARTERSACEWU
TD08:08Tony Washington 12 Yd Pass From Jason Smith (Pat Failed) 127
FOURTH QUARTERSACEWU
FG14:44Juan Gamboa 23 Yd 157
TD10:22Brynsen Brown 15 Yd Pass From Matt Nichols (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1513